Once again, it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy. But they got it done, and for the first time since 2002, the Raiders are back in the playoffs!
The defining characteristic of the team all season has been that they are never out, and they play the full 60. That has obviously not been the case during the lean years, and it’s an excellent thing to see. They might make a few mistakes along the way, but every opponent knows now that if they’re down, they surge and catch up in the 4th quarter. Time and again, they do not stay down.
On top of that, Kansas City dropped their home game today against the Titans, putting the Raiders back in sole possession of first place in the division.
You can see them tightening things up a bit, and going deep into the playoffs. The talent is clearly there, and they just need to capitalize on turnovers and breaks a little better. Just two games to go, and both the Colts and Broncos are looking beatable. The Raiders control their destiny now, and are guaranteed at least the #2 playoff seed if they win the last two. We haven’t been able to say that for a long time, and it feels good. GO RAIDERS!