A 2-6 record over the first eight games hasn’t given the Oakland Raiders much reason for optimism this season.
But one Raiders player is feeling really optimistic.
Oakland cornerback Chris Johnson says that after perusing the Raiders’ second-half schedule, he thinks it’s entirely possible that they’ll win their next eight games and finish the season in playoff contention.
“If you really want to look at it, you can go 8-0 and you might end up 10-6,” Johnson said Wednesday, per the Oakland Tribune. “There’s a possible way you can actually do it.”
Technically, Johnson is right: It is possible that the Raiders could go 8-0. It’s also possible that JaMarcus Russell will get an endorsement deal with Weight Watchers, Tom Cable will be named Man of the Year by the National Organization for Women and Al Davis will stop making personnel decisions as if he’s trying to put together a record-setting 4×100-meter relay team.
But as for what’s realistic to expect, the Raiders will be favored in, at most, three games the rest of the season: They’re slight favorites for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, and they might be favored Week 14 against the Redskins and Week 16 against the Browns.
Eight wins in the second half of the season? Sure, it’s possible. But even half that many would be a surprise.