One Game Doesn't Make a Season Or Does It

DarenContributor ISeptember 15, 2010

NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs into the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown in the first half of the NFL season opener against the Oakland Raiders at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

When the clock read 0:00 at the end of the 4th quarter at LP Field in Tennessee the Raiders had endured a 38-13 setback at the hands of the Titans.  The optimism that started with the draft and bled over into the preseason seemed to have dissipated by the time the 2nd quarter rolled around and the Titans were themselves steamrolling.

Did all the goodwill (even some of the "experts" made the Raiders sleeper playoff picks) go out the door with the first game loss?  I don't think so, 1/2 of the 32 NFL teams lost on Thursday, Sunday & Monday and I don't think that they are hitting the panic button just yet.  Although in the the Raiders case starting season 8 of 7 straight losing seasons with a blowout lost may have cause for concern for some Raider fans. 

I don't think that this game will make or break the Raiders (unless there is a tiebreaker w/the Titans) for the season.  Hopefully, this will be their only bad game during this season.