For a years now this site has been last on the list of things I want to get done in the day. The site has suffered for that. All I can say is that I’m sorry but at the end of the day my family and work have to come first.

I will endeavour to do things here when I can. What it really needs is a brand new lick of paint. The only prebuilt system here is the blog engine. Which I also co-opt for a log in system for the entire site.

So a new lick of paint means a site wide rewrite. I’ve done several of them over the years and use them as learning experiences for myself. So should work let up a little, I’ll start work on that and hope to have something for the new season – whenever that might be.

Stay safe people. This pandemic thing is no joke, even if the President’s ideas for how to fight are. Do not inject bleach into yourself. It will only lead to bad results.

When there is no cure, the only true solution is to avoid the virus. That means staying home or dressing up like Bruce Willis when he leaves the underground area in 12 Monkeys movie.

In possibly the best performance of the year, the Raiders come away with 31-24 victory. Thanks to good performances from both sides of the ball.

Notable being Maxx Crosby with two passed batted down and Eric Harris, who had the first Raider interception of the year and celebrated by returning it for a touchdown.

Rookie Josh Jabobs generated some tough yardage to ensure the victory.

But once again, the Raiders were on the wrong end of a penalty. When Colts QB swapped face mask holds with the Raiders player, only to see the Raiders being the only ones called.

It no wonder the Raiders are above one hundred penalties each and every year. This has to stop.

“If that’s Brady, you get a flag there,” says the color commentator in the Raiders/Vikings game. “Carr, not so much.”

Its either a penalty for ALL or its a penalty for NONE. This is bullshit, this is the modern NFL were the darlings are protected and the rest are fair game.

No wonder there was a head hunting scandal.

The first quarter was about the Raiders. Becoming the first team in some time to hold the Chiefs from scoring. The Raiders’ offense put up ten points in this quarter as well and things looked good.

The second quarter, the Chiefs shredded the Raiders defense scoring four touchdowns and running up of 240 yards of offense. It looked like the Raiders would be dead in the water in the second half given the show in this quarter.

The second half was scoreless. Both teams moved the ball well but drives ended without points. An interception in the endzone for the Raiders on one drive. Another interception on another when the Raiders receiver ran into the a Chiefs defender leaving only the player guarding him there when the ball arrived. For me it was a pick, for the refs its wasn’t. This along with my previous post tells you all you need to know about my feelings on this set of officials.

The half was the first ever scoreless half between the Chiefs and Raiders. It came in what likely will be the last ever NFL game played on field with the baseball dirt still on it. The Raiders are the last team to share with an MLB team and move to Las Vegas next year of decades of searching for a solution that would have allowed them to remain in Oakland.

Derek Carr also became the Raiders all time passing leader midway through the game when he passed Ken Stabler.

Jacob Jones continued his impressive start in the NFL with a hard earned 100+ yards for the second game in a row.

All told, the game showed the Raiders are close but not there yet.

Oh and before I forget. Watching this Raiders team tackle reminds me of how bad Raiders teams of recent memory have been in this fundamental task.

My voice and maybe others in the Raider Nation are likely a little sore with the start of the second period. Maxx Crosby was penalized for roughing the passer on the drive that lead to the Chiefs scoring at the start of the 2nd.

He was all alone with Mahomes in the backfield and jump up and into him to stop the QB from passing the ball. Leading to an incompletion and the QB on the ground. I would love to hear an NFL official describe just how this is a penalty play because it wasn’t.

We was robbed! Its the Chiefs and the NFL versus the RAIDERS!

Carr and the bad spot

Carr runs up the sideline dive high and forward, looking for the first down. The ball falls straight down, out of his hand, nearly a foot behind the first down marker and the call? They bring the ball back to where he left his feet. That was not were he fumbled. The ball bounced where he was when the fumble occurred.

We was robbed!

DB Juston Burris, who played four games for the Jets and then four games with the Browns last season, has been signed by the Raiders. He primarily was a special teams player for both.

The move comes as Jonathan Abram moves to Injured Reserve following his injury in the season opener against the Broncos

Abram was also fined by the NFL for the hit that hurt his should and plans to appeal.

The Raiders have a losing record when facing the Chiefs for the second game of the season.

In the 9 games playing them as the Chiefs, they have 4-5 (0.444) record, while scoring 173 points and allowing 176 for an average result of 19.22 to 19.56.

They also played two games against them as the Dallas Texans, losing both, scoring 32 points and allow 60 for an average score of 16-30.

At home, the numbers look even worse with a 1-4 record with the only win being in 1974.

Overall, the Raiders have a worse record versus the Chiefs:

52-63-2 ( 0.453), 2247 points for, 2476 points against.

Games 2000-2009

20th September, 2009Oakland Raiders 13, Kansas City Chiefs 10
14th September, 2008Oakland Raiders 23, Kansas City Chiefs 8
18th September, 2005 Kansas City Chiefs 23, Oakland Raiders 17

Games 1990-1999

8th September, 1997Kansas City Chiefs 28, Oakland Raiders 27
8th September, 1996Oakland Raiders 3, Kansas City Chiefs 19

Games 1980-1989

17th September, 1989Los Angeles Raiders 19, Kansas City Chiefs 24
12th September, 1985Los Angeles Raiders 20, Kansas City Chiefs 36

Games 1970-1979

20th September, 1976Oakland Raiders 24, Kansas City Chiefs 21
22nd September, 1974Kansas City Chiefs 7, Oakland Raiders 27

Games 1960-1969 (vs Dallas Texans)

23rd September, 1962Dallas Texans 26, Oakland Raiders 16
16th September, 1960Dallas Texans 34, Oakland Raiders 16

Rookie safety, Johnathan Abram, suffered a torn rotator cuff and labrum during first quarter of Monday Night’s win over the Denver Broncos.

It is said that Abram will undergo surgery this week and that likely will mean the end to his rookie campaign.

The Raiders opened their 2019 campaign at home against the rival Denver Broncos on a Monday night with a win.

Derek Carr gave a commanding performance on the night, completing 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. When the game was on the line, he demanded of Gruden a chance to finish the game. Gruden agreed and the game was won.

Rookie running back, Josh Jacobs, ran for 85 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in his debut.

Tyrell Williams in his debut proved 105 yards from six catches and a touchdown.

The Raiders top draft pick, Clelin Ferrell, provided a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defended in his debut. The Raider, who were sack poor last year, came away with three sacks on the night. Benson Mayowa getting the other two and a tackle for loss to boot.

Final score, Denver 16, Oakland Raiders 24.

With the abrupt jettisoning of the troubled Antonio Brown, the Raiders had an opening for a talented receiver.

Their choice was the Hard Knocks star Keelan Doss.

In order to bring back Doss, they offered him a $300 signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $495 base salary for the year. The Alameda native is now back with the Raiders after his brief appearance on the Jaguars’ practice squad.