Oakland Raiders: 5 Reasons Carson Palmer Will Lead Oakland to the Postseason

As opening day lingers in the minds of football fans everywhere, followers of the Silver and Black are about to witness the team's best shot at a playoff bid in nearly a decade.

Despite a 3-0 shutout in the team's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, the Oakland Raiders saw some impressive plays from Darren McFadden, and an early momentum-killing interception by Carson Palmer.

Though Palmer was limited in the game against Dallas, the former Heisman Trophy winner still has a few weeks to improve his game before Oakland takes on San Diego on Monday Night Football on Sept. 10.

After trading a first-round pick and a 2013 second-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Palmer, the Raiders brought in the most talented quarterback they've had since the early 2000s.

He's great at throwing the deep ball, something that late owner Al Davis thrived on when he was in control of the team.

With a talented, big-body quarterback running the offense in Oakland, the time is now for the Silver and Black to finally get back to the destination they've chased after for so long: the playoffs.

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