Oakland Raiders: Offensive Plays Raiders Must Run to Perfection in 2012

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Oakland Raiders: Offensive Plays Raiders Must Run to Perfection in 2012
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For the Oakland Raiders to win and make the playoffs in 2012, their offensive efficiency in the red zone needs to improve.

Last season, the Raiders ranked ninth in the league in total offense averaging 375.5 yards a game—among the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys for comparison. This means that the Raiders are doing a fine job of gaining yards and moving the ball down the field.

Conversely, when it comes to offensive points per game, the Raiders rank 16th in the league with 22.4 a game. This ranks in the neighborhood of the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears, who aren't exactly offensive juggernauts. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski also tied for fifth in the league in field goals made.

It becomes quite apparent what type of offensive plays the Raiders need to run in 2012—plays that finish drives and put touchdowns on the scoreboard as opposed to field goals.

The following are plays the Raiders should consider running in 2012 in an effort to punch the ball into the end zone and no longer settle for field goals.

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