Oakland cornerback Chris Johnson has said outrageous things in the past. Now, after the greatest moment for the Raiders’ in the past seven years, Johnson again is being outrageous.
According to the Contra Costa Times, Johnson had this to say a day after the Raiders crushed the Broncos, 59-14: “It’s never a fluke with us. We have the talent. We're probably the most talented team in the National Football League. If we play like we played [Sunday], and we do the same thing in practice, then we will expect to win and we expect to make plays, and we did that."
Having confidence is always important, but Johnson and the Raiders just have to stay focused on getting better. This is a team that hasn’t won back-to-back games in the past 23 games. All they have to do is focus on beating Seattle and getting to .500 at the mid-season point. Johnson has to remember the Raiders were awful the week before crushing Denver, in a loss to the previously winless 49ers.
His bravado is unnecessary. The Raiders don’t need to tell everyone how good they are. But Johnson’s words need to be taken with a grain of salt, anyway. Last year, when Oakland was 2-6, Johnson suggested the Raiders would go 8-0 to finish the second season. They ended the season with a 5-11 record.
Sunday’s win over Denver was tremendous for the Oakland organization. But it has to remain focused on the task at hand, so I hope everyone in the organization doesn’t think they’re the best team in the league because of one great week.
In other AFC West mid-day news:
A big reason whys San Diego is 2-5 is that it is 30th in the NFL in turnover differential
Kansas City coach Todd Haley doesn’t want to hear it from anybody about his team being in first place in the AFC West.
San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding may be out for another week or two with a groin injury. He has been replaced by Kris Brown, who missed a 50-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of a 23-20 loss to New England on Sunday.
Denver re-signed defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith. He was cut in September after Denver acquired him from New England last year.