Sunday, September 27, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Broncos 23, Raiders 3
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
OAKLAND -- You know all of that excitement surrounding the Oakland Raiders?
Let’s back off that for awhile.
The Raiders looked bad Sunday as they were completely manhandled by the Denver Broncos.
The Raiders could do little right. Most concerning for Oakland is that it was the second straight game the team looked lost, especially on offense. Oakland caught a break last week because the Chiefs are in more disarray and blew the game late.
This Oakland regression is a bit surprising because the Raiders looked really good on opening night. The Raiders looked nasty on defense, timely on offense and they were punishing on both sides of the ball.
But the magic of that game hasn’t reappeared.
The Raiders’ problems, of course, start with quarterback JaMarcus Russell. He is one of the least effective quarterbacks in the NFL. He looks light years from becoming a legitimate NFL quarterback and Raiders fans are turning on the No. 1 overall pick from the 2007 draft. Russell was booed throughout Sunday’s frustrating loss.
But let’s face it: the Raiders have more problems than just Russell. Their offensive line broke down Sunday. Their receivers dropped the ball. Their running backs are inconsistent and the run defense is troubled.
The Raiders can still salvage this season, but things look a lot less promising than they did two weeks ago. After three games, Denver is a much better team than Oakland.