Alright peoples, there is absolutely no denying that we have witnessed some SERIOUS Faceplant Action over the past two weeks. In fact, in every single loss save for the Texans debacle (thanks #16) we haven’t been competitive (which is putting it kindly). There is no doubt that this is a worrying trend. But, we are the 4th youngest team in the NFL so maybe this is part of the overused “growing pain” process. And for people like Homer (and me) you could look at it another way. For the games we DON’T get blown out in, we end up winning (Texan game notwithstanding).
I invite you to smash the link below and launch into this week’s in-depth Pontificator where I will do what I always do….give you some hope, even when things on the surface aren’t looking so bright…
Make the Bleeding Stop
Week 13 is in the bag and the Raiders fall 9-40 in Arrowhead. It’s been 7 years since the Silver and Black have won in Arrowhead. Somebody grab a tourniquet and apply pressure. While the AFC West is out of reach, a Wild Card spot is still within reach. Pillage with us as we recap the ups and downs from week 13.
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Ok, let’s get real. After an azz-stompin’ like we all just witnessed, its easy to say the sky is falling. Hell, if you’ve been reading this blog on Monday, crashing is more like it. Praise for Gruden, Mayock and yes, Carr were rampant as recently as Sunday morning.
Ok, after a LOT of prodding and poking to do an early Pontificator, I acquiesced and gave in. However, this one will be a little different and a little shorter in scope. Think of this one as a “pre-season” Edition since its still early.
With 6 weeks to go the possibilities literally go into the billions. Its Sektor V ensemble on steroids. Given that, I will concentrate this edition on what the scenarios are for the Raiders to make the playoffs at:
At 11-5 and 12-4, the playoffs are 100% guaranteed so I won’t even go there. And a bit surprisingly, the odds of making it at 10-6, on the low end, is 95% (even with a loss to KC). On the upper end (with, not coincidently, a win over the Chiefs) the likelihood jumps a bit to 99%. So, for now, 10-6 wont be part of this analysis. Plus, as mentioned previously, this is “Pontification lite”. Once we get to December, I’ll get deeper (yes, that’s what she said) into the possibilities and nuance.
One change I’m instituting from the last time we publically Pontificated (Dec 2017), is that this year after the PJFF intro, I’ll be posting the meat of the analysis on my own site. There are a few reasons for this change. First off, our fearless leader is busy and doesn’t have copious time to edit, etc. KS is a busy man and I certainly respect that. Secondly, if you choose to click on the link below you will be teleported to a site that I can edit and publish content without having to bother anyone.
Plus, an added bonus is that you can comment directly within the post and, who knows, I may even respond. Of course, as always, you can comment below on PJFF and since I know how many of you like your blogue comfort food, I’d never consider taking that e-sustenance away from y’all!
Ok, without further ado, let’s explore the various pathways for the Raiders to make the playoffs at the 8-and 9-win thresholds.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are coming off of back-to-back wins against the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Chargers. The Pillaging crew returns to the studio to recap both victories and hear your reactions. We’ll look back and give our Oakland Raiders mid-season report card.
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Pre-Game Show goes LIVE at 2:00pm PST!
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One loss against a perennial playoff team and a Hall of Fame quarterback is no reason to panic. Kenny, Che, and Cain broadcast from the Crow’s Nest this week with a special message for Raider Nation: Don’t Panic!