One Postgame Take
The ridiculous conservative playcalling on our second-to-last drive could have undone the whole thing, but a flubbed punt return by the Browns bailed Musgrave out.
It was an example of the breaks finally going our way, just as they did late in the Ravens game.
It was also an example of the Raiders winning exactly the type of of game they've been known for losing, just as they did against the Ravens (you know, the close game where they prevent a win on a defense, or can't punch in that final score in the last minutes).
It was an example of building on momentum, which is something we've rarely seen lately.
It was a sense of "out with the old, in with the new" cultural shift, with Mack, Cooper and Carr cutting loose and redefining the Raiders.
On paper, these are two solid wins. But there's something that feels immensely symbolic about them, as if demons are being exorcised. They are the games we always lose--but somehow didn't.
(Speaking of symbolism, how about the Niners going down the drain over the past two weeks after a strong first game)
The sample size is still small, but there's no denying that a blast of Minty Fresh air has suddenly blown through the Raider Nation.
So now come the Bears. Another type of game we typically lose--you know, the momentum buster, the "how did they lose to those guys when they looked so good last week" kind of game.
If we go 3-1, it's time to fasten your seat belts.