Few people gave the Oakland Raiders much of a shot going into the Week 1 matchup in Indianapolis—and for good reason. Oakland is still in a rebuilding mode, was starting a mostly untested and still very raw quarterback and had won only one of its previous 10 season openers.
That made for good fodder leading up to the game, yet as the clocked reached the final minutes, the Raiders were in position to pull off what would have been a stunning upset.
Granted, the ending was a familiar and painful one for Oakland fans. However, there is a definitively different vibe about the team after watching the Raiders take the Colts to the limit.
Here's our position grades for the Raiders from their 21-17 loss to the Colts.