Believe it or not, this is one of my arguments against Tecmo Bowl. It was fun as hell to play as Bo against the computer, but I feel like sports games are th most fun when 2 people are playing. If you were playing against someone else, and they took the Raiders, you had no choice but to take LT and the G-Men...and the Giants' offense suuuuuuucked.
The Raiders aren't as dangerous as people think....
An oversight with the blocking scheme due to the player personnel for the Raiders meant the top outside linebacker was not blocked on Bo's Run 1. The raiders didn't have a top WR to block that top outside LB on run 1.
That in a nut shell meant Carl Banks(TOLB) & LT were not blocked on that run 1 play. Banks was basically a slightly slower version of LT. Based on Banks being a backside defender for the Marcus Allen run(to the bottom), Banks was not blocked on either run play. Banks by himself could shut down LA's offense. The raiders pass routes were pretty beastly and could do damage, but a simple call of pass 1 eliminated that play....and you got the computer controlled coverage on pass 2......which meant the bottom WR would be covered. From there all Carl banks had to do was cover Allen and Todd Christensen who ran their routes very close to each other. (See the illustration below)
The pic is actually the Vikings defense, but banks is would be in the top box, and LT would be in the bottom box going out in deep coverage. Because the game wont let you throw while dropping back for a moment, Todd gets into his slant and Allen does the wheel route. Banks can cover both very well because they get too close to each other.
For us the Raiders really struggle to even move the ball against the Giants let alone score. The Redskins D is another Bo stopper as well. Wilbur Marshall is their standout TOLB, and he corrals Bo pretty well also. Oddly enough Marshall only has a 14 speed rating(average on the aggregate for Tecmo Bowl) but his initial, and acceleration ratings meant he got to top speed in a freaking hurry...making him a beastly defender. We play seasons of Tecmo Bowl in 2 player mode and I was shut out by both NY & Washington this past season.
As for the other 9 teams, there isn't another standout top OLB in the bunch. The strategy is the same, but you have to actually call some Bo-run 1 on defense once in a while. In the pic above the raiders are at the bottom hash mark. Thats where a slow TOLB can at least keep Bo from a big run....provided he doesn't get juked....just herd Bo to the bottom and catch him from behind. Now when LA is at the top hash mark, it means Bo has a few extra yards to run before the sideline, so the top hash Bo run can still net a good 5-6 yards a pop. Overall the raiders can still move the ball against the slow TOLB, but the days of breaking off those big 25 yards runs because the human controlled defender gets blocked are over. Overall I got very good at keeping LA to 6-10 points, even when I had a freaking bum defense. My buddy hasn't quite mastered it yet, so hes still susceptible to occasionally giving up 17-20 points to the Raiders in a bad game on defense.
On a day where the offense zigs, when the defense zags(minus NY or Washington), the Raiders can still rip off good chunks of yardage in the air if they get a few open pass 1 calls while the defense is hammering away on some Run 1 calls. Thats where the mind games and strategy really come into play for my friends and I. Bo still Jukes the hell outta the TOLB's from Miami and Dallas....and most importantly makes easy popcorn out of a lot of those 2 teams weak/slow computer controlled defenders. Those 2 teams really have to call precise games against LA these days, but most of the rest can do a pretty decent job of shutting that offense down.
We play a lot of different styles of competition....84 game long season where we draft the 12 teams and play it all out, 25 game tecmo cup, and a 11 game single elimination royal rumble....and the raiders made the most recent playoffs in season play and the tecmo cup. Came in as the last team in the royal rumble and beat the colts to claim the title. They can still do some things, but not like before. Unless they randomly fall into the perfect situation with who is randomly placed in their conference, I don't think they will ever win a season championship or tecmo cup title.