Are the Oakland Raiders Still the Winningest Team in the NFL?

The Oakland Raiders had for decades been known as the "Winningest Team in the NFL." However, the past decade has not been nice at all for the Raiders. The team had gone through various coaches such as Art Shell, Lane Kiffin and Tom Cable. The team spirit seemed to be lacking and veterans that were brought in to elevate play seemed to slumber themselves.

There were of course some stellar players, but the coaching was at best average until head coach Tom Cable was able to turn things around in the last two seasons. The biggest factor for losing games was the NFL's biggest draft bust named JaMarcus Russell. As a QB, he literally sank the Oakland Raiders. However, this article is not about Russell.

Although they were in a slumber, the Raiders have still managed to come out last season with a perfect 6-0 against their rivals. They also improved to an 8-8 record having improved the running game and opening the passing game as well.

But the question still remains: Are the Oakland Raider still the "Winningest Team in the NFL?

The Chicago Bears have the record for most games won, but versus the Raiders they are tied 6-6. Yet when it comes to wins against opponents, then the Raiders seem to have that record owned.

The Raiders currently have a .500 or better record against 24 of 31 teams in the National Football League. The seven teams that have a better record against the Silver and Black are the Baltimore Ravens (1-5), the Houston Texans (1-5), the Jacksonville Jaquars (1-4), the Kansas City Chiefs (47-52), the New England Patriots (14-14 with 1 tie) and lastly the New Orleans Saints ( 5-5 with 1 tie).

Looking at the numbers above it's easy to see that the Raiders can improve upon that record by defeating the Patriots this season. The same rule applies to the Saints as they are also in a tie with the Silver and Black and one win from the dark side would improve the record.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders