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Charles Woodson: We’re scratching the surface

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The Raiders can improve to .500 with a win over the Eagles this weekend, a record that would leave them in the thick of the Wild Card race in the AFC halfway through their season.

With the Eagles kicking off a stretch of four straight opponents who currently have losing records, the Raiders may not be departing that playoff race anytime soon. That wasn’t what many people were predicting for Oakland at the start of the season and safety Charles Woodson thinks that the needle is pointing up for the rest of the season because the Raiders are just tapping into how much they can do.

“I see a team scratching the surface, man,” Woodson said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “Your record is what it is, but I’m standing there and I think our record would be much better than it is. We have some very talented players. We have super coaches. We just haven’t put it all together.”

While things have gone better than expected, putting it all together this season may remain a bridge too far for a Raiders team that still has several flaws. The fact that it is even in the discussion is an improvement on past years and it’s not hard to feel like the team may finally be back on the right track after so many years without much of one whatsoever.

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  1. mullman76 says: Nov 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    The Raiders are on the way back.

    Sweet.

    Go Raiders

  2. primenumber19 says: Nov 1, 2013 9:54 AM

    Woodson did a good thing for his legacy when he went back to Oakland, you don’t want to Brett Favre a great career like that right at the end of it.

  3. prideandpoise says: Nov 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    C-Wood deserves a lot of the credit. The defense hasn’t had a leader like him around in a long while.

    He’s stepped into a leadership role that other big names (Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly) never would fully embrace. He brings a swagger that translates to everyone on both sides of the ball.

  4. dawsonleery says: Nov 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    Woodson has another 3 years in him, I bet.

  5. ern215 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    my oakland raiders could realistically make a playoff push this year, i d rather us not, so we can get them high draft picks for rebuilding, but it is good to see that we are ahead of the pace of our 3 year rebuild

  6. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2013 10:24 AM

    Next year they’ll have 70 million or so available in cap room.

    Look out then.

  7. justwinbaby29 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:25 AM

    The second AFC wildcard is actually in play probably at 9-7. Right now I just want a Raiders win over the Eagles to get to 4-4. Very excited about the Raiders in 2014 and beyond when we actually have money to spend to keep our own guys and buy some quality FAs.

  8. farvite says: Nov 1, 2013 10:38 AM

    Green Bay really blew it with this guy.

    Didn’t maximize his ability last year. Didn’t show him enough love to convince him to take a pay cut to stay and help a horrid deep secondary.

    Ted can’t win ‘em all I guess.

  9. gquesen says: Nov 1, 2013 10:46 AM

    Remember how rocky C-woods departure from the Raiders was all those years ago? It felt like he (along with A LOT of Al Davis idiocy) kind of pulled us down into the dark hole we were in for a decade. How storybook would it be if he pulled us out of that hole? Les geux Raidas…

  10. chargersdiehard says: Nov 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    They sure kicked the Chargers’ backsides. Cant wait to return the favor when they visit our house.

  11. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    I recall quite a few sports experts declaring the Raiders as a shoo in for the first pick in 2014.while they still have much work to do Reggie Mckenzie and the coaching staff have done a remarkable job putting together a competitive team with very little cap space and available talent.Give Pryor a decent OL and more consistent play from the WRs and a healthy McFragile and this team could easily be 5-2

  12. slick50ks says: Nov 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    Still an automatic win for the Chiefs.

  13. r8rsfan says: Nov 1, 2013 11:05 AM

    Woodson is legend in Raider Nation. He’s just adding layers to the cement.

  14. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2013 11:06 AM

    gquesen says:
    Nov 1, 2013 10:46 AM
    Remember how rocky C-woods departure from the Raiders was all those years ago? It felt like he (along with A LOT of Al Davis idiocy) kind of pulled us down into the dark hole we were in for a decade. How storybook would it be if he pulled us out of that hole? Les geux Raidas…
    ***************************************************
    I love C-Wood, always have, and I was crazy excited when the Raiders picked him, but lets get real here.

    He was a pain in the butt when he was younger, blaming Al Davis just isn’t right, IMO.

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:11 AM

    The Silver and Black Swarm Defense is the greatest show on turf.

    Chip Kelly’s going to be looking at TP like…I wish that was my QB.
    Mike Vick is going to be saying to himself….man I used to be that.

  16. honkeyt says: Nov 1, 2013 11:13 AM

    People who follow this team saw this coming. You look at the close call to the Colts in week 1. Lost in the final minute of that game.Up 14 on the Skins and we lose because Flynn has the mobility of a stop sign. Against the Chiefs that game was close into the 4th qtr and the Raiders held them under 300 total yards.

    The Raiders are 5th in total defense as of now. McKenzie has done a heck of a job bringing in free agents to that side of the ball. On offense the Raiders are 4th in the league in rushing, mostly because of Pryor. Our line has been decimated and if we get most of our injured guys back and get McFadden on track the Raiders could beat anyone. Look at the job Sims and Walker have done up front and the LB core has played stout. Sio Moore has 3 sacks in the last two week and is going to wreck the show in the second half of the season. On special teams the Raiders have 3 or 4 block punts/kicks. Class dismissed.

  17. racerx1225 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    I do. Not always but many times teams are ravaged after a run like the Raiders had. The “Tuck” rule not withstanding, the Raiders were the dominant team in the NFL in 2000 – 2002.
    Age and Free Agency took their toll. Wonder where Pryor would be if we’d have benched Palmer when we were statistically out of the playoffs last year. This is a team a hair away from a 5-2 record right now.

