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GM: Reggie McKenzie
HC: Dennis Allen
2011: 8-8 (3rd AFC West)
2011 Quick Stats
Offence Defence
Pts
22.4
(16th)
Yds
379.5
(9th)
Pass Yds
247.6
(11th)
Rush Yds
131.9
(7th)
»Full Team Stats



Last Season

The Raiders started well before losing starting QB Jason Campbell for the year, forcing them to overpay for veteran Carson Palmer to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Palmer, however, never had enough time to get comfortable in Oakland and the team dropped four of their last five games, missing the playoffs.

Who's In/Who's Out

Important Additions: QB Matt Leinart, RB Mike Goodson, RG Mike Brisiel, DE Dave Tollefson, LB Philip Wheeler, WR Roscoe Parrish, CB Ronald Bartell, CB Shawntae Spencer.

Important Losses: QB Jason Campbell, RB Michael Bush, TE Kevin Boss, C Samson Satele, LB Quentin Groves, CB Stanford Routt, CB Chris Johnson.

Drafted

Pick Player Pos Ht Wt College  
3 (95) Tony Bergstrom G 6'5 313 Utah OT Tony Bergstrom
4 (129) Miles Burris LB 6'2 246 San Diego St. 
5 (158) Jack Crawford DE 6'5 274 Penn State
5 (168) Juron Criner WR 6'3 224 Arizona
Analysis: Criner doesn't have traditional "Raiders speed" but these are the new Raiders, and they've been very happy with the fifth-round pick. A year after fifth-rounder Denarius Moore made waves at the WR position, Criner could be next.
6 (189) Christo Bilukidi DT 6'5 290 Georgia State
Analysis: Bilukidi has an interesting story having been born in Angola and lived in France and brazil before settiling in Ottawa. He was also drafted by Winnipeg in the CFL Draft.
7 (230) Nathan Stupar LB 6'2 241 Penn State
» Complete NFL Draft Results

What to Expect

Reasons to Believe
1. Modern Franchise - Nobody can argue the significance and impact former Raiders owner Al Davis had on the game of football, but it was also evident his philosophies had become outdated recently. With Reggie McKenzie now in charge of making the football decisions, the Raiders will operate with a more modern viewpoint.

At The Helm
With a full training camp with the team under his belt, the Raiders are hoping for big things from quarterback Carson Palmer.

2. Palmer Prepared - Carson Palmer went from out of football to playing in a meaningful game in a matter of three days last season, with a predictable result: three interceptions. Palmer never had the time to make the Raiders 'his team' last year, but now, with the benefit of a full off-season and training camp, he'll be much more prepared and should greatly improve upon his 2011 numbers as a result.

3. Playmakers Out Wide - There are no superstars in the Raiders' receiving corps, but there are a number of playmaking threats that can change the momentum of a game in an instant. Denarius Moore was last year's breakout star for Oakland, joining another speedy threat, Jacoby Ford. If his off-season performance is any indication, rookie Juron Criner could be the next to join the group in making headlines. Even Darrius Heyward-Bey, cast off by many as a bust through his first two seasons in the league, is making a bit of a name for himself in Oakland.

Reasons to Doubt
1. Few Additions - New GM Reggie McKenzie spent the majority of the off-season purging bad contracts. That means a team that finished last season at 8-8 lost more talent than they picked up. Save for RG Mike Briesel, the free agents Oakland did pick up were all signed to one-year "prove it" deals.

2. McFadden's Backup - One of the talented players the Raiders couldn't afford to re-sign was the reliable Michael Bush. Darren McFadden has yet to play a full 16 games in his four-year career, making Oakland's backup RB position all the more important. In previous years Bush could be relied upon to carry the mail when McFadden went down but now the backup tailback job falls to the much less proven duo of Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones.

3. Young at Corner - Not long ago cornerback was a position of strength for the Raiders. Now they'll be entering the year with other teams' castoffs in Ronald Bartell and Shawntae Spencer, and young, unproven players in DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa battling to make the starting lineup.

What to Expect
It's hard not to think Oakland is now on the right track under McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen, but it may take a while. The Raiders' off-season contract purge depleted some talent on the defensive side of the ball, but there are still enough playmakers on both offence and defence to think the team can at least be competitive in 2012; the playoffs, however, may still be a couple years away.


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1 Sep 10 10 Nov 11
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Sep 16 11 Nov 18
3 Sep 23 12 Nov 25
4 Sep 30 13 Dec 2
6 Oct 14 14 Dec 6
7 Oct 21 15 Dec 16
8 Oct 28 16 Dec 23
9 Nov 4 17 Dec 30
Bye Week: 5
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Western Conference

(1) SA v (8) DAL (4) HOU v (5) POR
(2) OKC 1, (7) MEM 0 (3) LAC 0, (4) GS 1


Eastern Conference

(1) IND 0, (8) ATL 1 (4) CHI v (5) WSH
(2) MIA v (7) CHA (3) TOR 0, (6) BKN 1


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