I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now let’s get back to work and Back In Black…
On Monday night Amari Cooper and Derek Carr (affectionately nicknamed: AC/DC) made the game winning score for the Raiders in their win over the Houston Texans. In their honor I’ve been bumping the AC/DC they’re named after more than usual this week. With that in mind I will guide you through the upcoming slate of games with suggestions of who to root for backed up by lyrics from the song, “Back In Black” by AC/DC.
Titans (5-6) over Bears (2-8)
“Let loose from the noose”
The Raiders were generous enough to supply the AFC South leading Texans with a loss last week. If the Titans want a chance at the playoffs they’ll have take care of business against a terrible Bears team. The Raiders have a comfortable lead over the Titans so we can safely root for them to win and boost Oakland’s tiebreaker prowess.
Jaguars (2-8) over Bills (5-5)
“I got nine lives, cat’s eyes”
Fun fact: The Jacksonville Jaguars have the same number of wins as cats typically have eyes. In this matchup I suggest rooting for the Jaguars over the Bills purely for disaster insurance. The Raiders have already defeated Jacksonville who are on their ninth life in the playoff race. Should disaster strike for the Raiders, the Bills are much more likely to be able to capitalize.
Ravens (5-5) over Bengals (3-6-1)
“Cause I’m back on the track and I’m beatin’ the flack”
The Raiders are back on the track and beat the Flacco week 4. The AFC North crown will go to either the Ravens or the Steelers. The Browns are mathematically out of contention and the Bengals’ are going full Schilens. There are few rivalries in the NFL that go back as far as the heated feud between the Raiders and the Steelers. Go Ravens!
Falcons (6-4) over Cardinals (4-5-1)
“I kept looking at the sky cause it’s gettin’ me high”
Get it? Bird mascots. This NFC matchup is simply about boosting Oakland’s strength of schedule and reducing New England’s strength of victory.
Giants (7-3) over Browns (0-11)
“Back in the back of a Cadillac”
The Browns were officially eliminated from playoff contention last week and are now just corpse in the trunk of a cadillac. Conversely the Giants have a playoff spot firmly in their grasp (sorry Jason) as long as they don’t screw it up and lose to teams they should beat. If any team is going to take the Cowboys down a notch or two, why not the team that already beat them this season?
Saints (4-6) over Rams (4-6)
“Forget the hearse ‘cause I’ll never die”
Forget the hearse! Old man Brees is still slinging it at 453 years of age (estimate) and believe it or not the Saints are only a couple games back in the NFC South. The Raiders are just rooting for the strength of victory bump in this one.
Dolphins (6-4) over 49ers (1-9)
“So look at me now I’m just makin’ my play”
This is a tough choice for THE Nation. Many of the local Oakland fans have a deep-seated hatred of the 49ers. They will likely have no issue with this choice. The pragmatic segment of the fanbase will take issue with giving the Dolphins another win when they only trail the Raiders by two games. It’s risky, but let me make my play. If the Dolphins win this week, they will jump the loser of the game between Kansas City and Denver for the 6th seed in the playoffs. There is still a long way to go in the season, so it’s understandable if you don’t feel comfortable rooting for the 6-4 Dolphins in week 12. Imagining the Broncos or Chiefs on the outside looking in is too good to pass up for some of us.
Chargers (4-6) over Texans (6-4)
“Don’t try to push your luck, just get out of my way”
One game I’m telling you to root aggressively and with confidence. The next I’m telling you to root for a division rival over a team that just lost to the Raiders and are two games back before counting the obvious tiebreaker. What gives? After the excuses being spewed for Houston’s loss to Oakland I want them to win the AFC South so the Raiders can smack the whines right out of their mouths in the playoffs. Don’t push your luck, Houston! They can win their weak division later in the season. This week they need to taste defeat one more time.
Buccaneers (5-5) over Seahawks (7-2-1)
“That’s kept me hanging about”
The Raiders are hoping to make this whole “being good” thing a yearly tradition. The Seahawks have been hanging about in Super Bowl contention largely on the back of their young QB for the last several years. The Raiders wish to do the same with their youthful gunslinger. As for this game; we root for the NFC South. If you haven’t figured that out by now you’re still sleeping at the combine.
Jets (3-7) over Patriots (8-2)
“Number one with a bullet I’m a power pack”
A Raiders win and a Patriots loss would make Oakland number one with a bullet in the AFC. No tinkering with tiebreakers. This is an obvious choice.
Broncos (7-3) over Chiefs (7-3)
“They’ve got to catch me if they want to hang”
The loser of this game will take a huge hit in the race for the AFC West crown and coupled with a Dolphins win will be pushed out of the current playoff picture. In TRF’s Playoff Pontificator from earlier in the week, this was a key matchup for the Raiders to watch. A Denver win increases Oakland’s chances to win the division and make the playoffs in general whereas a Kansas City win does the opposite. Neither team winning is a deathblow to the Raiders. No matter the result of this game the upcoming matchups with these division rivals are the two biggest and toughest games on the schedule for the Raiders. We root for Denver here because they lost to Oakland and Kansas City didn’t. Go Giant Meteor!
Eagles (5-5) over Packers (4-6)
“I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back”
This game doesn’t mean much of anything to the Raiders chances. The Eagles winning could end up slightly helping the Ravens tiebreak their way past the Steelers for the AFC North title. That’s good enough for me. The Raiders have been too long, I’m glad they’re back!
And of course, GO RAIDERS!
“Abusin’ every one of them and runnin’ wild”
Written by: RediaR