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2013 NFL Previews: Oakland Raiders

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Losing has become the norm in Oakland and will continue this upcoming season as well.

2013 NFL Previews: Oakland Raiders

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The NFL Season is getting closer and closer. The Baltimore Ravens took home the Super Bowl last year, but this next season will surely come with plenty of surprises. It's time to get ready for the start of the year by taking a look at all 32 teams to gauge where they are, starting with the worst and ending with the reigning Super Bowl Champs. It's the CHARGED.fm 2013 NFL Preview, and today we're previewing the Oakland Raiders.

Last Season

Losing and the Oakland Raiders have become synonymous since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and last season was nothing new. They had a below average offense and defense that resulted in yet another 4-12 losing season. They ranked 18th in offense and defense, gaining 344.0 yards and giving up 354.5 yards per game.

Because they were behind in so many games, their passing game was not actually bad. They ranked eighth in the NFL with 255.3 passing yards per game. Quarterback Carson Palmer actually had a solid season throwing for 4018 yards and 22 touchdowns. He did not have the greatest weapons to throw to but tight end Brandon Myers had a surprisingly strong season.

What really hurt the offense was the loss of Darren McFadden, who struggled with injuries yet again. He played in only 12 games and did not perform when he was on the field, averaging 3.3 yards per rush. He has performed well under expectations for what the Raiders thought they were getting when they drafted him fourth overall in 2008. Marcel Reese and Mike Goodson were solid when they filled in for McFadden, giving the Raiders much more production.

Even with the few bright spots on offense the defense is where the Raiders were really let down. They could not keep off the scoreboard, ranking 28th in the NFL allowing 27.7 points per game. They were below average against stopping the pass and run and did not force turnovers; they forced only 19 turnovers and turned the ball over 26 times. They also put little pressure on the quarterback, ranking 27th in sacks with 27.

There were not many bright spots for the Raiders last season but here is a compilation of their 2012-2013 season highlights:

Offseason:

Key Players Lost (New Team): Carson Palmer, QB (Arizona Cardinals); Matt Shaughnessy, DE (Arizona Cardinals); Shane Lechler, P (Houston Texans); Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR (Indianapolis Colts); Michael Huff, S (Baltimore Ravens); Richard Seymour, DT; Tommy Kelly, DT (New England Patriots); Shawntae Spencer, CB; Rolando McClain, LB (Baltimore Ravens); Phillip Wheeler, LB (Miami Dolphins); Cooper Carlisle, G; Desmond Bryant, DT (Cleveland Browns); Dave Tollefson, DE; Brandon Myers, TE (New York Giants); Matt Giordano, S (St. Louis Rams); Mike Goodson, RB (New York Jets); Matt Leinart, QB

Key Additions (Old Team): Matt Flynn, QB (Seattle Seahawks); Charles Woodson, CB/S (Green Bay Packers), Kevin Burnett, LB (Miami Dolphins); Nick Roach, LB (Chicago Bears); Tracy Porter, CB (Denver Broncos); Rashad Jennings, RB (Jacksonville Jaguars); Josh Cribbs, WR/PR (Cleveland Indians); Usama Young, S (Cleveland Browns); Mike Jenkins, CB (Dallas Cowboys); Kaluka Maiava, LB (Cleveland Browns); Pat Sims, DT (Cincinnati Bengals); Chris Kluwe, P (Minnesota Twins); Jason Hunter, DE (Denver Broncos); Vance Walker, DT (Atlanta Falcons)

Players Re-Signed: Joselio Hanson, CB; Andre Carter, DE; Phillip Adams, CB; Coye Francies, CB

Players Drafted: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston; Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State; Sio Moore, UConnn; Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas; Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado; Latavius Murray, RB, UCF; Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee; Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma; Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State; David Bass, DE, Missouri Western

The Raiders are losing two of their top receivers, starting quarterback and the best punter in football all in one offseason. They have brought in Flynn, who will look to stave off another talented drafted quarterback in Wilson; he was unable to do so in Seattle with Russell Wilson, hence why is in Oakland now. They should have a good competition in training camp to see who gets to be the starter on what will be another underwhelming group of weapons surrounding them. The group can look a lot better if McFadden ever lives up to his potential. On defense they made some good moves in free agency and in the draft to add some talent to a bunch that did not have much of it last season. Moore was rated as a back end of the first round talent so getting him in the third round is great value. Woodson should have something left in the tank as well as and will be a good mentor to the younger players.

2013 Outlook:

The Raiders look like a team that will struggle once again this upcoming season. They lost a veteran quarterback and will be turning to players with very little to no NFL starting experience. They also lost a lot of production on offense with Myers, Heyward-Bey and Goodson all moving on. Those losses can be offset with the continued development of Denarius Moore and McFadden staying healthy and playing like he is capable of. If both those things happen the offense should be fine. The defense has added some more talent and should be better than last season but is still going to be a building process. The Raiders have done themselves no favors recently with how they drafted in the past and are feeling the effects of it now. They are still a ways away from being contenders but they are moving in the right direction.

Let CHARGED.fm find you the best Oakland Raiders tickets this season!


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