The 2000s were not exactly kind to the Oakland Raiders. Before the 2016 NFL season, the franchise had not seen the playoffs in 13 years. Racking up a total record of 63 wins and 157 losses, the organization was suffering the longest playoff drought in franchise history until the team seemingly found their savior in quarterback Derek Carr.
Despite the team’s previous struggles, the love and support from the silver and black fanbase has remained constant. Raider fans are certainly a rambunctious bunch of individuals, always willing to vocalize their support for their team despite the hard times that had befallen upon their beloved franchise.
Their raucous nature has left its mark on Carr as he proclaimed them the best fanbase in the world according to Raiders:
"It's rowdy. I'm glad that I'm a Raider. … Our fans are the best in the world."
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 14, 2017
Carr unfortunately sat out the team’s first playoff game in over a decade during the 2017 NFL Playoffs after breaking his leg against the Indianapolis Colts. His absence only adds to the team’s expectations for the 2017 NFL season, as Carr has stated he wants to win ‘multiple’ Super Bowls.
Fan support will be in abundance when the Raiders play their first home game against the New York Jets. Despite the Jets being predicted to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, Car and the team should still expect a playoff atmosphere.
The Raiders have one of the toughest schedules in the league this season. However, win or lose, the team can always count on their fans to come out and show their loyalty.