The Oakland Raiders need to win to keep hope alive, but it will be difficult the rest of the way. This week they get one of their better chances to get a victory this season with a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The question is who has the advantage?
Quarterback: It is shocking how good Carson Palmer has been with no serious weapons around him. If Andy Dalton didn’t have A.J. Green, the stats wouldn’t be so hot. Advantage: Oakland
Running Back: By definition a healthy starting running back has to be better than a healthy third-string tailback. Advantage: Cincinnati
Wide Receiver and Tight End: This is an interesting comparison because Green is better than any other receiver in this game, but at the same time is the Bengals’ unit better than the Raiders’ group? Advantage: Cincinnati
Offensive Line: Cincinnati can’t protect Dalton and Oakland can’t run the ball. Advantage: Draw
Defensive Line: Until Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly play up to their potential, the unit that has actually gotten pressure on the quarterback is probably better. Advantage: Oakland
Linebackers: Oakland has some good linebackers, but Cincinnati has some great ones like Rey Maualuga. Advantage: Cincinnati
Secondary: Can we just agree the Raiders’ defensive backfield is terrible. Advantage: Cincinnati
Specialists: Oakland’s special teams is one of the best in the league and Cincinnati’s isn’t. Advantage: Oakland
Coach: This is difficult, but Marvin Lewis just seems to be on his last straw and Dennis Allen is trying to establish his identity. Advantage: Oakland
Oakland needs a win, but it may be more accurate to say it needs a miracle.