The 2014 Oakland Raiders started out 0-10, but they split their last six games to finish 3-13. This was one game worse than the 2013 squad, which finished 4-12. The Silver & Black haven’t had a winning season since 2002, and they haven’t been to the playoffs since losing the Super Bowl that year. What’s next?
The 2014 Oakland Raiders season ended on Sunday in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with a 47-14 loss to the Broncos. The Raiders just struggled in almost every facet of the game as they lost their eighth road game of the season and their 11th overall dating back to 2013.
The Oakland Raiders have one more game in 2014 before they pack it in for the winter, and many of the same players still have injuries either keeping them out of practice or game day itself. The best news is that rookie quarterback Derek Carr is ready to go for Sunday after experiencing an undisclosed illness.
The Oakland Raiders have always played the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers—dating back to the inaugural 1960 season of the American Football League. The Silver & Black even have played these three foes six times in the playoffs, as the rivalries run deep. The 2014 season closes with yet another big rivalry game for the Raiders—at Denver.
The Oakland Raiders improved to 3-12 on the season with a 26-24 win over the Buffalo Bills at the Coliseum on Sunday. That’s three straight wins at home for the Silver & Black if you’re keeping track at home, and it’s also the third consecutive victory at home over a team that had playoff aspirations still. Yes, these 2014 Raiders may have found the secret formula to defending their home turf—finally.
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.
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.
With all the talk about the Oakland Raiders acquiring San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in a trade for draft picks, few seem to be considering the possibility the Silver & Black might retain Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano. One thing is certain: With an inferior roster, Sparano out-prepared and out-coached Harbaugh last week as the Raiders beat the 49ers, 24-13. That has to count for something.
The Oakland Raiders broke their 16-game losing streak last month against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum, but now the Silver & Black go to Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri for the rematch. The Chiefs have lost three in a row, and they are on the verge of playoff elimination—they might blame the Raiders for that, so there’s going to be some nasty waiting for Oakland this weekend.