With that said, the Raiders still have much work to do in order to contend, which I think they can do this year, as Minnesota did in 2008, by starting slow and ending hot.
All the focus has been on JaMarcus Russell and his accuracy issue with receivers going down the sidelines.
I however, see the real problem the Raiders have had: Coverage on special teams.
It seems like every time the Raiders have scored go-ahead points in the past several years, they allow a big return on the ensuing kickoff. If the Raiders want to win, that cannot continue to happen.
It happened against the Chargers to, in which the Raiders allowed points after big returns by Darren Sproles. Allowing the opponent to score from a short field is unacceptable.
The Raiders also cannot take the Chiefs for granted. A divisional game is always tough, even if the other team is having a down season.