The Raiders Went From One of The Most Exciting Playoff Teams To Seemingly Hopeless Because Of 2 Injuries


The Raiders Went From One of The Most Exciting Playoff Teams To Seemingly Hopeless Because Of 2 Injuries The Raiders Went From One of The Most Exciting Playoff Teams To Seemingly Hopeless Because Of 2 Injuries
Two weeks after looking like potential AFC Championship threats, the Oakland Raiders may be the lowliest team in the postseason.

Through 15 weeks, the Raiders built a 12-3 record, leading the competitive AFC West.

Though the Raiders looked flawed, at times — overly reliant on Derek Carr's arm, with a shabby defense, and two unimpressive outings against their division rivals, the Chiefs — they were nonetheless an intriguing young team with an explosive offense and enough defensive talent to put a scare into, say, the Patriots.

Two weeks later, the Raiders' season appears all but done, thanks to two brutal injuries.

In Week 16, after three quarters of dominating the Colts, Derek Carr broke his leg on a fourth-quarter sack, ending his season. The Raiders then turned to backup Matt McGloin, who injured his shoulder in their Week 17 loss to the Broncos.

With McGloin questionable for Saturday, the Raiders will likely turn to Connor Cook, a rookie quarterback with no career starts, to lead them in the playoffs, on the road, against the Texans, the defense that allowed the fewest total yards and yards per game in the regular season.

Not great.

In Week 17, Cook's only action of the season, he played passably, throwing 150 yards on 14-of-21 passing with a touchdown and interception.

Carr, who was considered an MVP candidate up until his injury, could have his case bolstered by the Raiders' performances without him. The Raiders didn't score after he left the game in Week 16, and they managed just six points in Week 17. Though the latter was against the stingy Broncos' defense, Carr and Co. put up 30 points against the Broncos in a Week 9 win. At times, this season, the Raiders' plan seemed to simply let Carr will them to victory, like in a Week 8 overtime win against the Bucs, when Carr threw for a franchise record 513 yards.

Barring an unexpected breakout performance from Cook, the Raiders look like long-shots to make noise in the playoffs. Without Carr's arm, the Raiders may have to rely on running back Latavius Murray and for the defense to create chances for them. It's certainly possible they could pull off a win over the Texans, but at the time of year when teams most need a quarterback, the Raiders appear hopeless.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING: USA News Visit website


view more articles

About Article Author

Chuka (Webby) Aniemeka
Chuka (Webby) Aniemeka

Chuka is an experienced certified web developer with an extensive background in computer science and 18+ years in web design & development. His previous experience ranges from redesigning existing website to solving complex technical problems with object-oriented programming. Very experienced with Microsoft SQL Server, PHP and advanced JavaScript. He loves to travel and watch movies.

View More Articles

100 Most Popular News

Displaying of