In only his second full year as head coach, Tom Cable has just about guaranteed a playoff spot and has openly stated their commitment to winning the division.
But I want to take it a little further and predict that the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship Game!
The Raiders, also known as the "Team of the Decades," was the first franchise to play in a Super Bowl in four different decades.
But what is more significant about their postseason consistency and this upcoming season is that 2010 marks another beginning of another decade, which means another Raiders trip to the final four.
Since Al Davis joined the team, the Raiders have played in every Championship Game at the beginning of each decade!
In 1970, making their fourth straight appearance in the Championship Game, the Raiders lost to Unitas' Baltimore Colts, who went on to win Super Bowl V.
After beating the Chargers in San Diego for the AFC title in 1980, the Raiders went on to become the first wildcard team in pro football history to win it all.
The LA Raiders, who had just beaten the Bengals but lost Bo Jackson in the process, traveled to Buffalo for the 1990 Championship Game and got destroyed by Jim Kelly and company. The Bills moved on to play in their first of four consecutive Super Bowl games.
If history does repeat itself, who will the Raiders face for the AFC crown?
After missing the play-offs for six consecutive seasons, the Silver and Black was back in the postseason for the 2000 season. After shutting out the visiting Dolphins in the division round, it was the Raiders who would be shut down by the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.
Besides the 1970 squad, each team was in third place in the division the previous year. Guess what place the Raiders were in last year?
At the end of the day, and as Coach Cable stated recently, nothing is fixed and you still have to "play the games."
Yes, coach. I agree...and history says one of those games will be the Championship Game!