What If...The Oakland Raiders Win the AFC West?!?

Christopher GorilContributor ISeptember 11, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 29: Member of the Oakland Raiders are introduced against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 29, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

What if QB JaMarcus Russell continues his natural progression and completes 60 percent of his passes this year as opposed to last year's 54 percent?  What if this increase in accuracy leads to an increase in touchdown passes?  Russell's total could rise into the mid-20s, up from last year's 13.

What if Darren McFadden maintains his 4.4 yards average per rush and his 9.8 yard average per reception?  However, instead of carrying the ball 113 times, he stays healthy, enjoys a lion's share of time at RB and carries the ball 313 times.  Instead of catching the ball 29 times he catches the ball 60 times.  Meaning that instead of 499 rushing yards and 285 receiving yards, Run-DMC ends up with 1377 rushing yards and 588 receiving yards.

What if the Oakland Raiders win the AFC West this year?  Ludicrous? Ridiculous? Preposterous? Maybe so, but...

What if Javon Walker remembers who he used to be and posts solid receiving numbers? What if Darrius Heyward-Bey is the significant deep threat that Russell needs to open the field?

What if LG Robert Gallery lives up to his hype as a No. 2 overall pick?  Just Kidding.

What if Tom Cable's fist clenching, teeth grinding, punch throwing ways actually spark some life into a defense that has many players with past success?

What if the AFC West is actually as week as it appears?  The Broncos and Chiefs might be close to not only the bottom of the division, but also to the bottom of the NFL this year.  In addition, the ever promising Chargers can never be counted on as a sure thing from week to week.

What if wins against San Diego (H), Kansas City (H & A), Denver (H), Jets (H), Cincinnati (H), Cleveland (A), and Washington (H) give the Raiders the eight wins needed to win the AFC West?

Probably not, but what if?

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