Hello, and welcome to the second (and quite late) edition of my Oakland Raider 2011 season preview.
Between family, Easter and recent legal wranglings NFL style, it's been tough to get back to it, but enough excuses. Without further ado, I bring you games five, six, seven and eight of the Oakland Raiders' 2011 season.
This is going forward on the assumption that the Raiders beat the Broncos and the Bills, and lose to the Jets and the Patriots in the first four, making them 2-2 going into the second quarter of the season.
It's not the result that will make them weary for home; just the thought of playing Houston yet again, with a track record that's less than stellar in recent seasons.
It's one of six early East Coast games on the slate for the Raiders, games in which they've traditionally struggled. But when you factor in home games against the Jets, Patriots, Browns, Bears, and Lions, it could've been much, much worse.
Despite the fact that I think they can and will win this game as the teams stand at this point, the Raiders will clearly be glad to return to the friendly borders of Northern California after traveling to Houston to face their new arch-rivals.
After all, Overstock.com Coliseum is waiting.