When I look at the direction of the team, I see a run defense getting better—jumping up from No. 31 to No. 16 over the last couple of weeks. I think cornerback Chris Johnson, who is out with a hamstring strain right now, is going to be good when he gets to 100 percent.
Rookie Chimdi Chekwa played well for an injured Van Dyke for a spell before getting injured himself. Van Dyke then comes back and looks like a shut-down corner in the makings while Routt is still Routt.
The defensive line is of course one of the best units in the league.
Heyward-Bey is leading the track team of receivers and Darren McFadden is better than he was in 2010. All the Raiders need is for quarterback Jason Campbell not to mess it up and the Raiders go to the playoffs.
That wouldn't end too well because Campbell has proven that he can't shoot it out with the Tom Bradys of the NFL. Then a couple of weeks later, Raiders fans are unnerved because Campbell broke his collarbone.
Jackson then brings in a guy to win games instead of trying not to lose them. Carson Palmer is that guy and all reports are that his velocity is back to what is was before partially tearing a ligament in his elbow.
That was the sweet cherry on top of the delicious sundae.
The Raiders get a A++ for Palmer and an A+ all-around!