- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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What it means: The Oakland Raiders (3-7) have lost three straight games and are in third place in the AFC West.
Owner upset: The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Raiders owner Mark Davis made some rare comments after the 38-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He said he was “not happy” and he said the salary cap cannot be blamed for this season. He said he will be patient, but he wants to see progress. That can be perceived as a shot at first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie and first-year coach Dennis Allen. I’d find it hard to believe McKenzie and Allen’s jobs will be in jeopardy. Davis has to show patience and the truth is, the salary-cap issue (which McKenzie and Allen inherited) was a mess. Time is needed. But these comments show, for the first time, that Davis may be impatient like his late father Al.
Defense continues to falter: Oakland has allowed 135 points in the past three games. It has to be killing Allen, who is a defensive specialist.
Reece runs well: With starter Darren McFadden and reserve Mike Goodson out for the second straight week with high ankle sprains, fullback Marcel Reece provided a bright spot. He had 103 yards on 19 carries and 90 yards on four catches. Reece is one of the more underrated players in the league.
Streak snapped: Going into Sunday’s game, Oakland scored in the final two minutes of the first half in every game this season. It didn’t happen Sunday.
Brees rolls: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had a nice tidy game Sunday. He threw for 219 yards, three touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted or sacked. He has won seven straight games against Oakland.
What’s next: Oakland goes to the Cincinnati Bengals in what should be an interesting day. Palmer goes back to Cincinnati for the first time since he was traded from there last year. The Raiders face former head coach Hue Jackson (who made the Palmer deal). Jackson is now a Cincinnati assistant.
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