Oakland Raiders: Notes And Observations From Week Seven

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Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers fan Bolt Man reacts from the stands during the second half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Oakland won 37-29. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Just Win, Baby

A lot of emphasis has been put on the fact that the Raiders throttled down and coasted through the final quarter, allowing San Diego to creep back into the ballgame. And rightly so, it is and should be a concern.

But at the end of the day, the Raiders walked out of Qualcomm Stadium with a big win. It’s a win that was important on a number of different levels. Not the least of which is that it showed this team that they can win in big situations. It showed them that when they’re firing on all cylinders, they can be unbeatable.

The hope is that the shot in the arm such a dominating performance can give a team will help carry them through against teams that are considered among the league’s heavyweights. To win in the fashion they did, to dominate a team and impose their will to the extent they were able to will hopefully give this team the confidence to believe that they can hang with the Green Bay’s, the Pittsburgh’s, and even the Denver’s of the NFL.

This team, though it has its weaknesses – as does every team – has the pieces in place to win and win now. They have talent up and down the board and players who are developing into real impact guys. They have chemistry, they have a good head coach, and they have electrifying players. They have all the ingredients it takes to make for a successful team.

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Now they just need to put it all together and keep it that way.

The fourth quarter of the San Diego game is one we’d all like to see wiped away. But at the end of the day, it’s all about the “W” and the Raiders got that. It doesn’t matter how they got there, it only matters that they did.

Just Win, Baby.