The Raiders did it. They walked into Arrowhead Stadium and did what no other team could do this year. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs, and went undefeated in the division this year. They won every single game against their AFC West foes, but were 2-8 in the other ten games this year. They went 2-2 against teams in the NFC West, but went 0-6 against the rest of the AFC conference. Usually when a team dominates their division like the Raiders did this season, they win the division and move onto the playoffs – but not this year’s Raiders. They ended up finishing in 3rd place in the 4-team division. Kansas City finished atop the division at 10-6. San Diego finished 2nd at 9-7 and Denver finished at 4-12.
A few highlights from the game were Michael Bush’s 137 yards rushing, as Darren McFadden sat out with a lingering turf toe injury. Oakland’s defense also stepped up as they held the Chiefs to only 115 yards rushing and 87 yards passing.
Oakland didn’t really have anything to play for, except for draft position and pride. The Raiders obviously chose the latter. They went out and beat the Chiefs 31-10, in what is most likely Tom Cable’s last game as head coach of the Raiders. Under Cable, they are 17-27, but this is the first year they didn’t have a losing record since their Super Bowl season of 2002. I believe that unless the Raiders sign a big name coach, they should stick with Tom Cable for one more year. After going 5-11 each of the two previous seasons, they were able to finish at .500 (8-8) this season. This is a big step forward as fans and players will expect another step forward next year.
It will be interesting to see what Al Davis decides regarding the head coaching position and whether or not he wants to keep Tom Cable as the coach. It is widely anticipated in the media that Cable will not be brought back, but unless the Raiders bring in a top notch coach, they may want to think long and hard about bringing back Cable next year. Davis has about 2 weeks to decide on Cable’s future, and if he doesn’t return, will Hue Jackson be promoted to the top spot?
Even though the Raiders made a big step by winning 8 games this year, they need to be careful not to fall back into their old ways of consecutive losing seasons. So this offseason will be very important for the organization. They need to make some tough decisions, and hopefully it’s not Al Davis sitting in a room by himself making these decisions.
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Written by Mike Cid