The Oakland Raiders have secured the pieces to fufill the weakness’s they have had the past few years. They are the only team on the rise and the rest of the AFC West is in a downward spiral that will not be pretty this season. The Raiders added the biggest piece of all when they made the value trade for former Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell. Jason Campbell is going to add the needed consistency and versatility that is needed from a team that has a strong defense and the abilty to have one of the top running games in the league. Taking in to account the pressure that will be taking off of the running game by keeping the opposing defense honest. The Raiders knew they needed to get better against the run on defense, and did that in a big way by adding former Jacksonville Jaguar star John Henderson to strengthen the middle of the defense and also by moving Pro Bowl Defender Richard Seymour back to his natural postion of defensive tackle. The sureing up of the run defense will allow defensive stars like Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff to play a bigger part in the pass defense, allowing defensive ends Trevor Scott and Matt Shaughnessy to pressure the quarterbacks with their blazing outside speed creating turnovers. The offensive line has been upgraded in a big way with the addition of Bruce Campbell his pure athleteism and talent will improve the guard postion allowing Khalif Barnes and Mario Henderson/Langston Walker to focus on being the anchors to the offensive line creating time for Jason Campbell to make magic with his arm and his legs.
These are not the reasons for the Raiders taking a stranglehold on the AFC West, but only supporting facts. The real reasons for this are the decisions of the Broncos and Chiefs to start rebuilding and the free fall the San Diego Chargers.