Through five games, it’s difficult to get a read on most teams. The Raiders are no different. One thing appears clear: the Raiders aren’t as good as their 3-0 start indicated and not as bad as their 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday looked. There’s no way to sugarcoat the Raiders’ loss. They
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."