The doldrums that is the mid-season bye week is finally coming to a close. The pillaging pirates in black look to emerge from this Bermuda Triangle with a healthy roster of swashbucklers. With the team setting sail to Mexico City to take on the Houston Texans, we take a closer look under the hull and give you the skeleton keys to the game.
In early August it was believed that the Raiders weakest link would be it’s newly formed defense…
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).
As Mark Davis tries to “unite” the Raider fan base with a move to Las Vegas to get himself a shiny toy that he could only dream of paying for on a multi-year layaway plan, we look deep into the negative myths of what could be the Las Vegas Raiders.
We were there…watching. Hell, the whole world was watching…
It was loud. REALLY REALLY LOUD. If you were there, there was a feeling of confidence and swagger that began in the parking lots, poured into the stadium, and spilled all over the field. The decibel level was palpable from the opening kickoff to the final kneel down. Not only did the Oakland Raiders show, but their devoted Nation of plundering piratic zealots did too. What ensued was nothing short of a demonstration of violence and strength that left their opponents ragged and sitting alone in 3rd place in the toughest division in football. The pirate ship is back, and the crew is pissed off.
My how the wait for this seasons kickoff seems so distant ago. For months in the offseason we spend time with fellow fans, both on social media and in our daily lives, debating everything possible from who the team will target in free agency, to everyone and their mom producing mock drafts that often have as much accuracy as a skeet shooter in a micro-burst. Several short weeks later and here we are at the halfway point of the season preparing for a home match up against a division rival for first place in the restored AFC West.
The Oakland Raiders find themselves smack dab in the middle of the spotlight as they square off against the defending Superbowl Champions in what will be their first Sunday Night Football appearance since 2006. Though this rivalry has never cooled down at any point in either team’s history, this is undoubtedly the most meaningful matchup the two have had in over a decade. That being said, let’s take a closer look at how these two squads matchup.
Last week nobody guessed the score exactly, but who would’ve thought the game was going to be THAT crazy? The Raiders? Making things interesting? C’mon!