We lay to rest another Raiders season, one that doesn’t end until a finale at Denver next week, but finished just the same.
In a league where making the playoffs is the lone goal by which each team defines success, the Raiders have again missed out.
They have advanced to the postseason just once since 2002. And while the chances of doing so were pencil thin entering a home game against Miami on Saturday night, how it all became official was more dagger to the heart than slap upside the head.
“I feel bad for our fans,” said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. “It’s tough.”
The Dolphins would prevail 26-25 at Allegiant Stadium. If you’re looking for a premier example of why Jon Gruden-coached teams struggle in the second half of seasons, look nowhere else but this debacle.