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Not so fast

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
It’s a good thing the Oakland Raiders locker room has a better sense of perspective than its fan base.

The injuries to Charles Woodson and Derrick Gibson were downers, but the mood following a 38-17 win over Buffalo was largely uplifting and refreshingly devoid of “everyone counted us out” and “no one respected us” nonsense.

It was enjoyed for what it was – one win. In the NFL, that’s a big deal.

It was a resounding, convicing win, with the kind of offensive performance so many expected but hadn’t received through the first five games.

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King of the Raiders

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
I never saw George Blanda kick a 53-yard field goal in 1970 to become “King of the World.” Nor did I see the ending of the “Heidi Game” two years earlier.

For that matter, I wasn’t watching in 1975 when George Johnson kept blocking shots down the stretch as the Golden State Warriors won the seventh game of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Bulls.

Thanks to Bill King, I remember those events of 30-something years ago with more clarity than a lot of things I have covered for a living the past 20 years.

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All is quiet – and that’s a good thing

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
Hear that?

It’s the sound of silence. The Raiders spent their bye weekend resting and relaxing in various ways, and in the next few days we’ll discover whether they’re rejevenated enough to win a key AFC West game from the San Diego Chargers.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens committed 21 penalties, had two ejections and disgraced themselves as well as their sport in a 35-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Minnesota Vikings, or at least 17 of them, allegedly boarded two chartered boats on their bye week for a night of drinking and debauchery on Lake Minnetonka which could ruin a proposed stadium deal and prompt a major housecleaning by ownership.

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Bye week notes

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
Random bye week notes at the quarter turn:

  • Having given up nine touchdowns and eight field goal attempts in 49 possessions, the Raiders are better defensively than most thought they’d be.

    The reason they’re 1-3 is the offense – with eight touchdowns and 11 field goal attempts in 48 possessions – has been the opposite. Oakland may look like a 30-point per game team on paper, but the fact is the Raiders have yet to score more than 20.

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