1: Season Opener
2: MNF (Monday Night Football)
3: Fans' Optimism will com crashing down if loss
4: Big AFC West Rivalry against the Broncos
5: Darren McFADDEN's first regular season game as a Raider
6: Jamarcus Russel's first official sign as Starter
Yes, I know that wasn't many reasons, but here comes the fun part.:)
Will we win?
Lets take a look at what others have said...
"Week one: Denver at Oakland - Here is the start of either a season of glory, or a year of frustration. Last year, Oakland lost a heartbreaker due to a late, and poorly timed call, but exacted revenge, when Denver visited the Black Hole....and watched the Playoffs vanish.
I'm picking Oakland to start off the year 1-0, simple due, to the running game is going to be at full strength. Expect Fargas to make the Broncos to look strong....then drop the curtain, and watch McFadden fly into the secondary. 28-10"
"Week One: Broncos at Raiders, MNF
Last meeting: 34-20, Raiders.
Two touchdowns is a pretty big difference in the final score. The Broncos will be coming off a disappointing 7-9 season, and they have done virtually nothing to plug the holes in their roster.
They did fire both coordinators, but along with their departures were Matt Lepsis, Rod Smith, Javon Walker, Mike Bell, Travis Henry, and Ian Gold.
Additions included Boss Bailey, Niko Koutouvides, Marlon McCree, Samie Parker, and Dwayne Robertson. None of these players are upgrades over their predecessors. The team will be learning a new defensive system, and the run defense did not improve notably.
All reports indicate the Jay Cutler is healthy again, but the weapons around him have depleted. The loss of Javon Walker will hurt because, when healthy, he is a serious threat.
Brandon Marshall is awaiting a decision from the league on whether or not he will even be allowed to play in this game, and with defensive-line questions, this team will not be able to stop Oakland's new offensive attack.
The Raider ranked sixth in rushing offense last year, with Justin Fargas, Dominic Rhodes, and LaMont Jordan splitting carries. Fargas is the only holdover, coupled with dynamic and versatile rookie Darren McFadden, and the 245-lb. Michael Bush waiting in the wings, the Oakland ground attack should look very formidable to Denver.
JaMarcus Russell, now the team's unquestioned starter at quarterback, will look to Javon Walker, Ronald Curry (Denver fans should remember his sick, twisting, one-handed catch in Denver back in 2004), new acquired Drew Carter (from Carolina), and emerging TE Zach Miller to move the chains and stretch the field. The ground game will also help ease Russell into his role as the team's starter.
Final: Raiders win, 38-17"
Both say that we win, but then again, those are both Raider fans. Here's a quick sum-up of what I think:
The Passing game won't be dominant, with the Broncos expected to blitz J-Russ. The Running will make up for it though, and the Defense should play a decent game, stopping the Broncos from getting more than 17 points.
Final Score: Broncos:17, Raiders: 27; 10 point win for Oakland.
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