Oakland Raiders: Inconsistency at Its Finest

By Robert Cooke
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders anticipated having a much better game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles than they did. Just as it seemed the Raiders could be coming together, they fell apart.

Constant inconsistent play by the Raiders makes it difficult for anybody to have faith in them to have any playoff hopes. If they continue to play as they did against the Eagles, they could end up with a top 10 pick in next year’s NFL draft.

It’s been this way for the Raiders for years. Every once in a while, they’ll look like they can compete with anybody and then a backup quarterback by the name of Nick Foles throws for a record-tying seven touchdowns against a secondary that shut down two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

Then you have the play of an injury-plagued offensive line that is in dire need of some sort of boost. Inconsistent quarterback Terrelle Pryor of the Raiders has to run for his life on every snap. Luckily for Oakland, they have a pure athlete at the quarterback position, because any other quarterback would be taking ten sacks per game behind this offensive line that can’t provide any sort of pass-protection. Looking ahead, Pryor needs to find a way to make better decisions with the football when he’s under pressure, but aside from that, he shows unbelievable ability.

Aside from the injuries and bad play all over the field, the Raiders remain to be able to run the ball, they’re lone bright spot.

On defense, the future was looking bright for defensive coordinator Jason Tarver who took this Raiders defense to another level on a couple of occasions this season. At this point it’s hard to say whether or not this Raiders defense that came into this weekend fourth in rush defense and tenth in pass defense is for real. They obviously have the potential, but it’s going to be difficult for this team to hope for any sort of playoff spot after the hole they’ve already dug themselves.

They’re far too inconsistent and have failed to win back-to-back games this season.

From here, the Raiders would have to win out the season for hopes at a playoff spot and that’s just unrealistic with the way they’ve been playing.

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