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Oakland Raiders Preview & Predictions – Third in the AFC West

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The Oakland Raiders have produced ample buzz for one team that followed its initial trip for competition since 202 with 6 – 10 disastrous faceplant. The possessor of Mark Davis convinced Jon Gruden to leave Football broadcast booth of Monday Night and returned to Raiders for the second stint as the coach of Raiders.

Gruden signed a contract of $100 million for ten years to swap Jack Del Rio, whose supremacy in Oakland finished after three seasons. Gruden said that this was a great opportunity at the owners meeting of NFL in Orlando, Fla. They had a winning season in the final 15 years.

The season of 2018 will be Gruden for the Oakland Raiders. The Al Davis (late) gave the first head-coaching job to Gruden in 1998. His four seasons went 38 – 26 including 12 – 4 marks in 2000 and 10 – 6 in 2001. He directed them to playoffs between 2000 and 2001. The first season of Gruden in Tampa led him to the 48 – 21 Bucs victory against Raiders in XXXVII Super Bowl.

Prediction: Third in the AFC West

Offense

Gruden should get Derek Carr quarterback again on the track after the season of 2017. Carr was a candidate of MVP in 2016 until suffering a broken season-ending fibula in 16 weeks. He threw for almost 3,937 yards and 28 TDs, 96.7 passer rating, and six interceptions that year.

The numbers of last season dipped to almost 3,496 yards, 13 interceptions, 22 TDs, and 86.4 rating. Derek Carr missed a game after breaking the small bone in the back against Denver on 1st October.

To get back on the track, Gruden hired trouper controller Greg Olson, who spend two years with this team, including a rookie season of Carr in 2014. Gruden may use his version of West Coast offense: one must value fullbacks, dominant running game and tight ends to go with a robust passing attack.

Marshawn Lynch may expect a heavy workload than his team had last year when he came after retirement. He was playing for a team from his hometown. Lunch hurried for 13.8 carriers and 891 yards per game. In the five final games, he rushed twice for 95 yards and 101 yards and averaged yards of 5.2 per carrying. One yard is more than the 4.3 average of his career.

The Oakland Raiders poured maximum cash in the offensive line and expected a significant return from Keechi Osemele (left guard), Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson (right guard) and Donald Penn (left tackle).

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