Are the Oakland Raiders Now Real Contenders with Carson Palmer at Helm?

Carson Palmer is the man in charge of the Oakland Raiders offense and has put them in a position to succeed. But the path there wasn't easy.

The Oakland Raiders (6-4) seemed to be in a pretty good position after Week 5 of the 2011 season with a 3-2 record.

But in a Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Raiders plans seemed to get derailed when starting quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a broken collarbone.

But almost immediately after, head coach Hue Jackson and the Raiders turned around and made one of the most shocking trades in recent NFL history: trading a first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Palmer hadn't played since the end of the 2010 season and came into Oakland very raw. He was thrown into the fire and the Raiders lost their first two games with Palmer. But now they sit atop the AFC West after winning their past two games.

Has Palmer made the Raiders the real deal? Are the Silver and Black actually back? Let's find out.

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