Regardless what NFL players and coaches say, they all study the schedule once it is released and designate games in certain categories — glorified byes, winnable, toss-ups, long-shots, etc. Then there’s the so-called “trap game,” a game a team expects to win but recognizes has the potential to pose a problem. In the case of
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."