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Subject: Raider Nation still not convinced Raiders are on the right track Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 02:58:43

heading into pivotal game in LA vs Chargers ‘Winning cures all’ is a popular saying in sports. And in the NFL where there are just 16 games per season , a win means a lot more than it does in say Major League Baseball or the NBA. But even in the NFL, when that win is put alongside a lot of losses, it doesn’t cure much.After week three, the Raiders were winless on the season, having collapsed in the second half of each game. At that point, fan confidence in the direction of the team had dipped to just 32%.They came back to Oakland to face the 1-1-1 Browns desperate to cobble together something. And they did. They won the game, end of story, yay!Not exactly.That win was about as tough as they come. They needed overtime to do it, and in that overtime period Derek Carr went over 400 yards passing, and Amari Cooper and Jared Cook both went over 100 yards receiving, joining Marshawn Lynch who went over 100 yards rushing. And the Raiders every yard of that to pull it out.The Raiders blew a lead several times to the Browns. And though the Browns are actually a pretty decent team this year, they had done their share of collapsing this season as well. They also had a rookie quarterback making his first start, and lost two of their top three cornerbacks during the game.With all this Authentic Derek Carrier Jersey , the Raiders gave up 42 points and came within inches on an overturned first down run from dropping their 4th straight to start the Jon Gruden era. That defense is still a major concern while Khalil Mack is in Chicago winning NFC Defensive Player of the month honors.There were some positive signs in the win. Showing some resilience was huge for their confidence. The late game heroics were admirable and, who knows, it may just start something for them to have come back to win instead of fade away to lose.It may also be one of those things they will be facing every week with the odds of pulling out those wins stacked against them.This week’s FanPulse poll suggest the Raider Nation may have been encouraged by the Raiders getting their first win, they’re still hesitant to jump in and say things have turned around. (Sign up here to take our weekly Raiders survey)Confidence level rose slightly this week, but just 6% to reach 38% after the first quarter.They will head to Los Angeles to play the Chargers Sunday, making for a pivotal game in terms of their season prospects. The Chargers are a pretty good team, but not unbeatable. Though they were the offseason favorite to win the AFC West, it’s hard to know exactly how good they are because their two wins were against bottom feeders in the Bills and 49ers while their two losses were to the league’s only undefeated teams; the Rams and Chiefs.What we do know is they have one of the league’s top offenses, having scored at least 23 points in every game this season and averaging nearly 28 points per game.Should the Raiders lose, they would fall to 1-4 on the season and 0-2 in the division. And fan confidence will rightfully tumble.Should the Raiders pull out a win, they will pull to within one game of .500, having beaten a very good team and division rival. If that were to happen, I fully expect the fan confidence to shoot up Jordy Nelson Jersey , especially with three of the most favorable part of the schedule upcoming with match-ups such as the Seahawks, Colts, 49ers and Cardinals. Beating up on bad out of division teams isn’t going to cut it. Gotta have this one in Los Angeles.Follow @LeviDamien Denver Broncos 13th-year nose tackle Domata Peko always has the ears of his young teammates, especially this week with a trip to Baltimore coming up.The Ravens (1-1) are a team Peko faced 22 times while anchoring the Cincinnati Bengals defensive line from 2006-16."Baltimore is a tough place to play," said Peko, who's coming off a spectacular game against the Raiders on Sunday. "I played there 11 years in a row in the AFC North and it's a tough division. The crowd is going to be loud as heck."Which makes it imperative for the Broncos (2-0) to get off to a fast start, Peko said.That's something they didn't do either on offense or defense in squeaking past the Raiders 20-19 ."You have to get after them early, show them you mean business, get that run stopped and you definitely have to get pressure on (Joe) Flacco because he can sit back there and he can throw the deep ball like the best of them," Peko said.Broncos fans need no reminder of that.Seared in their collective memory is Flacco heaving a 70-yard touchdown throw to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in a divisional playoff game in 2013 that led to Baltimore's double-overtime upset of the top-seeded Broncos in Peyton Manning's first season in Denver."You definitely have to start fast against those guys," Peko said.Last week, the Broncos trailed 12-0 at halftime and 19-7 in the third quarter before rallying behind Case Keenum 's second straight fourth-quarter comeback.Coach Vance Joseph said this week that his cornerbacks played too soft in the first half, allowing Derek Carr to get too comfortable in completing 29 of 32 passes for a franchise-record 90.6 completion percentage.The Broncos also sputtered from the start on offense Authentic Rashaan Melvin Jersey , going three-and-out on their first three drives while their most explosive player thus far — rookie running back Phillip Lindsay — cooled his cleats on the sideline.When Lindsay got into the game, he reeled off a 53-yard run on his first carry and finished as the first undrafted player in NFL history to eclipse 100 yards from scrimmage in his first two NFL games.At halftime, Joseph ordered defensive adjustments, taking away the huge cushions they were giving Oakland's receivers, and the offense make its own corrections. Following six fruitless first-half possessions, the Broncos scored on all four of their second-half drives.In studying the Broncos, Harbaugh sees a familiar sight in Peko, who looks to him like every bit the thorn he was for the Ravens during his time with the Bengals."He's the same guy, just he's a hard-edge football player. Just lots and lots of respect for that guy," Harbaugh said. "I mean, he's physical, he's tough, plays super hard. I don't know how he's built but he's got a sixth sense for screens. He sniffs those things out like nobody's business. He always has."He's a screen wrecker. Just a very physical Youth Kolton Miller Jersey , very tough, very smart player and we've got a lot of respect for him."Joseph, who was on Marvin Lewis' staff in Cincinnati from 2014-15, agreed with Harbaugh's assessment that Peko hasn't lost a step at age 33."Being around Domata in Cincinnati, he's always been a guy that played with great energy — for a big guy, to move like he does and to hold double-teams like he does, and obviously read screens like he does? He's a screen killer and he's been that way since I've known Domata," Joseph said. "He's a great locker room guy, a great team leader and he played really well last week."

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