Oakland Raiders Week 1: Pressures, Hurries and Knockdowns

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Oakland Raiders Week 1: Pressures, Hurries and Knockdowns
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Kamerion Wimbley takes down Matt Cassel in the season finale last year

Hello folks, and welcome to another year of my weekly column Pressures, Hurries and Knockdowns, or PHK for short.

In this column, I break down who or what aspect of the Oakland Raiders is under the most pressure for the coming game, some quick bullet point thoughts and some misconceptions or ideas about the Raiders that have been proven wrong, or "knocked down."

With the Raiders finishing second in the NFL in sacks last season, the title has never been more apt. I plan on running this as a weekly feature, as I have the last two seasons, so I hope you'll join me as the Raiders journey through another season; this time, it seems, with better navigation and more able pilots.

It's going to be a tough season with some good teams on the schedule, but the Raiders have more talent and capability on both sides of the ball than they have in years. With Kansas City looking pretty rough yesterday and San Diego beatable, the division is once again far from a lock.

The Raiders begin their quest for a division title and a return to the playoffs tonight in Denver. These bitter rivals will not lie down easily, and the Raiders will have to play well to go into Mile High and take one from an improved Broncos squad.

Hue Jackson is still searching for his first victory as a head coach, and some players on the Raiders have to prove their worth on the field for the Nation to have faith and trust in them.

Who's under pressure? What else is going on? What have we heard about the Raiders from media and opposing fans that has been proven wrong?

Let's find out.

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