I wrote an article last week about the Raiders match-ups going into the bye week and to quote myself, I said "I just don't see any way in hell that they will beat the Chargers on Sunday. Aint happening!" Fortunately they made a lie out of me. I have watched every single Raiders game this year in it's entirety (thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings) and I admittedly have been very critical of every aspect of their game. After we took that a$$ whooping in Tennessee I figured that we would be 2 - 3 by now but that was winning against the Cardinals and losing against San Diego. (that Cardinals loss still sticks in my craw to be honest). But I, just like the entirety of Raider Nation, am absolutely ecstatic that we beat a divisional nemesis and ended a 13 game losing streak. I will repeat what I have said before, if we can win the games that we are forecast to win and put up a good fight to put ourselves in positions to win other games, we have a possibility of being very successful.
The win on yesterday was HUGE. Now if we can just play with the same intensity for the next 4 games, we can be 6 - 3 by the bye week. I think that is very achievable and playing an 0 - 5, 49er's team next Sunday is a perfect opportunity to string together back to back wins. It would be a tremendous confidence booster for the Raiders. The Chiefs are 3 - 1 overall and the rest of the AFC West is at 2 - 3. We are actually tied with the Chiefs on division wins and we could easily we #1 with wins against them and the Bronco's.
The Oakland Raiders are playing a decent "team game" but they need more of their play makers to step up and have big games. In the case of Darrius Heyward-Bey, they just need him to have an average game. That guy didn't catch a single pass yesterday. Our Running Backs and Tight Ends are our biggest commodities. Our Wide Receivers (as a whole) are the biggest liability. Since Darrius is evidently no where near being an average route runner, maybe we should move him in the slot where he can match up against an outside linebacker or a safety. Johnnie-Lee Higgins needs to take his place asap as a starter. I realize that it would be an embarrassment to move your top draft pick to the #3 receiver spot but you have to do whats best for the team to win. I wonder when Chaz Schilens is coming back and what type of impact he's going to have?
I was calling for Tom Cables head yesterday when I thought that we were going to lose. (He still is probably going to get fired after this year anyway). But seeing the team actually "get over a hump", made me believe that they can have some success this year. GO RAIDERS!