GREEN BAY, Wis. Ė Based on what Iím watching the Indianapolis Colts do to the Baltimore Ravens here in my hotel room, its hard to imagine the Raiders not being in line for another loss next week when the Colts come to Oakland.
The Packers offensive line is hardly the most dominant group around, but it pretty much shut down the Raiders pass rush in their 38-7 win.
As for how the Raiders did against the run, itís a broken record at this point.
Iíve heard the Raiders lament missed assignments and players not being in the right gap as a reason why the Raiders sometimes look laughable against the run.
I caught part of what Rich Gannon said about the Raiders run defense and I agree. It starts up front. The Raiders linebackers and secondary are put in bad positions because the guys up front are often being dominated up front.
The Colts have one of the best offensive lines in football. Joseph Addai is next in line for well over 100 rushing yards.
Because nothing ďpositiveĒ was happening on the field, Andrew Walter went into the game instead of JaMarcus Russell according to coach Lane Kiffin.
Simply put: If someone is going to be in the game with a good chance of being knocked silly, let it be Walter.
Because no one coddled Walter last year, he was on the wrong end of a lot of things that werenít positive last year.
And itís tough for him knowing he really has no future with the Raiders. Kiffin cares so much for Russell (rightfully so) he doesnít want anything to go wrong for him.
I understand the need to do everything possible to make sure Russell is successful, but I think there would have been nothing wrong with letting have the final series of the game.
Things aren't always going to go well in a game and I'd like to see how Russell reacts when that happens.
Even though the reasons Walter was put in arenít exactly flattering, Walter said the time made him remember he likes playing football.
At least Walter wasnít on the wrong end of the negatives Josh McCown faced at Lambeau Field.
I didnít get the chance to talk to Stanford Routt, but heard he wasnít in the mood to talk about the long touchdown Greg Jennings caught on him.
Routt played the route well and was in position to make a play. He just didnít so Jennings jogged the last 43 yards of his 80-yard touchdown after Routt fell down.
Another problem was the lack of deep safety help.
It appeared Stuart Schweigert bit on Brett Favreís run fake on the play, which would explain why he was chasing at the end.
Thatís another overlooked effect of the poor run defense. At the first sign of a run, Raiders safeties immediately have to respect it.
Canít forget the penalties.
Two penalties that were horrible came in the second quarter. LaMont Jordan has a 26-yard reception to put the ball at the Raidersí 44.
Jerry Porter, however, was called for pass interference. The replays at the stadium didnít show that part of the play clearly, but Gannon seemed to think it was a questionable call.
So itís second and 18. No big deal because Josh McCown then hit Zach Miller for a 25-yard gain.
Wait. Holding on Barry Sims. Back it up.
The drive ended with a punt that was returned by Will Blackmon for a touchdown.
It looked like he stepped out of bounds (I say look because you never know if an official will overturn what looks obvious) and put the Raiders down 14-0.
That was the first punt return for a score ever allowed since Shane Lechler has been a Raider.
Penalties. Just another part of Raider football.