It’s Friday which means it’s time to do my bold predictions for this weekend’s Raiders vs. Giants game. And as always, before I get to this week’s predictions, we need to do a recap of last week’s predictions. So let’s get right to it.
LAST WEEK’S PREDICTIONS
1 - Oakland gets two interceptions
Oh man, so close. But hey, I’m really not upset since the Raiders have finally ended what was one of the more embarrassing streaks in recent memory. That’s right, Oakland has an interception. Sure, it’s only one so this prediction did not come true. But Oakland was oh so close to a second interception late in the game. Trevor Siemian came in for the injured Paxton Lynch. He led the team on one touchdown drive and was in the process of leading them on a second when an ill advised pass went right through the hands of Karl Joseph. It was a ball that absolutely should have been picked and likely caused nightmares for Joseph after he missed it.
2 - Oakland gets three or more sacks
Well what do ya know! We have a winner here. The Raiders ended their game against Denver with five sacks, two more than my bold prediction had them getting and more than they’ve gotte in any single game this season. For the first time all year long, the pass rush looked close to what we expected it would look like. After an offseason of hope that this defensive line would finally develop into the monster we all thought it could be, it’s been mostly disappointment when it comes to the pass rush. But not on Sunday against Denver and hopefully, with John Pagano at the reigns, the pass rush will continue to look must improved.
3 - Raiders win by two scores
This one really should have come true, to be honest. The Raiders were up 21-0 before allowing the Broncos to score 14 unanswered points. the final score was 21-14 but Oakland really should have been able to finish with a two score lead. For one thing, they missed a rather make-able field goal in the fourth quarter. That alone would have made it a two score win. But in general, the team went into conservative play mode after going up 21-0 and rather than extend the lead, they ended up letting Denver get back into the game.
And with that, I now have nine correct predictions and 24 incorrect. What a season.