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The Raiders are also facing a must win game in Oakland. There was a lot of chatter over the off season and there was plenty of optimism.
Coach Tom Cable has said that they were an average quarterback away from being a playoff team. Perhaps his mouth wrote a check his behind, which is on the hot seat, can't cash.
The Raiders added an average quarterback in Jason Campbell during the off season and benched him right away. Now they have an average quarterback in Bruce Gradkowski and they still can't find a way to win games.
If they start the season 1-3 the Raider Nation will hit the panic button. The Raiders have to show themselves and the rest of the world that they can compete.
The Raiders beat themselves against Arizona, but they can't afford to make those kind of mistakes against the Texans. This is a game that the Raiders can win, and they will if they minimize mistakes.
The next six games for the Raiders are games they can win. After the Texans they play the Chargers, 49ers, Broncos, Seattle and Kansas City.
The Raiders have an opportunity to break out of the funk, and it starts this Sunday.
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