The Raiders May Be Better Than People Think

The Oakland Raiders are an interesting team. Dominant in the earlier part of the decade thanks to players like Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, Charlie Garner, and Tim Brown, the Raiders have struggled mightily over the past few years, attempting to rebuild, and encountering many problems along the way.

Various experiments, like the Randy Moss, Lamont Jordan, and Daunte Culpepper experiments, have been failures. While there’s been a strong pass defense in Oakland over the past few seasons, that’s been nearly it, as the team has a very hard time scoring.

With some first round draft picks over the past few years, some newufabetดีมั้ย hope may be coming to fruition in Oakland. Standout draft picks Darren McFadden and JaMarcus Russell have both shown signs of improvement in the 2009 season, especially in Russell’s case.

Russell hasn’t exactly been great, but he’s been efficient enough to let the defense and the rest of the team do its job.

With a near victory over the Chargers in week 1, Raiders fans had something to cheer for, for the first time in years. The team then traveled to Kansas City in week 2 to face the Chiefs.

It’s no secret that the Chiefs aren’t seen as one of the better teams in the NFL, but they were still favored to defeat the Raiders in this game. The Raiders, however, played some efficient football (especially defensively against new Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel), and ended up with a 13-10 win.

I don’t know the last time the Raiders were 1-1 to start the season, but there have probably been more 0-2 starts than 1-1 starts in recent years. They have to be happy with the outcomes of the first two games.