LOS ANGELES, August 31, 2013 — Will the 2013 Oakland Raiders go 0-16?
As the team tries to spend the year honoring the 1983 Super Bowl champions, the 2013 version of the silver and black has the potential to be the worst team in Raiders history and perhaps even the worst team in the history of pro football.
The 2008 Detroit Lions went 0-16, and these Raiders have the ability to match them.
After winning their first preseason game, the Raiders fell behind in their next three contests 23-0, 27-0, and 10-0. They failed to reach the end zone in that last contest.
The Raiders have no offensive line. Their quarterback situation is a mess. Their best player, running back Darren McFadden, has never made it through a full season healthy. With this offensive line, he has no chance. Coach Dennis Allen runs the West Coast Offense, which means dink and dunk passes on 3rd and 4 that pick up two yards.
Punter Shane Lechler is no longer with the team, giving the Raiders no shot at a Pro Bowl player.
This team is awful on offense, defense, and special teams. Some of the games they play this season will be losses by the time the first quarter ends. They open the season at the Indianapolis Colts, a certain loss. Trips to play the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Houston Texans will be sure blowout losses.
They will actually lose twice in the same stadium this year, since they also travel to play the Jets. As bad as the Jets are, the Raiders have an 0-8 road season locked up.
The Raiders are at home for two straight games against Pennsylvania teams, but both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will be better than currently advertised. The Raiders will spend Thanksgiving getting stuffed at Dallas as their former coach and current Dallas offensive coordinator Bill Callahan makes them look like like turkeys and runs and passes up the score.
To avoid the humiliation of an 0-16 season for the Raider Nation, below are five games the Raiders have a snowball’s chance of actually winning.
Week 2, September 15—The Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars. The loser of this game most likely has the top pick in the draft. The Jaguars are also a complete mess, and their quarterback Blaine Gabbert may give up a defensive touchdown or two. This is the best chance the Raiders have all season to win.
Week 5, October 6—Hosting the San Diego Chargers, although the Chargers have more talent than the Raiders. They are implementing an entirely new system, and San Diego often struggles early in the system. However, in 2006 the Raiders began a 2-14 season by losing at home to San Diego 27-0 in Philip Rivers’s very first game. Norv Turner is gone, so the Chargers are out of excuses. If Rivers throws five interceptions, the Raiders have a shot.
Week 12, November 24—Hosting the Tennessee Titans, a bad team last year. Jake Locker may not be the answer at quarterback and coach Mike Munchak is on the hot seat. An ugly game could give the Raiders a win if kicker Sebastian Janikowski gives Oakland five field goals.
Week 15, December 15—Hosting the awful Kansas City Chiefs, although this is the only year the Raiders can beat them. By next year coach Andy Reid will have built a winner that dominates the Raiders for the next decade. Alex Smith is an upgrade from Matt Cassell, making this game less likely to be a Raiders win than originally hoped.
Week 17, December 29—The idea of the Raiders defeating the Denver Broncos at home sounds ludicrous, but the Broncos may have locked up home field throughout the playoffs. If Peyton Manning and the entire starters take the day off, the Raiders have a slim chance. However, team President John Elway hates the Raiders so much that he would consider risking a Super Bowl trip just to humiliate the Raiders. If Oakland enters the game 0-15, the Denver starters will play.
The only week that will be anything less than miserable for the Raiders is Week 7 on October 20. The Raiders have that as their bye week, and they are three point underdogs for that non-contest.
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