They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
For seven long years Raider Nation has endured the bitter taste of defeat at the hands of almost every team in the NFL, particularly our hated division rivals. This year, it is time to sit down, cleanse the palette, and prepare for an ice cold dinner.
It is still too early to predict Super bowl, or even Playoffs for the Raiders, but the idea seems to warm the soul a bit. The fact that neither can be ruled out mid-season, for the first time in almost a decade, is a relief to say the least.
The recent annihilations of the Broncos and Seahawks, both highly ranked teams at the time we played them, is hopefully a sign of things to come. Our upcoming game against Kansas City is a key moment, and could symbolize the return of the Raider Swagger.
To examine our chances at playoffs, I will do a brief, and biased, prediction of the remaining 8 games of the season.
Week 9- Kansas City:
I despise the Chiefs to the core of my being. I would love to see their faces in a shut out at the Black Hole Corral. I doubt that will happen however.
Week 9 will be the tale of two Running Backs. If Gradkowski comes back to start, which Cable indicates he will, Oakland will rely heavily on the uber-talented running game comprised of McFadden, Bush, and Reece. K.C. will come right back at us with Jamal Charles. I think it will be a competitive game, coming down to a couple of Janikowski boots. After all, we can't let him get too rusty with all of these Touchdowns!
My prediction: 27-21 Oakland.
Week 11- @ Pittsburgh:
This is our hardest game. Luckily it's after a much needed bye-week. I think Campbell starts this one, after Bruce performs sub-par, and goes crazy. Upward of 400 passing yards, 3 TD passes, 0 INTs. Problem is, Roethlisberger is no joke, and will easily match and surpass Campbell's performance. But our run game is too much for the Wool Curtain, and we maintain a 7 point lead through the 4th quarter, coming out on top.
My Prediction: 35-42 Oakland
Week 12- Miami:
I know it doesn't speak to their talent, but their primary team color is teal. Teal.
My Prediction: First blowout 28-0 Oakland
Week 13- @ San Diego:
A whales vagina. Unfortunately folks, even I don't think we can win them all. The Chargers almost always try to make a late run for the playoffs, and they may get close. They take their revenge on us for the early season whooping.
My Prediction: 17-14 San Diego
Week 14- @ Jacksonville:
Oakland will be on the East Coast for this one, and as such, even if the team doesn't show up for the game, my will-power alone will get them the win. Unfortunately for the Jags and pocket Hercules, Oakland does show up. And completely demolish their stadium. McFadden has a Hall of Fame Day, breaking 300 yards on the ground, and adding another 100 through the air, plus a touchdown pass to Schillens (his first of the year). Who is the Greek Demi-God now Maurice?
My Prediction: 14-62 Oakland (breaking our own points record)
Week 15- Denver
Welcome to Oak-Town Donkeys, we are gonna ride you all the way back to Mile-High. There is absolutely no way we let their tool of a coach reclaim any dignity. Same game as early season, just less offense for Denver.
My Prediction: 48-0 Oakland.
Week 16- Indianapolis:
I have to give credit where credit is due, plus my wife is a Colts fan (Love You Honey!). Peyton's' slow and steady wins the race, as we are worn out from the mythical amount of points we scored over the last two weeks.
My Prediction: 9-28 Indianapolis. (Hope I scored some brownie points!)
Week 17 (a.k.a. Janikowski week)- @ Kansas City:
Time for an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii for the 'ski- Janikowski kicks the elusive 64 yarder, and cements himself into the history books with 10 field goals and 10 touch backs in one game. K.C. gets a glorious pick-6, but thats all. And we are in the play-offs people!
My Prediction: 7-30 Janik-I mean, Oakland.
Well thats all the dreaming I can do in one day, stay tuned!