Oakland Raiders Have Tough Road on Path to an NFL Championship

What a week, what a week.

And a disappointing one at that.

The Raiders have lost two intricate pieces of their football team: Nnamdi Asomugha and Zach Miller.

Asomugha's departure via free agency could have been stopped—all the Raiders had to do was make an offer. But they didn't, according to Asomugha.

So, that ship has sailed. The All-Pro cornerback signed with the Eagles. That was just fine and dandy for Raider Nation—all that cash would go to pro bowl tight end Zach Miller.

But it didn't. Miller cashed in with the Seattle Seahawks, earning Antonio Gates-type money.

So, now here the Raider Nation is—torn between optimism coming from the heart and pessimism coming from the brain.

Listen, the Raiders are still a 12-win team if they are well coached this year. The secondary is fine. The defense is great. The wide receivers are looking surprisingly good. The offensive line has tons of players—surely Oakland will find a solid five to start.

Kevin Boss visited with the Raiders yesterday. His signing would definitely soften the blow of losing Miller.

Hue Jackson is looking like a great head coach. Al Saunders is one of the best in the game. So is Mike Waufle. Darren McFadden looks like a guy who could surpass 2,000 yards in 2011.

Chaz Schilens is healthy. Louis Murphy is finally "getting it."

Positive things are brewing in the East Bay.

However, articles around the web that give false hope are just that—false. The Raiders still have an uphill battle. Their quarterback is still developing. The offensive line is still questionable. The receivers are young, as are the defensive backs.

And the Raiders are still (reportedly) in dire cap trouble.

This is all part of the NFL. And why I love it.

My question is: Are the Oakland Raiders up to the challenge?

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