See What Would’ve Changed If The Oakland Raiders Won Just One More Game
Over the past couple years the Oakland Raiders have been just terrible or as NBA analyst Charles Barkley would say “turrible.” However this 2011-12 NFL season, the Raiders looked like they had a chance to be good. Starting the season off with a 23-20 win over the Denever Broncos the Raiders at 1-0 looked like maybe 2011 was their year.
However after losing quarterback Jason Campbell for the remainder of the season due to a broken collarbone the Raiders would go out and acquire Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for two draft picks (A first round pick and a possible first round pick if the Raiders make it to the AFC Title game in 2011-12 or 2012-13).
Of course before the Palmer acquisition the Raiders would suffer a huge loss as owner Al Davis would die at 82 years old on October 8th, 2011. However after the loss of Davis the Raiders would respond winning their next two games improving to 4-2.
Though despite such a great start, the Raiders would have a great downfall as after their week 8 bye week they would lose five out of their last nine games. And if they were to win just one of them, then they would’ve made the playoffs which would’ve changed a lot of things, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers loss and the Denver Broncos win.
Say the Raiders won just one more game during that last stretch, then we wouldn’t have saw the Broncos defeat the Steelers, we wouldn’t have saw that overtime 80 yard touchdown from Tim Tebow to beat the Steelers 29-23. Which might have meant that not as many people would’ve went to church that following day and which would’ve meant that Tebow wouldn’t have had the tweets per second record of 9,420 tweets.
As a result to that, if the Raiders won just one game during that stretch maybe the Steelers would still be in the playoffs as who knows if the Raiders would’ve won that game? However who cares about all the ifs ands or buts as what happened, happened and as a result to an 8-8 season head coach Hue Jackson was fired.
On Reggie McKenzie’s first day as Raiders general manager, he decided to fire Hue Jackson and make a fresh start. “There comes a time when change is necessary,” McKenzie said Tuesday. “For the Raiders the time is now. The Raiders organization, with respect and deference for all its tradition and history, is about to embark on a new era.”
A new era, that may had never started if the Raiders won just one more game, an era that may had come at a different time or an era that may had been written a different way such as a surprising Super Bowl win from the Oakland Raiders in this 2011-12 NFL season if they just got that one more win.