Ok, so there are no moral victories in the NFL. Just uttering the phrase in a professional locker room is grounds for dismissal. But after yesterday’s win in San Diego the Oakland Raiders are finally off the schnide.
Seven years of 11 loss football have come to a halt thanks to Tom Cable notching the 6th win of the season.
Of course all that means is there is still the potential for double digit losses. In the grand scheme of things six wins means absolutely nothing. All it has done is to create a new goal for the Detroit Lions to accomplish.
You won’t see any celebration around the Alameda offices for this inconsequential feat. There is still much work to be done and playoffs are very much a possibility. About all these six wins have done is to divert the ever hateful eye of the sports media away from the East Bay for a few weeks.
Well, that and it’s put the Raiders back into the hunt for the AFC West. That’s something to be proud of but nothing to rest on.
In addition to winning more games since this franchise last went to the Super Bowl, Coach Cable is also making Bill Belichick’s draft a little less valuable. When the Raiders gave up a first round pick for Richard Seymour many saw it as a foregone conclusion that the Pats would be in the top 10 come April.
Not only will the Pats be on the clock for longer than anticipated, there is also a chance they could see the Silver and Black in the postseason. Now that is something worth celebrating! Just not right now.
Congrats to Cable for getting this gorilla off the franchise’s back. Now if he really wants to prove something he’ll see to it that his team only loses one more game the rest of the season. For those who can’t do the math that would equate to a winning record – the first of its kind in nearly a decade of Oakland Raiders football.