They say Al Davis is dead, but from the looks of it he’s been playing Bernie Lomax-style on the Raiders defense the past two weeks. (If you think that’s a low blow, Raider Nation, at least I’m not running fake field goals against you when I’m up 24 points in the third quarter).
Oakland has been absolutely torched on defense in its last two games, no matter whether it’s through the air or on the ground.
Last week it was Bucs rookie running back Doug Martin doing the damage with 251 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-32 Tampa win. It turns out that was a comparatively awesome effort for the Raiders.
This week Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was inflicting the damage, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Baltimore scored on six of its first seven possessions in a 55-20 win. The 55 points allowed ties a franchise record for ineptitude set in 1961 and 1981, and marks the first time the Raiders have allowed 40 points in back-to-back games since 1962.
Oakland’s defensive coordinator, as of this blog post, is Jason Tarver, who is in his first year with the team after spending one season as Stanford’s co-defensive coordinator.
Their head coach, a man named Dennis Allen, or possibly Allen Dennis, also comes from a defensive background. He spent one season as Denver’s defensive coordinator before being named the league’s youngest head coach.
Again, as a reminder, I have been informed that Al Davis is not alive. He cannot be blamed for these hires. It may be a long time before this franchise is even remotely competitive.
However, there is one silver lining for the Silver and Black.
At least you’re not the Chiefs.