Having success is much easier than maintaining it and the Oakland Raiders found that out the hard way. One season after winning 12 games and ending a long playoff drought, the Raiders slipped hard and their demise cost Jack Del Rio his job after three seasons. Oakland was a trendy pick to win the AFC West and compete with the Patriots after their breakthrough season in 2016, but the expectations were never met in a season that could only be described as disappointing.
It’s not hard to figure out where it all went wrong. The offense wasn’t as efficient or productive as a season ago and Derek Carr regressed in his development. Did Carr overachieve in 2016 or did he underachieve this season? The latter would be the best guess, but it was a team effort. Switching offensive coordinators didn’t help and it’s likely the coaching staff gets overhauled when the new coach takes over.
And that new coach is thought to be former Raiders head man Jon Gruden, who produced 38 regular season victories, two division titles and two playoff berths in his four-year run from 1998 to 2001. The hire would be a big draw for the lame-duck franchise, which needs to give the fans in Oakland something to look forward to while also cultivating a fan-base in Las Vegas, where the team is headed in 2020.
Week 1: Raiders at Titans, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Raiders vs. Jets, Sunday, September 17, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Raiders at Redskins, Sunday, September 24, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 4: Raiders at Broncos, Sunday, October 1, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Raiders vs. Ravens, Sunday, October 8, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Raiders vs. Chargers, Sunday, October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Raiders vs. Chiefs, Thursday, October 19, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Raiders at Bills, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Raiders at Dolphins, Sunday, November 5, 8:30 p.m. ET - NBC
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: Raiders vs. Patriots, Sunday, November 19, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Raiders vs. Broncos, Sunday, November 26, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Raiders vs. Giants, Sunday, December 3, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Raiders at Chiefs, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Raiders vs. Cowboys, Sunday, December 17, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 16: Raiders at Eagles, Monday, December 25, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 17: Raiders at Chargers, Sunday, December 31, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
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