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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Positives from a Negative Season

2-11 isn't what most Raiders fans were expecting this season but even with all of the poor play and distractions that have occured this season there are a few positives.

The most obvious is the vast improvement by our defense. I know the defense was torched by the Bengals but overall they have performed amazingly. Nnamdi Asomugha may be on his way to his first Pro Bowl appearence, he currently leads the league in interceptions and has returned one for a touchdown. Thomas Howard has played great for a rookie. He is second on the team in tackles and can play from sideline to sideline. Derrick Burgess and Warren Sapp have both had success getting to the Quarterback this season. Burgess currently has 10 sacks while Sapp has added another 7. Rookie Michael Huff hasn't made many impact plays but has been very solid in run support and has shown that he may become the Strong Safety that Derrick Gibson never was. Even on the offensive side of the ball there may be one positive. Ronald Curry has begun to emerge again and may be on his way to leading the team in recieving yards and receptions despite limited playing time.

This week we will face off with another talented group of receivers and an emerging star Running Back in Stephen Jackson. I expect our defense to rebound and perform well but can our offense finally get some rythm and lead us to a victory?


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