Remarkably, four of the five teams heading into Week 4 with a perfect record did not make the playoffs last season. The Rams are the only unbeaten team that made the 14-team postseason in 2020.
This is the 3rd time since start of 8 division format in 2002 that at least 4 teams that missed the playoffs started 3-0 the next season. The others:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 27, 2021
2013:Miami, NO, KC, Chicago
2003: Denver, Carolina, KC, Seattle, Minnesota https://t.co/oUKb0v78Vb
It looks like a new era is developing in the NFL in 2021 and the Raiders are one of the league’s new power teams.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Comeback kings: The Raiders have come back from being 14-0 down twice already. They only done that twice in four other complete seasons.
- Hayward is balling: PFF has Raiders’ cornerback Casey Hayward as one the best graded corners in the NFL.
- Playoff chances: The Raiders have a 59 percent chance of making the playoffs according to the Football Outsiders. Frankly, I believe those chances are much higher.
- Game breakdown: The Athletic has a complete review of the Raiders’ overtime win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.