2018 Home summaries The Oakland Raiders season started off bad then gradually got worse with each passing week. It was a reflection of a failed draft and a lack luster free agency period to end the 2017 season. We headed into this season with hope but three straight losses before the bye week proved to be rougher than it sounded. The home opener against the Chargers would be a revealing of Oakland’s biggest issue the pass defense. The Raiders allowed San Diego’s Nick Royster 3 TD on three catches while letting Joe Flacco sit pretty in the pocket and pass for 4 scores, San Diego would win 35-13. The next week Arizona traveled to the black hole and left victorious winning easily 41-21. The passing duo of Mettenberger and Patton proved way too much for Oaklands half assed pass defense. Oakland would have to wait til week 8 for their first victory, a far cry from the previous season in which they didn’t get their first loss until the same week. In ironic fashion the first win was in fact won in coach Russell’s absence. A home loss to the Diablos (24-20) preceded the 44-22 SIM win vs KC. After the game Latavius Murray would be traded Vikings for future draft picks, this move cemented Oakland’s season as a rebuild year. The following week Oakland dropped a tough one to the division rival Denver Broncos 31-17. The brightest spot of the season came in week 12 when the New England Patriots came into town. The Raider defense truly showed just how tough they can be when they work together shutting down Garoppolo, Gronk and company, the final 23-16. In the next coming weeks Oakland rode some momentum, if there is such a thing as losing team momentum, the next three games would all be close contests though they all would end with Oakland being dealt the losing blow. To end the season the Raiders would drop off the professional football map being outscored 71-0 while losing Carr for the season certainly didn’t help but, without the use of excuses they were just bad. 2-14, last in plays from scrimmage, forced turnovers and near the top in penalties there aren’t enough fingers to go around to point out the bads and the worsts. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, this season is over and the off-season is on the horizon. Derrick Carr looks to lead this bunch back to the top of the AFC West and regain the respect the previous owner had. It will be a tough sell though, a lot of things need to fall in place to get that done and fortunately a lot of things have been falling in Oakland and the rule of percentages lean in the Raider favor.