It's an old Los Angeles football rivalry to be named the Greatest Team of All Time. The 1976 Oakland Raiders are currently in a dead heat with the 1999 St Louis Rams for the right to move into the semi-finals of the NFL.com Greatest Team of All Time bracket. This means Raider fans need to get over to the bracket page and vote if they hope for that legendary '76 Raiders team to have a shot at rightfully taking their place among to NFL All Time elite teams.
Here's the rundown:
NFL.com is asking fans to cast their votes to help them determine the greatest team of all time. They picked the 64 best teams of the Super Bowl era, and throughout the month of March they are asking fans to cast their votes as they go round by round through their NCAA tournament style bracket to determine the fans' selection as the greatest team of all time.
You are allowed to vote several times per day so even if you already voted, vote again. Voting for the quarter-final round ends on Monday, March 26 at 2pm PST.
The '76 Raiders came in as a 5 seed and the fans have voted them past the '08 Steelers, ‘93 Cowboys and '78 Steelers. The bracket began with all three Super Bowl winning Raiders teams but the '80 and '83 Raiders were both knocked out in the first round. The '80 Raiders lost out to the '04 Spygate Patriots and the '83 Raiders lost out to the '66 Packers. So the '76 Raiders are the only team left in the tournament and they are in danger of being knocked out by the '99 Rams.
There is really no contest here as far as I can see. The Rams fans are coming out en masse to try and get an undeserving squad with a high-powered offense in as the greatest TEAM of all time. This should not happen.
The '99 Rams were known as "The greatest show on turf" for their juggernaut offense led by Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. But their defense was nearly non-existent. It appeared to be decent only because the offense kept the opposing team in desperation mode much of the game.
The '76 Raiders were a complete team on both sides of the ball with several Hall of Fame players as well as players who should have been Hall of Famers. While Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw and three time Super Bowl winning center Dave Dalby opened run lanes for Mark Van Eeghen, Clarence Davis and Pete Banaszak, Hall of Famer Art Shell protected Ken Stabler's blindside allowing him to surgically carve up opposing defenses in the passing game with Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch and Hall of Famer Dave Casper.
On defense there were legendary players who struck fear into opposing offenses. Guys like John Matuszak, Phil Villapiano, Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks, Hall of Famer Willie Brown, George Atkinson, and Jack Tatum. And then you can add in All Pro punter Ray Guy. The '99 Rams defense had Kevin Carter and not much else worth mentioning.
To see to it the Raiders take this contest, Raider fans need to get over there and vote. It would be pretty shameful if the Raider Nation can't out vote Ram fans.