What Week One Will Tell Us

zack hudsonContributor IMay 26, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Fans of the Oakland Raiders look on against the Denver Broncos on September 27, 2009 during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Had you told me sometime last season that the Raiders were gonna be playing against Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans, i would have began to shutter and shake, imagining "CJ2K" running for 300+ yards and single handedly dominating the Raider defense.

However, due to this seemingly strong off-season, I'm more curious than anything to see how the Raiders do. Come week one, we will find out if this is gonna be another lowly, dissapointing season, or a season that features our new-look team being better than expected.


Run defense:

As i stated earlier, this game will rely heavily on if we can contain Johnson. Yes, there's a great chance we'll be able to put up some points, but Johnson is a BEAST. This will be the ultimate test for our new-look defense.

Passing offense:

If Jason Campbell isn't able to tear it up against this lowly Titan pass d, I will be dissapointed. While viewing their secondary, two players really stand out, and that's Cortland Finnegan and Chris Hope. Besides, they were 31st against the pass last year, and they haven't made any significant strides in improving that (unless you're banking on Tye Hill)

Overall morale of team:

Everyone is saying with the recent realease of Jamarcus, a dark cloud has been lifted from above the Raider Nation. We all remember how the entire time reacted to having Gradkowski in the game, I wonder if they'll play that way with Campbell


Overall, week one will tell us a lot. On paper, we've made countless improvements that should directly lead to a better record. We'll come September 12th, where I'l either be crying or jumping for joy.