Oakland Raiders: A Lot of Swapping Is Going on Between Bengals and Raiders

A Few Speculations

There's a lot of swapping going on in the NFL. Folks are speculating on the choice Peyton Manning will make. Some say he will choose the Broncos and the Tebow fans are going to be upset if Manning does select the Denver Broncos. Do you wonder why folks have not said much about Peyton Manning coming to Oakland? The cost is probably the factor that prohibits that type of speculation.

One thing that is impressive is that Manning was the top passer for nine consecutive years when he was with the Colts. Also, the Colts made the playoffs for nine consecutive years.

Hypothetically, if the timing was different then Manning would have been a better choice than Palmer, if you look at the data.


Back to Reality

When Hue Jackson and others chose Carson Palmer, I assumed that the Bengals had historically dominated the Oakland Raiders. This is not the case because the head-to-head data is 18-8 with the Oakland Raiders dominating by 10 games in this category.

Of course, you know that the Bengals and Raiders tend to compete against each other every three years.  Here is the data and the Raiders have won two out of three of those recent games.


Raiders dominate the head-to-head with an 18-8 record.     
2003: Win, 23-20
2006: Loss, 27-10
2009: Win, 20-17 

Curiosity causes some folks to do research. So, after surveying the data from 2002 to 2011, it was discovered that the Raiders looked better than the Bengals in 2010. In 2011, the Bengals did better in overall wins by only one game, with a 9-7 record.

It seems like the choice of replacing Jason Campbell with Carson Palmer had more to do with the capability of Palmer, rather than the historical performance between the Bengals and the Raiders.

On the other side of the coin, a researc...

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