For a moment, the Raiders had it all.
Their best record in 16 years, a ticket to the postseason, a homegrown quarterback having an MVP-calibre season. Oakland’s 2016 season was surreal for a franchise that had only seen one Super Bowl in the past three decades.
In theory, Saturday’s wild card playoff game against Texas should be cause for celebration, seeing as Oakland hadn’t seen the postseason since 2002.
Instead, Oakland’s storybook season hangs in the balance.
A season-ending injury to quarterback Derek Carr — and an injury to the guy who replaced him — leaves the Raiders offense in the hands of a 23-year-old kid named Connor Cook, Oakland’s third-string quarterback, who is suddenly the NFL’s most intriguing figure as the path to the Super Bowl begins. Read more…