Going into the Bengals game, it seemed like the task for Bruce Gradkowski was impossible. They would be playing at home, sure. But against a 7-3 team that had beaten both the Steelers and Ravens, twice? If you had tried to place a bet on this contest, the bookie might have looked at you like you were crazy. No one bets on the Raiders. Sure, they beat the Eagles. But that was a fluke with an ineffective quarterback and a good defensive effort. Come Sunday's start, that was the prevailing opinion around football. The numbers, via Yahoo, had the odds of us winning at 4 percent. When the Bengals had the ball through the first half of play, it looked as though the Raiders were going to have a long day. Every time the Bengals ran a play, they made first downs and built up a 14-0 lead. Then, some ...
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