Oakland Raiders Must Break the Pattern for First Game in Regular Season

Honor Warren Wells TheTorchSenior Writer IISeptember 12, 2011

Win the game, Oakland Raiders.
Win the game, Oakland Raiders.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Today is an exciting day for the Raider Nation, as the first game of the regular season is set for tonight.

This prompted us to look at the performance of the Oakland Raiders from 2001 to 2010 to see the pattern.

Some analysts may be able to explain the pattern, but we can certainly make observations about it.

The Denver Broncos have won the first game of the regular season seven out of the last 10 years (2001-2004, 2007-2009).

The Oakland Raiders won the first game of the regular season in 2001 and 2002. Since 2002, the Raiders have not won the first game of any season. Tonight gives them an opportunity to change the pattern.

A change in the pattern could signal a change in the performance in 2011.

Let this observation serve as a "wake-up" call to the Oakland Raiders.

We remain positive. We expect a victory tonight since in 2010, we had a dramatic win over the Broncos with the 45-point lead and the outstanding performance of Darren McFadden.