Donald Penn Says Raiders Playing “On Edge” After Difficult Start
Everyone has a theory as to what’s gone wrong with the Raiders. Even the players are offering ideas.
Donald Penn took a page out of Aaron Rodgers’ psychological playbook this week and said the Raiders need to relax.
“We’re so uptight,” Penn told Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. “We expected to have a different start these first five games. I think we need to take a deep breath and relax. We’re so on edge. We don’t want to make a mistake. We just want everything to be perfect and, in this game, it’s not going to be that way.
But why be “on edge” after starting the season 2-0 and leading the league in scoring after two games?
Whatever happened after the Jets game, the Raiders offense is only averaging 12.3 points per game since. The “edge” is something that obviously wasn’t around to start the season.
Sunday’s game against the Chargers will feel like the season is on the line for the Raiders. A loss would put Oakland at 2-4 with undefeated Kansas City coming to town on a short week. Only four teams in the Super Bowl era have made the playoffs after beginning the season with a 2-5 record.
Good luck trying to relax now.