It's 0-4 for the Oakland Raiders in the NFL this season. Traveling to London's Wembley stadium Oakland were in the hunt for a first win of the season but they didn't even come close as a revitalised Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins to a huge 38-14 win.
Things started brightly for the nominal home team. Rookie Derek Carr started the game with a bang finding Jermaine Jones with a 30 yard pass. The Raiders then marched all the way down the field with another 9 plays to take the 7-0 lead.
From that point onwards though Oakland simply imploded. The Dolphins won the second quarter 21-0 and the third quarter 14-0. To make matters worse though rookie QB Derek Carr was taken off injured in the third quarter.
All in all then after being thrashed by over three touchdowns and losing rookie QB Derek Carr things don't look good for the Oakland Raiders franchise. In fact things are so bad that the question needs to be asked are the Oakland Raiders going to repeat the ignominious performance of the 2008 Detroit Lions and fail to pick up a single win? Are the Oakland Raiders about to endure an imperfect season?
The first four weeks of the season have seen the Raiders played the Jets, Texans, Patriots and then the Dolphins. Other than a tough matchup against the Patriots in week 3 those four games presented the Raiders with their most favorable games of the season.
Looking at the rest of the Oakland Raiders' schedule then it's hard to come up with a situation where they even win one game. Don't believe me? Lets take a look.
After taking a bye week in week five the Raiders welcome the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals in weeks 6 and 7 respectively. Although the Raiders are at home for these games it is hard to make a case for an Oakland win here. The Chargers are 3-1 and challenging the Broncos for the AFC West title. To get that record San Diego had to overcome the World Champion Seattle Seahawks and it is hard to see them ruining all that hardwork by losing to the Raiders.
Similarly, points could be made about the Cardinals who seem unlikely to find the strength to beat the 49ers without Carson Palmer only to then lose to Oakland.
After week 7 things don't get any easier. With the next four games being on the road to Cleveland and then Seattle, then at home to Denver and away to the Chargers once more.
Given the toughness of that schedule I think it is fair to expect that Oakland will be heading into week 12 with an 0-10 record. Match ups at home to the Chiefs and away the Rams might seem to offer some hope but by the time those matches come around the momentum of so many defeats will have a life of its own.
It's four weeks into the season then and it's is already over for the Raiders. Look on the bright side Oakland fans though. At least we all know who is going to have the first pick of the 2015 NFL draft.
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