The Oakland Raiders have won just 11 games the last three years, including just 3 last year and the prospects of them turning it around this year are not all that great this year, even though their win total has been set at 5.5 (O -115). Vegas odds have the Raiders at +2000 to win the AFC West, +5500 to win the AFC Title and +10000 to win Superbowl 50. A preview of the Oakland Raiders along with their 2015 Schedule are below.
Last year the Raiders offense was ranked 31st in scoring, at 15.8 ppg, while also ranking 32nd in total yards (282.2 ypg), 26th in passing (204.7 ypg) and 32nd in rushing (77.5 ypg). This has been one bad offense for a few years now, but they do have a shot at being much improved, especially with the addition of Bill Musgrave as the OC. Derek Carr is the starting QB and he does have the talent succeed at this level, but he needs some weapons to do that and the Raiders addressed this need by getting Amari Cooper with their 1st pick in the Draft. Amari is a true #1 receiver and will team with Michael Crabtree to give Carr the weapons he needs to make this offense go. The Raiders still need a running game to complement their passing game and it looks to be in the hands of Latavius Murray, who started the last 3 games last year. Behind him is Trent Richardson, who has not been good at all the last 2 years, but maybe a move to Oakland will help him. The OL did not have a good season last year and im not sure they are improved this year. They did pass block well, but were very poor in run blocking as the Raider were last in the league in rushing. This should be a vastly improved offense.
Defensively the Raiders ranked 32nd in points allowed (28.2 ppg), 21st in yards allowed (357.6 ypg), 16th vs the pass (238.1 ypg) and 22nd vs the run (119.4 ypg). The defense also had many issues last year, but they do have a new head coach in Jack Del Rio, who is a defensive minded coach, plus a new defensive coordinator in Ken Norton Jr. These guys will get this defense in shape, but first they need some quality players and this is lacking many on this side of the ball. The linebacking corps is led by Khalil Mack, who had a very good rookie year last year. Sio Moore, struggled last year, but was injured and should be at full strength this year. The Raiders also used their 4th, 5th and 6th picks in the draft to bolster their LB Corps. This is a deep unit and is the strength of this defense. The DL was no that good last year, but was upgrade some with 2nd round pick Mario Edwards and the addition of Dan Williams through free agency. They should at least be stingier vs the run this year. The secondary is aging and wasn't very good last year. Charles Woodson is the leader of this group, but his is 39 years old and may not have a whole lot left. Nate Allen was brought in at safety, but he is a below average player. The Raiders didn't really bring in any other help for this unit. Overall I do see improvement from this defense.
The Raiders have a long way to go before they get back to respectability, but they may have hired the right guy in Del Rio to get the job down. Still it will not be an overnight fix as they are at least 2 or 3 years away from contending for a play off spot. The offense should be improve as Carr has a year under his belt and the Raiders have given him some weapons to play with. The running game should be much better, but still they need help from a below average OL. The defense was really bad last year but they have added some very nice pieces the last couple of years and that should really start to pay off once Del Rio and Norton Jr put their stamp on this unit. The Raiders are improved on both sides of the ball, but they do have a rather tough schedule and are going through yet another coaching change for me to think they can put 6 wins on the board. I see them at 5 or less which keeps them below their posted win total.
Info Gathered From Scout.com & Athlon Sports
2015 Oakland Raiders Schedule
Sept. 13 Cincinnati Bengals, 4:25
Sept. 20 Baltimore Ravens, 4:05
Sept. 27 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Oct. 4 at Chicago Bears, 1
Oct. 11 Denver Broncos, 4:25
Oct. 18 BYE
Oct. 25 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05
Nov. 1 New York Jets, 4:05
Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Nov. 15 Minnesota Vikings, 4:05
Nov. 22 at Detroit Lions, 1
Nov. 29 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Dec. 6 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05
Dec. 13 at Denver Broncos, 4:05
Dec. 20 Green Bay Packers, 4:05
Dec. 24 San Diego Chargers (Thu), 8:25
Jan. 3 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1
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