Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad head coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders watches the game from the sidelines during the first quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

How Many Games Will the Raiders Win Next Season?


Coming off a disappointing 4-12 season, head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie were aware of the fact that the Oakland Raiders need to be rebuilt. Several acquisitions were made this offseason before the draft targeting the struggling defense for the past few years. Oakland decided to release quarterback Carson Palmer not too long ago as well and brought in Matt Flynn to take his position.

With virtually a whole new defense, a young, promising quarterback, the Oakland Raiders look to have a solid season next year. On top of all these spectacular acquisitions, the Raiders have the third overall pick in the draft. Whether Oakland will decide to trade down and receive two picks or take the third overall is a question that remains up in the air, but McKenzie knows he’s in good hands.

The Raiders have a fairly tough schedule next season, certainly no room for awful play. The AFC West has started to become a good division with teams like Denver, San Diego, Kansas City with the acquisition of Alex Smith, and then the Oakland Raiders. As always, Oakland will have to face each of those teams in their division twice, which will be a divisional battle. Denver is arguably one of the best teams in the league, San Diego can get it going as they have a solid quarterback, and Kansas City might come out with some fire power next season with all the new acquisitions they’ve made.

The teams Oakland will face outside of their division are the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, and the Houston Texans.

Now that my friends is incredibly difficult. Three of those teams were in the postseason last year, but do not let that fool you. Philadelphia had an awful season, however they still have Michael Vick and a bunch of other explosive players who can run you off the field. The Dallas Cowboys recently signed quarterback Tony Romo to a huge extension, and they have a handful of players who can make outstanding plays. Lastly, the Pittsburgh Steelers are typically a playoff team every year. Last year was the first season they did not make the playoffs in a while. They are one of the classiest and toughest organizations under a phenomenal head coach Mike Tomlin.

I believe the Raiders can win at least seven games next season, potentially around eight or nine. If Oakland does not show signs of improvement expect head coach Dennis Allen to get the boot early. Oakland needs to show signs of significant improvement from the get go and continue solid play throughout the season. With all the new players McKenzie has brought in plus the draftees coming soon, I can’t see Oakland losing more than nine games.

 

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  • Pridenpoise

    Once again we have a dreamer, I love the Raiders as much as anybody that posts in here if not more. Why don’t people see that this team is in year one of a complete rebuild. We will be lucky to win 5 games this season. I really hope that Flynn is going to be decent, lets face he has done nothing, lets stop talking about his 2 starts, big deal it was 2 starts 1 against a crummy Detroit team. So I say be patient we have been waiting 10 years, it’s going to be a tough year but things are going to get better. And next year is when we can really expect to see some big improvements.

    • GUMP

      I tend to agree with you. As much as I would love to see this team be competitive I just don’t see it. I think they will beat KC and Sandiego at home and pull off wins over Jacksonville, Phili and the jets. But I could see them losing three of those games also. I will be content with a 5 win season and progress shown by the young players and hope that in ’14 they can go 8-8.

      • Pridenpoise

        That’s what I am saying, even if there not winning games, as long as we are competitive and improving every week, that’s what I’m looking for, and if we get some wins along the way that’s great to.

  • Pauly

    Snap out of it man we are not going anywhere this year 2014 here we come

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.stapleman.7 TracyJon Stapleman

    Shut up Pauly. The McKenzie machine is rolling. We have a tough schedule, but if we draft smart and play hard we could be in for some pleasant surprises! I sure would like to see Shariff Floyd lay a nice SACK on Manning!

    • bronncohowie

      The closest your team will get to Manning is in the parking lot.

      • Pridenpoise

        We might not be going anywhere this year but sure as shit Denver can be counted on to choke again in the playoffs. Lol. That has to be one of the biggest choke jobs I’ve ever seen, so if I was you Bronco Howie i would worry about what team is going to knock off the donkeys this season. Worry about that fragile neck of Mannings, hes not getting any younger.

  • bronncohowie

    the article is a joke ! 7 wins ? Based on what ? Flynn was beat out by a rookie qb in Seattle, their receivers are a joke and McFadden won’t last more than 4 games. Their defense is questionable at best with most of their starters gone. How this moron thinks they can win 7 games is beyond me !! They might beat Jacksonville, that’s about all !!!

  • Pauly

    TracyJon You said it McKenzie Not Allen He’s a bum He did come from Denver And yes if we can get a nice sack and break his little neck Denver won’t be s&%* without him