This is it for football in Oakland. With the Raiders currently homeless for next season, we know they are not going to be playing football again in Oakland. The most recent scenario floated around has been a move to San Francisco for a year. Then they will move into their new digs in Las Vegas for 2020. It’s going to be a tough night for Raiders’ fans in Oakland, but their arrival in Vegas will certainly be exciting. It’s going to feel weird referring to the Raiders as the Las Vegas Raiders.
People still get tongue tied when they still say the Chargers are form San Diego. It might take some time getting used to with the Raiders as well. In any case, it’s likely to be an emotional time for the Raider diehards that will be in attendance. I am sure they will try and duplicate the Black Hole in Las Vegas, but that’s never going to be the same as the original.
Along with the farewell, there will be a football game tonight as well. The Broncos are officially out of the playoff hunt, while the Raiders were cooked in September. For the Broncos, they are going into the offseason with question marks hanging over their quarterback’s head. John Elway made the decision to sign Case Keenum to a sizable contract after playing well for a year in Minnesota.
Keenum has not lived up to his paycheck. I said this a long time ago, but he reminds me of an expensive version of Trevor Siemian. Siemian wasn’t paid to be a starter quarterback and he played like a backup. Keenum is being paid to play like a starter, but is playing like a backup. And, no, we can’t blame it on Demaryius Thomas getting traded. He didn’t look great with Then there is the status of head coach Vance Joseph. He is likely out after next week, as Elway is allowing him to finish off the season. His next job is probably going to be as a defensive coordinator somewhere, maybe Cincinnati. Head below for our free Broncos vs. Raiders pick on Monday Night Football.
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The last time we had an emotional send off in Oakland, Charles Woodson was playing in his final game in Oakland. Little did we know that just three years later that it would be the last game played at the Oakland Coliseum for everyone. The Raiders ended up beating the Chargers in Woodson’s last game in Oakland.
We’ll see if they can give the fans in Oakland the send off they are looking for. The Raiders are coming off a 30-16 loss to the horrible Bengals. This was a week after defeating the Steelers, so undoubtedly in a letdown spot in that one. And, well, along with being not a very good team as well.
With all of the criticism that Derek Carr has received this season, it’s wild that he is going to set a career-high in completion percentage. Carr enters Monday with a 68.3% completion percentage. His previous best was a 63.7% completion percentage in 2016. However, he also threw 28 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions that season for his best season in the NFL. Carr doesn’t have much help around him this season. That includes an offensive line that isn’t dependable in any capacity.
Chris Harris Jr. is on the IR and the Broncos are 25th against the pass with 257.9 yards allowed per game through the air. There will be opportunities downfield for Carr to make plays, but can his line keep him upright? Expect there to be some motivation from this offensive line, with motivation for the Broncos in this game to be at an all-time low. It’s Christmas Eve on the road and absolutely nothing to play for other than causing Raiders’ fans to have a headache on Christmas.
In their first meeting this season, the Broncos barely got by the Raiders with a 20-19 win. Expect a healthy dose of Philip Lindsay in this game up the gut. No Khalil Mack has resulted in a paper-thin run defense in Oakland. The Raiders are last in that respect, so the game plan for the Broncos is going to be simple.
Oakland is likely to show some pride, though, and show plenty of effort in the finale at Oakland Coliseum. They also don’t have to defend against The Raiders showed up to play for Charles Woodson in his last game, and I think this is going to be another emotional game that they get up for. The points have to be the play on MNF.