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2013 NFL Preview: AFC West

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Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans the Rez twins, 15 and 11 year old brothers before the game against the Chicago Bears at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders

2012 Record: 4-12; 4th Place

2013 Prediction: 3-13

Confidence in Pick: 50%

Losses: Carson Palmer, Matt Flynn, Phillip Wheeler, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant

Pickups: Matt Flynn, Charles Woodson, Kevin Burnett, Nick Roach, Kaluka Maiava, Pat Sims, Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins

Reasons for Optimism:

Darren McFadden – When healthy, he is a stud. If he can stay healthy, he can take a lot of pressure off whomever is the Raiders QB.

Improved Defense – In terms of yards (9th) the 2012 Raiders defense was pretty good. In terms of ppg (27.7) and takeaways (19), the defense was not very good. With the pickups they made, this defense should be improved in 2013.

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