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Ya know, Cohn is mostly a 49er writer. But he’s jumping ship here, and for a good reason. And it’s not just because the Raiders have a bright future — they obviously do.
Cohn’s leaving the 49ers behind because at least for now, there’s just nothing left to write about the dismal, low-down, crummy state of that once-worthy franchise.
I never get tired of reading “crummy” in print! Even online!
The last time they played a good team, they got their butts kicked, so I’m not overly optimistic. But maybe they learned from that debacle. Plus they didn’t have Murray when they played the Chiefs, which I think was a bigger deal than most people realized. As much as I like Washington and Richard, they’re simply not every down backs. Bottom line: defense needs to win this one. Go Raiders!
They played the Broncos tight in both games last year so eeking out a win isn’t beyond question at all. The hard part is that the Broncos make all QBs look bad, and the only thing the Raiders do consistently well is the passing game. So our greatest strength by far is a push at best against that defense. The offense is better this year, but also too reliant on big plays from Carr. the offense basically putts along until Carr and the receivers bail them out. The Broncos offense isn’t scaring anyone, and the Raiders deservedly maligned defense has actually played ok against mediocre offenses like Jacksonville and Tampa. I’m hoping Carr stays patient, takes the sacks without turning it over, and that the Raiders win by a field goal or two in a low-scoring affair. 13-10 Raiders.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.