Statistics can tell you a lot or little, it is all how it is perceived and what you are going to do about it. The Oakland Raiders opponent’s records for the next 4 weeks heading into their bye are a combined 13-4. They play 3 of the top 10 defenses in the league during that span, each of who will make it a point to leave JaMarcus Russell’s 260+ pounds of flesh imprinted into the field with pressure.
This is while the Oakland Raiders fans enjoy the 32nd ranked offense in the league and the 21st ranked defense in the league (it would be worse on defense, but other teams have used the 4th quarter to run left, run right, run up the middle and not give away any of their plays for the future in the last 2 games)
What the stats also tell you is that each of the following opponents is allowing 100+ yards average thus far. Yes, it is only through 4 weeks and 1 game can skew that, but with the pathetic passing game of the Raiders and the absolute non-existent identity that the team has taken thus far on offense (unless it is watch JaMarcus miss open wide receivers, watch receivers drop ball, watch running game get tripped up for little to no gain), it is incumbent on Tom Cable to go with what worked for the Raiders at the end of last year.
Line up the entire team, block the guy in front of you for the next 5 seconds and push him as far back as possible, and just keep running the ball down opponents throats until they scream uncle.
As any fan, we want to watch a passing game, get some excitement with long passes or wr’s making the run after the catch. With how pathetic that has looked thus far and mind the $30m committed to Russell, it is about doing what you do best.
Figure out a way to do something, anything on offense, keep that defense off of the field or give them some lead, and get the fans thinking that this next batch of games isn’t going to lead with a 1-7 start and discussion of what we are going to do with a top 5 pick…again.