Today the Denver Broncos went all-in with Tim Tebow by giving Kyle Orton the mile high boot. The Kansas City Chiefs could put a few chips on Orton once he hits the waiver wire after seeing Tyler Palko play like Philip Rivers. Plenty of folks have been suckered out of cash by placing bets on the Norv Chargers over the years so you know how that story is going to end.
As it stands the safest best there is in the AFC West is the Oakland Raiders.
Don’t take my word for it though, let the math geeks tell you that the Silver and Black have a 60% shot at winning the division and giving the East Bay a long overdue playoff date.
Let’s not get too carried away.
Yes, the Raiders control their own destiny. Yes, the rest of the teams in the division have more questions than Bob Costas does for Joe Paterno. No, the Raiders cannot afford any of that to factor into their upcoming contests.
Jay Cutler’s broken thumb has only opened up the opportunity for a potential soul crushing loss. Hue Jackson had better not be taking Caleb Haine lightly. These are the games that cost teams their dreams.
That blown lead in Buffalo looms large as do those two TD tosses Tebow connected on just a few weeks ago.
The Raiders cannot afford another penalty party as they did in Minnesota. It speaks volumes on how well Coach Jackson has his team mentality prepared when you see them overcome all these mistakes.
All that being said the time has come to flip the playoff switch.
From here out the Raiders need to stopping thinking of themselves as a playoff team and start performing like one. Nothing has been proven yet and the NFL is a league where life lessons are usually delivered in unforgiving fashion.
So feel free to set aside a little cash in order to bet on the Silver and Black. Odds are you’ll see a return on your investment. Just keep in mind that gambling on football is no different than the game itself. So don’t play unless you’re prepared to deal with losing.