It was a beautiful day in San Diego. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and I was feeling a Raider win. Must have been the alcohol at rippers tailgate because it didn't turn out that way.
There were penalty flags galore, dropped balls and questionable calls - all working against the Raiders. While the defense played better this week, holding SD to mainly field goals, the offense was the culprit in this loss. Mastrud dropped a sure first down catch to sustain a drive; Greg Jenkins muffed a punt that I thought he recovered, but Walt Anderson disagreed; Reece dropped a sure TD pass on 4th down and Streeter's late TD catch was ruled incomplete on a clear misinterpretation of the 'rule'.
In typical Raider fashion, the penalties kept drives alive for San Diego. The worst penalty was a taunting call on Mike Jenkins. After a great defensive stop, he batted the ball out of the opposing players hand and was called for taunting - what would have been a change of possession turned into a first down for San Diego. There were many penalties that moved the chains but this one was the worst. You have to check your emotions at the door and play as disciplined as possible if you want a chance to get a win. The Raiders just weren't able to do so.
In a game that the team had a chance to emerge victorious, it was another win that slipped through their fingers. Unless Denver rests their entire starting lineup, this team will finish out 4-12 for the second straight season.
I am not sure what this will mean for Dennis Allen. I am not sure if the players are playing for him or if they've checked out. Losing is hard on any team, but so many consecutive losses in a row is beyond deflating.