Bad to worst for Raiders
Five more turnovers, a seventh consecutive loss and a third shutout this season.
The Oakland Raiders that Al Davis built with a “commitment to excellence” are now perhaps the worst team in the NFL.
“I want to win and I will win and we will win for the Raiders,” Davis said. “We’ll get this thing straightened out.”
If Sunday’s 20-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams is any indication, it could take time. The Raiders could generate no offense against a team that was giving up more than 25 points per game and was unable to stop Steven Jackson, who ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders (2-12) equaled their most losses in a season since Davis joined the franchise in 1963. He held court after the game but refused to get into specifics about the team’s problems.
After being shut out only once at home in Davis’ first 43 years with the team, the Raiders have been blanked twice at McAfee Coliseum this season.
“It’s just embarrassing,” said quarterback Aaron Brooks, who was pulled in the fourth quarter. “We’re better than that.”
The Rams (6-8) took advantage of Oakland’s inept offense to post their first shutout since 2003 and win for only the second time in nine games. Their two touchdown drives came after Oakland turnovers: St. Louis drove only 43 yards combined to get 14 points.
Jackson scored on a four-yard run after Chris Carr fumbled a punt at the 24, and on a 19-yard run after the first of two Rams interceptions of Andrew Walter passes.
“It’s just a relief to get a solid performance on offense and defense. It’s great to finally have something good happen on both sides of the ball in the same game,” defensive end Leonard Little said. “We’ve still got a slim chance at the playoffs, so we can’t let up. We’ve got to finish strong and hope we get some breaks.”