in the 59-year history of the Raiders you may have difficulty finding a worse four-game span than the one that just played out in the second quarter of the 2018 season.In the last four games the Raiders were outscored 129-44 Cheap Johnny Townsend Jersey , that is a 32.2 points per game differential giving up versus 11 points per game scored.Two of the four loses were completely lopsided games including the 27-3 loss to the Seahawks and the 34-3 blowout at the hands of the 49ers.Then Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve, former 2015 first round pick, Amari Cooper was traded to the Cowboys, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie up and retired, and Bruce Irvin was released in his third seasons with the team.As bad as things have been on the field, the Raiders have been getting plenty of negative publicity off the field.Leading up to the week eight came versus the Colts, there were reports of a fractured locker room, the team having lost faith in quarterback Derek Carr, and Carr possibly being on the trade block. In addition to that, Jon Gruden continues to make strange comments through the media.Last week in an interview with Raider legend, Howie Long, Gruden said, “And to have salary-cap space and to have a chance to talk to the people that you really want to wear the silver and black, the guys you really want to wear the silver and black and represent this team, that’s exciting.”I can’t imagine those comments went over well with his current players.Looking at the remaining games on the schedule it is possible the Raiders do not win another game.The number one pick in the draft is looking more and more like a certainty.Offensive and defensive ranks After eight games the Raiders rank 21st in total offense.Derek Carr’s 258.8 yards passing a game ranks 15th, and the run game is averaging 95 yards a game. (24th)Points have not been easy to come by in the second quarter, with the exception of the Colts game in week eight the Raiders have scored 10, 3 www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com , and 3 points.On the season the offense averages 17.6 points per game, which tops only Buffalo, Arizona, Tennessee, and Jacksonville.That is the good news.Defensively the Raiders rank 24th in total defense.27th against the pass (407 yds/game), and last in the league against the run (144.5 yds/game).The defense surrenders a healthy 31.5 points a game, 31st in the league.This is not a recipe for success.The biggest disappointment thus far has been on defense.Considering the additions of Rashaan Melvin, Daryl Worley, three promising rookie defensive lineman, and more importantly a competent defensive coordinator.Things were not suppose to be this bad.Melvin has been benched, Worley has shown some signs of being a decent starting cornerback, and the rookies are starting to hit the rookie wall.Combine that with the leagues worst pass rush, poor linebacker play, and even worse play from the safeties and you find yourself with a 1-7 record.Lowlights of the second quarterThe last time this article was written this section was titled “highlight of the first quarter.”But as hard as it is to believe, there hasn’t been any highlights.So let’s look back at some of the memorable or better yet forgettable plays from the second quarter of the season.Derek Carr throws interception on the one yard line vs Chargers Doug Martin fumble in the fourth quarter vs ColtsRaheem Mostert gashes the Raiders defense for a 52-yard touchdownWhat to expect in the next fourIf the Raiders have any chance to win another game it has to be week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.You certainly can’t expect wins vs the Chargers, Chiefs, or the Ravens.Even a win versus the Cardinals seems like a long shot, keep in mind they did beat the 49ers who just destroyed the Raiders.The week 11 match up with the Cardinals will be the “Bosa Bowl II” Oakland Raiders T-Shirt , if the Raiders should lose this game then they may as well be “put on the clock” with the first pick in the 2019 draft.Silver Mining 10/9: Jon Gruden taking blame for disappointing season Raiders newsThe Morning After: Raiders flat performance falls squarely on Jon Gruden’s shoulders | Silver and Black PrideThis was a divisional rivalry that could have gotten the Raiders out of the AFC West cellar with a victory, and Oakland just completely whiffed on even making the game competitive. It wasn’t just a loss, it was an implosion. That is on Jon Gruden not having his team ready for this game, he needs to make sure the team is better prepared and motivated for such an important game.Gruden: ‘My fingerprints are all over’ Raiders’ start | NFL.comWhen asked Monday whether he can take anything positive from Oakland’s league-worst 1-4 start, Gruden