The Oakland Raiders failed to make it to the playoffs (again) this season, but this is one of the more important Super Bowls for Raiders fans in recent years. Division rival Denver Broncos will be facing off against the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s edition and the only thing more painful than a second 4-12 season is a second 4-12 season that ends with a Super Bowl victory for a division rival.
Except that’s not true.
If the Broncos were to win the Super Bowl, they would tie the Raiders with three Super Bowl wins in franchise history. Over the past decade of terrible play for the Raiders, one of the few pieces of positivity that Raiders fans could hang onto was their history.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Raiders were a dominant NFL team. So good, they have been able to hold those years over division rivals because they produced more Super Bowl wins than any other team. If Peyton Manning can overcome the stigma of being unable to play in cold weather, the Raiders will lose yet another bit of pride.
There is a big opportunity for the Raiders to turn things around next season, but also a lot of potential for the team to be set back years. This team will be completely rebuilt and if it is done wrong, it could have disastrous results. Meanwhile, Manning is staring a Super Bowl in the face and has to be a favorite over the next year or two to go back.
This Super Bowl is more important for Raiders fans than any since they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is sad that things for the Raiders have been so bad that this is so important, but for Raiders fans desperate for something better this would be a big blow to the ego.