The Oakland Raiders entered the 2017 season with high expectations, but enter Week 10 of the season with a 4-5 record. The team will need to turn it on down the stretch, a sentiment echoed by general manager Reggie McKenize:
“Obviously, we’d like to be more in the win column, for sure,” McKenzie told SFGate.com. “But our record is what it is. And our play is what it is.”
Oakland opened the year with a pair of wins, scoring a combined 71 points. The Raiders then dropped their next four games, including two 10-point performances, which landed them at 2-4 on the year.
“It’s obvious that some of the games that we lost, we were not able to put up some points,” McKenzie said. “We definitely need to get better there and find a way. We’ve got some guys that we feel like can get that thing done, and that’s what they’re working on. We’ll get it done, just have to be consistent in the way our approach is.”
It will be a difficult road ahead over the final seven games, with matchups against some of the league’s elite in the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, along with other playoff contenders like the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Raiders are not dead in the water, but they have allowed 214 points in nine games, the second-most in the AFC and the fourth-most in all of football. McKenzie knows the issue isn’t reserved for just one side of the ball, though.
“The total package has to get better. We’ve got to be better on defense, not just offense,” he said.