The bye week coming at a great time for the Raiders
With seven games remaining in the season and a tough road ahead, the Oakland Raiders have their bye week at the perfect time. Sitting at 4-5 and coming off a three game stretch that ranged from the best the team has had to show to the worst the team has had to show, the bye week will afford Oakland’s coaching staff a chance to figure out what is ailing this once powerful team before a home stretch that ranks as one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team in the NFL.
In order to make it to the playoffs, the Raiders are going to need to win at least five of their final seven games, and in all likelihood, it could take a 6-1 record to get them there. Accomplishing that seemingly impossible task will require the team doing some serious reflection in the bye week and making some serious changes.
Luckily for them, the last three games should provide a great road map for what to do and what not to do moving forward.
In the game against the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, the Raiders did exactly what they wanted to do. They played exactly the way they wanted to play and the result was the offense we were expecting to see before the season started.
Then they followed it up with a game against Buffalo that was everything the Raiders want to avoid. It was the worst of every aspect and resulted in a blowout at the hands of a team that is less talented than the Raiders.
And finally, in their win over the Miami Dolphins, the Raiders found themselves somewhere in between the best case and worst case scenarios. There were moments when the offense looked like the one we saw against the Chiefs and moments where they looked like the offense we saw against the Bills. Luckily, we saw enough of the good Raiders to overshadow the bad Raiders and get the win.
And with those three games, Oakland’s coaching staff should have everything they need to evaluate where the team is, what went wrong in Buffalo, what went right against Kansas City and why they found themselves stuck in the middle against Miami. And even more lucky for the Raiders, the bye week comes right before the hardest part of their schedule, giving them a chance to fix things before taking on teams like the Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles.