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Preseason Power Rankings No. 32: Oakland Raiders

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In the best-case scenario, the 2014 Raiders prove engineered to win now.

In the worst-case scenario, they are a collection of yesterday’s news.

The Raiders shook up their roster in free agency, signing at least a half-dozen players who figure as starters. They traded for Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, who comes off his worst season but helped lead Houston to a wild-card win in each of the previous two campaigns.

That is the thing about the Raiders — the résumés of the assembled talent look quite good. Schaub has made two Pro Bowls, and free agent additions Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Tuck, Donald Penn, Carlos Rogers, Antonio Smith and LaMarr Woodley have combined nine Pro Bowl nods to their credit, per Pro Football Reference records.

However, of those seven players, the 29-year-old Jones-Drew is the youngest — and he gained a mere 3.4 yards per carry a season ago. Schaub, Tuck, Penn, Rogers and Smith are all 30 or older, and Woodley turns 30 in November.

The Raiders had salary-cap space to use this offseason, and they did not lack for needs. And let there be no doubt: the Raiders’ depth chart is better for all that spending. But will it be enough for Oakland to close the gap on its AFC West rivals, all of whom made the postseason in 2013?

Strengths.

The Raiders’ rushing attack should be a strength, just like it was in 2013. Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden can share the workload in the backfield, and this might be the way to keep both fresh and effective for 16 games. Versatile fullback Marcel Reece can catch, rush and block.

The defensive front seven looks solid. New starting ends Woodley and Tuck are accomplished edge rushers, and Tuck can kick inside in passing situations, too. Smith provides a stout and disruptive presence at defensive tackle opposite of Pat Sims, the lone holdover starter along the line. Rookie Khalil Mack has the talent to be a difference-maker right off the bat at strong-side linebacker — and he adds a needed dose of youth to an older club, as does second-year weak-side linebacker Sio Moore. The Raiders might be as deep at linebacker as they are at any other position.

Keep an eye on the Raiders’ receiving corps. Ex-Packer James Jones is an ideal addition to this young group; tough, dependable and productive, he can be a tone-setter. And there’s a good deal of intriguing talent beyond Jones, with Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes all having playmaking ability.

Weaknesses.

While the Raiders traded for Schaub and drafted a signal-caller in Round Two (Derek Carr), they might still be unsettled at quarterback. If Schaub’s 2013 struggles were no fluke, and if Carr isn’t ready for NFL play, the Raiders could be in trouble — big trouble. And let’s be frank: even if Schaub or Carr proves just OK as a starter, the Raiders’ quarterback play will lag behind that of division rivals Denver and San Diego — and perhaps Kansas City as well.

The Raiders’ secondary also looks a little shaky. The club lacks a real standout cornerback. The progress of second-year pro D.J. Hayden bears watching. If he can stay on the field and pick up his play, he’ll give Oakland someone to build around now and in the future.

Finally, we must mention the lingering concern about the age of some of the Raiders’ key contributors, as well as the wear-and-tear some of Oakland’s core players have endured. For instance, Woodley — whom the Raiders are counting upon at defensive end — has missed a combined 14 games in the last three seasons. Moreover, McFadden’s durability woes are no secret, and Jones-Drew has more than 2,000 career touches to his credit.

Changes.

The Raiders have replaced their leading passer (Terrelle Pryor), rusher (Rashad Jennings) and left tackle (Jared Veldheer). Penn, an above-average left tackle at his best with Tampa Bay, will take over for Veldheer, who signed with Arizona.

Penn’s addition is just one of several changes along the offensive line, which could have new starters at 4-of-5 spots. Ex-Jet Austin Howard could get the call at right guard, with rookie Gabe Jackson among the options at left guard. Ex-Giant Kevin Boothe could also be in the mix at guard. Second-year pro Menelik Watson, a 2013 second-round pick, looks to have a shot at right tackle.

The Raiders’ additions of Woodley, Tuck and Mack were the headline-grabbing moves on defense, but the signings of ex-49ers cornerbacks Rogers and Tarell Brown are also notable. Rogers and Brown will help replace departed starting corners Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, who left in free agency.

Camp battles.

Carr should push Schaub, who tossed 14 picks in 10 games in 2013. The Raiders have to hope competition makes both better for the experience. If Schaub looks a little shaky and Carr is a quick study, the Raiders — a team built for today, not tomorrow — are going to have an interesting decision to make.

The Raiders could also have some competition at left guard, right tackle and cornerback.

Prospects. 

