Tag Archives: Oakland Raiders

On Moore, Cook, Osweiler, and Enjoying It While You Can

Miami Dolphins v New York Giants

Matt Moore (Credit: Getty Images)

– Jim Bearor

There are three starting quarterbacks in the playoffs that aren’t like the others, and they’re all in the AFC. Matt Moore is Ryan Tannehill’s backup, Connor Cook is a third string quarterback for the Raiders, and Brock Osweiler is a a 72 million dollar meme who lost his job to Tom Savage, yet finds himself starting a playoff game at home against Cook and company. Continue reading


On NFL Narratives and Trends Below the Surface


Derek Carr is a shining bright spot for the The Black Hole and Raiders fans everywhere. (Credit: Getty Images)

– Jim Bearor

Week 12 hit a lot of familiar notes. Continue reading

An Ode To The Raiders Hype Train


Derek Carr’s elevated play has been bailing out the Oakland defense all season. (Getty Images)

– Jim Bearor

Originally, I had planned on writing an article almost entirely about David Carr’s statistical growth spurt. Then, like an asshole, I didn’t write for a while, and everyone else on the internet wrote that article. Then the Raiders took control of first place in the AFC West with Sunday night’s thorough handling of Denver, and now we’ve officially entered the week of singing their praises and talking about playoff hopes. Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 3 NFL Roundup

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills ran amok in Sunday’s home thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals (Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY)

– Bill Annechino

With another great football Sunday in the books (and the first official football Sunday of fall!), let’s take a run through the league and see what stood out.   Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 2 NFL Roundup

Who's the real culprit for the Bills problems?

Who’s the real culprit for the Bills problems? Is GM Doug Whaley to blame? (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

Jets @ Bills (Thursday):

So, by now everyone knows that the Bills’ insanely reactionary answer to Thursday night’s embarrassment was to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  Many people have also (correctly) pointed out that it wasn’t Greg Roman’s offense that gave up 37 points and 500 yards.  I’ve seen various reactions from the Bills’ Mafia calling for Rob or Rex Ryan’s head, but that really misses the bigger point:  Doug Whaley is the worst GM in football.  Continue reading

Confirmation Bias in the NFL: Connecting Predictions with Reality


If you were all aboard the Raiders hype train Sunday proved their potential. If you doubted Oakland, a one point win over New Orleans doesn’t impress you much. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

– Jim Bearor

Every team has played one game so far, and people think they have answers. It has been a long offseason of discussing narratives, who went where, and why it’s all going to come together for Team X this year. That’s totally cool, summer – the driest season for sports – is when the juiciest hot takes blossom. I think of it like a Quentin Tarantino movie, where the long dialogue scenes have more weight to them because you know it’s only a matter of time until the fight starts. Then when there is action, its significance is amplified. But in the NFL’s case, we talk so much and for so long that the events of the prior season get reduced to statistics, and the memories of it start to fade. Because of this, and for reasons beyond my comprehension, the first few games of the season have such a disproportionate effect on all of our opinions, even if we think we know better than to jump to conclusions. Continue reading