Oakland Raiders 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – Is there a silver and black revival in the cards in 2010? The ’09 NFL betting campaign was a relatively disappointing one for the Oakland Raiders, but a bunch of new faces in the fold could turn this franchise that has fallen upon rough times totally around. There were just no quarterbacks to choose from last season, but QB JaMarcus Russell is now gone, which is going to signal the start of a new era in Oakland.

Key Addition – QB Jason Campbell – Hallelujah! With Russell out of town, the door has swung open once again for the embattled Campbell, who will be on his sixth different offensive scheme in the last seven seasons. Campbell threw for over 3,600 yards a year ago, and bringing numbers anywhere near that to Oakland this season would be a welcome change and turn a dormant offense into one that could actually frighten some foes. It isn’t often that we talk about Al Davis and a great draft day move, but trading a future late round pick for Campbell was a total steal.

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Key Loss – LB Kirk Morrison – All things considered, this isn’t the biggest loss in the world for the Raiders. The addition of Rolando McClain in the first round of the NFL Draft was a sign that Oakland’s leading tackler was getting set to be moved. Now, Morrison is Jacksonville’s problem, and it is already becoming apparent that McClain is not just ready to step in, but he is ready to do something that Morrison couldn’t do: Take charge of a defense that badly needed a true captain in its core.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Campbell can improve the passing game just a tad. He doesn’t need to work miracles. A threat at quarterback will open up the rushing game, which could mean big things for Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. If the running game gets going, the defense will get some rest. Perhaps that means that the Raiders will get to play some games from ahead as well. It all starts on the quarterback’s arm, though. Without Campbell succeeding, Oakland will still be in some trouble.

The Crucial Game – San Diego comes to town on October 10th, and this is a game that can change the entire season for the silver and black. The Oakland Raiders have been pushed around year after year in division, and that badly needs to change. Winning that game isn’t unattainable, and if it happens, HC Tom Cable and his Raiders will be well on their way to a very successful season.

Predictions – Playoffs? Don’t totally count out the possibility. Oakland is probably still a year and a couple offensive pieces away from challenging for the AFC West crown, but flirting with .500 is a real possibility. Don’t be shocked to see the silver and black being more than just a doormat of a team in 2010.

2010 Oakland Raiders Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ TEN
9/19 vs. STL
9/26 @ ARI
10/3 vs. HOU
10/10 vs. SD
10/17 @ SF
10/24 @ DEN
10/31 vs. SEA
11/7 vs. KC
Bye
11/21 @ PIT
11/28 vs. MIA
12/5 @ SD
12/12 @ JAC
12/19 vs. DEN
12/26 vs. IND
1/2 @ KC

 

 

 
 
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