The Oakland Raiders are just coming off one of the worst seasons even by their standards, with a 4-12 record in 2012. This dismal performance prompted a massive overhaul in the playing staff, as they aim to at least win as many matches they lose this year. Trying to predict what they will achieve amid so much turmoil is almost an exercise in futility, but let us give it a try.
One of the most eye catching new signings they have made is quarterback Matt Flynn, who they got from the Seattle Seahawks after he failed to impress at the club. He will compete with the decent third round rookie quarterback Terrell Pryor. It is a glaring weakness in the team, because none of them are really good enough to give the team much hope that they can build a sustained playoff challenge.
However, it is not all gloom and doom at the Raiders’ camp this season. At running back, they have Darren McFadden, who is a superb player when fit. If he stays off the treatment table, then the team has a decent chance to win a few matches. They also have the improving Rod Streater at wide receiver, who is an honest pro that can be counted on to, train and play hard every game, as well as the experienced kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who is the longest serving player at the franchise, having served for over 6 seasons as a raider.
It is really hard to be optimistic about the chances of Oakland Raiders this season, not only are they below average at every position, they also start with a very hard opening list of matches, facing the Colts, Redskins and the Broncos within the first four weeks. The injury to left tackle Jared Veldheer will hurt them mightily, and their offense is not good enough. Some pundits rate them as one of the worst teams in the 32 team league, let alone the AFC West.
My prediction is that the Oakland Raiders will find it very hard to improve on last season and win a minimum of four or five matches. For the long suffering Oakland Raiders’ fans, 2013 could be a very painful season.
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