OAKLAND CA - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders celebrates with his arms in the air while Tyvon Branch #33 runs back an interception against the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
I've spent the last half hour watching Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable's past few press conferences on the Raiders official site. He says the Raiders are starting to become a good team (sound familiar?) and that the goal last week for everyone was to get better at one thing (sound even more familiar?).
Cable's Raiders are hosting the Chiefs on Sunday and they're the early favorites on the point spread. One advantage Cable does not have over the Chiefs is a strong home field advantage. The Raiders have been struggling to draw 40,000 fans to a game. They've been on a blackout streak dating back to 2009.
Now they sit at 4-4 and in second place of the AFC West playing the first place 5-2 Chiefs. One reporter during Cable's Monday press conference suggested it was the biggest game for Oakland in eight years.
"It's already been hit with me today," Cable said on Monday. "'Do you think the Coliseum can be as big of an advantage as playing in Kansas City?' and I think it can be. I fully expect the crowd to be there and going nuts because this will be a fun time."
I like the optimism but I have a hard time seeing that crowd double out at the Coliseum. The Raiders attendance looks more like a baseball game. [Editor's Note: I hear the Giants won the World Series tonight. I care more about a football game six days away.]
Cable says he tells Raiders, "When we start to do our part we're going to need you. And we need them now. We need them to take over that stadium in silver and black on Sunday."
We'll get a Raiders blackout update by Thursday.