The Raiders have collected some skilled, proud players who all have something to prove. If Schaub, Jones-Drew, Tuck and Co. all find their best form, the Raiders could be significantly improved over a season ago — certainly better than the NFL’s 32nd-best club. But to make a run, the Raiders are going to need to get more than their share of breaks, especially in the turnover and health departments. Schaub must take care of the ball, and the starters need to stay in the lineup.

The Raiders must make the most of a favorable early schedule. Four of Oakland’s first six games are home, and the Raiders face just two 2013 playoff teams (New England, San Diego) in their first seven games.

Oakland just cannot afford a slow start. In their final nine games, the Raiders face the Seahawks, 49ers, Chargers and Rams once and the Broncos and Chiefs twice. If the Raiders can’t get into gear right out of the gate, the season could snowball on them, which could prove problematic for head coach Dennis Allen and G.M. Reggie McKenzie.

Here’s the good news: the Raiders have a puncher’s chance in the AFC, the weaker of the two conferences. Here’s the bad news: given their schedule, age and division, the Raiders may be the most vulnerable club in their conference. Their ceiling just doesn’t seem that high, even after they spent all that money in the offseason.

But their floor?

Oh, man.

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120 Responses to “Preseason Power Rankings No. 32: Oakland Raiders”
  1. bassplucker says: Jul 7, 2014 9:44 AM

    How does the No. 32 ranking not belong to the Browns? They haven’t done anything right this offseason.

  2. flaccoishermanmunster says: Jul 7, 2014 9:47 AM

    brownies should be #33

  3. billswillnevermove says: Jul 7, 2014 9:50 AM

    This is JoeToronto’s team………..they belong in Canada with the Maple Laughs. The Bills will move to Toronto when the Maple Laughs win the Cup, which is never.

  4. tooz72 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:50 AM

    Raiders are going to shock everyone..9-7 or 10-6 and then you’ll all be hanging on their nuts saying you knew all along they were going to surprise..FU

  5. greglloydrules says: Jul 7, 2014 9:55 AM

    By the end of the season, this spot will belong to the Baltimore Ravens

  6. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 7, 2014 9:59 AM

    Kind of a surprise that the Raiders are ranked 32 and not the Jaguars. Sure they acquired some aging veterans but their run game and defensive front seven will be better than last year. The one thing that could expose them is the fact that they play I believe one of the most difficult schedules this year.

  7. r502 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:00 AM

    Lazy projection. Oakland will be a win some lose some team, not great but some weeks will beat a team they are not supposed to. To rank them last looks only at their recent track record and nothing else.
    7-9 or 8-8 looks about right. They will beat KC twice.

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 7, 2014 10:03 AM

    I hate the Raiders, and even I have to ask: Given all the terrible teams in the NFL, how in the world do you pick them as the bottom of the barrel?

  9. atthemurph says: Jul 7, 2014 10:13 AM

    I’d think the worst team in the league would be the one with the worst defense in the league and the worst QB?

    That would be the Minnesota Vikings.

  10. realnflmaster says: Jul 7, 2014 10:14 AM

    Should be the bills. What a dumpster that franchise is. At least the Raiders made great signings.

  11. bert1913 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:15 AM

    i predict that this prediction will be wrong

  12. patriots123456 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:15 AM

    The good thing about being ranked #32, there is no place to go but UP….

  13. faithful209er says: Jul 7, 2014 10:16 AM

    Really, I thought the Raiders would be 33 or 34. Don’t the Montreal Alouettes or Winnipeg Blue Bombers deserve to be ahead of them?

    (That was a joke.)

  14. raiderhatersdieofaids says: Jul 7, 2014 10:17 AM

    What a joke of a ranking, they weren’t the worst team in the NFL at all last year and you’d have to be blind to say the Raiders didn’t get better at every position on the field. Raiders had second half leads against Indy, Washington, Kansas City, NY Giants, Tennessee, and Dallas that they blew – they really weren’t that far off from 7 or 8 wins last year and improved their roster top to bottom.

  15. nflgiant says: Jul 7, 2014 10:18 AM

    Raiders will finish 8-8 at best………5-11 at worst……

  16. u4iadman says: Jul 7, 2014 10:19 AM

    Very lazy pick, same as last year and you were wrong then too.

  17. moeman79 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:26 AM

    Raiders always seem to be 2-3 years away from having a team, every year.

  18. tvjules says: Jul 7, 2014 10:28 AM

    This spot belongs to the Texans. They have no offense.

