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Oakland Raiders.

Posted on: July 8, 2009 4:44 pm
 
Yes, this is a blog about them, so I'm sure I will get some hate comments based on this being about the Raiders.  The raiders will make a comeback and maybe even win the AFC West.

For the last couple of years Oakland has been the bottom of the AFC West. (not last year 3rd place)

They have the players to do the job.

They have a coach that actually wants to win games and calls plays to win them.  Rex Ryan has been calling prevent D plays once Oakland gets the lead, but it stopped when Cable took over.

They have (finally) added some depth in the QB position and (finally) a veteran to help JaMarcus's growth as a player.

The D is good, despite some setbacks such as losses as Gibril Wilson, and Kalimba Edwards they are a great D. They don't get the respect they deserve because of the bad play calling and the absurd time they have to spend on the field.

They also have the strongest kicker, and the best punter, paired with a good returner.

The Raiders lost their center Jake Grove, who was replaced by the Dolphins center Samson Satele who is a better fit in their power run O, as well as a new LT in Kalif Barnes, he was bad last season, but the entire Jaguars team was, I expect Barnes to if not turn it around he'll do better than Kwame Brown.

Also accquired the power blocking FB Lorenzo Neal, which should greatly help McFadden, Bush and Fargas greatly.

The WR's are the biggest question mark of course, with either a new or washed up face in that position people have many questions.

Javon Walker=washed up, but could contribute something or turn things around but the chances of that are almost a miracle but hey it could happen, the dolphins were the Lions the other year.

DHB= He's a speedster with something to prove, he could prove everyone wrong or be DeAngelo Hall.

Johnny Lee Higgins= The best out of the bunch, showing improvement each game and is a good return man.  I expect him to jump up in the depth chart and become a threat as time goes on and he gets more experience.

Zach Miller is a huge bright spot, leading in recptions and yards last year, he might go over 1000 yards this year, one of the most underrated TE's in the game.

bring on the bashing, i'll leave some holes so I can reply in the comments
Category: NFL
Tags: AFC, NFL, Raiders
 
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