- 08/13/2011, 01:54PM ET
TTBengals98 said 08/13, 01:54 PM
Good luck, DJ
Game 1: @ Denver (W)
Game 2: @ Buffalo (W)
Game 3: vs Jets (L)
Game 4: vs Patriots (L)
Game 5: @ Houston (L)
Game 6: vs Cleveland (W)
Game 7: vs Kansas City (L)
Game 8: ***BYE***
Game 9: vs Denver (W)
Game 10: @ San Diego (L)
Game 11: @ Minnesota (W)
Game 12: vs Chicago (L)
Game 13: @ Miami (W)
Game 14: @ Green Bay (L)
Game 15: vs Denver (W)
Game 16: @ Kansas City (L)
Game 17: vs San Diego (L) DO NOT CHANGE
So I see them going 7-9 and if San Diego is in the playoffs week 17 and are not trying then they will go 8-8. I still think that they need to get rid of Al Davis and make a couple more pick ups before they can make the playoffs and be above .500.
I think that they are starting to gain a good young lineup but I think the loss of there star SS in Asomugha and that will cost them heavily on the defensive end. I think McFadden will be able to be a 1300 yard runner this year to.
They still need to mature a little bit and get a couple more QB's before they can be a playoff team.
DJRoxalot said 08/14, 03:52 AM
New York Jets=L
The Raiders lost some FA's like CB Nnamdi Asomugha and TE Zach Miller.
Jason Campbell broke a dubious streak. 9 straight seasons he had a new OC since he played at Auburn. Consistency with the same offensive system with Al Saunders will help him a lot. He will have a breakout year imo.
They still have an excellent rushing attack in D-Mac and Bush. And they upgraded the OL in the draft. They signed Kevin Boss to replace Miller and to work with Campbell. Campbell has a history of working well with his TE. He had Chris Cooley in Washington and Miller in Oakland.
The DL will have to pressure the QB in order to help out a young group of CB's. Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly are the leaders of the DL that combined for 12.5 sacks last year and will be expected to do so again. DE's Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston also combined for 12 sacks to make the DL a strength.
MTC on the defense.
Get a couple more QB's? Why?
TTBengals98 said 08/14, 12:32 PM
Jason Campbell though is still stuck with a problem, he has no wide receivers to get the job done. A new TE that is not as good as Miller is not going to help him out at all and actually make him worse.
Also, how do you know that a new OC will help him become good. He never really has shown a great spark in the NFL and not having a good receiving core around him makes it hard to succeed.
Yes, they have McFadden and Bush but McFadden will be coming into the season and may not heal properly. The running game is always a threat but thats the only great thing on their offense. Having a one way attack is not good.
Now lets get to defense and how they will fair against the Chiefs, first off they will have a young secondary squad which will have a nearly impossible time guarding Dwayne Bowe. They had Asomugha to guard him earlier but now they lost him and will not fair well.
THe Oakland Raiders were also 29th in the league in rushing yards given up. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are one of the best duos in the league and should run all over them. The Oakland D has not made enough upgrades to stop them.
DJRoxalot said 08/14, 07:44 PM
Having 9 systems to learn means a QB cannot get comfortable with the offense he is trying to run.
No WR's? They might be young but saying they have no WR's is the definition of being ill informed. Louis Murphy had 41 catches last season and averaged 14.9ypc. A 2nd year with Campbell and he is primed to have a stellar season. Jacoby Ford averaged 18.8ypc. Darius Heyward-Bey had 5 catches of 20 yards or more. Denarius Moore has been impressive so far and has been burning DB's left and right in training camp.
Not heal? Minor injury.
Not to mention the Raiders are going to be using Darren McFadden like Marshall Faulk out of the baclfield. Throw him the ball early and often, just get the ball in his freaking hands. The kid is a playmaker.
The Raiders DL is excellent and they will help out the CB's. KC gave up 32 sacks last year and the Oakland starting DL had 24.5 sacks. They will get to Cassel and pressure him. He doesn't respond well.
Oakland struggled vs the run. The Raiders still managed to split the series. The Raiders will be better this season because McClain will be in his 2nd year as the Oakland MLB. He is going to have a breakout year.
TTBengals98 said 08/14, 10:41 PM
I know that it is heard to learn 9 systems but one they have a unexperienced unproven WR core that has not shown much promise. The stats you put up do not show TD's, yards, or Receptions. They make a couple good plays but thats not enough.
Having one system for two years is not that big of step up either. He will need one system for a while to get comfortable with it because a lot of those systems are still in the back of his head confusing him for a while.
McFadden cannot do everything and if the Raiders cannot stop the run game which they proven they cannot do. The running duo will run all over them and Cassel will not need to throw very well.
Plus you are making a bunch of breakout predictions but you have nothing to back it up with. McClain is not going to become a great MLB yet in his 2nd season and needs more time to learn and grow.
When they run they will get a ton of yards and when they throw, Cassel will get sacked some and he will throw some 10 yard passes to uncovered Dwayne Bowes, the Raiders cannot stop him.
McFadden cannot do it all and last time they had a top of the line SS, home field adv. and team will lead them to a win.
DJRoxalot said 08/15, 02:37 AM
You want stats? Okay.
Murphy makes plays. He had just 41 catches but 27 of those for 1st Downs and he had 10 receptions of at least 20 yards. As a rookie, Ford had just 25 catches but 19 were for 1st Downs and he had 8 receptions of at least 20 yards. He made Higgins expendable.
Heyward-Bey only had 26 catches but 17 were for 1st Downs. Showing he has the ability to come up with the big play when needed.
D-Mac had 14 runs of 20 plus yards and 4 catches of 20 plus yards.
Marcel Reece is a good FB. He had 333 yards receiving and 303 of those were YAC. He had a 73 yard catch for a TD. He is an underrated player and a great blocker.
Cassel doesn't need to throw? The Raiders beat KC, 23-20 in OT and 31-10 the final game of the season. So running the ball did not play too much of a factor into those games last year.
Cassel completed 20 of 35 for 216 yards, 2 TD's and 1 INT in the OT loss and 11 of 33 for 115 yards , 0 TD's and 2 INT's in the season finale.
So against the Raiders? He completed 45.5% of his passes for 165.5ypg, 4.9ypa, 2 TD's to 3 INT's. The Raiders pass rush had a big role in that.
Aso is a CB, not a SS. Big difference.
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