Oakland Raiders Still Alive for Playoffs

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have had one of the most interesting seasons in recent memory. Coming into the year, the Raiders were a playoff favorite. Some NFL experts believed that the team had a great chance of making the Super Bowl. Although the team started off strong, things have not gone well over the past few weeks.

Derek Carr is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league today. However, he was hurt for several weeks, and this hurt the offensive production of the team in numerous ways. The Raiders are in one of the worst divisions in the NFL this year. The Broncos and Raiders were expected to compete for the division title. However, the Broncos have completely fallen out of the playoff race. Although the Raiders are having some issues, there is still a chance the team can make the playoffs.

Offensive Issues

Coming into the season, the Raiders were expected to have one of the best offensive units in the league. However, the Raiders are struggling to do anything on offense over the past several weeks. The good news is that Derek Carr is starting to get healthy again. Many fans believe that once he is fully healthy, the team will look much better and will be more efficient.

If the offense cannot produce more points, it is going to be tough to get to the playoffs. The Raiders signed Marshawn Lynch in the offseason in order to improve the running game. In some games, Lynch has done a great job of getting first downs and moving the ball. In other games, he is starting to show signs of his age.

Special Teams

Another major issue for the Raiders has been a lack of consistency on special teams. In the NFL, teams cannot miss field goals on a regular basis and win consistently.

There are many fans who want the head coach fired. It will be interesting to see if the team decides to make major changes after the season is over. If the team does not make the playoffs, most fans will want to see some changes in the coaching staff.

The Oakland Raiders still have one of the most talented teams in the NFL this year. Although the season has not been perfect, the team still has an outside shot at making the playoffs.


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