Oakland Raiders Have Nobody to Blame but Themselves After Loss to Tennessee Titans

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COMMENTARY | Ten seconds. That's all it would've taken to officially put the Oakland Raiders in the AFC playoff picture.


Instead, those 10 seconds cost the Raiders a temporary spot in the playoff picture and ultimately dashed their postseason hopes.

Tennessee's Kendall Wright caught the go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left to give the Titans the 23-19 win and put the them in the No. 6 seed and left the Raiders scratching their heads.

In the midst of this proverbial head scratching, I'm sure the Raiders asked themselves a million questions.

Questions like: Why did it take us so long to score a touchdown when we had so many opportunities before?

Or how about: How did we let Ryan Fitzpatrick go all Peyton Manning on us by throwing for over 300 yards in our own house?

And finally: Why is our 'once dependable' kicker missing all of these field goals?

The type of questions that will be addressed with the typical response of, "We gotta play better."

For Oakland's sake, I would hope so. After all, the Raiders had a strong possibility of having the AFC's final playoff spot after Week 11, a reality that was unfathomable when the season started.

But this one is on the Raiders, and it's not the first one either.

Three of their seven losses this season have come by four points, including the devastating one on Sunday against the Titans. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it only proves they aren't ready for the playoffs.

Good teams close out those games instead of finding ways to lose them. Plain and simple.

Tennessee held the ball for 11 more minutes than Oakland, but the Raiders had more opportunities to put the Titans away.

But they didn't.

Now, the Raiders travel to Dallas on a short week to face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, a game that Tony Romo has owned by averaging 301 yards per game and a 5-1 record since 2006.

After a disheartening loss on Sunday, the Raiders will have to scramble both mentally and physically if they have any shot at beating the Cowboys.

This loss to the Titans hurt, and it put the Raiders from postseason contenders to miracle-wishers.

Steven Slivka covers the Oakland Raiders for the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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