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Dec 23, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Reasons to be Cautious:

Darren McFadden – He is one of the most dynamic backs in the NFL…when healthy. The problem is, he appears to be made of glass. In his 5 seasons in the NFL, McFadden has never played 16 games, in fact, he has averaged only 11 games per year. If McFadden can’t stay healthy, this team may be historically bad.

QB – Flynn has obviously not shown much in the preseason, otherwise there would not be a debate of whether Terrell Pryor or Flynn should start. If you even let the thought of Pryor starting cross your mind, you are in trouble.

Lack of Play-Makers – This team has 0 play-makers that can be counted on (McFadden would count if he could stay healthy). That is a problem.

Coach – Quick, who is the Raiders HC? I didn’t know either. So I looked it up…Dennis Allen. I still don’t know who this cat is. If you said ‘Dennis Allen’ or showed me a picture of Dennis Allen, I wouldn’t have a clue who that was.

Management – This is a management team that traded a 1st and 2nd round pick for Palmer and then 1.5 years later, traded Palmer and a 7th round pick for a 6th round pick and then traded a 5th round pick for Matt Flnn. Not the types of moves that lead to success.


This is a bad team and could be historically bad. The makeup of this team has the ability to make a run at 14-15 losses. They are just that bad.