Heading into their bye week the Oakland Raiders have a record that many expected heading into the 2013 season. After a 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs the Raiders are sitting at 2-4 and will either be sitting in third or last in the AFC West depending on the outcome of the San Diego Chargers MNF game with the Indianapolis Colts. With depth issues (especially at the offensive line) and two more games against the undefeated Chiefs and Denver Broncos left on the schedule it would be easy to go ahead and assume that the Raiders will miss the playoffs this season.
Just don’t tell that to Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor believes there’s still hope to turn around the season in Oakland despite results on the field saying otherwise, with the Raiders making the playoffs a very real possibility in Pryor’s mind via Scott Bair CSNBayArea.com. The story was also reported later by friends of JBB Raiders Tribune.
“We have to come together and start creating,” Pryor said after a difficult loss. “We‘ll be back. We can get to the playoffs.”
Oakland does have a string of winnable games on the schedule as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers after the bye week before hosting the Eagles and visiting the Giants/Texans. Playing four teams that have had as equal amount of struggles as the Raiders over the first six weeks of the NFL season does give the Raiders a chance of rolling together some wins if they can continue to get better over the bye week and heal up some key injuries, particularly at the offensive line.
Still the list of issues the Raiders have and the key injuries to several linemen and safety Tyvon Branch make the Raiders even finishing 8-8 something that has long odds and would require quite the turnaround. To make the playoffs would need a complete 180 degree turnaround, the healing of several key injuries, and even then a little bit of magic. It is promising to see that Pryor isn’t going to give up on this season until mathematics tell the Raiders that they are out of the hunt, but given their 2-4 record and the problems they have faced this season, it looks like 2014 is a more realistic date for Pryor and Oakland to get back into the playoffs. Never say never, but it is unlikely.