The Oakland Raiders ended the 2009 season on a low note with a 21-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.…
Will the Raiders repeat last year's finish?
One year later, the Raiders find themselves in a similiar position. The Baltimore Ravens head into the Oakland Coliseum as double digit road favorites with a chance to wrap up an AFC Wild Card with a win. If they lose, they are out.
Can the Raiders do it again?
Logically, it's a stretch to pick the Raiders to win, unless you're in Vegas playing the spread. The quarterback position is more unstable than ever, the offense continues to have red zone issues and the defense is still prone to giving up big plays on the ground. That's not a good combination heading into a game against a team that includes Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
The Raiders have made a habit of standing logic on it's head this season though. They have won games against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnatti and Denver that most people felt they had no possible chance to win. They even managed to beat the Steelers and Broncos on the road with three different quarterbacks.
That's why a Raider win this week would be a surprise, but not a shock. They seem to save their best games for contenders, something that the Ravens had better keep in mind if they don't want to suffer the same fate as the '08 Buccaneers.
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