In a Sporting News story authored by Profooballtalk.com founder Mike Florio, the Raiders are named as an NFL team flying under the radar as a postseason possibility.
Florio can now have his “hater” label removed _ until the next time he writes something less than glowing about all things silver and black, at which time he will join the legions of those out to get the Raiders.
I take exception with only one of his claims _ that the Raiders are “solid on defense.”
I’ll have to see that one to believe it, given Oakland’s propensity to give up rushing yardage both in steady gains as well as huge chunks during the Rob Ryan regime. (Ryan would have you believe it was mostly big plays).
Florio also seems mildly optimistic about Cleveland and St. Louis as turnaround teams.