What a weekend.
A messy, tiring, exciting 25-20 win over the Houston Texans brings a bit of closure to the big hole in Oakland's heart. There is still a lot to sort through since team owner Al Davis passed away. The NFL legend was not just one community's figurehead. He was a close friend and mentor to a lot of Raiders players and personnel.
You can't replace Al Davis.
Yet, the S.S. Silver and Black need a new captain. Head coach Hue Jackson seems ready to be a leader for this club and nobody seems to mind. It's uncharted territory for the Raiders. Letting Hue hold the compass for a while may not be the worst decision.
Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns feels like a great opportunity for Oakland to grab some more momentum, and for Hue and the Raiders to keep taking steps in the right direction. Oakland is entering a softer part of its schedule, and while every game says something about a team, this feels like a statement game.
How serious are these Raiders about winning?