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Oakland Raiders' Anomaly After a Kansas City Defeat and a 6-0

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJanuary 3, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs in for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Breaking patterns definitely makes a difference. It means that the ingredients for consistent victories are in the equation, yet the execution is still being perfected.

In a funny way, the Oakland Raiders have made history. It's indicative of new forms, new styles and new passions to overcome whatever stands in the way of ultimate success.

One thing the Oakland Raiders did was tear-up some old, fixed patterns. They are to be feared because they definitely are upsetting folks, confounding them and striking fear in them.

Anybody with any sense will think twice before they start dumping mess on the Oakland Raiders. These young, talented, strong and tough men are out there to play ball. They seem to be anointed with some of the gifts of their ancestors, and it looks like they may even have a double portion of that new found love and passion for winning.

The Oakland Raiders did not make it to the playoffs. Never mind that. They are in an accelerated developmental stage and their growth is outstanding when compared to the past seven years.

Let's look at the bright side. Let's look at what has been accomplished. Let's build on the good, and everything else will fall in place.

Here are some facts, listing final score for 16 games in 2010.

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13 38  
16 14  
23 24  
24 31  
35 27  
9 17  
59 14  
33 3  
23 20  
3 35  
17 33  
28 13  
31 38  
39 23  
26 31  
31 10  
410 371 39

Observations

1. In the history of the franchise, the Oakland Raiders total points for the season has exceeded 400 only six times, including the 410 for 2010.

2. Here is a list of the years that outstanding scoring was done during the regular season.

   
WR  
1967 468   Biletnikoff
1968 453   Wells  
1983 442   Christensen
2000 479   Brown  
2002 450   Rice  
2010 410      


3. The scoring in 2010 is the minimum in the list of outstanding scoring years, but it is definitely impressive.

Conclusion

The anomaly is that the Oakland Raiders have a 6-0 record to brag about in the division, and yet they did not make it to the playoffs.

Another unusual situation is that the Oakland Raiders have scored above 400 total points for the regular season only six times in the history of the franchise, and 2010 is included in that list of outstanding accomplishments.

The Raider Nation has something to be proud of and something to look forward to in 2011.

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