Week 9 – Oakland @ Seattle: At 0-8, is it time for the Raiders to give up on the playoffs?

After Marshawn Lynch scored his second touchdown late in the second quarter, the Seahawks were in control at 24-3. The problem for the Raiders was that espn.com announced that the Raiders had only overcome a halftime deficit of 20+ points to win once in their history (v Denver in 1988).

So there was hope, a little hope.

With a final score of 30-24 it means that the Raiders won the second half (6-21). Raiders fans take any wins that come along.

The Raiders now hit 0-8. The question that needs to be asked is how does a team get to 0-8? Here is the supporting cast to the 0-8 start to the season:

Raiders ranked 32nd in rushing yards per game (65.5) and in total yards per game (288)

Raiders ranked 31st in points per game (16.1). Thankfully the Jaguars are in the league (15.7) to take 32nd place

Raiders ranked 16th in overall defense

The problem is when the Raiders have the ball. Derek Carr has the longest running play of the season (41 yds) and has the second most rushing yards on the team. But Carr is the QB.

When throwing the ball the Raiders improve but they are still ranked 23rd. Essentially, Raiders look better when the defense is on the field.

Being 0-8 is not great. When it is part of an 0-14 streak that stretches back to 24 November 2013 (last win 28-23 @ Texans on 17 Nov 2013) it is a bigger problem. With games against Denver, @ San Diego and Kansas City in the next three weeks there is a real chance the Raiders will be 0-17.

If the Raiders hit 0-17 (0-11 this season) they will be within reaching distance of making the Most Consecutive Games Without a Victory in the NFL Records (list starts at 0-19 which includes the 1961-62 Raiders). Wonder if this will motivate the 2014 Raiders?

And if you are wondering, the Raiders have given up on making the playoffs.

Nov 2
CenturyLink Field, Seattle WA (68,337)

Oakland 3 0 14 7 – 24
Seattle 14 10 0 6 – 30

Passing: Derek Carr (OAK), 194 yards, 2 TD’s
Rushing: Marshawn Lynch (SEA), 21 car, 67 yards, 2 TD’s
Receiving: Marshawn Lynch (SEA), 5 rec, 76 yards
Pigskin Almanac “0-8” award: Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

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Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

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