Once again, six different Oakland Raiders players did not practice this week, as the team prepares for its final home game of the year on Sunday. As the Silver & Black take on the Buffalo Bills, the team mostly will just try to avoid more injuries this late in a lousy two-win season that could be the final one for the franchise in Oakland.
The Oakland Raiders don’t have a stadium lease for 2015, meaning this Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills could be the last one the Silver & Black play in Oakland. Where will the Raiders be playing their home games in 2015? Los Angeles? San Antonio? No one knows for sure, leaving a lot up in the air. Count on one thing, though: Whatever happens to the team, it won’t be without controversy.
Consider that the Buffalo Bills have gone consecutive weeks holding both Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers without a touchdown pass, and you will understand the formidable challenge that defense presents for the Oakland Raiders offense next Sunday. Yes, it could get ugly for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
Trailing by just four points in the third quarter, the Oakland Raiders gave up three touchdowns in less than five minutes and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs by a 31-13 score. It wasn’t a good road effort for the Silver & Black, as they drop to 2-12 on the season.
Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Week 15. Here are the four takeaways you need to know from Sunday.
No one outside the Oakland Raiders locker room thought they had a chance to win the Battle of the Bay in 2015, but that’s what happened Sunday at the Coliseum. The Silver & Black beat the San Francisco 49ers, 24-13, to win their second straight home game and improve their season record to 2-11.
The Denver Broncos are currently one of the leaders in the AFC and are looking for home-field advantage. The Buffalo Bills are battling for one of the playoff spots with numerous other AFC teams. Steve Tasker of CBS Sports talks about their week 14 match-up and how Denver may not be this year’s favorite to win it all.
The 2014 Oakland Raiders had nothing on the field Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, as the Silver & Black couldn’t follow up their first win of the season with anything positive. The 52-0 loss in Week 13 was as bad as it gets in the modern-day NFL.
TV listings and NFL scoreboards around the country suggest that the rescheduled NFL game Monday night between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets will be broadcast on CBS. That’s true, if you live in one of those markets.
The 0-10 Oakland Raiders have six games remaining, and if they want to avoid the wrong kind of historic effort, the Silver & Black need to win at least one of those games. But it’s not looking like that is going to happen, all things considered. Somewhere, the ghost of Al Davis is cringing and shaking his fist at the mess his once-proud team has become.