If the Broncos are going to slide this season, as so many NFL prognositcators are suggesting will be the case, then some other team will climb to the top of the AFC West ladder. Most experts project that team will be the Chiefs, but why can’t it be the Raiders? The Raiders took significant steps forward in 2015, their first year under head coach Jack Del Rio, jumping from 3-13 to 7-9. Offensively, they are loaded in the skill positions. Derek Carr is a legitimate stud at quarterback, whose gunslinger attributes are already being compared to that of Brett Favre.
There’s a stellar 1-2 punch at receiver in Amari Cooper, the Raiders’ first rookie wideout to post a 1,000-yard season and Michael Crabtree. Running back Latavius Murray was a Pro Bowl selection. If the Raiders can build a solid defense around defensive end Khalil Mack, the silver and black could be back.
The Oakland Raiders aren’t known for this and they certainly aren’t used to this. Thirteen years without a playoff appearance and an equal number of seasons without a winning campaign, both franchise worsts.
During the drought there’s been seasons of two, three, four (five times), five (three times), seven and eight (twice) wins. But there’s an inner confidence brewing within the Raiders, a self-belief that the playoffs are no longer something that is out of their reach.
The last time the Raiders made the playoffs was 2002, when they rolled all the way to a Super Bowl appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oakland’s 11 wins that season was also the last time the Raiders finished with a larger digit in the win column than the loss column.
Speculation continues to run rampant that the Raiders will leave Oakland behind for the second time in franchise history. In 1982, the Raiders abandoned the Bay Area for Los Angeles.
They returned to Oakland in 1995 but the same issues with O.co Stadium remain, an ancient grass field that the Raiders share with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, leaving a harsh dirt infield for the teams to deal with every football game. The Raiders are the only NFL team left that shares its stadium with an MLB franchise.
Speculation has linked the Raiders to Los Angeles (again), and Santa Clara in a Levi’s Stadium sharing agreement with the San Francisco 49ers but lately, it appears that Las Vegas may be the front runners to land the Raiders.
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Oakland Raiders Regular Season Schedule
The Oakland Raiders regular season schedule is listed right and and it’s an interesting start followed by a difficult finish that the Raiders will face.
What Are The Oakland Raiders Standings
If you want to know where the Oakland Raiders are situated in the AFC West standings, this is the place to go and for the Raiders, there’s almost nowhere to go but up.
Since winning the AFC West title in 2002, the Raiders haven’t posted a single winning season. They’ve finished third in the division seven times and fourth in the division six times over that span. And they’ve gone through nine head coaches in search of answers.
There were signs of progress made by the Raiders last season. They improved from 31st to 17th in scoring offense and from 32nd to 22nd in scoring defense.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
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Oakland will meet just two 2015 playoff teams during the first eight weeks of regular-season play, but then they launch a three-game stretch sandwiching home games against the two Super Bowl teams of a year ago, the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, around a trip to Mexico City for a neutral-site game against the Houston Texans.
The finish line won’t come soon enough for the Raiders who close with three of four on the road, all against AFC West rivals – at the Kansas City Chiefs, at the San Diego Chargers, home to the Indianapolis Colts and then away to Denver.
If the Raiders are in the playoff hunt with a month to go, at least they figure to be in control of their own fate.
The football betting public evidently believes that last season was not a fluke and that the Oakland Raiders are a franchise that is trending upwards. When the 2016 NFL regular-season schedule was released in the spring, most sportsbooks set the Raiders over/under total for wins between 7 and 7.5. There was so much early action on the Raiders at that number that the total was quickly raised to 8.
One area where the Raiders were impressive last season was on the road against the spread, where they were an astounding 6-2.
The Raiders were also an AFC West best 8-6-2 in the over/under during the 2015 NFL season, including a solid 5-2-1 mark away from home. The Raiders were also 6-5 against the spread as an underdog during the 2015 season.
The Raiders and Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts are the only franchises in NFL history to win the Super Bowl while representing two different cities. The Raiders won Super Bowls XI and XV as the Oakland Raiders and captured Super Bowl XVIII as the Los Angeles Raiders.
The Raiders are the only team thus far to represent both the AFL and AFC in a Super Bowl game. The Raiders lost Super Bowl II 33-14 to the Green Bay Packers in 1968.
The only two other AFL teams to play in the Super Bowl, the New York Jets (Super Bowl III) and Kansas City Chiefs (Super Bowls I and IV) have never returned to the big game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
The Raiders were also the first NFL team to win the Super Bowl as a wildcard playoff team when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV.
After winning the AFC wildcard game at home by a 27-7 count over the Houston Oilers, the Raiders went on the road to win 14-12 at Cleveland over the Browns and 24-17 at the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game, becoming the first team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl by winning two road playoff games.