Raiders surprised by woes

"All alone now, except for the memories of what we had and what we knew." No one thought it would start out like this for Oakland.

The Raiders stand alone.

A 13-3 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday night at Invesco Field means Oakland is the last winless team in the NFL after wins earlier in the day by Tennessee, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

"It's very surprising," Raiders coach Art Shell said. "We've had the opportunity to win the last few weeks. We've gotten close and it's gotten away from us."

The Raiders remain either intent on fighting their way out of it or in a deep sense of denial, coming away feeling as if they had more to do with losing the game than the Broncos did with winning it.

The Raiders had two crucial turnovers -- an interception of Andrew Walter by Champ Bailey at the goal line and a LaMont Jordan fumble at the Denver 34 with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter.

Combine those two plays with a missed 54-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski, and a season-high 13 penalties for 95 yards (including eight false starts), and it was remarkable the Raiders were within striking distance as long as they were.

Whether it was an illusion or not, the feeling that the Raiders are letting games get away rather than losing to superior teams may be their only hope in salvaging anything from a season that has various network pundits seriously considering whether 0-16 is possible.

In theory, the Raiders have a winnable game when they host Arizona at McAfee Coliseum Sunday. The road gets rough after that as the Raiders host Pittsburgh, travel to Seattle, host Denver, then have consecutive road games against division foes Kansas City and Seattle before Houston on December 3.

Oakland could conceivably be 0-10 before the Texans come to town.

Meanwhile, Walter completed 13 of 26 passes for 189 yards and made some nice throws, but not enough of them.

"It's really frustrating," Walter said. "We're getting better but there's no room in professional sports for moral victories. We are judged by wins and losses. We are improving and that is fine, but it doesn't mean much. We have to focus on the positives and get rid of the negatives."

One issue that appears closer to resolution is that of disgruntled wide receiver Jerry Porter. Porter was suspended for four weeks without pay for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Shell said Porter was suspended for "insubordination and disruption. It was a combination of things. A couple of things happened over the course of the week and over time."

Whether wide receiver Randy Moss is in tune with how things are going remains to be seen. He appeared relaxed and happy in the post-game locker room, declining all interview requests.

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp insists the Raiders have what it takes to win a game, which is all he wants at this point -- a single win.

"If you are going to go out and play defense, you know we will have the chance to win some games," Sapp said. "We aren't going to win many with three points, but we are just going to keep plugging along. We haven't won a game. We can't hang our hat on anything. You have to go out and play. I know for myself, I am, because I love this game."

Safety Jarrod Cooper also did his best to put a good face on 0-5.

"What was encouraging today was that everybody showed up," Cooper said.


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