The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to crash the party on Sunday as the Oakland Raiders say goodbye to the state of California with a new chapter in its history next season in Las Vegas.
I would not bet on a Jaguars win on Sunday, but there is hope that the five-game winning streak comes to an end with a win against a team scratching and clawing for its playoff life. Jacksonville’s hopes of playing in the second season crashed and burned a long time ago.
"“Raiders fans have been through this before,” writes Allison Cary of FanSided.com.“The last time the Raiders left Oakland was when they moved to Los Angeles in 1982. Al Davis, who had been the head coach of the Raiders from 1963-65 and became their principal owner in 1972, wanted to add luxury boxes to the Oakland Coliseum. He was denied and the Raiders took their business elsewhere.“But the team only lasted 12 years in Los Angeles. Davis wanted to play in a more modern stadium than the L.A. Coliseum and searched all over California to get it. But he didn’t get the stadium he wanted and ticket sales were struggling in Los Angeles, so Davis moved the team back to Oakland.”"
The Jaguars know all too well the season has been a huge disappointment that started with the injury to quarterback Nick Foles in the first quarter of the first game of the season to Kansas City. It continued through a tumultuous battle between Jalen Ramsey and the organization and it has continued to dissipate through this current losing streak and a defense that cannot find its way of late.
This is Game 14 of 16 and there is still plenty of football to be played. The staff here at Black and Teal once again make their predictions about this week’s contest and who should win on Sunday.
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Anthony Robertson – The Raiders will be playing their last game in front of the Oakland faithful. They are also clinging to their hopes of a playoff berth. They will be playing very inspired football. Jacksonville has looked like the most uninspired team in the NFL in the last few weeks.
Josh Jacobs is also cleared to play, bad news for a Jaguars defense has been atrocious recently. The only hope of victory is if Gardner Minshew can light it up against a weak Raiders secondary, and even that may not be enough. Raiders 28 Jaguars 17
David Levin – There is a strong belief the Jaguars will lose the remainder of their games this season. It’s hard to imagine Jacksonville going into Oakland and winning this weekend with the last game being played for the Raiders in California.
The Jaguars must start fast on offense and collapse the run on defense. This is also one of those games where a blowout, again, could spell disaster for the coaching staff and front office.
My heart wants to pick the Jaguars to win, but my head is telling me different. I think it remains competitive and potentially a shootout if offensive coordinator John DeFilippo takes the training wheels off his game plan. Raiders 31 Jaguars 27
Kathy Clark – It’s hard to imagine the Jaguars winning another game. The good news is that the Raiders are on a downward spiral as well. However, this is their last game in Oakland and the nostalgia will permeate the field. Raiders 31 Jaguars 10
Jesse Overby – The Jaguars travel to the West Coast to take on the Raiders. In my preseason predictions (before injuries and departures) I had the Jaguars competing for a division title. But I had them losing this game. Why? It’s on the West Coast and it’s the Raiders’ last home game in Oakland.
For three straight games after Marcell Dareus got injured the Jaguars’ defense showed that they can’t stop the run. Last week they also showed that they can’t stop the pass. The Raiders’ fans in Oakland will fill the stadium and will be very loud.
The Raiders players will be motivated to give the fans in Oakland a win as a parting gift. This will be another Jaguars’ loss. Raiders win 30-13.