What If?

If Rolando McClain makes a few more tackles…
If Nick Miller doesn’t trip on his own feet…
If the Raiders “daunting” front four sacks Ryan Fitzpatrick just once…
If Tyvon Branch isn’t called for roughness on a defenseless receiver and it is ruled a fumble…
If Ryan Fitzpatrick’s dropped snap is a fumble and not a faux spike…
If Chris Johnson makes just one play…
If Tyvon Branch catches the interception or deflects the ball…
If Darren McFadden doesn’t fumble…
If Denarius Moore comes down with the Hail Mary pass…
If Kevin Boss, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy and Mike Mitchell play…
If Matt Giordano makes a key tackle…
If Rolando McClain doesn’t miss his coverage assignment…

If if if if if.

The Raiders lost this game. Plenty of blame to go around and that’s why it was so terribly painful to watch.

The defense was terrible. The offense could have been better.

Positives? Sure…there are plenty of positives, but it’s the ifs that killed the Raiders on Sunday.

Few teams can overcome a list of if.

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