I don't know if this is the worst Raiders team ever. It might be. I'm not exactly saying it is, either. I'm simply asking. And if I were to ask, say, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler that question, his answer would be, I'm guessing, a resounding yes!
I know this because today Ostler penned a column saying that this is, in fact, the worst Raiders team ever. Based on recent years, that's really saying something.
Maybe I'm overreacting, still in shock after witnessing the 24-0 loss to the visiting-but-right-at-home Atlanta Falcons. That loss was uglier than my Halloween costume: Al Davis in a Raid- erette uniform. Seriously, this might be the darkest hour in Raiders history. The team was 2-12 in 1961, 1-13 in '62, and 2-14 two seasons ago. The Raiders are 2-6 now and could win another game or two. But when you put it all together, this might be the Raiders' all-time low, because hope does not seem to loom on the horizon.
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I think in the minutes and hours following that embarrassing performance yesterday it would be easy to overreact. But when you actually break it down like Ostler does, man, he might be on to something.
The 2006 team that went 2-14 was pretty bad, but at least that team played pretty solid defense and lost four games by seven points or less.
This team? Eh. They keep finding new ways to lose. Whether it be blowing a fourth quarter lead (or two), getting completely blown out from the start, or only picking up three first downs.
At the end of the day, you just have to feel bad for the loyal Raiders fans, like John McCain!