Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) prepares hand off against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders
The first game of the regular season features a “must win” game, as the Bengals face the Raiders in Oakland. When we think of the Oakland Raiders, we think of losing and losing and more losing, we think of the “Black Hole” where promising careers go to die, we think of a place where speed is valued over skill and most of all, we think “Just Win Baby”. The raiders have not been a staple of winning as of late.
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That could all change very soon. The Raiders are on the rise! The 2014 NFL draft saw the Raiders select their cornerstone defensive presence in Khalil Mack as well as their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr. Mack played outstandingly in his rookie season. He was rated the best outside linebacker in the league. Derek Carr had a good season himself leading all rookie quarterbacks in most categories.
This offseason was about building the team behind these two players and the Raiders certainly did. During free agency, the Raiders provided Carr with another running back to pair with Latavius Murray, in the form of Trent Richardson. There are some people that call T-Rich a bust, but his rookie season was very promising. He was then traded to a team that did not have the right kind of offense for him to succeed in. Richardson should bounce back to his Alabama form this year. The Raiders also signed receiver Michael Crabtree to give Carr a capable veteran.
In the latest draft, the Raiders also added receiver Amari Cooper and tight end Clive Walford to the offense. On the defensive side, the Raiders added Mario Edwards Jr. and Ben Heeney to help Khalil Mack get after the quarterback.
The Raiders won’t be a joke in 2015. They are quietly becoming a threat and if Cincinnati doesn’t take this game seriously, they could start the season 0-1.
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