When the Raiders played the Los Angeles Rams last season, it was viewed by most as a game the Raiders had little chance of winning. The Rams were a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, the Raiders a team pretending. Hence, when the Rams blitzed the Raiders in the season-opener, no one was shocked or
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."