Raiders might have hit rock bottom with pathetic 34-3 loss to 49ers
It might not get any worse than this for the Oakland Raiders.
Sure, the way they are playing the Raiders (1-7) could lose all eight games remaining this season and finish 1-15 to surpass the worst record in franchise history, 1-13 in 1962 – the year before Al Davis came to town and turned the team around.
The Raiders lost the first 13 games that season before beating the Boston Patriots, 20-0, in the season finale at Frank Youell Field, prompting play-by-play man Bob Blum to famously say: “There will be dancing on Broadway (the main street in Oakland) tonight.”
That became a joke in Oakland because nobody really cared until the next year, when Davis turned the Raiders into one of the great franchises in sports.
Davis must be rolling over in his grave over what is happening to his Raiders, who looked like the worst team in the NFL while taking a 34-3 beating from their Bay Area rivals, the San Francisco 49ers (2-7), on Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
To make matters worse, the Niners did it behind quarterback Nick Mullens, who was playing in his first regular-season NFL game. The Raiders made him look like his idol and fellow Southern Mississippi alum, Brett Favre.
Mullens even wears Farve’s No. 4.
The biggest loser in all of this is Raider Nation, perhaps the most loyal group of fans in sports, which already has seen its team leave town once before and move to Los Angeles only to return, but is set to move again to Las Vegas in two years.
Rubbing salt in that wound, Oakland traded away probably its best player, outside linebacker Khalil Mack, to the Chicago Bears a few days before the season opener and two weeks ago dealt popular wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite all of that, much of the local Raiders fan base has stuck with the team this season, even though there is talk that owner Mark Davis, Al’s son, might take his team to San Diego or elsewhere next season before the move to Las Vegas because of pending litigation.
At some point, even the most loyal of those fans might not care anymore.