Oakland Raiders: Predicting the Final Regular Season Record
The biggest question for this year’s Oakland Raiders squad is at the quarterback position. No matter if they start Matt Flynn or Terrell Pryor, they’re getting a grab bag of ugly. That means that on top of a complete rebuild season, the Raiders trying to stand behind a quarterback that just doesn’t inspire confidence in the future.
Raiders Nation is in for an even longer season that the 4-12 the team brought to the table last year. Even though they brought back aging superstar Charles Woodson, they had to purge the roster in an effort to get their future salary cap in order. That means no bought talent this year, which will result in losses piling up as they continue to groom young talent on the roster.
Don’t give up too soon, though Raider fans, as their schedule allows for some very winnable games. If the Raiders can win even a few games due to bad play from the other team and pull an upset or two along the way, their final record will be better than last year’s.
Miracles aren’t the type of thing you’ll find in the Black Hole, and the team is surely not going to even sniff the playoffs, but know that their time is right around the corner. This year’s crop of rookies looks to be head and shoulders above the last few groups and with a new salary cap next year, Oakland should be right back in the thick of things in the AFC West.
Think of it this way: Teddy Bridgewater, Tahj Boyd or Johnny Manziel is bound to be in black and silver come next draft season. Look for the Raiders to go 3-13 this year.