Make no mistake, the Oakland Raiders have work to do. And guess what? They are going to do it. There is an old saying:
"They said it couldn't be done."
Some of us in the Raider Nation shift the paradigm to say:
"All things are possible, if we only believe."
Look at what has been done in order to establish a framework of what can be done:
Now focus on the win-loss chart for 2009:
Notice that at the beginning of the 2009 season both the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers oscillated between wins and losses. The Chargers stabilized from Week Six to the end of the season. Oakland, however, had some very pressing man power issues.
Now when you put this in a fuller context, you see that Oakland has dominated the Chargers in the past. There appear to be about five intervals in which Oakland dominated the Chargers.
Just as Al Davis supposedly studies before making decisions, the Oakland Raiders must also study their opponents.
This article is designed to spur the Oakland Raiders to do so. Each player must say, "I've got work to do."
As a team, the Oakland Raiders must affirm that they have work to do. Then, the integrity of the players requires that they do the work. What they say must be aligned with what they do in 2010 and beyond.
Two key words drive my thinking as a B/R senior writer: intensity and integrity.
Many of us believe in intensity, strength, and determination. Many of us believe in the ability to have a keen focus. We expect that and more from the Oakland Raiders.
Many of us believe in integrity. We back up what we say with data and an unbiased discussion. The display of the data for the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders is an unbiased discussion of what is and what was.
Now, the focus is transcending those dimensions to what can be and what will be.
Make no mistake, we are going to take back what the opponents (and media) have tried to snatch from us.
The Oakland Raiders represent the pulse of this nation. We are sick and tired of being unstable and bound down with losses. We are ready to rise up and win again—and again and again.
We are charging up to attack the San Diego Chargers. The shock of the performance of the Oakland Raiders in the Aug. 12 game was like a bolt of lightning.
Get ready for the lightning to flash, the thunder roar, and the hurricane of wins to devastate those who have tried to shackle the Oakland Raiders.
Let freedom ring and let the victories be manifest.
Source of Graphs: Graphs made by Damali using NFL data, Excel and Photobucket.
Music: Isley Brothers' "I've Got Work to Do" click here