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Offense did what it needed against Tampa Bay, disaster was still result

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin rolls into the end zone for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during their game in Oakland on Sunday, November 4, 2012.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND -- You're feeling pretty good about the Raiders after what happened Sunday. Sure, they lost to Tampa Bay 42-32 and fell to 3-5 in the record department, but the offense came back several times and made a game of it, showed fight and grit and all that blue-collar, lunch-pail stuff the clich?artists love to write about. The loss was what some people call a good loss. So, yes, you're feeling good because what transpired bodes well for the Raiders' future.

Well, hold the phone. There is no such thing as a good loss. There never ever is a good loss. And very little that happened concerning the Raiders' defense bodes well for the future or the present or the past, if you want to go back that far.

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Let's be clear about things. The Raiders scored enough points to win — 32 is sufficient, or should be. And although Carson Palmer threw a killer pick late in the game to Ahmad Black — Palmer threw three total — and although he continues, week by week, to embrace his inner Steve DeBerg, he was not the problem. Nor was he the reason the Buccaneers scored a bloated 42 points. We're talking bloat to the max.

The defense was the problem, has been for years. To be specific, the run defense is, was and will be the problem until the Raiders get serious. The Raiders run defense is what you call a bloat enabler.

Don't get me wrong. There are many things to criticize on the Raiders, but the run defense comes first. If a team cannot stop the run, everything else is available to the opposing offense. Everything.


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