OK, realistically speaking, I see the Raiders having a better season than they have in the last few years. However, I do not yet see us making it to the playoffs.
Overall, I see us coming in second in the division. So in the next few articles that I write, I will break down the wins and losses that I see and a brief summary of why I think we win or lose certain games.
I will break this down into four parts over the next few days so bear with me.
In Week One, we host the San Diego Chargers, who have owned us for the past few years. It is because of this that I think the Raiders will step up and win this one.
Norv Turner (IMO) is bringing this team down into mediocrity. Their record has continually gotten worse since he took over. The factors in this game that I see are that we contain the run as we have one of the better secondaries in the league and Rivers will not have a great day passing against them.
The second is for Lorenzo to block the heck out of individuals like Merriman to open up the holes for our running attack. Lastly, the team has to want this one game more than any other game during the season for the reason listed in the first sentence.
Week Two has us traveling to the Kansas City Chiefs. I believe that this one is a win for the Raiders as well since the Chiefs are in a rebuilding mode and I do not think at this point that Cassell is their savior.
Cassell had a great group of guys to help him attain the record the Patriots had last year. He does not have that group to help him this year and the Chiefs got rid of Tony Gonzalez, who is arguably the best tight end in the history of football.
Their defense is suspect against the run and the pass. I think the Raiders will run all over them for their second win of the season.
Up comes week three and we are back at home against the Donkeys (in case you have not realized it yet I called the other teams by their given namesake. I despise this team and will not give them the same respect.).
I don't even know where to start with this team other than at this point we are 3-0. The new head coach of this team is not in a rebuilding mode; he is in a destruction mode.
Don't get me wrong; I am not going to sit here and belittle Kyle Orton as he had some decent stats last year but if I had to choose between him and Cutler it's a no-brainer. Bring in the Marshall saga and this could be the one thing that could make this team last years Lions.
Now, I do think that Marshall will be there this year but given the new coaches demeanor, I don't see the Donkey's doing much of anything this year except making other teams look good.
Lastly, for this particular article, is Week Four at the Houston Texans. OK folks, this will be the first loss the Raiders suffer. The Texans are going to remember what happened last year and they will want to atone for that loss.
The pundits have consistently said that the Texans are the surprise team for that year. This year, I think they are right.
They have a good group of individuals both on offense and defense. The combination of these two sides of the ball and the grudge they are holding from last year will propel them to victory over our beloved Raiders.
So after the first four games, I see the Raiders at 3-1. It was a great start but in the next few articles, you will see what all of us know is a very difficult part of the schedule and you will see more losses with a few more wins.