  19. joeytorontosucks says: Jul 7, 2014 10:30 AM

    Don’t see the Raiders being the worst or even ranked the worst. Jags/Browns/Vikings?

  20. dawsonleery says: Jul 7, 2014 10:33 AM

    Raiders look like a 5 to 8 win type team. I say they pick around 9th overall. Definitely not the worst.

  21. tinbender2000 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:33 AM

    The Raiders didn’t finish 2013 as the last place team in the NFL, not even close. Now they’re worse? Get off the crack pipe gentlemen.

  22. r8rsfan says: Jul 7, 2014 10:38 AM

    That’s bulletin board material right there. Thanks!

  23. bullcharger says: Jul 7, 2014 10:50 AM

    “Here’s the good news: the Raiders have a puncher’s chance in the AFC, the weaker of the two conferences.”

    ————————-

    The balance of power shifted toward the NFC from 2007 to today, with the Steelers and Ravens stealing 2 Super Bowls against teams that were probably better then them, but the rest going to NFC teams.

    Last year though, the conferences were pretty even if you go look at the numbers. The good teams in the AFC beat up on the NFC divisions and the good NFC teams beat up on the AFC divisions.

    You can argue that the Seahawks and possibly the 49ers were at the top, making the 2 best teams in the NFC, but beyond that you could argue that the Denver, Indy, NE and KC were the next best 4 teams, with maybe Carolina in the mix.

    The NFC East really took a step back last year and the NFC South did too with the Exception of Carolina. The NFC North, especially with Rodgers hurt much of the season, was not very good at all (Chicago’s receivers are special, but their QB isn’t). So that leaves the NFC West, which has the 2 best teams in the league and 2 teams that are getting better fast.

    I think I would argue that the 2 conferences are pretty equal right not with the exception of the 2 top teams.

  24. redislander10 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:52 AM

    r502 says: “They will beat KC twice.”

    I would be willing to bet my entire life savings
    that you are dead wrong on that assumption.

  25. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jul 7, 2014 10:52 AM

    Raiders have had bulletin board material for 35 years! Hasn’t helped!

  26. invizibleskull says: Jul 7, 2014 10:53 AM

    “Started from the bottom now the whole team here, started from the bottom now were here….”

  27. misterpositivity says: Jul 7, 2014 10:57 AM

    Things can only get better for the Raiders, and Raider-Nation!

  28. 4grammarpolice says: Jul 7, 2014 10:57 AM

    The best wide receiver in Oakland is Jeff Samardzija.

  29. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 7, 2014 10:57 AM

    Better candidates for #32: Browns or Jaguars.

  30. raiderrob21 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:59 AM

    Power rankings mean nothing. However, i cant agree that the Raiders will be the worst team in the NFL, even with the leagues toughest schedule.

  31. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 7, 2014 10:59 AM

    more like Joakland, right? haha

  32. sbchampsagain says: Jul 7, 2014 11:00 AM

    Lamar Woodley has a much better chance of winning a SB ring in Oakland than Pittsburgh.

  33. nyking1963 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:03 AM

    On paper they certainly look to be amongst the worst in the league, but since when in the NFL does anything go according to plan?

  34. Ben Jackson says: Jul 7, 2014 11:04 AM

    I dunno. I’ve got a good feeling about the Jets. I predict that this is the year that will make the Jets three remaining fans pine for the butt fumble, and obnoxious Fireman Ed wear a Giants jersey.

  35. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 7, 2014 11:06 AM

    Browns will be the worst 2-14 best case scenario. They will give 0-16 a serious run for its money. No WR, defenses will put 7-8 in the box and say try and beat us with your horrible WRs.

    Great effort passing on Sammy Watkins Farmer. You and rock head Pettine have no idea what you are doing.

    Watched replay of the Towson v North Dakota St game this past weekend. Nice draft pick of West too. I swear North Dakota state didn’t have a guy on their defense over 240 lbs and dude still couldn’t get 100 yards. The Factory of Sadness is fully stocked for 2014

  36. 80sbroncofan says: Jul 7, 2014 11:07 AM

    Current Oakland Raiders team would be a great team with all the free agent signings they made. If it was the year 2009. They are all over the hill in football years.

  37. raiderfanwithclass says: Jul 7, 2014 11:16 AM

    PFT is garbage. I will now seek NFL updates on other sites. To say the Raiders are at 32 is proof this is a hater site. The could yes could have won 3 to 4 more games last year with a much less talented roster. Not saying the Raiders are going to the SB but they have improved their roster a ton. Bye bye PFT you dumba$$es

  38. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jul 7, 2014 11:19 AM

    How is green bay #4. What a joke. I guarantee that they don’t even make the playoffs.

