The Raiders do not have the toughest of schedules in 2012.
They will obviously play their AFC West division foes a total of six times, and over the past two seasons they have gone 9-3 in those games.
They can realistically go 4-2 within the division this year, and there are some very winnable games beyond that.
The following games are all outside the division and winnable:
Week 2 at Miami Dolphins
Week 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 9 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 12 at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 13 vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 16 at Carolina Panthers
Emerging victorious in each of those games—with a 4-2 divisional record—would put Oakland at 10-6 and firmly in the hunt for an AFC playoff spot.
We are a long way off from any relevant games, as we are just beginning Week 2 of the preseason, so there is much to be determined. But as of now, this Oakland Raiders team looks like a contender.
How long they remain contenders will hinge on everything noted in the previous slides.