2010 NFL Predictions: Oakland Raiders

After seven straight seasons of five or fewer wins, the Oakland Raiders finally have a reason to be optimistic. They said farewell to mega-bust JaMarcus Russell this offseason, and they brought in ex-Redskin Jason Campbell to be the guy.

Campbell gives the Raiders a huge upgrade at the quarterback position. The Raiders were in desperate need of a more accurate passer after watching Russell complete just 47.8 percent of his passes in 2009. Campbell, who is coming off a season in which he completed nearly 65 percent of his throws, gives them that.

If the defense can find a way to stop the run, Oakland has a chance to post its first winning season since 2002.


Offense: Campbell has shown improvement each year in the league, and I have no reason to think progress will halt in Oakland. He has a great work ethic, and he won't rest until he proves the doubters wrong. Last year, he threw for over 3,600 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Campbell has a great tight end to work with in Zach Miller. This guy caught 66 passes for 805 yards while playing mostly with Russell, so he could really have a big year now that Campbell is on board.

Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are two more targets Campbell will have to work with. Murphy was a huge steal in last year's draft while Heyward-Bey was perhaps the biggest bust. However, I'm not ready to count Heyward-Bey out. His biggest asset is his speed, and he was plagued by a hamstring injury last season. I'm anxious to see his world-class speed on display with healthy legs this year.

The health of Darren McFadden is also critical. He has the potential to be one of the most versatile backs in the NFL. He will combine with Michael Bush to form a solid one-two punch at the running back position.

The offensive line must perform better in 2010. Having monstrous guard Robert Gallery healthy will go a long way toward achieving...

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