  39. pete5867 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:23 AM

    Proud day for Minnesota.

  40. cruzer1996 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:23 AM

    I thought the Raiders had an excellent draft. They should be in much better shape in a couple of years. They need to draft some OL, and eventually restock their offensive skillset. They have some nice defensive players.

  41. racerx1225 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:25 AM

    However, of those seven players, the 29-year-old Jones-Drew is the youngest — and he gained a mere 3.4 yards per carry a season ago. Schaub, Tuck, Penn, Rogers and Smith are all 30 or older, and Woodley turns 30 in November.
    ===============================

    I guess it fits the diatribe that you left Howard out of this statement? lol

    A$$wipe.

  42. racerx1225 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:26 AM

    Whatever you say is pure conjecture. Mack, Jackson and Ellis are gonna be impact players from day 1.

    Haters gonna hate. lol

  43. racerx1225 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:26 AM

    Mike Wilkening, turn in your pen, you’re fired.

  44. pftfan says: Jul 7, 2014 11:36 AM

    I’m not an Oakland fan, but I LOVED their draft approach of taking an elite talent Khalil Mack with the first, then going for QB with Derek Carr (a first-round talent who fell because of his brother’s flame out).

    The Browns took the opposite approach of the Raiders trading down from an elite talent (Watkins) to take a guy who was questionably in the top two at his position (Gilbert), then the ultimate head scratcher of selecting a QB like Manziel (over a better CB like Dennard or WR help for Watkins like Benjamin or Lee, or a much more polished QB like Carr).

  45. r8dernation says: Jul 7, 2014 11:47 AM

    To whomever wrote this article….Hate much?

  46. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 7, 2014 11:51 AM

    Lamar Woodley has a much better chance of winning a SB ring in Oakland than Pittsburgh.

    Too bad he already won a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh in the 2008 season and lost another in Pittsburgh in the 2010 season.

  47. poewing says: Jul 7, 2014 11:55 AM

    If 3 time Superbowl winner Tony Sparano stitches together this massive garbage truck mid 90’s frankenstein offensive line, we will terrorize the village. AFC defences are built for Peyton Manning and Tom Brady with light in the trunk linebackers, press at the line corners and DE’s that never saw a guard pull. We’ll play offense like the princeton basketball team.

  48. staffordsmechanic says: Jul 7, 2014 11:56 AM

    Isn’t 32 a little high for the Raiders?

  49. hehateme2 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:59 AM

    raiderfanwithclass says:
    Jul 7, 2014 11:16 AM

    Isn’t that an oxy moron?

  50. Silver and Black attack says: Jul 7, 2014 12:06 PM

    The schedule is a big deal, I give you that, but 32? LMAO. The Texans won 2 games last year (and Schaub won those) and now they don’t even have a QB and they project the Raiders as no. 32…How funny. I guess we will just take our preseason medicine like big boys and just try to prove some people wrong when the season starts.

  51. justjack822 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:07 PM

    Donald Penn is not replacing Jared Veldheer. Veldheer didn’t play last year.

    Be smart.

  52. 9erandraiderfan says: Jul 7, 2014 12:07 PM

    Don’t fret Nation, they do this every year. I think they would label us the #32 team even if we came off an 8-8 year. The truth is, the media is biased, they root for the Raiders to suck. A bright side to the Raiders this coming season is that last season they were reasonably talented with 65million dollars in salary cap being paid to players that were not on the field. 50million of that has been spent to bring in veteran leadership to the team and they’re also coming off a solid draft. I’m by no means saying they will be a Super Bowl contender, but I think that there are teams that have not progressed as much as the Raider have this off-season that will line the bottom.

  53. jayniner says: Jul 7, 2014 12:07 PM

    The Jags aren’t 32? Really?

  54. Silver and Black attack says: Jul 7, 2014 12:08 PM

    “What a joke of a ranking, they weren’t the worst team in the NFL at all last year and you’d have to be blind to say the Raiders didn’t get better at every position on the field. Raiders had second half leads against Indy, Washington, Kansas City, NY Giants, Tennessee, and Dallas that they blew – they really weren’t that far off from 7 or 8 wins last year and improved their roster top to bottom.”

    Preach on bother!!

  55. hodous says: Jul 7, 2014 12:08 PM

    Should be the Vikings for sure… And I hate the raiders

  56. demolition510 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:10 PM

    I was going to write a big piece of why you are wrong. Then I realized its your opinion. Like all projections, it doesn’t mean much. Only see I told you so when you are close and dusted under the rug when you are way off.

