Jason Campbell Injury: 5 Reasons to Believe Oakland Raiders Will Survive

Ryan Alfieri@Ryan_AlfieriCorrespondent IIIOctober 17, 2011

Jason Campbell Injury: 5 Reasons to Believe Oakland Raiders Will Survive

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    While losing Jason Campbell certainly did not help the Raiders chances of contending this year, this team is more likely to continue to progress without their starting quarterback than to completely collapse. 

    The biggest reason for that is Darren McFadden. McFadden is the most valuable player on the team and the centerpiece of this offense.You can bet the house that Run DMC will see more work to take as much pressure off Boller as possible. 

    Let's take a look at some other reason why the Raiders will be just fine without their starting quarterback. 

Pass Rush

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    One way to win if you aren't putting up as many points is to hold you opponents to fewer points.

    For the Raiders, the key to utilizing this novel concept is their pass rush. A combination of Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley, Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston is a load for any offensive line to handle in third and long situations. 

Emergence of Denarius Moore

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    Denarius Moore is has not only found his way into the starting lineup, but he is one of the most prolific weapons on this young Raider offense. 

    Next to DHB, Moore is averaging 16 yards a catch. These two recievers are going to have to step up huge to make life as easy as possible for Kyle Boller. 

Improvements from Darius Heyward-Bey

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    Don't look now, but Al Davis' most recent eyebrow-raiser in the draft may not be the bust we all had him labeled for. 

    DHB is racking up yardage and is finally learning to use his rare combination of size and speed to make plays. If he can keep it up, maybe his stats will be able to survive the transition to Kyle Boller. 

Improved Offensive Line Play

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    One of the biggest reasons the Raiders have enjoyed some offensive sucess in 2011 is their improved offensive line play. 

    Jared Veldheer seems to be the answer at left tackle, and Stefen Wisinewski looks like good addition from Penn State. This line is going to have to protect Boller and keep the running game going to keep this offense afloat.