Beating the Denver Broncos in the regular-season opener was nice, but certainly no surprise. Downing the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday opened some eyes, though the Colts were missing their top offensive and defensive players. But something was missing. The wow factor. The head-turning element that comes from a win that few saw coming. The season-defining
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."