What a difference a week makes.
The Raiders were triumphant this week, however, defeating the Jets 34-24 and improving their record to 2-1. Fueled by Darren McFadden's career game, Oakland was able to effectively move the chains on one of the league's better defenses. Jason Campbell was mistake-free and the Raiders defense, which allowed Buffalo to move the ball at will in the second half of last week's game, put the clamps on when they needed to make a stop.
Regardless of the outcome in next week's matchup against the New England Patriots, the Raiders need to be considered as a legitimate playoff contender in the AFC.
When I think about the reasons why the Oakland Raiders are above .500, there are five things that stand out. Granted, there are many factors that contribute to a team's record, but I cannot help but shake these particular five from my mind.
Without any further ado, here are five big reasons the Oakland Raiders are 2-1.