The Oakland Raiders didn't win a lot of games in 2009, but some of the games they won shocked a lot of people.
They beat the Eagles and the Bengals in Oakland. Both teams were playoff teams, and the Raiders were not supposed to hang with them.
The Raiders also beat the Broncos and the Steelers at their own places and helped ruin their chances at making the playoffs.
The Raiders have enough talent to compete with any team in the league, but they just don't do it on a consistent basis.
This year the Raiders should have some surprise victories as well. Let's take a look at five solid teams who could suffer a loss to the Oakland Raiders in 2010.
Last year the Raiders almost opened the season with an upset over the Chargers. They lost in the final minutes of the game thanks to Philip Rivers and his last-minute heroics.
The Raiders last beat the Chargers in 2003, and it's been a long seven years for Raider fans.
This year the Raiders have a great opportunity to beat the Chargers. The Raiders have improved and should make the game more competitive. The Chargers' defensive front will struggle against the Oakland running game.
With a new quarterback under center, Oakland should shock the Chargers in 2010.
The Titans had a strong finish in 2009 after starting 0-6 to begin the season. They open their season against the Oakland Raiders in Tennessee.
The Raiders will come out with plenty of energy and emotion, as will the Titans.The Raiders have won three out of the last five meetings vs. the Titans. Their two losses were both by five points or less.
The Raiders' defensive speed matches up very well with the Titans offense.
Look for the Raiders to clash with the Titans and sink them like the Titanic in Tennessee.
The Texans have always been a bubble team that has not been able to get over the hump. This year could be the year that the Texans could make a true run at the playoffs.
Last time the Texans came to Oakland, they suffered a defeat by the Raiders, who were led by JaMarcus Russell and Justin Fargas on offense.
This season the Raiders are led by Jason Campbell, who should be better than Russell. They also have Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, who should present problems for the Texans.
If this showdown was in Texas, perhaps the Texans would have an easier time, but this gunfight will be fought in the Wild Wild West. Look for the Raiders to outgun these boys from Texas and come out with a win.
The Cardinals were a playoff team in 2009 but will look much different in 2010. The Raiders' strength on defense is their secondary, and they should match up well against the Cardinals receivers.
Kurt Warner retired after 47 years in the league, and now Matt Leinart will be the guy under center. If the Raiders win this game, it may not be much of an upset, but based on last year's records it will be a good win for Oakland.
The Raiders will go down to Arizona and beat the Cardinals. On a side note, if you are Hispanic, maybe watch this game at home, or you may get deported.
Perhaps this game could be the easiest for the Raiders to win out of the five on this list.
They play the Colts in Week 16 of the regular season in Oakland. The Raiders could be fighting for a wild-card spot this late in the season, and the Colts could have the AFC South already locked up.
Would the Colts sit their starters like they did against the Jets? History says yes, but after watching the Jets go all the way to the AFC Championship, the Colts may want to think twice.
Last time the Colts came to Oakland, they struggled and only won 21-14. Don't be surprised if the Raiders take advantage of a Colts team that may be resting starters.
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