Raiders fans are prepared for Carson Palmer to lead their silver and black to the playoffs. On paper they certainly look like worthy champions of a tough AFC West division—with talent at nearly every offensive position and a defense that has some pieces to put together stops.
But with new head coach Dennis Allen and new faces in the front office, there is no guarantee that everything will run smoothly beginning Week 1.
Here are five keys for the Raiders to reach their full potential in 2012. If they manage to do so, they'll make 10 wins a low-end prediction.