attempted to put a sunny face on the Raiders’ situation, ultimately placing the most blame on himself.Raiders now tied for worst record in the NFL but it may not be all bad news | Silver and Black PrideThe good news for the Raiders is three of the other five one-win teams are coming up soon on the Raiders’ schedule and the combined record of the teams they face the next five games is 8-17.Marshawn Lynch upset at being denied ball at goal line and ‘cute’ play leads to interception, Gruden says ‘he and I have a lot in common’ | Silver and Black PrideLynch was told the stat that since the start of Super Bowl XLIX, teams with Lynch have now thrown four times from the one-yard line and are 0-4 including two interceptions.Turnover margin weighs heavily into Raiders’ 1-4 start | SF ChronicleThe Raiders’ minus-4 turnover margin is tied for third worst in the league, and four of their five takeaways came in their lone win of the season against the Browns.The Raiders’ offensive woes are (literally) larger than Carr, Gruden | Sacramento BeeStill, Gruden chastised himself for the call, and Carr did the same for throwing the terrible interception — as both should have done — but what wasn’t mentioned in their self-flagellations was the fact that the Raiders’ offensive line was manhandled for four quarters on Sunday.AFC WestBroncos release Marquette King | Pro Football TalkThe Broncos did as expected and released punter Marquette King from injured reserve, Jim Trotter of NFL Media reports.Top Head-Coaching Candidates If Denver Decides To Fire Vance Joseph | CBS DenverGM John Elway could soon pull the plug on the Joseph era in Denver. And when he does, what coaches are out there to replace him?Why the Chiefs won’t fade after another fast start | ESPN.comOddly for a team with little recent playoff success -- the Chiefs have lost 11 of their past 12 postseason games -- 2018 doesn’t feel like early season fortune on the path to eventual slaughter.Andy Reid: Injuries could force Chiefs into market for outside linebacker | Kansas City StarThe Chiefs finished Sunday’s game with second-year pro Tanoh Kpassagnon and rookie Breeland Speaks manning the outside linebacker spots and there are no players behind them on the depth chart.The Chargers’ celebration in front of angry Raiders fans summed up the move to LA | For the WinAs if it hadn’t been made abundantly clear that the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles was a terrible idea, one look at Raiders fans’ turnout at StubHub Center should do the trick.What we learned from the Chargers’ 26-10 victory over the Raiders | LA TimesAt 36 and making his 197th consecutive start, Rivers passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on a day when he barely stood out. The 300-yard passing game was the 59th of his career and second of the season. He now has 13 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. NFL NewsDrew Brees sets NFL all-time passing record, and he might put that record out of reach | Yahoo SportsBrees has a nice lead on everyone but Brady, and he’s playing as well as ever. Getting to 80 Oakland Raiders Hats ,000 yards seems likely as long as Brees wants to play at least a couple more seasons, and a run at 90,000 is a reach but not entirely impossible. Only five quarterbacks have ever passed for more than 53,063 career yards.How coaching not to lose is costing NFL teams | SB NationWeek in and week out, we see coaches outsmart themselves, especially in high leverage situations. We often see coaches decide to be conservative, when aggressiveness is the right call. Maybe it’s panic, stubbornness, a lack of creativity or just plain bad coaching, but it happens often, and we saw more of it this week.Jets safety sets NFL record for longest no TD interception return and you have to see it | CBS SportsMaye needed 105 yards to get to the end zone, but he only made it 104 yards after Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton chased him down and tackled him at the one-yard line. All that work for nothing. Eagles RB Jay Ajayi out for season with torn ACL | NFL.comThe team on Monday placed Ajayi on injured reserve, with NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reporting the 25-year-old tore his ACL, a setback that will end his season.Giants to part ways with Ereck Flowers by Tuesday | NFL.comFlowers, a 2015 first-round pick of former Giants general manager Jerry Reese, finally reached the end of his unusually long rope after five weeks that included an embarassing Week 1 performance (broken down in depth by yours truly here) and a benching prior to Week 3. It caps a solid seven months of unrest surrounding Flowers, who was upset by New York’s signing of Nate Solder in the offseason and failed to shift to right tackle successfully.