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To say that the Raiders have been disappointing this season is about the biggest euphemism anybody could use for anything.
The Raiders have performed well below preseason expectations and their six-game losing streak was reflective of that.
No team is relevant and successful without a dedicated fanbase. As dedicated and colorful as they have always been, this fanbase deserved better. Here is what Tyvon Branch had to say after Oakland's 15-0 shutout (via espn.com).
We had a rough season, and it was our last home game, so we wanted to go out there and prove to our fans that we're still playing with heart and passion, we're still giving it everything we've got. So this was one of those games, it was like a fan appreciation game.
What a way for the Raiders to end their season at home. I doubt a shutout against your longtime rival was in the minds of the staff or the players, but that is exactly what the fans were treated to.
Now the Raiders must prove they can finish strong on the road and end 2012 on a positive note. We all know this season has not been filled with many of those.