    *Mental note to self, ignore authors future opinions.

  57. racerx1225 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:11 PM

    Best draft in the NFL, best offseason FA too. Haters will be sucking it this year.

    Mack was the best player in the draft and Carr the best QB. Raiders hit paydirt!!!!!

  58. sportsfan18 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:12 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Jul 7, 2014 9:44 AM
    How does the No. 32 ranking not belong to the Browns? They haven’t done anything right this offseason.

    Report comment

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    because it isn’t just about this off season.

    the Browns have a pretty decent defense.

    the Browns have a pretty good offensive line.

    both of those areas I just mentioned are high enough up that the team as a whole cannot be ranked #32.

    Jags should be below the Browns too.

    Browns at 30.

  59. emoney826 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:13 PM

    How are the vikings, who will be lucky to win 3 games this year, not worse than the raiders? This ranking is already wrong and it’s only the first story.

  60. oakfan23 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:17 PM

    32!?!? C’MON…..haha. How is Oakland 32? haha. Im not saying they’re a playoff team, but 32?!?! crazy

  61. jmc8888 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:17 PM

    The problem with the raiders current roster is that it is filled with a lot of people who are injury prone, and/or coming off horrible years.

    They have a ton of them. They signed/re-signed a bunch of them.

    In the NFL, most teams are trying to sign under 30 guys who can still grow. The Raiders signed a bunch of over 30 on the decline whom they hope will have rebound years. The problem is, while maybe 1 or 2 could, they need them all to, and that simply isn’t going to happen.

    McKenzie overpaid like a drunken sailor for crap, and it’s going to cost him his job. Just remember the guard they signed as a tackle whom they then voided, subsequently signed a contract for a bit more then half of what the Raiders gave him.

    They like to think they signed ~11 starters…but they didn’t. They signed 11 guys who will most likely start on THEIR team, but most of these guys wouldn’t start elsewhere. Many bad teams have backups as starters, and that’s why they are bad.

    Could Schaub rebound? It’s possible. Kurt Warner went through some horrible stretches with the Rams, and later rebounded. But no one has ever compared Schaub to Warner and kept a straight face.

    Plus it’s rare. Even if 1/10 QB’s or something like that can turn it around, most indeed do not.

    I do see this team as a big experiment, and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out. But I suspect, not very well.

  62. oakfan23 says: Jul 7, 2014 12:19 PM

    On the “flip” side, this year is really a win-win for raider fans, we lose, we get a new GM and coaching staff, we win, Great!

  63. longsufferingkcfan says: Jul 7, 2014 12:27 PM

    No one deserves a winner less than Raider fans. If you are one of them and you are reading this, take note: acting tough and dressing like its Halloween does not affect your team’s performance, as evidenced by the last decade. One last thing, I will take some fries with that.

  64. 22yearsagotoday says: Jul 7, 2014 12:48 PM

    raiderfanwithclass : your whole comment is rendered moot by your username, which is a God damn LIE!

  65. tedmurph says: Jul 7, 2014 12:50 PM

    Fans of teams arguing about who should be ranked last. Awesome.

  66. billsbackto81 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:00 PM

    realnflmaster says:

    Should be the bills. What a dumpster that franchise is. At least the Raiders made great signings.

    You mean the team that had 4 defensive players in the Top Rated 100. How many Raiders were there? You mean the team with Spiller/Jackson/ Brown in the backfield. Great signings? You mean the AARP scrap heap they acquired? Bills have legitimate young talent. Try changing your sig to “fakenflnovice”.

  67. swortybounce says: Jul 7, 2014 1:02 PM

    Nope, only two teams could earn this tag.

    Texans or Jags. Are you really telling me Clowney and Bortles propel their teams out of the bottom right away?

  68. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:22 PM

    And you know what being ranked 32 in a preseason poll means right………….absolutely nothing.

  69. dare5259 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:23 PM

    Where’d the voting buttons go?

    I picked this post to ask because, well, it’s about the Raiders, so who the hell cares about being off topic?

    Voting buttons please? I don’t care about my up or down votes, but other people provide a fairly good filter. Having to read all the comments to find the good ones is horribly boring.

  70. oakfan23 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:24 PM

    For everyone who is killing Oakland for signing these over 30 guys, you do realize they all signed no-risk contracts right? they can get out of almost all of them if the players don’t pan out this year. Its a stupid argument, they’re not tied to any of those guys

  71. oakfan23 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:25 PM

    Al Davis left the bldg. 3 yrs ago.

