Playoff Pontificator: Week 11

TRF’s Inaugural 2017 Week 11 Playoff Pontificator

Today, we are going to talk playoffs.  PLAYOFFS?! (Insert Jim Mora soundtrack).  Ok, after last year’s run I’m sure most of us thought we would be looking at securing a bye right about now instead of clinging to our collective playoff lives.  That said, it is what it is and we need to make some statistical lemonade.  It’s hard to believe that we were 7-2 a mere 12 months ago.  So why, one year later, are we sitting at 4-5?  Well, if we choose to play the blame game there is a lot of it to spread around.

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The Pillaging Podcast: Carr in Reverse

Join us as we grind through the gears of last week and attempt to get the Carr back into overdrive. Stuck in reverse and spinning his wheels, Carr had another tough game this week as the Raiders’ offense continued to stall. We break down that Bills game and get you ready for the upcoming tilt against Miami. It’s a back to back road games for the Raiders but we’re holding down on the home front.

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The Pillaging Podcast: Raiders Round Table

The Oakland Raiders head into Buffalo high off of their unforgettable win against the hated Kansas City Chiefs in hopes of evening out their season record. Therefore, we’re here to get you ready for Khalil Mack’s Buffalo homecoming for a Raiders Round table.

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The Pillaging Podcast: Kill or be Killed

The Oakland Raiders faced off against their division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs in a kill or be killed do or die match up on prime time television. Headed into a must win situation the Raiders come into Thursday night with their backs against the wall. Subsequently, Oakland answered the call in a game that will go down in the history books. This was one for the ages. This one was a classic.

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The Pillaging Podcast: New Carr Smell

The Carr is out of the shop and ready for action once again. Join us on this week’s episode as we look at the good and bad from week 5. We’ll take a close look at what Oakland can do going forward to get back in the win column. In addition, Chase returns this week to show us what the Silver and Black did differently against the Ravens and what they need to do this Sunday.

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All Eyes on Smith

The Oakland Raiders returned home Sunday for their first of three straight home games. A hapless Baltimore offense traveled to Oakland for a tilt that seemed to favor a struggling Raiders team. The Ravens came to town having scored just 16 points in two weeks. Furthermore, Joe Flacco has thrown 6 picks through 4 games (3rd worst in the NFL). In what seemed like a matchup that favored an Oakland defense that kept their team in the last two games, the defense crumbled from the start…namely Sean Smith.

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Quick Study: The Stick Route

Chase from Raiders Unsung Heroes illustrates the Raiders’ go-to route against Denver last week. The video below shows how the Raiders ran the same simple concept with continued success. Furthermore, by using various formations to disguise the concept, the Raiders are able to return to this concept for quick yards 6 times in the game.

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The Pillaging Podcast: Next Manuel Up

The Carr is in the shop and it’s EJ’s turn to run the show. Will Todd Downing step up to the challenge and earn his stripes as a rookie coordinator? Or will we see more of the same this week? The Ravens have weaknesses and must travel to Oakland. Despite the setbacks, this could be Oakland’s week to get back in the win column. Listen in to find out more on this week’s episode of The Pillaging Podcast.

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