I mean, letting a second-year quarterback go off for seven touchdowns in your own building would be very indicative of such a response.
But just like everyone else in this world, the Raiders just had a bad day at the office. And before everyone jumps to conclusions and buries them after such a loss, let's remember that this is still a very good defense.
It's a defense that has been stitched together with cheap one-year deals, and despite the ugly 400-yard performance by Foles last week, it's a defense that can't be written off after one bad game.
Remember the New England Patriots last year? A team that won the AFC East and reached the AFC Championship game? A loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Foxborough, Mass. when they were 14-point favorites.
And what about the San Diego Chargers who smacked the Pittsburgh Steelers right in the mouth at Heinz Field in Week 14 last season? The Chargers walked out with a 34-24 win despite being seven-point underdogs.
See what I'm getting at?
Every team is going to have an off day. There's a reason why only two teams have gone undefeated in the regular season since 1972. A bump in the road never hurt anybody.
The Raiders suffered an ugly loss when they had all the momentum in the world. They have nobody to blame but themselves, and they know that.
But one bad game does not mean this team should be written off. Crazier things have happened in the NFL, and the famous expression "Any given Sunday" doesn't exist for nothing.
The Raiders have that aura surrounding them that comes with so much love and so much hate at the same time. And since they've been so abysmal for the last 10 years, it's easy to point fingers at them and say, "it's because they're the Raiders."
But they aren't buying it. Reggie McKenzie isn't buying it. Dennis Allen isn't buying it.
McKenzie has gone out of his way to rid the team that drafted him of its historic, outdated and sometimes appropriate reputation of being the laughing stock of the NFL.
Allen and McKenzie have instilled toughness and grit into this team, and they've played with heart all season long. They've already proved most critics wrong when they reached the three-win mark in the first week of October.
A strong performance against the New York Giants on Sunday will help them regain their confidence, a confidence that has made them exciting for the first time in a long time.
And contrary to popular belief, the excuse of them being the "same ol' Raiders" won't be relevant for much longer.
Steven Slivka covers the Oakland Raiders for the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.
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