Oakland Raiders: Playoff Hopes Falling, Franchise Heading in Right Direction

The Oakland Raiders lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, making their playoff hopes very slim.

The Raiders are now 6-7 and need to win their final three games and get some help from the Chargers and Chiefs to win the AFC West.

While it is still possible, it doesn't seem very likely.

Although, Raider Nation should be proud of this Raiders team.

A wise man (Terrell White) told me before the season, that this would be the Raiders' "Jump Off" year: The year where they become more competitive and set themselves up for success next season.

Oakland has accomplished many things this season that fans haven't seen in quite sometime.

Streaks have ended and some have begun, but more importantly the Raiders have mattered towards the end of the season for the first time since 2002.

Teams that go seven years straight of losing 11 games or more don't just magically walk into the playoffs to end that streak. 

The Raiders as a franchise are heading in the right direction. This team is loaded with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. 

There are key players on the roster who weren't even alive when the Raiders won their last Super Bowl. 

Jason Campbell looks as if he is growing into his role as a starter, and Darren McFadden looks like a superstar. Michael Bush, Louis Murphy and Zach Miller are also solid contributors to the offense.

The defense gives up big plays, but will get better, as they have a lot of youth in Rolando McClain, Matt Shaughnessy, Lamarr Houston, Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell and company.

The Raiders' defense is also filled with savvy veterans, and their special teams are solid in the kicking and return game, with Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler and Jacoby Ford providing a solid unit.

This is a team that doesn't need to change much in the off season. They look promising on...

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