Contract Holdouts and Injuries To AFC West: Raiders Might Be A Success

GoldieContributor IIAugust 6, 2010

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders shouts to his team during the Raiders training camp at their Napa Valley Training Complex on August 1, 2010 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Even though you hate to see a player get hurt, especially a good player, as a Raider fan you may have to (shamefully maybe) breathe a sigh of relief. I saw that not only have the Bronco's become thin at RB with recent training camp injuries, but now their star OLB, Elvis Dumerville just tore his pectoral muscle and could be out as long as December, if not the entire season.

The Chargers still have contract holdouts with Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNiel and Shawn Merriman and have also lost Cromartie and Tomlinson to the Jets.

The Chiefs really only have Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. They aren't that scary to me and therefore pose no real threat.

I don't want to make a bold statement and say we ARE definitely going to win the AFC West this year, but could our recent changes to the team, couple with the personnel issues in the rest our division be a perfect storm to propel us into the playoffs?

I know that as fans, we are really floating on Cloud 9 right now with all the positive energy around camp and the off-season moves we made, but really, what do you guys think our chances are if our key players stay healthy and the the rest of the AFC West continues in the way its going now?

I'm interested in your thoughtful feedback.