The Oakland Raiders are on a two game win streak heading into this weekend’s matchup against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. But while it’s great to take momentum into such an important game, Oakland cannot allow those wins to make them comfortable. Because the reality is, while a win is a win, both of those wins were close games against bad opponents.
In one game, Oakland beat a Denver team who on a five game losing streak and chose to start Paxton Lynch at quarterback. In the other, the Raiders took on a Giants team in shambles after the head coach decided to bench Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith and right as they put Janoris Jenkins on the injured reserve.
Yet despite playing games against two of the worst teams in the NFL this season, the Raiders were only barely able to squeak out wins. Both were one score wins and both involved moments of luck for Oakland in bringing the win home.
Oakland should be happy about the wins. They should be happy that they are currently tied for first place in the AFC West. They should be happy that they control their own destiny.