What are the Raiders’ Playoff Chances Headed Into Week 13?
How the Raiders Can Make a Playoff Run
With five weeks to go, the possibilities are (almost) endless. To help slim those realities to a more manageable number we’ll start by eliminating the least likely outcomes, both on the ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ ends of the spectrum.
Every year the world watches as another team is crowned a Super Bowl champion. Fans dream of how their team may someday hoist the Lombardi trophy. Will it be via a dominating defense and relentless rushing attack? Or by way of a franchise quarterback surrounded by an arsenal of offensive weapons? Let’s look back over the last 10 years to see how each team built their roster to eventually become the last team standing.
We’re joined by Bay Area News Group and Mercury News Writer Matt Schneidman. Matt takes time to answer your questions as well as ours. Also, Matt lends his insight on who stays and who goes this off-season and gives us some context on his approach to sports writing.
Vic Tafur from The Athletic sits in to talk about the Raiders’ off-season. Vic shares his thoughts on what direction the Raiders will go in the draft and free agency. We discuss the potential ripple effect the Alex Smith trade will have on the AFC West. Vic also lends some insight on the future of Marshawn Lynch with the Silver and Black.
We sat down with former Raiders tackle and current sideline analyst Lincoln Kennedy. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the current state of the Oakland Raiders. Lincoln discusses the immediate impact Jon Gruden can have on this team. He also relates his experience with the locker room issues faced under Joe Bugle and how Gruden was able to right the ship in short time. Can Gruden have the same effect in 2018? Is Carr the leader this team needs? Find out all that and more on this episode of the Pillaging Podcast.
As Jon Gruden and Reggie go through the roster to see which new players we need via free agency, Raider Nation and the Pillaging crew already have an idea which position groups need upgrading. As it stands right now, without paying Khalil Mack or cutting anyone, Oakland has a little over $15 Million in salary available to offer free agents.
Today, we are going to talk playoffs. PLAYOFFS?! (Insert Jim Mora soundtrack). Ok, after last year’s run I’m sure most of us thought we would be looking at securing a bye right about now instead of clinging to our collective playoff lives. That said, it is what it is and we need to make some statistical lemonade. It’s hard to believe that we were 7-2 a mere 12 months ago. So why, one year later, are we sitting at 4-5? Well, if we choose to play the blame game there is a lot of it to spread around.