Welcome to TRF’s Week 13 Edition of Playoff Pontificator. For this go around we will look at all six possible outcomes for the Oakland Raiders, ranging from 9-7 to 14-2.
I became a fan late in the 2008 season after my dad purchased a cable TV service that included ESPN America (known back then as NASN). It was at that time that I was first exposed to college football and fell in love with the sport immediately. But although college football was fun, it was nothing compared to the big boys. So in search of my team, I did what every boy does… ask dad.
When I graduated from UC Davis in 1981, my girlfriend and future ex-wife, had a job in LA at Oscar Meyer so we moved to Westminster. My father at the time was semi-retired and purchasing a small company in Orange County. I had worked warehouse and trucking jobs over the past few years, so he asked me to help out and verify the inventory, meet with the vendors and manufacturers of the product, among other tasks. Five years later, we were bankrupt, but it was a great run.
As a biased Raider fan the rest of the week in the NFL only matters to me as much as it affects the Raiders in the standings or the general downfall of our most hated rivals. So fellow homers, here is who you should root for week 11 as a Raider fan.
My dad is a sports fanatic. Growing up in Mexico his favorite sports were soccer, boxing, and eventually American football. Although there wasn’t much American football being played in Mexico, they would occasionally air Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raider games. Coming from a tough neighborhood in Mexico city, the rebellious nature of the team from Oakland, along with having a coach and quarterback of Mexican descent made it an easy choice of who to root for.
One of the biggest critiques of our beloved Raiders has been the defense. How can we be 7-2 with a defense that is currently ranked 27th overall and 23rd in scoring allowed?
Well my friends let’s look under the hood and take a closer look. Sometimes superficial stats don’t tell the entire story.
I’ve noticed many semi’s bashing Bill Musgrave on the regular, but I don’t understand their complaints. The Raiders are currently 5th in the league in total offense, yards per game (401.1), and points scored (27.2).
Last week some of you came close, but only one was perfect (JesusRAI ERjim). This is your chance to get after it once again as the Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in game 2 of this east coast double-header.
This is the first entry of an ongoing series where you, Raider Fan, gets to sound off on all things related to the Silver and Black.
This week’s entry comes to us via r8dercain, a long time east bay resident and one of the most passionate Oakland Raider fans I have ever met. Cain takes on the topic of the Oakland Raiders pending move to Las Vegas and the rift that it has created amongst the fanbase.
Welcome to our first prediction poll of the season! Yes it’s Week 7 but hey, better late than never.
This poll will run until Saturday at Midnight(ish) and results will be posted by Monday morning.