Oakland Raiders: Keys To Victory Over The Cincinnati Bengals

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August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs with the football during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Rams 18-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Utilize ALL of the New Offensive Weaponry

Oakland spent a considerable amount of time, energy, and money retooling an offense that was just this side of historically terrible last season. And on paper, the Oakland offense looks like a force to be reckoned with.

Having acquired the services of former San Francisco 49ers wideout, Michael Crabtree to join rookie phenom Amari Cooper, and then adding them to a receivers group that includes Rod Streater, Brice Butler, Andre Holmes, and Seth Roberts – who has been a revelation over the course of the preseason – the Raiders have assembled a very formidable receivers group.

They also added Roy Helu, who can be a nightmare coming out of the backfield to catch passes and take them upfield, moved speedster Taiwan Jones back to tailback, and of course, Oakland still has Mr. Everything, Marcel Reece, who can do it all.

The Raiders’ offensive attack is also going to feature a double headed beast of pass catching tight ends in Mychal Rivera and Clive Walford.

With these weapons being worked into the offensive system, and while the team worked the kinks out, the Raiders managed to have the fifth best passing attack in the NFL over the course of the preseason, clocking in with 245 yards per game.

If the Raiders can get their ground game moving – and it is critical that they do – they have a very good shot at being one of the best, most potent offenses in the league this season. They have a variety of different weapons that other teams will have to plan for, and they will need to use them all.

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