This up-and-down Raiders season reaches an important crossroads on Sunday at home against Miami, another 5-5 team that Oakland needs to beat if they are going to be a playoff team.
Oakland will start Jason Campbell at quarterback, but he knows that he may need a quick start to avoid getting benched for the third time this year in favor of Bruce Gradkowski. So is Campbell worried about it?
“The main thing is you’ve got to push forward and keep winning and understand we’re still in the fight,’’ Campbell said, via Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.
The Raiders are playing meaningful games after Thanksgiving for the first time in a long time, and the energy in the Black Hole should be terrific on Sunday. But coach Tom Cable seems to admit Campbell doesn’t have a big margin for error.
“He is OK with where we’re going and what we’re doing and he understands it’s the job. It comes with it,’’ Cable said.
The Raiders are healthier than they were a week ago, which should help. Nnamdi Asomugha after fully practicing Friday, and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is back. Zach Miller is questionable, but will play and reportedly looked better at practice this week.
There are flashier games on the docket this Sunday, but we are really looking forward to seeing how both the Dolphins and Raiders respond to embarrassing losses from a week ago.