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Which fairly describes the Raiders. Not bad, not great. Unlikely to humiliate opponents and leave them helpless, but able to avoid being blown out.
With the Browns at the Oakland 22, and three seconds left, the Raiders needed a bad snap or a bad hold or a bad boot from one of the league's best kickers. Bad karma has dogged them for, what, four years?
Oakland responded with a 1 yard plunge by LaMont Jordan (29 carries, 121 yards) and another field goal by Janikowski, leaving the Browns about eight minutes to overcome a 26 17 deficit.
"It was starting to feel like a Babe Ruth curse around here," wideout Ronald Curry said, referring to the Curse of the Bambino in Boston.
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They marched through Oakland's defense for 80 yards in 10 plays to close to 26 24, with 3:33 left, then forced a Raiders punt with 1:04 left.
"Puts you on pins andneedles the whole damn day," wide receiver Jerry Porter cracked.
There was no exhaling at McAfee Coliseum on Sunday until the very last play, when Tommy Kelly blocked a 40 yard field goal attempt by Browns kicker Phil Dawson.
There it was, the kind of game this team is bound to play. Its offense is evolving but surely limited. Its defense is soft enough to give up chunks of yardage but effective enough to make big plays.
"To be in any game, to have a chance to win in the fourth quarter, you can't beat that," linebacker Thomas Howard said. "If we keep doing that, they're going to start coming. They'll start coming."
With the crowd (51,075) on its feet, trying to fight off that sickening, sinking feeling, Cleveland's hurry up offense went 69 yards, converting two third and 10 plays along the way.
Howard was referring to wins on the remaining schedule. Having experienced one for the first time since last Oct.29, he'll gladly endure the agonies along the way if Michael Kors Purse Orange
"It ain't nothing to put up on the wall and say, 'Look at that beautiful win right there,'" defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "But we'll take it."
This was one week after Oakland ate an overtime loss at Denver, which came one week after losing on a fourth quarter comeback by Detroit.
As will anyone in the Silver and Black congregation, which should be inspired by a team playing harder and smarter for Kiffin than it did for Art Shell or Norv Turner or Bill Callahan Year 2.
The Raiders, being among the 20 or so unremarkables, are bound to lose a few more close games. Until they have an effective quarterback and put more teeth into the defense, there will be times when hope turns into heartbreak.
"It really was a very poor job of offense," Kiffin said.
For the third consecutive week, the Raiders took their fans on a terrible, wonderful, frightening, exhilarating ride. Finally surviving their first close game, another excruciating fourth quarter, they held off Cleveland, 26 24, giving head coach Lane Kiffin his first NFL victory.
2 14 season during which it embarrassed itself, its fans and even the forgiving spirit of NFL competition.
Kelly's hand intervened, saving the Raiders from an 0 3 start to what is supposed to be their season of renewal.
Oakland will need to win a few more games like this to convince one and all that there is no curse, and that any bad karma has been rinsed away. And they'll have to do it in an NFL rife with unremarkable teams, those likely to finish a game or two on either side of .500.
It gave Cleveland enough life to score 10 points before halftime on a 99 yard kickoff return by Joshua Cribbs and a 23 yard field goal Michael Kors Zip Clutch by Dawson then come out in the third quarter and take a 17 16 lead.
The Raiders were in command for most of the first half, building a 16 0 lead 2:05 before halftime, yet they were flawed enough to spit up two prime opportunities to separate from the Browns. Two first and goal chances ended not with touchdowns but field goals by Sebastian Janikowski.
Of course. They had lost 11 games in a row, the last nine of 2006 and the first two of'07. Five of those losses were by single digits. The Raiders had become the NFL team most likely to giveth away.
"It's not a bad thing," cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said, "but it might not be a great thing."
These Raiders are built to torture, so each citizen of the Nation should get used to it. And warn your heart, if you haven't already. It will thank you come New Year's Eve. Wallets Michael Kors
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