Oakland Raiders 2017 NFL Preview
The Oakland Raiders are back, and are hoping to be title contenders this season. Last year everything was going perfect until week 16. Derek Carr went down with a broken leg and their super bowl hopes went down with it.
This offence has a lot of playmakers like Amari Cooper, Micheal Crabtree, Jared Cook, and a top 5 offensive line. Added to that elite offence is BEAST MODE Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. The key to this groups success will still have to be with Derek Carr. If Derek Carr stays healthy they will be a top offence. Another big concern for the raiders is their star LT Donald Penn who is holding out on his contract because he is vastly underpaid, the raiders need to lock him up in a hurry because this could linger on late into training camp and affect the moral of this team.
Now this defence!! They have one the best players in the league with Khalil Mack, very good pass rusher in Bruce Irvin and have a solid young DE in Mario Edwards. Last year they ranked close to the bottom in most passing statistics. They over paid for CB Sean Smith (9 million per year), who in training camp is getting 2nd unit reps. This unit was carried by its offence last year and, will most likely be carried by it again. To improve their secondary they added Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonu who I think will both be studs but won’t help them at the moment. To improve their atrocious MLB core they added below average LB Jelani Jenkins. Now with all this being said they have guys who if they play to their potential, could be great. Now imagine having this loaded offence and this defence play to their potential! Now that’s scary.
Derek Carr will struggle to get to a great start but this run game will win them games. The defence will be improved from last year but will still be an average group. By the end of the season I think Derek Carr will catch fire and lead them to 1st in the loaded AFC West. But I still think they will not be able to compete with the Patriots and Steelers.