Bold predictions for the remainder of the Raiders season
Fridays mean bold predictions for the upcoming Oakland Raiders game but since the team is on a bye this week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to make some bold predictions for the remainder of the season.
The Raiders have seven games remaining and the toughest stretch of their schedule with some of the better NFL teams in the Eagles, Patriots and Cowboys still on their schedule. That’s going to make it a tough stretch and exactly why some bold predictions are called for. So let’s get to it!
1 – Raiders break out of INT funk and end year with 7 INTs
Oakland is the first team in NFL history to go nine games without recording a single interception. IN NFL HISTORY!! At this point, it would be bold to predict the Raiders finish the season with three interceptions, but I’m going for the gold and predicting that they average an interception a game for the remainder of the year.
It’s going to take a lot to get this done but I do think it’s possible. First and foremost, we need to see more in the pass rush. At the end of the Miami game, we saw Khalil Mack start to take things over after a painfully quiet week in Buffalo. The hope is that he and the rest of the defensive line can pick things up and start to force errant throws from quarterbacks. If they can do that, the interceptions shouldn’t be too far behind.
2 – Raiders pull off two major upsets
In order to make the playoffs, I believe the Raiders will have to beat the three teams that represent winnable games: The Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants. But on top of that, they will also have to pull off at least two big time upsets over the four remaining games against the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. None of those games will be easy but as the Raiders showed earlier this season when they beat the Chiefs, they are capable of a big upset when playing at their best.
And so that’s what I’m predicting, at least two big wins over the remaining seven games. I think the most likely suspects will be wins over the Cowboys and Chiefs, but I also won’t rule out the Patriots or Eagles. The Patriots game is in Mexico City and the Raiders might have a slight advantage having already made that trip and played in Stadio Azteca last season. The Eagles could be winnable if they have secured the number one seed by the time the Raiders play them and choose to rest players. Plus, it’s the NFL and you never know what will happen.
3 – Raiders make the playoffs!!
This might be the most bold prediction I’ve ever made to be honest. As I noted above, the Raiders have a very difficult schedule remaining in front of them. And even if they do as I predicted above, that will only leave them with a 9-7 record, not exactly a record that screams automatic playoff berth. In fact, many believe that the 10 win mark is what Oakland needs to get to if they want to see the postseason for the second straight year.
Because of that this prediction requires not only good play from Oakland for the remainder of the season, it also requires some help from other teams ahead of them in the playoff race. If those teams ahead of the Raiders win out, then it doesn’t matter how well Oakland plays. because of their record, their fate rests in the hands of others to a certain degree. A lot will have to go right for this prediction to happen but if it does, the slate is cleaned once the playoffs start and anything can happen.