The Las Vegas Raiders know that getting to the top of the AFC West means overcoming Kansas City and its electric quarterback.
Tom Brady, Mr. Tuck Rule himself, ending his Hall of Fame career with the Raiders? Why the heck not?
The future becomes a primary source of interest, specifically how close the team that fell to Denver 16-15 will be to the NFL’s better teams upon arriving in Las Vegas.
Whether the season ends for Oakland in Denver on Sunday depends on several factors beyond the Raiders’ control, but none of it matters if they don’t walk off the field a winner.
The Raiders controlled reeling Los Angeles for most of 60 minutes Sunday, posting a 24-17 win before a heavy dose of Oakland faithful at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The Raiders fell this time to the Titans before an unhappy crowd of 52,760 at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, where boos rained down on the team that will move to Las Vegas in 2020.
They are dying off, former players and coaches and even children of them, the Raiders having lost several souls of late. One by one, time passes and more funerals are held.
How an NFL team with so much on the line as a season progresses can offer such a dreadful performance is one of sport’s great mysteries, but the Raiders ineptly obliged in a 34-3 loss at New York on Sunday.
New York has won two straight and welcomes the Raiders to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, a Jets team that after eight weeks looked like one of the worst in the NFL.
The maturation of Derek Carr is a major reason why the Raiders beat the Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.