Panthers 17, Raiders 6: Always Finding New Ways to Lose

Normally, when teams hold an opposing quarterback to 7-for-27 passing and force four interceptions, they come out of the game on the winning end. Most teams, however, aren't the Oakland Raiders. Despite Jake Delhomme putting up the numbers shown above, the Panthers still managed to walk out of Oakland with a 17-6 win, in front of an announced crowd of 47,888, far short of a sellout. Games like this might be why guys are so willing to pay their way out of Oakland, I imagine.

So, anyway, as for the game itself ... I suppose it should be looked at as a positive that the Raiders saw, like, a 6000% increase in their first downs from a week ago, and actually managed to register a couple of field goals. However, when you consider how Delhomme, with four interceptions, tried to give the game to them, it has to be incredibly frustrating to still lose by 11.

Andrew Walter, making his first start of the season in place of the injured JaMarcus Russell, did his best to maintain the level of play Raiders fans have become accustomed to at the quarterback position, completing 14-of-32 for 143 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Nnamdi Asomugha found it all quite frustrating that his teams offense couldn't capitalize on the opportunities presented by the defense. "It is frustrating to get those type of plays, and then three-and-out and you go right back on to the field."

Yup. Frustrating.

As for the Panthers, Delhomme managed to complete at least one pass to a member of his team when he connected with Muhsin Muhammad on a 3-yard score in the first quarter. In the second, Deangelo Williams scored on a 69-yard run giving the Panthers all the cushion they would need against Oakland.

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