It was a disappointing 2020 season for the Las Vegas Raiders but there was still football to be played and they showed up for their Week 17 matchup. In the end, it was worth it, as they won their eighth game of the year. Finishing 8-8 is better than 7-9 and social media had plenty to say about the matter.
Another anticlimactic season under Raiders head coach Jon Gruden came to an end. Much like last season, the Silver and Black seemed poised for a playoff trip only to be part of another collapse. There were positives this year but as the team held on for a win against the Denver Broncos, fans are left wondering what might’ve been.
Bleacher Report Raiders: A Meaningless Win
Let’s take a look at Raider Nation on Twitter to gauge the responses to this win, albeit a meaningless one.
What did Raiders Twitter have to say?
Jon Gruden still trash.
— James (@OaklandAboveAll) January 4, 2021
This is why I still have hope for the #RaiderNation. After a really sloppy and turnover filled game, they still gutted out a great win. All while overcoming their two weaknesses at the end of the game, pass D and red zone scoring. What a game. Excited for next year. https://t.co/Mz1fJ0Aoll
— Brennen Scarborough (@bpscarborough) January 4, 2021
This is supposedly a “meaningless game” but I’m sweating. Why am I sweating? #Raiders
— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) January 4, 2021
It all depends on where you fall on the spectrum for the Silver and Black. Many are simply fed up with Gruden’s conservative playcalling and see it as a detriment. It seems like as long as Gruden’s the head coach, this team will be held back. How true that is remains to be seen, the charismatic coach isn’t going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.
While an average defense could certainly help, it’s going to take more than that for Las Vegas to go from pretender to contender. Displaying red zone scoring and efficient pass defense in a game like this should not be a prognosticator.
One thing’s for sure, as Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report pointed out, Raiders games never disappoint in the drama department. Raider Nation is going to miss football as they see other teams advance into the playoffs next week.
Lol they gonna lie to us again and say how they’ve changed and shit and were gonna give them another chance smh
— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@jfraiz52) January 4, 2021
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