Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Raiders Still Have A Pulse In AFC West Race

We’ve been here before. We were here last year and the year before that and even the year before that.

The AFC West is that sloppy drunk chick at the end of the bar that is looking for the perfect way to get revenge on her cheating ex. She’s just waiting for someone, anyone to make their move. The question is will the Raiders be the bad man six scotches in that is ready to take down some easy prey or will they be the guy with morals trying to prove something to himself by drinking water and avoiding eye contact at all costs?

Which Raiders team are we going to see in the coming weeks? That’s what this is really all about, crude bar room analogies aside.

On Sunday the Raiders gained ground on their competition without even suiting up. The snarky voice in my head is urging me to encourage Roger Goodell to give the Silver and Black Sunday’s off for the rest of the season. However the Raider fanatic buried deep in my soul wants to see this team resurrect and come back as a coldblooded killer.

With the Kansas City Chiefs looking more incompetent than Donald Trump in a presidential debate it seems safe to eliminate them from the AFC West picture. The Denver Broncos might have cleaned out the Raiders like a bunch of frat boys would do an Ed Hardy sale but they’re clearly not among the NFL elite. Same goes for the San Diego Chargers.

Of course the problem is the Raiders can’t rely on those in front of them to make mistakes. Hoping everyone else around you fails so you can succeed is downright Kardahsian and very unwelcomed in the world of professional sports.  So this is about taking care of business by taking care of the competition. Given the way things have gone the first month of the season that is easier said than done. But that’s why these men are paid professionals.

Last season Hue Jackson went for broke in his desires to make a playoff push. As a result Reggie McKenzie inherited a team that is broke meaning there will be no major dealings prior to the end of the season. Dennis Allen will have to go to war with the team he has and not the one he wants. Either way the AFC West is there for the taking even after three miserable losses and one inspiring win.

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