Three takeaways from the Raiders’ 32-31 victory over Broncos on Sunday in Denver.
1. What did it really mean?
On a day full of consequential NFL games determining playoff berths, this game was of real consequence only to those gamblers who had the Raiders finishing with more than 7.5 wins.
Whether the Raiders ended 8-8 or 7-9 truly didn’t matter, except to coach Jon Gruden and his players, who approached this game as if the AFC West was on the line. He’s not different from most coaches in that respect, but he also missed the chance to look more big picture.
But now the season is over, and serious decisions will have to be made at a number of positions. The Raiders better hope they put together a better offseason than they did last year.