The Oakland Raiders are at a regularly disappointing 2-4 so far this season but due to the heavy competition in their own division, the Raiders may already be out of playoff contention. Oakland needs a win this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers if they have any hope of salvaging the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs are now the last undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0 and will likely be 9-0 before their buy week going against the unpredictable Cleveland Browns and the young Buffalo Bills. The Denver Broncos, now 6-1, were upset by the Indianapolis Colts last night but other than that, they have been near perfect on offense and strong on defense. The San Diego Chargers are 4-3 but better than their record suggests because they blew a 28-7 lead in the 3rd quarter against the Houston Texans on a last second field goal and because they gave up 10 unanswered to the Tennessee Titans ending on a last second field goal, along with a beating from the Raiders. The AFC West has proven to be the hardest division to play against in the NFL and unfortunately for the Raiders they are stuck in the middle of it.
Even if the Raiders win against Pittsburgh, they still have the Dallas Cowboys, Houston, and finish against their AFC west opponents back to back to back. All 3 of which may finish with ten or more wins. So yes the Raiders season may be over not just because of their inexperience, but because of the competition surrounding them. As long as the team using the year as a building experience for Terrelle Pryor and some of the wide receiving core, along with some of the rising stars on defense, the season could be a success and a gateway to future successful seasons down the road.
If the Raiders have any chance of saving this season, they have to win against the Steelers who are coming off two straight wins against the New York Jets, and the Baltimore Ravens. The game is a make or break for both teams so it may be up to Pryor to save the day again.