What Team Is the Biggest Challenge to the Patriots in the AFC? The Silver and Black of Oakland

Buffalo Bills v Oakland Raiders

Many so-called ‘Football Experts’ have been making their predictions as to what suits best to challenge Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the right to go to Super Bowl LI.

The experts have named the usual suspects after 13 weeks of action – the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos come to mind, but make no mistake there’s one team that Brady and company will have to deal with if they want to get to their second Super Bowl in three seasons – the Oakland Raiders.

Yes, the silver and black, a team that usually is talking about high draft picks and leading the league in penalties (okay they still league in that) is 10-2, and right now they are tied with the Pats for the top spot in the conference, meaning a slip up by the Pats and the AFC might just run through Oakland.

The Raiders are a young team that is exciting, have won games by taking risks, and have great ability on both sides of the ball.

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Here’s a quick three reasons the Raiders are the team that is most likely to top New England and appear in the Super Bowl.

1. Derek Carr

The Raiders young QB is an MVP candidate, and his ability to make plays out of the pocket as well as deliver a beautiful deep ball have him at the top of the list of best QB’s in 2016. He’s also young, and what maybe is most impressive is he’s not making mistakes like most young QB’s make.

2. Comeback Ability

Not much seems to rattle the Raiders, and Sunday’s comeback win over the Buffalo Bills proves that. The Raiders trailed 24-9 and in a flash but together a comeback to eventually beat the Bills 38-24. Even if a matchup with the Pats happens, even if the Raiders fall behind early, they won’t panic like some teams might.

3. Jack Del Rio

‘Blackjack’ Del Rio has gambled often in 2016, and more times than not it’s paid off in a big way for his young team. The Raiders have a ton of confidence in their coach, and he has faith in them, which is why going for two on opening day against the Saints set the stage for a memorable season filled with risk taking, which has been fun to watch.

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