Oakland Raiders: Are They the Hottest Team in the NFL?

The Oakland Raiders are currently 5-4 and in second place in the AFC West.  Things didn't start good for the Raiders as they were off to their usual 1-3 start through four games.  Most people that don't know about the Raiders thought that this was the same old Raiders and that they were on their way to another double digit loss season.  The losses piled up quick but us Raider fans could see that this team was far better than what we've had in a long time.

Through the last five weeks the Oakland Raiders are 4-1.  That's the second best record in the NFL over the last five weeks behind the Giants.  That ties them with the Falcons, Ravens, Patriots, and Jets over that span.  The Raiders are playing solid ball in every phase of the game.  The offense, defense, and special teams are getting it done when they need to.

The Raiders are a missed 32 yard FG away from being 6-3 and in control of their division but at 5-4 they can't complain as they control their own destiny and have a 3-0 record so far in the AFC West.

The Raiders have been dominant during their three game win streak over the Broncos, the then 4-2 Seahawks, and the first place Chiefs who were 5-2 heading into their matchup.  Against the Broncos the Raiders came out firing and didn't look back.  They put up 38 points before the Broncos found the endzone.  The Raiders scored a franchise record 59 points despite pulling McFadden after just 2 1/2 quarters and Jason Campbell after three quarters.  They easily could have scored another 2-3 touchdowns if they left the starters in.

They followed that up with a 33-3 blowout over the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks.  In that win they didn't get off to a fast start but finished strong with a 20 point fourth quarter.  They dominated the Chiefs but the referees kept it close.  Kansas City scored a TD off of a terrible pass interference call that set them...

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