Oakland Raiders Sloppy in Win over Titans, but Playoff Hopes Still Intact

The Oakland Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak and emerged from an offensive rut to keep their playoff hopes alive in a 24-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

In the NFL, there's no such thing as a disappointing win or good loss. The Raiders earned a victory in an imperfect, sloppy and hard-fought contest—none of those adjectives show up in the win column.

Oakland stands as a 5-6 team still in the playoff hunt with a division rival and current AFC Wild Card team next on its schedule. Its Week 13 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs is nothing less than a statement game for the Raiders. 

Doubt has crept back into the psyche of Raider Nation, but the opportunity to extend the season remains within reach.


Commitment to Excellence: Carr Trusting Receivers

We could analyze quarterback Derek Carr’s three-touchdown performance, but it’s the trust in his players that made this particular victory possible. 

All week, news clippings and chatter about wide receiver Amari Cooper’s drops circulated as a concern for Raiders offense. During the week, Carr answered those critics with confidence in his rookie wideout in a weekly press conference.

On Sunday, he targeted Cooper with conviction. The rookie came out and put together another solid performance, catching seven passes for 115 yards against a top-tier secondary.

He also broke into the record books and will be remembered as one of the most productive rookies in franchise history.

Cooper will drop a few passes, but he’s going to offset and outweigh those miscues with spectacular moments as a bona fide playmaker.

Carr also cycled through his reads to find an unassuming playmaker in Sunday’s outcome. Wide receiver Seth Roberts played the best game of his short career...

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