Super Bowl gambling has changed considerably, however, and now the Oakland Raiders are known as an afterthought for action with the Super Bowl odds. The Raiders last made the Super Bowl gambling board in the 2002 season and that was something of an aberration as this team last beat the Super Bowl odds in then 1983 season and has struggled to be a legitimate Super Bowl betting contender for most of the past 20 years.
Oakland’s Super Bowl gambling prospects for 2010 don’t look any better as they have decided to continue on with Tom Cable as head coach. In Cable’s first full season on the job Oakland finished 5-11 straight up and 8-8 against the spread.
The Raiders were never a Super Bowl gambling threat for 2009 and their many problems began at quarterback where JaMarcus Russell completely imploded with a 50.2 quarterback rating which put him on the bench. Cable made Super Bowl gambling news by calling out Russell and blaming him for the Raiders problems.
But Oakland’s Super Bowl gambling problems extend far beyond the quarterback. Oakland’s defense ranked 26th overall and that is not the recipe for Super Bowl gambling success. Their ground attack was also not the stuff of Super Bowl gambling winners as it ranked 21st overall.
The Raiders ranked 31st in the NFL for scoring and 23rd for points allowed. A bigger problem that nobody wants to discuss is owner Al Davis.
Davis once ruled as the most dynamic and brilliant man in football but as he acquired more power in Oakland he self destructed and now as he is becoming elderly he has also become more stubborn and refuses to delegate authority. While Cable is 9-19 at Oakland he has held the team together and they do play hard for the most part.
Few top shelf coaches want to work for Davis and risk their careers. So Cable is the default choice to continue to lead the silver and black into 2010.