What the Oakland Raiders must do to avoid disaster in next two games
By Matt Holder
After spending the majority of the season as underdogs, the Oakland Raiders will be in uncharted territory the next two weeks against the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.
With their own success and a little help, Week 10 was very productive for the Oakland Raiders. Only a tiebreaker separates the team from a playoff spot and the next couple of weeks can dramatically improve the organization’s postseason chances.
In the coming weeks, the Raiders will host the winless Cincinnati Bengals and then hit the road to take on the 2-7 New York Jets. According to the Action Network, Oakland is already a double-digit favorite against the Bengals and will likely be in a similar situation the following week.
While these contests may feel like “lay-ups,” both can easily transform into “trap-games.”
Just like a mouse, NFL teams can struggle to spot a trap before it’s too late and put themselves in a backbreaking situation. So for the Raiders, how does the team stay focused and avoid taking the cheese?