Everyone always seems to write off the Oakland Raiders.
Just because the franchise has been struggling over the past decade doesn't mean this year will be like all of the rest.
After an 8-8 season, Oakland has showed that they have the talent to compete for an AFC West division title. The main question is, do they have the talent to compete for the Super Bowl?
Owner Al Davis tried the JaMarcus Russell experiment, and that failed horribly. The best move was to grab a veteran quarterback, and he did just that. Jason Campbell has settled in really well with the Raiders ever since he left the Redskins.
To help Campbell out, the offense has a great running game led by Darren McFadden. McFadden has been inconsistent due to injuries and a mediocre offensive line, but things have changed and he is now healthy and is behind one of the best run-blocking lines in football.
The wide receivers are young, but that youth brings with it a lot of skill, speed and talent. Rookie Denarius Moore has been putting on a show in training camp and Darrius Heyward-Bey is showing some signs of bursting out onto the scene.
Joined by Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens, this group has big time play makers written all over them.
Also, Oakland went and got tight end Kevin Boss to replace Zach Miller. Boss is a physical run-blocking tight end that can stretch the field on pass plays and can give Campbell a big target in the red zone.
Behind Boss, the Raiders have rookie David Ausberry, a big wide receiver that was converted to tight end after the NFL draft. His size and speed will play a big part in Oakland's passing game.
I really think that Oakland's offense will flourish this year, and it could be one of the top offenses in the league.
If this offense can get going, look out for the Oakland Raiders to win the AFC West division title.