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'Winnable' game lost, brutal stretch run awaits winless Raiders

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Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Last week the Raiders losing start hit their worst in 52 years. That season was in 1962 and that losing streak was 13. And after the Raiders dropped what was considered one of their few winnable games in Cleveland today, setting a new mark look more and more possible.

The loss today drops the Raiders to 0-7. That losing streak happened before playing either of their two games against the Broncos or Chiefs and it came before playing either of their games against the two best teams in the NFC West from last season -- the Seahawks and 49ers.

Next game up is to play the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks IN Seattle, which is known as the toughest place in the NFL to play. After that Peyton Manning and the AFC best Broncos come to town. So, the zero in the win column is expected to remain for a couple more weeks at least.

Here is the rest of the Raiders schedule:

9. At Seahawks (4-3)
10. BRONCOS (6-1)
11. At Chargers (5-3)
12. CHIEFS (4-3)
13. At Rams (2-5)
14. 49ERS (4-3)
15. At Chiefs (4-3)
16. BILLS (5-3)
17. At Broncos (6-1)

As you can see, 8 of the Raiders remaining 9 games come against teams with a winning record. The combined record of their opponents the rest of the way is 40-25.

Looking at this schedule, most would say the next 'winnable' game comes in week 13 in St Louis. Some might say the Chargers who have dropped two in a row against AFC West opponents and against whom the Raiders had their best game of the season. Perhaps, but that game is looking more and more like an anomaly.

If the Raiders get to week 15 without having won a game, it would be the Chiefs standing in their way of setting a new franchise record for consecutive losses to start a season (14). Then it would be the Bills standing in their way of the worst overall record in franchise history.

But as they say, let's take it one game at a time. The Seahawks have not played well of late, losing two-straight to the Cowboys at home and the Rams in St Louis before eeking out a victory in Carolina today. Oh, but playing in that decible factory known as CenturyLink Field in Seattle.