Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders’ win was maybe the least impressive AFC West victory of the weekend. The Raiders played the Dolphins who were without their starting quarterback. I usually think that a team that is without that single positional player is probably going to face a pretty significant loss. Yes, they may put up a fight for the first bit, but eventually the house of cards comes crumbling down. Credit to the Dolphins for hanging in there through overtime.
The Raiders almost Gruden-ed this one and let the Dolphins beat them, but I guess this is the year of weird. Normally, they would end in a loss, but the team showed grit and fight (and no, I don’t mean the Oakland type of fighting in the parking lots after games). They had every opportunity to lose this game, but behind Derek Carr who is playing great this season, they ended up with a win.
Now, their season started out this way last year. Let’s not forget that this is the team that took a victory lap around Arrowhead after beating the Chiefs last year, so I am not yet on the bandwagon for the Raiders to do much more than break their fans’ black holes where their hearts are supposed to be. However, if Derek Carr can keep playing at this level, they are a legitimate threat.
I still hate the Raiders, though.
Running back Josh Jacobs continues to deal with an ankle injury that has kept him off the field. Guard Richie Incognito did not play in Sunday’s game after being placed on IR and safety Trevon Moehrig did not return against Miami after injuring his ankle.
Next week, the Raiders face a tough Monday night test in the Los Angeles Chargers. They travel to face their AFC West foe in what is looking like a great matchup. Both teams are coming off big wins and likely the Raiders are looking to take sole possession of first in the West (because come on, the Broncos are going to lose).
The Chargers, with a win, would enter a three way tie for first (again, the Broncos are absolutely going to lose). There’s a lot on the line on Monday night and I am looking forward to this matchup.