  72. cyraider says: Jul 7, 2014 1:29 PM

    It would take some convincing to tell me that the Browns, Jags, Bills, Texans, Rams, Vikings, Jets, Dolphins, Titans or Falcons are better right now. What a joke of an article.

  73. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:29 PM

    *Green Bay Packers minus Aaron Rodgers are the worst sports team in entire country

  74. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:59 PM

    You know what the Raiders have to prove they aren’t a bad team so I won’t argue with the ranking. But I disagree with it. I see the Raiders being between 17-20. I see an 8-8 or 7-9 record. And a postseason trip in 2015.

  75. hansolo627 says: Jul 7, 2014 2:07 PM

    typical PFT any other team would have singed all those players they would have the greatest off season in the history of pro sports but since its the raiders the moves are suspect or shaky or bad. I hope PFT at the end of the season will apologies to the #RAIDERNATION

  76. returntoexcellence says: Jul 7, 2014 2:11 PM

    redislander10 says:
    Jul 7, 2014 10:52 AM
    r502 says: “They will beat KC twice.”

    I would be willing to bet my entire life savings
    that you are dead wrong on that assumption.
    ___________________________

    I’ll “see” your $30 dollars and raise you an extra $20…

  77. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 7, 2014 2:19 PM

    on the good side, Raiders are in the AFC… with no real dominant teams

  78. FreewayJim says: Jul 7, 2014 2:20 PM

    By no means is this the worst team in the league.

    I can see them going 6-10, 7-9 and being in most games.

  79. drunkraider says: Jul 7, 2014 2:21 PM

    oh the same old hate.

    Lets see here, the Raiders wernt the worst team last year, they improved their roster and i mean way improved their roster from last year. but some how are rated 32, last in the league hah !

  80. RexCanCoach says: Jul 7, 2014 2:34 PM

    Worst. Team. Ever.

    Jets 26 – Raiders 3 on Sept. 7, 2014.

  81. longsufferingkcfan says: Jul 7, 2014 2:36 PM

    oakfan23 says:
    Jul 7, 2014 1:24 PM
    For everyone who is killing Oakland for signing these over 30 guys, you do realize they all signed no-risk contracts right? they can get out of almost all of them if the players don’t pan out this year. Its a stupid argument, they’re not tied to any of those guys

    ____________________________________

    The risk is that if they don’t pan out this year then it’s yet another lost season in Oakland. Regardless of how they perform this year, The Raiders will have to start looking for their replacements very soon. These signings reek of desperation.

  82. crise40g says: Jul 7, 2014 2:42 PM

    32? This ain’t yo’daddy’s Raiders. Davis, RIP, is gone and big Reg is running it the right way now. Not saying Championship but there will be a marked improvement.

  83. crussell75 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:02 PM

    Just lose, baby.

  84. jetsmmt says: Jul 7, 2014 3:12 PM

    I kind of agree with this ranking. Most of the time the team that ends up 32nd is the team with the most injuries. You cant look at the Raiders and say that If one of their older players got hurt that it wouldn’t effect their record.

  85. largent80100 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:15 PM

    Good draft (as werid as it sounds) but still the worst roster in the league by far.

    Tough schedule, can’t say they are the absolute favorrite to get the #1 pick in 2015 because the AFC is full of duds (Jaguars, Clowns, Titans, Texans, Bills aka Cleveland’s second chance).

  86. largent80100 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:21 PM

    @FreewayJim

    Oakland faces playoff teams from 2013 on 9 of its 16 games (their divisional rivals 6x, Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers).

    4-12 as usual is a far more realistic prediction, they need at least 2 more years to be playoff contenders, supposing that Carr is really that good (I liked the pick and the fact thet he’ll be under development, but he is too fresh and struggles under pressure).

  87. Mike Wilkening says: Jul 7, 2014 3:24 PM

    Thanks for weighing in thus far.

    As noted in the preview, the Raiders’ early-season schedule works in their favor, and their offseason moves improved the roster. This is a deeper team than a season ago. I can understand why there’s sentiment that No. 32 is too low.

    As always, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    — MW

  88. Silver and Black attack says: Jul 7, 2014 3:30 PM

    My poor Raiders..it could be worse, we could be Chiefs or Chargers fans. The QB’s that have refused to go to San Diego or been let go by San Diego have gone on to win super bowls while the Dolts just sit and hope Philip Rivers will bring them one. (which will never, ever happen. that ship has sailed charger fans)…and the Chiefs? well need I say more? Just look at last years epic meltdown in the playoffs against the Colts. That sums up their last 30 years. I think the last time they won a playoff game the great Ronald Reagan was still in office.

