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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Raiders have a long way to go

By Bill Williamson

Here are some non-Terrelle Pryor thoughts on Oakland’s 34-26 home loss to Chicago on Friday:

Oakland clearly has a lot of problems. Its first team was totally manhandled in back-to-back games against the Saints and the Bears. Like last week, Oakland was outclassed on both sides of the ball against the Bears. It was a total domination as Chicago led 27-0 in the second quarter. Last week, New Orleans led Oakland 17-0 in the first quarter.

I’ve always maintained that the preseason means little. But we would be na´ve if we didn't look at these lopsided games as a sign of things to come. Oakland is thin on paper, and is playing on the field that way. That type of first-team failure is difficult to deny. Again, it’s not panic time until the games start counting, but does Oakland really look prepared to compete at Indianapolis in 15 days?

Some other thoughts: