Seventeen Weeks, Seventeen Things: Oakland Raiders

Dom MitchellContributor IMay 22, 2009

Seventeen Weeks, Seventeen Things: Oakland Raiders

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Darrius Heyward-Bey #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs drills during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

No. 1 JaMarcus Russell develop into a quality starting QB

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders delivers a pass against the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 31-

No. 2 Darrius Heyward-Bey: Justify his position in the draft

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Darrius Heyward-Bey #12 of the Oakland Raiders runs drills during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

No. 3 Tom Cable remaining as head coach at the end of the season

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders leads his team against the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 31-10.  (Photo

No. 4 The running game perform up to expectations

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Running back Justin Fargas #25 of the Oakland Raiders carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Fargas rushed for 107 yards as the R

No. 5 An offensive line that resembles a wall more than a sieve

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    MIAMI - 2007:  Samson Satele of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Getty Images)

No. 6 A breakout season from Zach Miller

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders catches a touchdown pass that was nullified due to a penalty during the game against the New York Jets on October 19, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Ph

No. 7 An improved run defense

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    SEATTLE - 2005:  John Marshall of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Getty Images)

No. 8 Continued development from Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21: Chaz Schilens #81 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates scoring a touchdown past Jacques Reeves #35 of the Houston Texans during an NFL game on December 21, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo

No. 9 An injury free season from Darren McFadden

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the New York Jets during an NFL game on October 19, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

No. 10 Mike Mitchell knock someone out

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Mike Mitchell #34 of the Oakland Raiders runs drills during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

No. 11 A season opening win against the Chargers at home on Monday Night Football

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders is grabbed by Linebacker Shaun Philips #95 of the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on December 4, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry

No.12 To not see Jeff Garcia in a game unless it is for purely tactical reasons

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Jeff Garcia #7 of the Oakland Raiders throws the ball during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

No. 13 At least six wins

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    24 Oct 1999: A fan of the Oakland Raiders cheers in the stands as he wears the logo during a game against the New York Jets at the Network Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Jets 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey  /Allsport

No. 14 No off-the-field problems or controversy

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    BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 26: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a catch under pressure from DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at M&T Bank Stadium October 26, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

No. 15 Lorenzo Neal duplicate his previous success in Oakland

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 4:  Lorenzo Neal #41 of the San Diego Chargers grips the ball as he is tackled by Danny Clark #55 Renaldo Hill #22 of the Oakland Raiders on December 4, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 34-10. (Phot

No. 16 More than two Pro-Bowlers

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Shane Lechler #9 of the Oakland Raiders punts during the game against the Buffalo Bills on September 21, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

No. 17 Sebastian Janikowski attempting more ridiculously long field goals

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after kicking a 57 yard field goal in overtime against the New York Jets during an NFL game on October 19, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Califo

No. 1 BONUS

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    19 Jan 2002:  A general view of the pre game ceremony before the AFC playoff game between the Oakland Raiders the New England Patriots at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots came from behind to win 16-13 in overtime. Digital Image Mand