Whoever smashed the mirror 7 years ago must not have believed the Oakland Raiders would have such a terrible streak of bad luck.Wether it was Warren Sapp,Randy Moss,or even Al Davis himself it has taken it's toll on the Oakland Raiders.
That streak is over and since the early part of the year,The Raiders have been preparing for the season extensively.There was a 100% participation at voluntary workouts.Many veterans coming in even before that.DHB and Nnamdi working to improve.Bruce Gradkowski perfecting his craft to name a few.
The draft was another area that was improved and it will immediately help this team this year.Three rookie that were drafted will be in the starting lineup.Those include: Rolando McClain,Lamarr Houston,and Jared Veldheer.I cannot recall a time when the Raiders had that many rookies starting.Regardless,it will help this team alot.
In camp,Tom Cable handed out t-shirt that said,"1-0 that's the theory".Meaning,he wants to win this first game to start the season.This will help with the teams confidence and set the tone for a great season of football.
This first game against Tennessee will have so much importance.They need to stop the league best running back who claims he's better than Adrian Peterson.Chris was no short of words when he claimed his "style" keeps him from taking hard hits.Chris also set a goal for 2,500 yards this year and it has never been done after posting a 2,000 yard season.
The Raiders defense has been improved and upgraded after a terrible season last year.The LB corp has been replaced and brought in is more beef on the D line.Richard Seymour,"Big" John Henderson,Lamarr Houston,Tommy Kelly will ready to take on this task of stopping the best RB in the league.
I look forward to this match up between the big talking of Chris Johnson and the Raiders D!I'm tired of the media thinking the Raiders are a terrible team and dysfunctional franchise.It all starts with this game.I think The Raiders do have what it takes to make the playoffs.Many don't think so.Some are jumping on the bandwagon.
The Oakland Raiders are going to "shock" the league this year and it all starts with this first game.The key will be stacking the box and forcing Vince Young to pass.We will also have to watch out for the screens and put pressure on Young right out of the gate.
I don't know about you Raider Nation,but I am excited and ready to tell the rest of the "Hater nation",I told you so!
The Raiders streak of "Bad Luck" is OVER!