Tensions build up near the end of the season when teams like the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders need a respectable finish at the end of the season. Data for the last three games in the seasons 2004 through 2008 show an interesting pattern.
The pattern of the wins-losses is shown:
Cleveland LLL WLW LLL WLW LLW
Oakland LWW LLL LLL LLL WLL
2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
In a chart showing the pattern of performance during the last three games of the season during these five consecutive years, we see that Cleveland and Oakland performed similarly in 2006.
Both teams had heartbreaking losses in three consecutive games in the 2006 season.
In 2008, Cleveland lost three consecutive games, while Oakland managed two consecutive wins in the last two games of the 2008 season.
In 2007, Oakland lost three consecutive games, while Cleveland alternately won, loss, and won the last games of the 2007 season.
In 2005, Cleveland had a stronger finish in the last three games of the season, while in 2004, the two teams were evenly matched with one win and two losses.
If we aggregate the wins and losses of Cleveland during the last three games of this period, we see that there were 10 losses and five wins. The efficiency level for the Cleveland Browns is about 33.3 percent for the last three games of the selected time period.
On the other hand, the Oakland Raiders had 12 losses and three wins, giving the Raiders an efficiency level of 20 percent.
Based on this data, Cleveland has a tendency to have a more powerful finish during the last three games of the selected seasons.
Numbers do not tell the entire story. Since the Oakland Raiders have done a fantastic job of surprising the "hell out of" its opponents, for example, in the games against the Bengals, Steelers, and the Broncos, it would not be a good idea to use this data as a predictor.
As one of my colleagues said in a comment strand, "respect" is an important "driving factor" in the dynamics of a team near the end of a season. Hence, look forward to an exciting and thrilling encounter between the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns.
Who is the team more capable of a powerful finish during the 2009 season? Who else? My conjecture: The Oakland Raiders will win and the numbers will be close.
Our "respect and pride" are at stake.