Over­re­ac­tions: Raiders team to beat in AFC

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

The Oak­land Raiders are the team to beat in the AFC.

Led by Derek Carr and a high-pow­ered of­fense, the Raiders are 7-2 fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive 30-20 vic­tory over de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Den­ver. Oak­land en­ters its bye week in first place in the AFC West and get­ting closer to end­ing a 13-year play­off drought.

The Raiders are 5-0 on the road and no team wants to play them in the Black Hole.

No doubt, Jack Del Rio’s crew is headed to the Su­per Bowl.

That is, if Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots for­get to re­turn from their week off.

Sorry, Raider Na­tion. The road to Hous­ton goes through the Pa­tri­ots (7-1).

Here are other over­re­ac­tions fol­low­ing Week 9:

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Nine down, seven to go. The Browns are one game closer to 0-16.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Per­haps the Ravens over­look them on short rest and the Browns can pull off a stun­ner Thurs­day night.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The un­en­thu­si­as­tic Pack­ers (4-4) won’t make the play­offs. Aaron Rodgers ques­tioned his team­mates’ en­ergy af­ter a home loss to the Colts.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They’re only one game be­hind the Vik­ings, who are sink­ing quickly.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Matthew Stafford is the best clutch quar­ter­back in the NFL. He’s led the Lions (5-4) to five come­back wins af­ter trail­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Brady. Rodgers. Big Ben. Stafford’s not in the top three.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Matt Prater is the best clutch kicker in the NFL. He’s 23 of 23 on game-ty­ing or go-ahead field-goal at­tempts in the fourth quar­ter or over­time.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

There’s a guy named Adam Vi­natieri.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The Vik­ings will fin­ish with a los­ing record. They’ve lost three in a row af­ter a 5-0 start.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They’re still first in the NFC North.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Tim Te­bow will play again in the NFL be­fore Jared Goff. Rams fans chanted for both quar­ter­backs dur­ing a loss to Carolina.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

If Te­bow wasn’t play­ing base­ball, this could’ve hap­pened al­ready.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Chuck Pagano saved his job with the Colts’ win at Green Bay.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

A 4-5 record is noth­ing to brag about.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The Ea­gles are the worst team in the NFC East.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They could be 7-1 in­stead of 4-4 if one play goes the other way in three losses.

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