When head coach Sean McDermott finally hangs up his whistle at the end of his football career, he should take a job in marketing. McDermott has a slogan for every situation. He has them printed on signs hanging around the locker room. They are sprinkled throughout his speeches to the players and the media. For home games, McDermott came up with the catchphrase, “Defend Our Dirt,“ and went so far as to give each player a little glass jar containing some of the rubber fibers from the playing field at New Era stadium mixed with sand from training camp.
As corny as that may be, the message was received. The Bills are a perfect 4-0 at home following Sunday’s 31-14 win over the Raiders. This is the first time they have been perfect at home since 1995.
It had never been my life endeavor to become a sports writer. I just kind of fell into it. Several years ago I was approached by Liz Panucci, the founder of a site called NFLFemale.com. She asked, ‘Do you want to write about your Raiders?’. The next thing I knew I was the Official Fan Reporter for the Oakland Raiders at NFLFemale.
My love of football began when I was a child. My father coached football at a local high school. Since I was a “Daddy’s’ Girl” I was either with him while he was coaching, or with him and his friends watching USC football or The L.A. Rams.
What a way to come back from a disarmingly bad loss last week against division rivals for the Baltimore Ravens to play like they did on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens played excellent on both sides of the ball.
After being criticized by both fans and press alike, the Ravens came out playing fast and smart. When given good protection and time to throw we see a completely different team. We see a team that has the ground game and passing game in sync. Coming into this game we didn’t know which Ravens team was going to show up Sunday.
Glad to see the preparedness for the Raiders was on display. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked comfortable in the pocket. He didn’t throw one interception and was not sacked at all. Despite some injuries to some players we still managed to escape mistake free.
After watching the Chiefs and Redskins duel, I decided against what I wanted to write because we’re in a bye now and some changes are needed. Needed quickly. The above match-up felt like what we should’ve seen in Denver. Two bitter rivals ripping each other to shreds, with the quarterbacks leading the charge.
Instead, we saw a lackluster game that was barren of heat or passion. No fights. Only a couple really hard hits (one by safety Jamal Carter). Knock on wood, but our total injuries were a couple sprains. No broken noses, bloody jerseys or pants. This was no WWE Smack Down or Cage Match. It mostly felt like a pillow fight.
I take that back. The Broncos did break quarterback Derek Carr. He joins a growing list of top QBs we have sidelined. Some have yet to completely bounce back. That intensity needs to hit every position group. Not to knock players out, but to be as focused as Von Miller and Derek Wolfe–heat seeking QB misslies.
Believe it or not, I’m super nice to most people and try to do the right thing, which is why I’m glad the Raiders are kind of good again. They let me release my inner she-devil. It’s like The Purge, only twice a year. So what are you hoping happens to Oakland? I’m hoping cornerback Aqib Talib completely neutralizes wide receiver Michael Crabtree so he doesn’t get a single carry.
This is an AFC West division game between two long-time rivals, and both teams are 2-1 with losses last week against teams many thought they should have beaten. This game could have serious implications on any playoff run either franchise hopes to see. I expect it to be nasty and dirty, and reffing could be a factor.
After a dismal pre-season with only one win over the Carolina Panthers (and two of the four pre-season games with no Titan touchdown); hopes were high that they Titans would start this year off with a win.
The Titans had the home field advantage and yes, the Titan fans are showing up now. I know that the team has complained in the past that there are more opposing fans at every home game but this game there was plenty of two-tone blue in the stands on Sunday. Nashville Mayor, Megan Berry, was at the game, and the entire Nashville Predators hockey team were present as they symbolic 12th man.
Nissan Stadium got an update last year, the practice facility at St. Thomas Sportspark got an update this year. The GM Jon Robinson has been wheeling and dealing and trying to fill in any weak spots that were noted last year with free agents and a few high performing rookies. Tons of support for our home team. So if you shake all that up and stir it together you’ll get a winning team, right? Well almost. Continue reading “Titans fall to Raiders at home: Titans 16-26 Raiders”→
NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?
TL:I began to learn about football from watching my father coach a local high school football team. I was just a kid, about 4 or 5 years old. My father would take care of me on the weekends. In addition to watching him coach I would watch USC football and Rams games with him.
NF: Priorities of Life – What are your top 3?
TL:My top 3 priorities in life are my health, my closest friends and family, and obviously my life revolves around sports (More specifically football).