    Go Raiders.

  89. FreewayJim says: Jul 7, 2014 3:38 PM

    largent80100 says:
    Jul 7, 2014 3:21 PM
    @FreewayJim

    Oakland faces playoff teams from 2013 on 9 of its 16 games (their divisional rivals 6x, Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers).

    4-12 as usual is a far more realistic prediction, they need at least 2 more years to be playoff contenders, supposing that Carr is really that good (I liked the pick and the fact thet he’ll be under development, but he is too fresh and struggles under pressure).
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    I know how to read a schedule…guess what, injuries and upsets happen in the NFL.

    I’m banking my statement on the fact that Matt Schaub is not as bad as he was last year, sometimes a fresh start is good, and I like the Carr pick but see no need to rush him on the field this year.

  90. dejadoh says: Jul 7, 2014 3:57 PM

    If NBC had the Jags as 32, their 20 fans may have agreed. List the Raiders as 32 and the Raider Nation will rise up and drive IP hits and traffic hits on this page. Don’t bite. We are about 23rd.

    32 Jacksonville.
    31 Cleveland.
    30 Houston.
    29 Tampa Bay.
    28 Washington.
    27 Tennessee.
    26 Buffalo.
    25 Minnesota.
    24 NY Giants.
    23 Oakland.

  91. tindeaux says: Jul 7, 2014 4:23 PM

    once again, the raiders are clown of the league this year.
    Best team ever hahaha

  92. jdcush31 says: Jul 7, 2014 4:42 PM

    The Raiders won’t even be the worst team in their division. Anybody pay attention to the Chiefs this offseason? The Cheifs got worse and the Raiders got a lot better.

  93. largent80100 says: Jul 7, 2014 4:56 PM

    A lol’d with the Raiders ahead of the Giants and the Vikings.

  94. screenpass says: Jul 7, 2014 5:15 PM

    Typical.

    Pair this roster with almost any another franchise and the ranking would be 15-20 guaranteed. We’d be hearing all about the “strong veteran leadership” and how the GM has assembled a “locker room full of hungry, proven winners with a chip on their shoulder”

  95. douchebigelow says: Jul 7, 2014 5:26 PM

    Commitment to Excrement

  96. vegasgreek says: Jul 7, 2014 5:32 PM

    That loser from Pitsburgh that posted the Packers won’t make the playoffs needs medication . IF the Raiders can stay healthly there is no reason they can’t go at least 8-8 & maybe more if Seabass can convert last second long distance game winning FG’s . Florio you’re so smart tell me why this Raiders roster isn’t as good as the NY Giants teams that won the SB vs NE ? IT IS !

  97. longsufferingkcfan says: Jul 7, 2014 5:52 PM

    My poor Raiders..it could be worse, we could be Chiefs or Chargers fans. The QB’s that have refused to go to San Diego or been let go by San Diego have gone on to win super bowls while the Dolts just sit and hope Philip Rivers will bring them one. (which will never, ever happen. that ship has sailed charger fans)…and the Chiefs? well need I say more? Just look at last years epic meltdown in the playoffs against the Colts. That sums up their last 30 years. I think the last time they won a playoff game the great Ronald Reagan was still in office.
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    Guess where both the Chargers and Chiefs differ with the Raiders: they both went to the playoffs last year. When was the last time that happened to the Raiders? It was early in Bush’s first term, Vladimir Putin was considered an ally, Obama was a state senator, Saddam Hussein was in power, and Limp Bizkit ruled the airwaves. Have you been paying attention to what’s happened since? Only the most dismal decade any team has ever had in NFL history. But the swagger of Raider fans really makes up for it. I hope you all realize that the fans of the 31 other teams are laughing at you and have been for some time.

  98. jjackwagon says: Jul 7, 2014 5:53 PM

    Say it with me Trollonto…we’re 32!!! We’re 32!!!
    LMAO!

  99. natelan says: Jul 7, 2014 6:09 PM

    Biggest joke in the league. Nobodies and has beens.

  100. r8rsfan says: Jul 7, 2014 6:56 PM

    When you need hits on your sight post about the Raiders. Most passionate, die-hard fans in sports. And unlike most franchises, the fans will galvanize when the team is trashed and fight back. One nation – Raider Nation.

