The Silver (And Black) Lining: Week Seventeen

Well, 2019 was fun, but it’s over. For the very last time, the Oakland Raiders have suited up, and for the very last time, they lost. Part of me jokingly wants to say that the silver lining is that I won’t have to write a Silver (and Black) lining article for at least another nine months. But that’s not what you’re here for. You’re here for a positive spin or two on the most recent Raider loss. And that’s what I’m gonna give you.

The Silver (And Black) Lining: Raiders Week 17

Bright Future

The rookie class was absolutely fantastic. Josh Jacobs should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year, Clelin Ferrell came on strong at the end, Hunter Renfrow was Oakland’s best wide receiver, Trayvon Mullen showed flashes of brilliance, and Maxx Crosby had more sacks than Khalil Mack this year. Technically, he wasn’t drafted, but Alec Ingold is one of the best fullbacks in the league.

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Not to mention, the offensive line looked great, Darren Waller was a breakout star, and at the very least, head coach Jon Gruden’s play designs were very creative. The quarterback debate rages on and on, but there were several plays where mediocre receivers were wide open. If the Raiders have a strong offseason, they can make a serious push in 2020.

Exceeded Expectations

This team was a three or four win squad back in August, and they ended up winning seven games. At one point, they were 6-4, and if they’d won any of their terrible games, they probably would’ve gone to the playoffs. If the refs hadn’t totally screwed the Raiders against Denver or Jacksonville, they probably make their second playoff appearance since 2002.

The Future

The Raiders have a ton of cap space (they’ll end up with more if the Raiders move on from some of the under-performing vets), and two first round picks in this draft. The future of the team shines brighter than the lights of Las Vegas. Mike Mayock obviously knows what he’s doing, and hey! There’s a real possibility that the Raiders are smart and draft Isaiah Simmons or CeeDee Lamb.

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