  18. racerx1225 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:18 AM

    Meaning a missed chip shot FG VS Indy or the refs not being incompetent and an uncalled helmet to helmet hit that knocked Pryor out in the Denver game and VS Washington and we are 5-2.

  19. 15starr says: Nov 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    I love you Woodson. My favorite NFL player.

  20. wojo243 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    haha automatic win for the chiefs? You guys didn’t win, the Raiders beat themselves in that game.

  21. noringcircus says: Nov 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    @ern215

    We’ve had high draft picks for the past ten years. What did that get us? JM Russ, McLain, Huff, DHB, Gallery, F Washington. I don’t care that this team has many flaws. For once, I wish we could look forward to a post season at the end of December instead of looking forward to next season by Thanksgiving each year.

  22. wfh88 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    Sorry Charles, but the Raiders are what they are, which is somewhere around an average NFL team that will likely finish last on their division.

  23. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Nov 1, 2013 12:16 PM

    As a Raiders fan, I have heard this so many times, always about how close the team is, how they are on the cusp. This is the first time in a long time I actually believe it.

    Their defense is winning games for them or keeping them close enough to have a chance in everything except the Denver game. If they can get the offensive line healthy and McFadden can start averaging above 4 yards a carry, this team is going to have a solid chance at 8 and 8.

    As for the clown hoping they lost for higher draft picks, you do realize they have been losing for over a decade right? Time to bring some good vibes back and use that to attract some quality free agents. They are going to have money to spend, it will be nice if players want to jump aboard because the team is on the rise not because the Raiders have to overpay.

    Very happy with the progress, really feels like something real is being built.

  24. mgflolox says: Nov 1, 2013 12:35 PM

    Well, if they beat JustTheEagles this week and continue to improve, they might justmaketheplayoffs.

  25. finley88thebeast says: Nov 1, 2013 12:38 PM

    You a beast Woodson always been a fan future HOFer for sure

  26. militantgod says: Nov 1, 2013 12:48 PM

    @racerx1225

    Learn the NFL rules. I’m a Raiders fan and I can even admit Woodward’s hit on Pryor was legal. You can helmet-to-helmet within the tackle zones once you’re a runner.

  27. yourmomsnewfriend says: Nov 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    They’re playing above themselves. Which is certainly fun to watch, but how long it lasts is anyone’s guess. The big concern, as always, is at QB. Most fanatics are blinded by the excitement with Pryor. But he’s not going to likely have too many more opportunities to run for a 93-yard touchdown, in which case you’re going to need him to actually be, you know, a quarterback. Besides that great run last week, he also finished with a 25.6 QB rating. YIKES!!!

    You can see how damaging it is to expect your QB to run to succeed. Just ask the Skins and Eagles how well that has worked out. So, it’s going to take a while for Pryor to actually learn how to be an effective passer. If ever. Tebow never could adapt, and obviously he’s not wanted by any teams.

  28. sicklnick121 says: Nov 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    Im tuff as nails with Pryor, and Im sure most of you know that, Truth is if we can win like we been winning other then maybe the Denver game, we can be maybe 11-5…Maybe at worse 10-6, Dallas is the only other team that I think could be trouble, but they always play to there opponent.

  29. araidersfan says: Nov 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    C-Wood adds so much great leadership to the Raiders, and he can still play at a high level. I don’t think the Raiders will get to the playoffs this year but they will surely exceed the expectations of all the ‘experts’ who thought they would be at the bottom of all league teams.

    I’m hoping that C-Wood stays around for the next few years so that he can be part of the team when after a long absence the Silver & Black return to being a major force.

    (it also makes me proud that C-Wood declined going to Denver in favor of returning home to Oakland)

  30. yourmomsnewfriend says: Nov 1, 2013 8:38 PM

    sicklnick121 says: Nov 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    Im tuff as nails with Pryor, and Im sure most of you know that, Truth is if we can win like we been winning other then maybe the Denver game, we can be maybe 11-5…Maybe at worse 10-6, Dallas is the only other team that I think could be trouble, but they always play to there opponent.

    - – - -

    That’s amusingly optimistic. I think it’s going to be an enjoyable footrace between the Chargers and Raiders for that 6th seed. But I don’t think either one is going to break nine-wins. The Chiefs totally eviscerated the Raiders once. I doubt that, all of a sudden, Oakland will just turn the tables. Maybe (just maybe) they’ll split the two games against Denver. I think the same goes for SD. They likely have a better chance at splitting the four games with Denver and KC. So, it’ll potentially come down to that second meeting with the Raiders to decide the 3rd & 4th positions in the division.

  31. raiderapologist says: Nov 2, 2013 12:23 AM

    slick50ks says: Nov 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    Still an automatic win for the Chiefs.
    ———–
    That isn’t what the sew on the jerseys. “We were good in 1970″ doesn’t scare anyone.

  32. shuttaman1990 says: Nov 2, 2013 7:30 PM

    Chiefs fans are funny.
    We had up to our 4th stringer playing for our O-Line which lead to pryor getting hit 24 times and sacked 10 times.

    By the time the Raiders play the chief their o-line should be at least 80% healthy, which will be more than enough to win.

    Go Raiders.

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