Oakland Raiders: Keys To Victory Over Chicago Bears

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Sep 27, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper (89) is pursued by Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson (39) and cornerback Tramon Williams (22) on a 40-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t Buy Into The Hype

It seems like the Raiders’ bandwagon is starting to take on some additional weight. An unexpected 2-1 start, an offense that is absolutely electric, and some of the brightest young stars in the game will have that effect.

It’s amusing to see that some of the same sports media figures who spent the offseason sharpening their claws on the Raiders and doing little more than spitting in their faces are now suddenly impressed with the team and like the direction they’re headed – you know, blowhard hypocrites like Stephen A. Smith.

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  • There is suddenly a tremendous amount of positive buzz surrounding the Raiders that didn’t exist just a couple of weeks ago. In fact, following the blowout loss to open the season, most of the media “experts” had already written them off as the “same old Raiders.” But a couple of wins in a row and an offense that is not just firing on all cylinders, but is among the top ten in the league, and many of those same “experts” are tripping all over themselves to tell the world that they knew all along that the Raiders had the makings to be a good team.

    Oakland would do well to shut it all out. The media “experts” are more fickle than the weather in the Midwest and will turn on you just as quickly as they praise you. It’s nothing but background noise and the Raiders would be best served by not listening to or buying into how good the media says they are – or how bad they are.

    The Raiders should continue to do what Raiders teams have always done – give double middle fingers to the Stephen A. Smith’s of the world and handle their business on the field.

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