It’s game time, folks. Time for the 5-4 Raiders to take on the 0-9 Bengals in a game they cannot afford to drop in pursuit of a playoff spot.
The Raiders opened up as 10.5-point favorites in this one, but the spread has moved to 13 as money has poured in from bettors expecting a monster showing from Oakland’s offense. Ryan Finley gets his second-ever NFL start at QB and will be tasked with keeping it close behind a patchwork offensive line.
As Cincy Jungle’s Patrick Judis suggested yesterday, the Bengals front office seems intent on using the remainder of the season to evaluate young players rather than trying to win games. That sounds ideal for a team looking for a third straight home win at the Coliseum, but the Raiders know they still need to show up and take care of business.
Here’s your open game thread, ya’ filthy animals. Go Raiders!