The Blackhole is Collapsing

This Sunday, September 30th, the Browns will take on the Raiders in Oakland. The Raiders are an 8 point favorite at home. The over-under for this game is set at 45 points.

Yes, Baker Mayfield has been one of the top stories of the league since his debut last Thursday. However, the Oakland Raiders are currently 0-3 and sit at 4th place in the AFC West. Things seemed to be looking up for them when Jon Gruden was brought in as head coach this past offseason.

Bringing Gruden in might have been a bad decision even though he is a Super Bowl Champion, sits in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor, and holds the record for most wins as a Tampa Bay Bucs coach, at 57.

A story broke earlier this week that Gruden has his own staff that is separated from those who already work for the Raiders. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, “The way that Jon Gruden handles personnel has caused a divide in that building.”

This comes just weeks after the Raiders did not give their Pro Bowl linebacker the contract extension he wanted. Oakland then did the unthinkable. They traded arguably one of the best defensive players in the league to Chicago.

The Bears immediately made Mack the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with a $141 million extension. This includes $90 million in guaranteed money and an average of $23.5 million a season. Through the first 3 games of the season, Mack has recorded 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, 4 sacks, and 11 total tackles.

Meanwhile, Oakland’s defense ranks 20th in the league and head coach Gruden said its hard to find a great pass rusher. Makes you stop and think. Maybe Gruden is in fact not listening to the actual team staff.

Will Oakland be able to properly prepare for Baker Mayfield, unlike the Jets? It is unlikely that with Oakland’s slow pass rush and Mayfields ability to release the ball quickly, that Mayfield will be slowed down if pressure does come to him.