Brandon Marshall has always felt like he belongs in Oakland, and that’s why the Raiders’ rookie running back and one of the league’s best players believes they have a plan for the season finale.
Marshall told reporters at a news conference on Monday that he felt like Oakland was ready to make a run for the playoffs after their 13-3 start.
He also said he thinks Oakland has the right players to make it work, and if the Raiders are able to pull off a miracle, he’ll feel like he was a part of it.
“I think we’re going to make this happen,” Marshall said.
“We’ve got a plan, we’ve got to execute it and I think it’s going to be a great season.”
The Raiders finished 8-8 last season and had to make some tough decisions about quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr is under contract for another four seasons and has become a free agent this offseason, and it’s unclear if the team would match Carr’s salary with a new deal.
Marshall has played in just nine games this season after missing eight with a fractured right fibula in the first half of last season.
Carr went 6-8 for the Raiders last season, but Marshall is expected to have a huge impact on Carr’s play.
He finished with 671 yards and three touchdowns on 67 carries, including one touchdown in a 38-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 30.
There are some question marks with Carr, who was signed to a five-year, $126 million deal.
He was not available for interviews on Monday.