Oakland Raiders: 5 Reasons They Will Make a Playoff Run in 2012

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Oakland Raiders: 5 Reasons They Will Make a Playoff Run in 2012
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The Oakland Raiders finally have a team that is ready to win.

After their Super Bowl loss in 2002, they won at most five games from 2003-2009. Raider fans wanted to crawl into that Black Hole to hide.

But, fresh off a decent 2011 campaign in which they reached eight wins for a second consecutive season, the Raiders have the parts in place to make a playoff run.

In a relatively weak division, Oakland has a realistic possibility to finally make the playoffs. Once they are there, it can only get better for the team that lost NFL icon Al Davis last year.

Oakland fans have sustained years of torment, but the time has come to make a playoff run. (Maybe the team across the bay could share a little good fortune, too...?)

Here are five reasons the Raiders will make a playoff run in the 2012-13 NFL season.

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