Can the Oakland Raiders win Super Bowl XLVIII?
I promise that was not a serious question. It’s just a reflection of the overreaction that Oakland Raiders fans everywhere are currently partaking in.
Yes, the Raiders have already won one game in two weeks. At this point they have a better record than contenders such as the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Well isn’t that just dandy?
Their win came against the Jacksonville Jaguars, arguably the worst team in the NFL. They won by 10 points to a team that has managed only 11 points throughout two weeks of action. Big whoop. Watch the Seattle Seahawks demolish the Jaguars next weekend if you want to see a true contender take care of business.
The Raiders faithful have always been known as an enigmatic bunch, but the team’s recent “success” is being blown out of proportion in ways that’s even pitiful for them.
This is the same fanbase that overreacted after Terrelle Pryor’s first outing of 2013. The athlete-turned-quarterback picks up a few yards on the ground, throws a touchdown pass and all of the sudden he’s the best gunslinger in the league. One crazed fan even went as far as referring to Pryor as “a Bo Jackson kind of talent at QB.” Are you kidding me? To seriously compare the two is to blatantly insult the game of football.
Even if they do currently have a better record than nine teams, the Raiders are far from being a contender in 2013. They have one of the worst rosters in the league, and injuries continue to take eat away at the smidgen of playmaking currently available – look at what happened to safety Tyvon Branch yesterday.
I’m all for fans being enthusiastic about their team, but try to think with some semblance of realism. The Raiders are a rebuilding team that is nowhere near contending – certainly not with a subpar passer like Pryor under center.
Call me a hater if it makes you feel better, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Raiders suck.
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