  101. liddogg33 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:16 PM

    Man. Gonna have to wait a LOOOOOONG TIME to read about the seahawks!!!!

    #DYNASTY
    #BIGGERFASTERANDSTRONGER

  102. seahawkswilson says: Jul 7, 2014 8:24 PM

    This should be the Vikings. Jags are tempting but will be much better than the Vikes.

  103. raiderheart says: Jul 7, 2014 8:46 PM

    What an idiot! No wonder nobody takes this guy serious! Derek Carr is deep in the play book while Johnny football is deep in a line of coke on a strippers a$$! Time to surprise these so called experts!

  104. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 7, 2014 9:36 PM

    Gheez, who writes this crap?

    The Raiders are no worse than 8-8 this year, possibly 9-7. They have improved all aspects of the team. #32 is a joke, more like in the 18-20 range.

  105. raiderhater66 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:48 PM

    Ah. Yes. Same old raiders.
    With all the over the hill free agents they’ve signed and had to overpay for, with all the up and coming young talent they’ve supposedly picked up, they still can’t overtake the Browns or Jags or Vikings for the title of, “Worst Team in the League.”
    There really should be a demotion process, such as in the English Premier League where the bottom feeders are moved down into the minor leagues.

  106. vtown77 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:01 PM

    Joe Toronto and the raiders both need rehab
    This team is a joke

  107. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    its all good we took two steps backwards in order to take three steps forward……this is the first step forward….and as far as “all that money spent in the off season” comment…we are still about 40 million under cap next year

  108. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    4.9- Average number of wins over the previous decade. Why should we expect much more from a consistently inept franchise? It’s nice to see they have a commitment to…the elderly. Great plan for building a winning team: sign a bunch of guys who are past their prime. 6 wins if things go right for them.

  109. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:47 PM

    Their schedule is brutal.

  110. sorosbolshevism says: Jul 7, 2014 10:58 PM

    COMMITMENT TO PESTILENCE!!!

  111. jayfish6402 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:34 PM

    Are the Raiders really this bad? Let’s see…they improved their passing game, their running game, defense, and they also added James Jones. They have a 2x Pro Bowl QB, a running back who was one of the NFL’s best, and a load of defensive players that had successful careers. The Raiders will probably be last in their division. But in the entire NFL? No. That’s probably Cleveland.

  112. sprtcommentorg21 says: Jul 8, 2014 12:51 AM

    iwill have to see the next 5 or so rankings before i consider the rankings So far Raiders then Dolphins…I can say that as it comes they will definetly not end up 1 and 2 at the bottom when the season end this year. I think they are definite worse teams. But lets see the next 3

  113. irish852014 says: Jul 8, 2014 12:06 PM

    Mike:

    So 4 out of their first 6 games are at home? You do realize that the Miami game in week 4 is in London right? Hardly home field advantage.

    Kind of tough to take your opinion seriously when you miss that.

  114. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 8, 2014 8:19 PM

    Raiders have signed “names” this year, not actual productive players. Schaub is DONE. MJD running with THAT o-line? I don’t think so.

    Mack was a good pick. Better hope Oakland develops him properly.

  115. r8ernation4life says: Jul 9, 2014 8:03 AM

    I used to get pissed about this kind of stuff (getting ranked 32) but not anymore. I know we have a team who will see this and use it for motivation. There’s a different culture in Oakland now thanks to McKenzie. Just Win, Baby!

  116. rdr4lif says: Jul 9, 2014 2:36 PM

    We don’t deserve anything until we start winning. This HC needs to get 7 wins out of this team. I don’t wanna hear about the schedule. This is the downfall of our country we continue to “lower standards”.

    I believe the Raiders are on the right track but its definitely “show me time” in the win column for DA….

    Get to respectability then get in the tourney. Getting in the tourney is all that really matters.

  117. djflav303 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:47 AM

    Are you people really arguing about last place? Does it really matter if the raiders are 30th or 32nd?

  118. natelan says: Jul 14, 2014 7:23 AM

    12 years straight of re-building after losing the Super Bowl to their former coach and the Bucs, the Raiders have managed to climb all the way to 32nd place!

  119. babygaga19 says: Jul 19, 2014 7:01 PM

    Only Jokeland. God, your team is hilarious!

  120. themagnet32 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    C’monnnnn man!
    I’d be willing to bet you or any of the haters spouting off on in this forum anything, that the Raiders will NOT be the 32nd team in the league. Put your money where your mouth is. Any takers??
    ?
    ?
    ?
    Thats what I thought.

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