On Christmas Eve, the Oakland Raiders won an important game against the Indianapolis Colts, but the win felt like a loss, because their superstar quarterback, Derek Carr broke his fibula, and could possibly be out for the rest of the season. The Raiders have clinched a playoff spot, and still have Super Bowl aspirations, but can they even dream about accomplishing these aspirations with Matt McGloin as their quarterback?
Matt McGloin enjoyed a productive career at Penn State, and finished off his college career with a fantastic season, where he threw for 3271 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. The Raiders did not draft McGloin in the 2013 NFL Draft, but they signed him as an undrafted free-agent. McGloin boats a strong arm, and is a gunslinging quarterback at the NFL level. Over the course of Matt McGlon’s career as a Raider, he has thrown 11 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, and has a 76.1 passer rating. All of these are respectable stats, but they are pedestrian compared to Derek Carr’s.
Right now, the Oakland Raiders are the 2nd seed in the AFC Playoff picture, and they have clinched a playoff spot, no matter what. However, if the Raiders lose this week to the Denver Broncos, and the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs will win the AFC West, and the Raiders will become the 5th seed. For the Raids, this is a must-win, and they know that, but can they do it without Derek Carr at the helm?
If the Raiders want to win, Latavius Murray needs to step up, and run the rock
Matt McGloin needs to protect the football, and limit the turnovers
The Raiders defense must contain Trevor Siemian
I believe that the Oakland Raiders won’t be able to defeat the Denver Broncos this Sunday, and that Denver will win 23-20. Trevor Siemian should pass for 2 touchdowns, and McGloin to struggle against the brick wall Broncos defense. I expect the Raiders to be a one-and-done in the playoffs as well….