Well, obviously you don’t know much about football if you didn’t see this coming. I mean, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that not only would the Raiders beat the Chargers, but they would beat them up. Manhandle them, if you will.
Oh, yea, you might point to the fact that the Raiders were destroyed in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, and then embarrassed at home against the Miami Dolphins last week. Or you might point to the fact that the Chargers had won four straight, including a thoroughly convincing win in Indianapolis last Sunday night.
Or maybe you might think that because the Chargers had won 18 straight games in December that this game was a gimme. But it was obvious to anyone who really watches football that none of that mattered. The nuances all pointed to a Raiders victory. Didn’t you see this coming? I did.
If you look at my preview piece on Thursday, I predicted a Raiders win in San Diego… hold on, where is that piece? I sent it into my editor. I wrote something about the Raiders sweeping the season series after their win on Sunday. I didn’t say maybe either. I said. emphatically, a Raiders win! Notice the exclamation point for added effect.
Why is that not on the site? Who’s in charge here? I know the Raiders came in as a 12.5 point underdog, but I didn’t say the Raiders would cover, I said they’d win.
The Raiders had held Pittsburgh and Miami to 68 points the past two games since their ‘bye’ week and I knew they were just getting the cobwebs out with those two tough losses. Both of those games could have gone either way with a break or 10 going Oakland’s way.
San Diego, meanwhile, seemed like they had peaked in November. You don’t win championships by winning in November. If you did, the Jaguars and Jets would be perennial Super Bowl teams. The Chargers are a December team, but by reeling off 4 straight wins in November, they were prone to lay an egg. Usually Norv Turners teams wait until January to do so, but I knew.
All of this was so predictable… if I could just find that article I wrote a couple of days ago… here it is. No, that’s the one calling the Raiders average. How did that one get here? And who wrote that? What an idiot. Average? Did you see this team today? They were a juggernaut. Average? Moron.
No, I said that if the Raiders could run the ball, get back to basics, they would control the clock and win this game. I’m looking in my ‘sent’ file and I can’t find that e-mail.
You’ll just have to take my word for it. I saw this one coming a mile away. Didn’t you?