Raiders-Niners 1-1, Happy?
By Frank Luna
Two weeks in the books and the Raiders and Niners both sport 1-1 records and the knowledge they could be undefeated. San Francisco squandered a lead in the fourth quarter and lost in overtime, while Oakland lost in the worst way, in the final seconds on the road. Which record is more impressive? The Niners have played two home games against Seattle and Dallas. Both beatable but certainly not a lock. On the other hand, the Raiders have played both games on the road against the undefeated and surprising Bills and the 1-1 Broncos in hostile Denver.
Obviously, it’s just too early to tell how the season will play out, but I’m impressed with the notion Oakland came just 18 seconds and a dropped game ending interception from starting the season 2-0 on the road. But maybe we should wait until the end of week five to see if the Raiders are worthy of playoff contention talk. They have The New York Jets, New England and Texas to entertain first. Ouch!