Why the Oakland Raiders Are Poised for a Playoff Run in 2012

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Why the Oakland Raiders Are Poised for a Playoff Run in 2012
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Carson Palmer

The Oakland Raiders haven't made the playoffs since 2002, but after coming off an 8-8 record in 2011 the silver and black are poised to make a push for the post season in the upcoming campaign.

The Raiders have been the butt of countless jokes for many years due in large part to how sorry JaMarcus Russell turned out to be.  Not since Celine Dion, Nickelback and Avril Lavigne had regular radio play have the Raiders been even remotely good. For much of the decade Sebastian Janikowski was Oakland's most potent offensive weapon.

A sad reality? Yes.

However, all the jokes will come to a streaking halt next season. With the 18th most difficult schedule in the NFL the Raiders are more than capable of earning a playoff berth in 2012.

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