The Oakland Raiders are four games into the new era of Silver and Black football. I don’t need to remind you what the first month of the season has been like. There are visits to the dentist that are more welcomed than the experience of watching the Raiders thus far (gutsy performance against Pittsburgh not withstanding).
That said it’s an absolute blessing for the Raiders to have a bye at the quarter mark of the young season. There is much work to be done and not having an opponent to prepare for this Sunday is a big help. Instead of focusing on the next team on the schedule, the Raiders took this week to focus on themselves.
Plenty of game tape has and will continue to be watched. Two days of practice allowed the team to walk through many of the troubling scenarios that have plagued them thus far. And naturally the walking wounded have a few days to rest and recover.
Of course if Carson Palmer has any say so in the matter he’d prefer every man on the roster takes their time off to continue the reevaluation process.
It’s not four off days. That’s something you’ve really got to relay to young guys. You don’t just sit on the couch and watch TV. Everybody’s taking home film, I know I’ve got a bunch of stuff on my computer I need to watch. It’s a chance to get some rest physically, but not mentally.
The season is far from over but another month of the brutal football we’ve had to witness will surely put any playoff talk on ice. That’s why this bye week is a critical juncture in the season. With a week to shut it down and review what has and hasn’t worked behind them the hope is the rejuvenated Raiders will rise from the ashes in Atlanta.