Oakland Raiders: 7 Bold Expectations for the Silver and Black

Two straight seasons at 8-8 for the Oakland Raiders, but with a new general manager and head coach in town the team looks to cross the .500 line and head to the playoffs.

With the death of owner Al Davis comes great change, and GM Reggie McKenzie started that out quickly. He fired last year's head coach, Hue Jackson, and hired a young man named Dennis Allen, formerly the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator.

Then McKenzie cut No. 1 cornerback Stanford Routt, showing that he planned to make a splash—for the better.

Several items need to line up for the Raiders to be successful in 2012, starting with McKenzie but not stopping there.

Here are seven expectations, albeit bold, for the Oakland Raiders this season to get wins on the board and fans cheering in the Black Hole

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