The date is November 11, 2002. It was the 500th game on Monday night football. The then-Oakland Raiders were originally seen as Super Bowl favorites but coming into Mile High: they were riding a four-gameÂ losing streak.Â
It seemed like the whole season had crumbled. The Denver Broncos were sitting at 6-2 and were now the choice by many as the pick for number one in the AFC. The Raiders came in on their opening drive and stalled with a field goal. The Broncos drove down the field and arrived at the four-yard line with their eyes on the touchdown. Alas, Rod Woodson jumped in front of Brian Griese’s pass and ran 98 yards for a touchdown.
Fast forward to the 2021 Raiders…
â€œThese great players are going to have to pull them out of this slump” John Madden echoed those feelings in 2002.
Do these Raiders have the type of great players as that 2002 team did? As of now, we can say probably not, but if they want to be known asÂ great, this would be the time to step up and do it. This current roster does have some veterans and leaders, and if they want to turn this season around and make a run to the playoffs, it falls on them.Â
It would be easy to believe that the focus may not be 100 percent at the moment. Hard to argue when you consider all the stress and drama that has occurred in less than a week. Sunday, all that matters is the game against the Broncos and trying to pick up another victory and go forward.
A lot of fans are worried about how the team will perform this Sunday and rightfully so. However, the team has to adapt and play… We're reminded of a quote by the late Al Davis:
"You don't adjust. You just dominate."
Exactly what the #Raiders will have to do.
— RaiderRamble.comâ„¢ (@TheRaiderRamble) October 13, 2021
With the emotions and feelings that have taken place within the organization, the team still has to play. We all know that in the words of the legendaryÂ Al DavisÂ for this week’s Raiders, all you need is to ‘Just Win, Baby!’