Oakland Raiders 2013 Season Preview

This is a preview of the upcoming season for the Oakland Raiders. The schedule and tickets for the Oakland Raiders are included.

Last season: 4-12 (3rd in AFC West)

Vegas Over/Under: 5.5 Wins

Key Additions: QB Matt Flynn (FA), CB D.J. Hayden (UH), S Charles Woodson (FA)

Key Losses: QB Carson Palmer, DT Richard Seymour, OLB Philip Wheeler

Strength of Schedule: 29

The Oakland Raiders haven’t posted a winning season since they lost in the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. It would be considered a small miracle if that were to change this season. Former Green Bay Packers director of player personnel Reggie McKenzie was brought in 2012 to fix the mess that was left by the previous GM. It is not something that can change over night, especially when Oakland traded multiple top picks for Carson Palmer and another 3rd rounder for Terrell Pryor. Palmer isn’t even on the roster anymore and Pryor doesn’t figure to compete for the starting spot this season. The dysfunction the organization has shown the past decade is pretty baffling, but there is hope for the future.

The likely starter at quarterback this season will be former Packers and Seahawks back up Matt Flynn. He is by no means a long-term solution, but will be serviceable in a season that lacks any real expectations. Rookie Tyler Wilson will have a chance to develop and learn the offense, and potentially start a few games down the stretch as well. The weapons at these quarterbacks disposal are seriously lacking though, as Darrius Heyward-Bey and tight end Brandon Myers are both gone. The top two receivers will be Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. The Raiders do still have one of the most talented backs in the NFL in Darren McFadden. The only problem is McFadden is constantly injured, and it is starting to take a toll on his explosiveness.

Defensively the Raiders are returning only two starters from last year, defensive end Lamarr Houston and safety Tyvon Branch. Branch will be joined in the secondary by former Raider great Charles Woodson who is coming back after seven seasons in Green Bay. This will likely be Woodson’s last season as he will be 37 in October, but he will be great to have in an otherwise inexperienced secondary. Heading that group is first round pick D.J. Hayden, who has all the skills to be a great corner some day, but also suffered a serious heart injury in college that nearly cost him his life. It was a risky pick you’d expect the old regime to take, but not the new one. Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter were also brought in as free agents to man the corners. The linebacking corps are going to seriously suffer with the loss of Philip Wheeler, but Oakland hopes they found a gem in third round pick Sio Moore.

The Oakland Raiders open the season on the road against the Indianapolis Colts, but return home to the Colosseum the following week to host the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can see who wants the second overall pick more live here, or check out of the rest of the Raiders’ games through their schedule with tickets below:

Aug 97:00 PM Preseason: Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas CowboysOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $17
Aug 167:00 PM Preseason: New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland RaidersMercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA From $11
Aug 237:00 PM Preseason: Oakland Raiders vs. Chicago BearsOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $6
Aug 297:00 PM Preseason: Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland RaidersCenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA From $11
Sep 81:00 PM Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland RaidersLucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN From $50
Sep 151:25 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville JaguarsOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $24
Sep 236:40 PM Denver Broncos vs. Oakland RaidersSports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, CO From $171
Sep 291:25 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Washington RedskinsOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $40
Oct 61:25 PM Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego ChargersOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $26
Oct 1312:00 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland RaidersArrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO From $17
Oct 271:05 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Pittsburgh SteelersOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $62
Nov 31:05 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia EaglesOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $38
Nov 101:00 PM New York Giants vs. Oakland RaidersMetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ From $43
Nov 1712:00 PM Houston Texans vs. Oakland RaidersReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $31
Nov 241:05 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee TitansOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $20
Nov 283:30 PM Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland RaidersDallas Cowboy Stadium – Arlington, TX From $30
Dec 81:00 PM New York Jets vs. Oakland RaidersMetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ From $25
Dec 151:05 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City ChiefsOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $25
Dec 221:25 PM San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland RaidersQualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA From $51
Dec 291:25 PM Oakland Raiders vs. Denver BroncosOverstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA From $50

Bottom Line

The Oakland Raiders are going to have a top three pick in the 2014 draft, and Jadeveon Clowney would look great in a Raider uniform. Reggie McKenzie had to set fire to this roster before letting it grow from the ashes, and that’s exactly what he did. The under is lock if I’ve ever seen one.

The Raiders Suck

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