October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) celebrates after intercepting the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders have a chance to get back in playoff mix

Heading into their bye week this weekend, the Oakland Raiders sit at 2-4 on the season.  They could very easily be 3-3, or better.

A week one 21-17 loss to Indianapolis, coupled with a few other games – including their last against Kansas City – got away late as the Raiders were unable to maintain.

This is to be expected for a young team with an essentially rookie quarterback in Terrelle Pryor that is learning to win in the NFL.

It’s safe to say that the culture has changed in Oakland, however.  From head coach Dennis Allen, to general manager Reggie McKenzie, to offensive coordinator Greg Olson and beyond, the Raiders expect to win and are making progress towards becoming a relevant postseason contender.

“I’m surprised our record isn’t better,” free safety Charles Woodson said, according to CSNBayArea.com’s Scott Bair. “I feel like we’ve had chances to win games, yet here we sit at 2-4. Our record is what it is, but we were in position to win a couple games that we lost.”

Coach Allen spoke about what his team needs to do to acquire those killer instincts.

“What we’ve got to do is learn how to, in those tough situations, in those critical moments, we have to learn how to train our minds to make those plays and take advantage of those opportunities that we have, so that we can win games,” Allen said. “I think our guys are of the mindset that we’re going to be able to get that done.

“Our guys have confidence that we can win football games. I told the guys yesterday, we’ve got a good team in there.”

Oakland comes out of the bye week with games against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the New York Giants, Houston, and Tennessee – all winnable games for the young team looking to get back in the fold.

While the AFC West currently has two undefeated teams and New England sits at 5-1 in the East, the rest of the AFC is within no more than two games.  Playoffs, while likely a longshot, are not yet out of the question for Oakland.

If the Raiders can learn, anything is possible, right?

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  • Bob

    Pure fiction article.

  • Guido

    Its nice to dream about but let’s not get crazy.

  • Alex Mendoza

    The next 5 teams look beatable and I think we face the Jets sometime after, that’s actually pretty promising on paper. Can’t wait to see the rematch of the Chargers too.

  • John DAmico

    Fiction? I beg to differ. This bye week couldn’t come at a more opportune time. With the rest, our RBs can get healthy and the O line also. Pryor just needs to settle down and let the coaches run the game instead of always trying to be the hero and make something happen. He’s exciting, no doubt , but makes bad decisions when it counts most. It’d be a miracle to make the playoffs but hey, sometimes miracles DO happen! Go Oaktown!! Just Win Baby….

    • Bob

      There is no data in his article to back up his claim, so it is just fiction.

      • Matt Cowlishaw

        It’s more of an observation, and the data is the collective records of the teams in the AFC.

        • Bob

          The Raiders are 27th in scoring in the NFL. That is the kind of data you need to provide.

          • Matt Cowlishaw

            which can change. again, an observation of where they are in the standings.

          • Kenny Blake

            thats correct but they do have the no 13 overall defense and are in the top 10 in stopping the run which lets be honest is much improved from the last few defenses theyve which finished near or at the bottom stopping the run. so thats one area theyve improved at. alex smith, who is considered to be one of smartest signal callers in the nfl, admitted he was confused and perplexed regarding what the raiders were doing defensively. the defense had 3 sacks in the 1st quarter alone. they are also on pace to record 45 sacks this year up from just 25 last year. no doubt scoring is an issue but they have banged up running backs, a makeshift offensive line and essentially rookie qb, but you cannot deny that pryor has come along way in a short time. offense is the biggest area of concern right now.

          • Bob


            Not many team with Os ranked 27th in scoring make the playoffs unless the D is number 1.

          • Kenny Blake

            the D is not number one but i believe it could be with better players that fit into the mad scientist’s D. the D line is a bunch of nobodys. the secondary has looked bad at times. they have some pretty decent linebackers though. i think if the O line gets healthy and darren mcfadden can get on a roll then we can be pretty good.