Oakland Raiders: The Bye Week Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time

The Raiders are coming off of their third straight win, including two wins over divisional opponents. This team is looking exceptional and has been on a roll advancing to above .500 for the first time in years.

Hopes haven't been this high for Raider Nation, this late in the season, since 2002.

But let's face it, this team is battered and weakened. They've paid a hefty price to get those five victories and it shows in the team's numerous injuries.

Right now the Raiders need a bye week more than anything, and luckily that is just what they're getting.

If the Raiders had a game this week their injury report would read:

Nnamdi Asomugha: doubtful, ankle

Hiram Eugene: questionable, pectoral

Bruce Gradkowski: questionable, right shoulder 

John Henderson: out, foot

Darius Heyward-Bey: probable, shoulder

Zach Miller: doubtful, foot 

Louis Murphy: questionable, chest

Samson Satele: probable, knee

Chaz Schilens: out, knee

Rolando McClain: probable, hip

Tyvon Branch: probable, concussion


That's 11 potential starters that are banged up for the Raiders and could possibly miss the game if the Raiders had a game this week, but luckily they don't.

The Raiders face the Steelers in Pittsburgh next week. Before the game they get two weeks of rest to game-plan and most importantly mend their injuries.

When the Raiders play the Steelers they will have almost a clean bill of health. The only blemish will be Chaz Schilens who is expected to make his return Week 12 vs. the Miami Dolphins. Just in time for the Raider push into the playoffs.

One scary thought, for our opponents at least, is the fact that this team has won the last three games without many of the star players listed above. Just think about...

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