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The Oakland Raiders may sneakily become the darlings of football with their explosive style of play, loveable quarterback Derek Carr and the team’s most recent addition in running back Marshawn Lynch.
Oakland also boasts one of the most notorious fan bases in all of the NFL, and the league seemed to agree that the new marriage between Lynch and Carr was noteworthy, making the NFL’s official Twitter cover photo a picture of the two laughing.
The Raiders are coming off of their first winning season and playoff berth since 2002, and are amongst the favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2018.
Despite the league’s recent pictorial embrace of the Silver and Black, the team still has a long way to go with officials as they continued to officiate Oakland as if they were the Raiders of old in 2016.
While that will take time to see change, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see the Raiders do something special sooner, rather than later.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.