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5 Reasons Why The Oakland Raiders Won’t Win the AFC West In 2014

5 Reasons Why the Oakland Raiders Won't Win the AFC West

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The Oakland Raiders finished with a 4-12 record in 2013, their second consecutive season finishing with just four victories. The Raiders have been a lost franchise since they made a Super Bowl appearance following the 2002 season. It was the last time Oakland achieved a winning record. Head coach Dennis Allen enters his third season on the job. Here are five reasons why the Raiders won't win the AFC West.

5. Reliance On Maurice Jones-Drew And Darren McFadden

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5. Reliance On Maurice Jones-Drew And Darren McFadden

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The Raiders will enter 2014 with Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden as their top two running backs. McFadden returns for his sixth season in Oakland after being taken with the No. 4 overall pick in 2008, while Jones-Drew begins his first season with the Raiders at the age of 29. McFadden has averaged 3.3 yards per carry each of the last two seasons, while Jones-Drew averaged just 3.4 yards per carry in 2013.

4. Overspending On Veteran Free Agents

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4. Overspending On Veteran Free Agents

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A trait that bad teams tend to share is that they overspend on veteran free agents. Yes, the Raiders did have a whopping $65 million available in cap space, but they didn't sign any big-name free agents who will actually improve their win total. Instead, they overspent on veterans such as Justin Tuck, James Jones, Carlos Rogers, LaMarr Woodley and then some. All four of these players won't improve the Raiders' win total in 2014.

3. A Lousy Defense

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3. A Lousy Defense

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The Raiders ranked 29th in points allowed, 31st in interceptions and 27th in turnover differential in 2013. Although Oakland did make an effort to improve the defense with free agent signings and the selection of LB Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick, the Raiders will get torched by their AFC West brethren. The other three teams in the West ranked amongst the top 12 in points per game last season.

2. Playing In the AFC West With Three Playoff Teams

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2. Playing In the AFC West With Three Playoff Teams

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Not only does the AFC West have some great offenses, but the division has some great teams. The Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs all entered the postseason last year. No other division in football had three teams make it to the playoffs. How can one bet that the Raiders will win their own division when there is not a single team within the division that they are better than?

1. Raiders Are Arguably the Worst Team In the NFL

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1. Raiders Are Arguably the Worst Team In the NFL

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More importantly, the Raiders just aren't the worst team in the AFC West. They are perhaps the worst team in the entire NFL. There is not a single team in the NFL that has gone through a longer drought without achieving a winning record than the Raiders. Oakland will enter 2014 with a lousy defense, a dysfunctional running game and a veteran quarterback in Matt Schaub who was one of the league's worst QBs in 2013.