Editor’s note: Check back on Thursday for the complete NFL preview. You can also access all NFL team previews here.

Today: The Oakland Raiders

Last Year: 4-12 (4th place in AFC West)

This is an attempt to explain the shittiness of the Oakland Raiders by only using pictures. Here we go:

Picture 1: Drafting

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.02.25 PM

Picture 2: Coaches

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.04.18 PM

Picture 3: Quarterbacks

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.05.17 PM

Picture 4: The results

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.06.40 PM

Picture 5: The moral of the story


Last Year’s Stud: Lamarr Houston


Lamarr Houston is 27 years old, is one of the league’s premiere run defenders, and he had six sacks last season … and the Raiders let him walk on over to Chicago in free agency.

Runner-up: Sio Moore

Last Year’s Surprise: Rod Streater

60 receptions was enough to lead the team last season. Streater, a former third-round draft pick, also compiled 888 yards.

Runner-up: Rashad Jennings (Good season? Cool. We’ll let you leave our team in the offseason)

Last Year’s Disappointment: Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn won the lottery. Despite possessing barely any NFL talent, Flynn has made a lot of money.

Runner-up: Darren McFadden

Draft Class

For once, I don’t think the Raiders missed on their first pick. Khalil Mack is the real deal.


Other notable pick: Derek Carr

This Year’s Stud: Khalil Mack


My pick for defensive rookie of the year.

Runner-up: Justin Tuck

This Year’s Surprise: Derek Carr


He’s already shocked everyone by beating out Matt Schaub. It’s kind of funny, Carr has a pretty good shot at having a better year than Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater.

Runner-up: Charles Woodson

This Year’s Disappointment: Maurice Jones-Drew

TIL that MJD is alive and still in the NFL.

Runner-up: James Jones

Fantasy Outlook 

Draft early: N/A

Good value in the middle rounds: N/A

Don’t draft: I honestly wouldn’t draft a single Raider.

What Vegas Is Saying (LVH Sports Book): 5 wins

What We’re Saying: 4-12 (4th place in AFC West)


There’s a very real possibility that the Raiders go 0-6 in division play. But because I believe that luck sometimes plays a factor, I think they manage to steal a game at home against the Chiefs. From there, I see the Raiders getting three wins against the Browns, Bills, and maybe the Jets?

Bottom line: this is a bad football team with a rookie quarterback. Expect another typical Raider season.

[genericon icon=twitter] Follow Sean Wagner-McGough on Twitter @seanjwagner

About Sean Wagner-McGough