The Oakland Raiders are just plain awful. They have a huge question mark at quarterback, their running back looks inept despite being incredibly fast, and their star left tackle is likely done for the year with torn triceps. If Sebastian Janikowski is your team’s best player, you’re in for a long season.
The best-case scenario for the Raiders, is that running back Darren McFadden plays his life out in his contract year with the team. Terrell Pryor has the starting job at quarterback and shows a decent amount of progress as well. Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden becomes the second coming of Darrelle Revis in his rookie year, and shuts every team’s no. 1 wide receiver down.
Even with all that going down, the Raiders would go 5-11 at the absolute best, and that’s even with playing the Denver Broncos without their sacking machine Von Miller.
Now onto the worst-case: McFadden looks like his usual self, gets hurt and misses a lot of time. Matt Flynn is named the starting quarterback and has virtually no receivers other than Marcel Reece to throw the ball to. Hayden looks like a complete flop and gets torched weekly, and eventually gets taken out of the starting lineup due to poor play.
Returning safety Charles Woodson looks and starts acting his age and can’t play anywhere near as well as he did for the Green Bay Packers even a year ago. If the worst-case scenario comes true, and it’s extremely likely, the Raiders will finish 0-16 and have the no. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.