Oakland Raiders Week 2: 5 Keys to Victory

After Oakland's ugly 22-14 loss to the Chargers on Monday night, the reaction was swift, and as expected, negative. Although the Raiders did some really good things, particularly on run defense, the reality was their loss was most due to self-destruction.

Three special teams blunders, a fumble on the opening drive deep in San Diego territory and a pair of third-down penalties by Tommy Kelly all contributed to points for the Chargers or no points for the Raiders.

Now, the Raiders head down to Miami for a suddenly huge road game against the Dolphins. With the Steelers and Broncos looming and having seen Miami get hammered 30-10 in Houston, this becomes a very critical game early in the season. The specter of an 0-4 start is not something the new regime of Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen want to face this early in their remodeling of the Raiders. 

So with that, here are five keys to the Raiders getting their first win of the 2012 NFL season.

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