Oakland Raiders Must Continue To Straighten Up and Play Right

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IINovember 11, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders runs against Shaun Smith #90 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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There was an old song titled, "Straighten up and fly right." It was written by Nat King Cole.

Before and during bye week, sharing a little wisdom and broadcasting a warning seems right. After looking at the data immediately after bye week, I think that you will agree that the Oakland Raiders need to be put on notice.

As a researcher on the careers of some former professional football players, at this moment a few guys may be slipping and sliding, having a little fun during bye week.

It's okay to have fun, but not so much fun that your "head is bad," as some folks used to say in the old days.

Here is a reality check for all to see.


The data shows that the Oakland Raiders, our beloved team, has not won a game immediately after bye week since 2002.

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Don't you think it makes sense to sing to them, "Straighten up and fly right"?

Additional observations can be made based on the data. This is a table of the win-loss records and the frequency of each since 1978. In 1978, the NFL started the 16-game season.

12 wins    11 wins10 wins9 wins8 wins
19851980 19791995

In 2000, 1990 and 1985, the Raiders had a win-loss record of 12-6.

In 2002, 1984 and 1980, the Raiders win-loss record was 11-5.

In 2001 and 1993, the Raiders' win-loss record was 10-6.

In 1994, 1991, 1979 and 1978, the win-loss record was 9-7.

There was a 1-to-1 ratio of wins to losses in 1999, 1998, 1995, 1989 and 1986. In other words, the record was 8-8.

It looks like the percentage of winning a game immediately after a bye week is small, or 10 percent. Ninety percent of the time in the past 10 years, the Raiders have not won the game immediately after bye week.

Have I made my point?

So, straighten up and play right after bye week is the resounding message in 2010.

Go Raiders, go!

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