PREDICTIONS: W/L RECORD

I recently caught wind of the predicted W/L record for the Silver and Black. 11-5 is the prediction. I state 13-3. I seriously think that the Raiders could go 15-1 if everything plays out right. 13-3 seems about right simply because of the totality of the offense. Guys like AC/DC, Lynch and that beastly O-Line will have DCs of the opposition up late. That Mexico City game against those CHEATRIOTS will show the world exactly how good the Raiders are (especially of the refs don’t outright give the game to the Pats, unlike the SB).

In closing, that’s my prediction. GO RAIDERS!!!

 

10000 yards already?!

Raiders QB and MVP candidate Derek Carr passed the 10,000 yard mark during Monday’s 27-20 win over Houston in Mexico City. Carr has turned heads since coming into the NFL. I am saying this as a fan of American football, not as a Raiders fan– Carr looks every bit a can’t miss Hall-of-Famer as any QB I have ever seen. His decision-making, playmaking ability is everything you want in a signal-caller. These Raiders are fun to watch, and as Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are proving, Derek Carr IS an elite QB.

2016 Raiders

It’s been a while since I did a post on the S & B. So here goes. I predict the Raiders will be 12-4, and lose either divisional or AFC Championship game. I still say by SB LIII (ATLANTA, 2019), that the Raiders will win the fourth Lombardi. And the fifth Lombardi at SB LIV (Miami 2020). Carr, Mack, Coop are going to raise hell (and all Raider Haters ire) in 2016 going forward.

Raiders favored in Vegas for first time since 2013

Get used to it folks. Them RAIDERS are back, looking like the head breakers the rest of the sports world loves to hate (but secretly admires and emulate). Bottom line, the Silver and Black finally hit rock bottom last year after that 0-10 start. With a win over Chicago (covered in most US markets on CBS), Oakland will equal last year’s win total in week 4. I was all for a total collapse as long as the right coaching, players who cared about the franchise (and can stay outta the police blotter) came along. Del Rio, Norton and Musgrave look to have the right mix. Here’s to hoping the other 3 quarters of the season go as well as this one has.

STATE OF THE SILVER AND BLACK, BATES EDITION

Picture a “state of the union address”, only I am at the podium, as the new owner of the Oakland (soon to be Los Angeles) Raiders.

I wanna start off by saying thank you to all who have decided to show up today for this most momentus occasion. The state of the Raiders is shining bright once again, with new coaching, new ownership and a new attitude. To get back to basics, power football. We are going to runt he ball down everyone’s throat. We are going to intimidate and punk out every other team. We will have a Return to Glory. Applause roars then fades. I want to… that’s a dream (for now), but I want to talk about the needs of the Raiders going into the 2015-16 campaign.

In my eyes, American football is simple. RUN THE BALL, STOP THE OTHER TEAM. In that spirit, I will say what I have always said when it comes to the SnB: Fix the O-Line, shore up the secondary and get competent coaching, namely NAME COACHING. I love what Del Rio has done already, bringing respect and names (i.e. Knighton wanting to come over from Denver) and good attention to the SnB. We definitely need that!

I will go on the record on stating, at least in my view, that the Raiders would do well to see about using that $65 MM in cap space right. No trading picks for unproven talent. No overpaying players. And definitely no Marcus Mariota unless he agrees to develop his game in Canada (as several mobile American QBs have done and become legends).

It irks me to see how many of the Nation really think that bringing someone like Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch would be a great addition. In short, it would be a disaster. Basically, we need players who are the opposite of Lynch.

In closing, the Raiders are in good shape in my eyes.

GURLEY SHOULD BE RAIDERS RB PICK

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Georgia Bulldogs junior running back Todd Gurley has informed coach Mark Richt that he plans to enter the NFL draft.

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Jason Getz/USA TODAY SportsTodd Gurley has rushed for 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns during his college career at Georgia.

Richt made the announcement after the Bulldogs’ practice Friday for the Belk Bowl. The 13th-ranked Bulldogs face No. 20 Louisville on Tuesday.

“He will be a very high draft pick,” said Richt, adding that Gurley’s rehabilitation from a knee injury was going well. “I wouldn’t be shocked to see him doing a lot of things for the scouts before the draft.”

Gurley was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate and got off to a strong start, but a four-game suspension and a knee injury derailed his season.

ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. has Gurley as hisĀ No. 2-rated running back and projected as an early second-round draft pick. ESPN NFL draft Insider Todd McShay, in his first mock draft, has Gurley slated as a late first-round pick.

Gurley attended practice with his teammates Friday but was not made available for interviews.

The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Gurley ran for 911 yards and nine touchdowns in six games this season, averaging 7.4 yards per carry. He was suspended four games in October by the NCAA for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. In Gurley’s first game back against Auburn, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season.

My opinion? Gurley should be the first RB picked by the Raiders. He fits right in with Murray and the rest of them.