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Six different Oakland Raiders were unable to practice on Thursday, leaving their statuses for Sunday’s game in Kansas City questionable. That could hurt the Silver & Black’s chances of securing a season sweep over their reeling AFC West rivals this weekend. But don’t worry: Linebacker Sio Moore will be on the field.
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.
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.
Compared to previous weeks, the Oakland Raiders have a little health momentum on their side heading into Sunday’s home matchup with Bay Area rival San Francisco. Forget the Harbaugh intrigue for a few moments: The Silver & Black might be as healthy as they’ve been all years—not counting the players already on the season-ending IR, of course. Oakland always could use some of those players, but they’re lost for the season, of course.
Rumors are flying that the San Francisco 49ers might trade Head Coach Jim Harbaugh to the Oakland Raiders, and that’s just the icing on the cake for this Bay Area rivalry. The 49ers need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and the Silver & Black just need something to forget that beating they just took from the St. Louis Rams. The Sunday game at the Coliseum promises to be quite interesting.
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.
It’s been more than a week since the Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, and that time has been a benefit to the walking wounded on the Silver & Black roster. But there are still some areas of concern the team must address as they head into Sunday’s game at St. Louis against an underrated Rams squad. The true question is whether the Raiders can build on the victory momentum and earn another win in 2014.
Right now, the Oakland Raiders are 1-10, and if the season ended today, they’d get the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. There’s not a clear-cut stud or even a lot of depth at the top of the draft next year, so the Silver & Black need to be very smart about their next draft.
The 4-7 St. Louis Rams may seem to be weak at first glance, but as coached by long-time NFL man Jeff Fisher, the team once referred to as the “Lambs” is anything but right now. Remember, St. Louis has wins over Denver, San Francisco and Seattle this year—and they almost beat San Diego last weekend with a third-string quarterback. They’re still good.