Much has been made about the Raiders ineptitude on offense this year. Ultra-conservative play calling and the unwillingness to modify the game plan plagued Oakland all season. Raider Nation was given a minor glimpse of what this once high-powered offense can do in the right situations on Monday Night Football.
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.
Well Here we go again folks: another Oakland Raiders NFL season. As I write this, the afternoon games are kicking off and half the league has already completed their games. Fans from all over are making sweeping predictions, lamenting injuries, and scanning their teams’ schedule to find out who’s next. But most importantly, at this moment, the team adorned in Silver and Black are tuned in to Jack Del “Riverboat Gambler” Rio’s locker room victory speech.
I would be lying if I said the way the rest of the season played out didn’t throw a bit of a wrench into the outcome of this piece, forcing me to redo a good portion of the article. With Cooper and Crabtree having what many would call a lackluster finish to the season for the second year running, and other variables effecting comparable team’s outcomes, I even wondered if this topic was still relevant and worth considering. Challenge accepted!