Sunday, September 16, 2007

Not Just Another Loss

The Oakland Raiders gallantly battled the Denver Broncos into overtime at the new mile high stadium in Denver. If ever I were prouder of my Raiders after a loss, this be the time.

The Raiders for the second week in a row bounced back from a two digit deficit (17-3) to take the lead in the fourth quarter. I too thought we'd won it on a 52-yard field-goal by Jano in overtime. But you know Mike Shanahan and the Broncos will pull out every trick in the book to make the Raiders earn a win in their house. After a mini-celebration on the Raiders sideline it was made known that Shanahan had called a timeout just before the snap; the successful field goal did not count.

After the timeout the Raiders attempted yet again a 52 yard field goal for the win in OT. Jano's kick hit near the top of the right upright and ricochet outward, No Good!

And there was the ballgame. With a tired Raiders defense the Broncos marched downfield on Jay Cutler passes and Jason Elam kicked the winning field goal to end the game 23-20.

The Oakland Raiders are competing and appear to be only a few inches away from their first win of the season. In the meantime, I'd like to congratulate the entire team for not giving up and playing a proud style of football that shows they're a team to be reckoned with this year. Though I was ready to see Daunte Culpepper start at QB, Josh McCown may have been the right decision for this game at loud, breath sucking mile high.

There will be no need for the Oakland Raiders to hang their heads after this loss. They showed that this team is in fact a new and better Oakland Raiders bunch. Hats off to the Raiders for fighting hard and giving us fans hope to live and fight another battle next week.

I'm Still In!

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