2011 The Season of Testing Final Round

Oakland Raiders Kenny Stabler #12

Split the NFC North 2-2. I predicted that would be enough to win the division.  At this point it’s not looking that likely.

Now coming into the home stretch of 2011, Week One seems like centuries ago.

We’ve gone from surely winning the division, to almost surely not.

We’ve traded first place with every team in the AFC West at least once so far.

We’ve been in first nearly the entire season until the end.

The inconsistency is staggering, not least because of the heights of our excellence when the Raiders play well (awesome game against the Chargers) to the rock bottom (shutout by the Chiefs at home).

If this team was generally bad or good it would be ok, but the spectacular swings of the year have been disorienting.

I predicted a 8-8 season this year in earlier posts. What I didn’t predict is how many times we’ve surged up and down in the rankings this year.

The end of the season has nearly come, and the answers to my original questions about this team remain unknown!

Raiders show every sign of collapsing just as well as they show signs of reaching a new level of play. Palmer last game was excellent, imagine if he spends a few years on this team, instead of only a few weeks. There’s a huge potential there.

Look at our defense last game, standing up on 3rd down, stuffing the run, pressuring the QB and getting the strip sack. Then the collapse. But perhaps with better leadership, this defense could develop by leaps and bounds! The talent is there.

Play like we did against the Lions this weekend and we’ll demolish Kansas City.

But if we play like we we did against Green Bay we will be the next victims of the Chiefs!

All or nothing, this season remains in limbo with all four teams still in contention.

Beat The Chiefs!!!

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About theoaklandraiders

Oakland Raiders fan since mid 2009, when I noticed the Raiders on TV during a visit to my wife's family in Ohio. By the end of the game versus the Bengals I had become a fanatical fan and haven't missed a game since... View all posts by theoaklandraiders

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