The moment everything went wrong for 5 NFL teams that were supposed to be good

The Oakland Raiders were perhaps the feel-good story of the season and they’re on track for one of the most anticlimactic finishes. They earned the privilege to sit out the first week of the playoffs this past weekend, but they also lost starting quarterback Derek Carr to a broken fibula, handing Matt McGloin the reins of an otherwise Super Bowl-caliber team.

I feel safe saying that the Raiders fans are going to get a Stephen King ending to what’s still a storybook season (and please don’t be mad, I seriously hope I’m wrong). If anyone actually needs to ask what suddenly went wrong for the Raiders, just make them click this. Losing a dark horse MVP quarterback is about the worst thing that could happen to a team at this point of the season.

Which illustrates what is easily the dumbest thing about this dumb sport — that winning requires a combination of hard work, smart work, pure will, and a thousand instances of good fortune irreplicable for all but a couple teams on an annual basis, and losing requires just one big, solid thunking tragedy falling on your head.

There’s often a moment where everything goes wrong, especially in a year when, for once, so many of last year’s playoff teams will not be returning

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