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Defining Raiders moment still to come

There’s some optimism in the Raiders locker room, as voiced by cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, that the Raiders may wind up looking back at the Denver game as the point where they turned around their season.

“It has the potential,” Asomugha said. “Anytime that you’re coming off a loss and you can put together a game like that, absolutely it has the potential to string into a number of victories going down the road and then you can point back to this game and say, ‘Oh, this was the game that we got over the hump.’ So, that’s our goal.”

A 59-14 win over Denver was a magnificent deviation from the norm, but can no way be extrapolated into the normal NFL season. It will probably be another decade until the Raiders put another 45-point margin on someone. It was in fact a decade since they last did it.

On Dec. 19, 1999, in their second season under Jon Gruden, the Raiders had a win even more impressive than Sunday’s win in Denver.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to town in first place in the NFC Central, with the NFL’s second-ranked defense and three potential Hall of Fame players in Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp and John Lynch.

They were 9-4 and would take eventual Super Bowl champ St. Louis to the wire in the NFC Championship game.

Final score: Raiders 45, Bucs 0.

Oakland rushed for 262 yards, with Tyrone Wheatley (19 carries, 111 yards) and Napoleon Kaufman (9 carries, 122 yards) both going over 100. Against the Oakland defense, the Bucs crossed the 50-yard line exactly twice _ and on one of those possessions punted from the Oakland 49-yard line.

The win evened the Raiders record even at 7-7 and on the periphery of the playoff chase.

What did this momentum get them? A 23-20 loss to the Chargers in San Diego the following week. The Raiders had 46 yards rushing and were shredded for 325 yards passing by Jim Harbaugh.

Every once in awhile a game gets out of control. It’s what happened against the Bucs, and it’s what happened against the Broncos. The Raiders were the better team that day, yes, but the losing teams weren’t nearly as bad as the score indicated. It was simply a quirk of two teams at one point in time having a completely opposite experience and in no way indicative of the usual week-in, week-out grind that is the NFL.

Actually, the Raiders defining moment came two weeks after the Tampa game, and the week following the Chargers debacle.

Trailing 17-0 to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the Raiders came back and won 41-38 in overtime. The game knocked the Chiefs out of the playoffs and was the springboard for a 12-4 season which brought Oakland a division title and a spot in the AFC championship game.

Unlike the Tampa game, the Chiefs game epitomized what it really takes to win in the NFL _ a willingness and even an eagerness to fight back from a deficit, to make plays in all three phases at crucial times, and to prevail on a day when the end result could have gone either way.

Turnarounds are made on those kinds of games, rather than the rare blowout which is actually more of a statistical fluke than a true indicator of a team’s strength.

With the Seattle Seahawks and Chiefs coming to town the next two weeks, the Raiders will have their chance to prove they can win an important game when every break isn’t going their way.

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  • Bauce 4 Real

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Oakland,_California
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    Learn about our small town that still makes BIG NOISE

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    LMAO @ the Oakland little man complex

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Actually the Hells Angels didnt start in Oakland
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    Did So, My mother used to do Sonny Barger’s taxes, when he lived on Golf Links/98th.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    All of yall that come here and talk down on the town need to hush up because guess what team your love in football? Guess where their home base is at? Guess where all the history and mystique come from?

    Bo is a funny guy but needs to burn that white hood he hides in the closet

  • PurpleDrank81

    They were founded in the Fontana Area of California in 1948…

  • mistic1

    Out of towners will never understand.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    LMAO @ the Oakland little man complex
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    Sorry Bo we are the underdogs and people appreciate us more than that fagged out society you love so much right off of Figeroua

  • PurpleDrank81

    Sonny Barger created the Oakland Chapter… According to Sonny the clubs were not in knowing of each other for an actual couple years…

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mistic1 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    Out of towners will never understand.
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    Bo does….he just afraid a a few darker faces…..but see thats why I dig Norcal white people….they not trippin….they chillin right with us and its no issue

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    All of yall that come here and talk down on the town

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    Say wha? Raggin on the weak ass Warriors turned you all hometown. They still suck. Deal wid it.

  • aig-raiders

    dude, stop hating on Ellis. He balled yesterday. On fire!!!!

  • mistic1

    # Bauce 4 Real Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Mistic1 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    Out of towners will never understand.
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    Bo does….he just afraid a a few darker faces…..but see thats why I dig Norcal white people….they not trippin….they chillin right with us and its no issue
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    Yep….all 6 of them

  • Just Fire Baby

    My pops used to play in some grimmy bars for the Angels back in the day.

    Told me many times the place just erupted into a near riot and they were only worried about getting the hell out of there and not worried about the $50 they were all supposed to split at the end.

    Dude’s would literally leave one by one so nobody saw. Let the dude on the piano bail, the singer would go get the car started, drummer was always last because he could go without the amps, lol.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    For a relatively small town, there’s been quite a few game changers out of here, in every walk of life.

  • HairyBush

    paul pierce, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammil) and Tupac some more notables from Oaktown

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    All of yall that come here and talk down on the town

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    Say wha? Raggin on the weak ass Warriors turned you all hometown. They still suck. Deal wid it.
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    Warriors 1-0 thank you and we dont suck WE GET SUCKED…..Laker fans are the ones that suck….it all off

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    he just afraid a a few darker faces

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    If you only knew the truth B. But you don’t so I let it slide.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    KoolKell Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    For a relatively small town, there’s been quite a few game changers out of here, in every walk of life.
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    Agreed

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    he just afraid a a few darker faces

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    If you only knew the truth B. But you don’t so I let it slide.
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    Oh yeah ok Bo you played basketball at the parks a few times with them i get it lol…….ill be back in a minute

  • Just Fire Baby

    No mention of those bad azz broads from En Vogue??

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    I laugh how noting Oakland’s faults gets you called racist tho. Nice set up.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And former MVP J-Roll (who I played with on an AAU team way back in the day)

  • HairyBush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    No mention of those bad azz broads from En Vogue??
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    lol

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Warriors 1-0 thank you and we dont suck WE GET SUCKED…..Laker fans are the ones that suck….it all off

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    For decades the scoreboard has proven otherwise, Joe Barry…

  • PurpleDrank81

    2pac was born in East Harlem….. Moved to Baltimore and the ended up moving to Marin City..(THE JUNGLE) and then moved to Oakland

  • HairyBush

    I hope Grads mom is going to fly to Oakland this week. I figure she can get some home cookin’ in for the boys before sunday’s game! Gimme 2 wins in a row baby!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Huey P Newton
    Angela Davis

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson
  • HairyBush

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    2pac was born in East Harlem….. Moved to Baltimore and the ended up moving to Marin City..(THE JUNGLE) and then moved to Oakland
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    Someone has it wrong on the website I went on then, Good to know.

  • raiderlaker1980

    all the guys outta oakland, and still no carlos santana, spice 1 or seagram? lol and Bauce, thank you for making the man recognize Yuk…best bay rapper by far….only guy I thought coulda been better was Rappin Ron(r.i.p)

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  • ohioraider

    5.LA to TheBay Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 9:53 am
    Jerry hiding behind the cloak of Haterism that is characteristic of his profession.

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    What a ridiculous observation. A journalist’s job isn’t to convey mindless boosterism. That’s the job of some of the shallow thinking chest thumpers on this blog.

  • r8rwill

    nation ,
    did you mention mc hammer, and wasn’t tommy smith from oaktown?? another famous oaklander is felix mitchell, in fact he renamed the town cokeland lmao