An Oakland Raiders fan shows his displeasure about the team possibly moving to Las Vegas during their preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
On the 15th anniversary of the “Tuck Rule” game, the Raiders have officially filed papers with the NFL in their bid to move to Las Vegas.
How’s that for a gut punch for Raider Nation?
Raiders owner Mark Davis reportedly believes he has enough support among fellow owner to win the two-thirds vote required to move the team. There are still details to be worked out with Las Vegas as Davis formulates his exit strategy. But all signs point toward a March vote by NFL owners to determine whether Las Vegas will get the Raiders.
Many of you have been through this before when Al Davis took the Raiders to Los Angeles after the 1981 season. And you obviously stayed true to your team or you wouldn’t be on this blog.
But will a move to Vegas change how your view your team? Will you still go to games in Nevada?
Until then, the waiting game until the owners meeting in March begins.
FOXBORO, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (C) takes a hit from Charles Woodson (R) of the Oakland Raiders on a pass attempt in the last two minutes of the game in their AFC playoff 19 January 2002 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 16-13 in overtime. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Connor Cook will boldy go where only one man before him has gone in the storied 57-year history of the Oakland Raiders.
Marinovich’s fateful start against the Chiefs came in under eerily similar circumstances to Cook’s expected start against the Texans. Long before Marinovich’s career and life spun out of control, he was a rookie first-round pick out of USC filled with promise. Like Cook, Marinovich threw his first NFL pass the week before the playoffs. Like Cook, Marinovich was impressive in a Raiders loss — very impressive, throwing three touchdowns in a 27-21 loss to the Chiefs in that Dec. 22 game in ’91.
Connecting the dots of the Raiders rookie quarterbacks, Cook also gave the Raiders reason for optimism in Sunday’s crushing loss in Denver by going 14 for 21 for 150 yards and a touchdown.
But this is where Raiders fans are hoping the similarities between Marinovich and Cook come to an end.
A week after getting his feet wet in ’91, a week later Marinovich was overwhelmed by the same Chiefs defense while throwing four costly interceptions in a 10-6 loss in Kansas City in the wild card round. Marinovich went 12 for 23 for 140 yards and also fumbled once. Not included in his woeful stat line was a locker room mirror that Marinovich broke with his helmet after the loss.
How will Cook respond to the pressure of being the first rookie in NFL history to make his first career start in the playoffs? And what about the task of playing on the road against the NFL’s top-ranked defense? Can Cook become the first Raiders rookie quarterback to ever win a playoff game? It’s probably safe to say the Raiders’ best chance of winning would be for their offensive line to turn in a dominating performance, and for their defense to make some plays against Houston’s Brock Osweiler.
On the other hand, a guy who knows a couple things about quarterback play seems to think an awful lot of Connor Cook!
[caption id="attachment_28660" align="alignnone" width="640"] December 23, 1972 - Pittsburgh touchdown, fourth quarter. Franco Harris, 32, bounce enroute to TD on pass that won game. (Lonnie Wilson / Oakland
ORCHARD PARK, NY – NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills and Asst. Head Coach/Defense Rob Ryan make their way onto the field through the tunnel before the start of NFL game action against the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field on November 27, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
While the Raiders (9-2) appear certain to snap their 13-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Bills (6-5) are looking to snap their NFL-worst streak of 16 consecutive years without making the postseason.
Upsetting the Raiders at the Coliseum on Sunday would go a long way toward giving the Bills a postseason shot. But can Rex Ryan and his brother Rob march into Oakland and figure out a way to derail the Raiders?
Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson takes a breath on the bench after a 91-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game against the Seahawks in Seattle, Nov. 30, 1987. Jackson had 122 yards in the first half of the game. (AP Photo/Robert Kaiser)
It was 29 years ago tonight when Raiders rookie running back Bo Jackson introduced himself to the nation on Monday Night Football.
Jackson’s iconic 91-yard touchdown run into the Kingdome tunnel and his flattening of Seahawks linebacker Brian “The Boz” Bosworth on another TD run helped build the legend of Bo. Jackson not only finished with 221 yards rushing and three touchdowns, he essentially helped finish Bosworth’s career in the process.
Which Jackson touchdown 29 years ago is most memorable for you?
Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson (34) runs over Seattle Kenny Easley (45) for a 12 yard gain in the second quarter of Monday Dec. 1, 1987 NFL game in Seattle. Jackson ran for 221 yards including a 91 yard touchdown run. Los Angeles won 37-14.(AP Photo/Barry Sweet)