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(Yahoo)   "Oakland Raiders Will Be NFL's Biggest Surprise in 2013"... says the writer that works for the Raiders... and nobody else   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 26
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2013-06-02 10:05:06 AM  
It would be a surprise to me to see Matt Flynn succeed with the offensive line currently in place.
 
2013-06-02 10:20:18 AM  
This is Steven Slivka's finest work since "My Nana says I'm the handsomest boy at school, and those stuck-up little hussies don't know what they're missing!"
 
2013-06-02 10:59:38 AM  
The biggest surprise is that they're still in Oakland.

And that their fans aren't in cages.

And...erm...JaMarcus...or something.

Did I hit the Bingo yet?
 
2013-06-02 11:06:58 AM  
My reaction to article:

www.lymanet.com
 
2013-06-02 11:34:11 AM  
Not finishing in last is a form of surprise
 
2013-06-02 11:47:30 AM  
Yeah, that writer better say that. Here's what happens to Raiders employees who don't toe the line: http://blog.sfgate.com/raiders/2013/06/01/raiders-fire-p-r-director-g i lbert/
 
2013-06-02 11:59:55 AM  
The Raider's scouting department couldn't be reached for comment:

i.huffpost.com
 
2013-06-02 12:18:39 PM  
Surprise me, Raiders. Win four this year.
 
2013-06-02 01:06:39 PM  
KC will win at home in the AFC West against my Donks this year, and that's after we go to NE and steal one there. The rest of the west? No.
 
2013-06-02 01:36:08 PM  
I don't understand the comment above mine, but I came here to say the real surprise this year is that KC will be a Wild Card team.
 
2013-06-02 01:46:00 PM  

Scrotastic Method: I don't understand the comment above mine, but I came here to say the real surprise this year is that KC will be a Wild Card team.


In everyone's pre-season predictions. Then they'll all injure themselves and be out the entire year. Thus assuring us that they'll be a playoff team in everyone's pre-season predictions for 2015, rinse, repeat.

I'm a Raider fan and I don't know that we'll get beyond 4 wins this year but what I know beyond that is we're setup to be much better next year and have a ton of money freed up for FA signings. So any success this year is a nice surprise but it's not expected.

Donks fans, don't be smug. You'll fail again this year and Manning's window is rapidly closing. Enjoy your one playoff game because in 2015 change is coming.
 
2013-06-02 02:25:44 PM  
Did he say it would be a good surprise or a bad surprise?
 
2013-06-02 02:57:00 PM  
Remember how the Raiders were going to be finally great when Al Davis was out of the way?
Still working on that it looks like...
 
2013-06-02 03:00:34 PM  
They were 8-8 2 seasons ago and had a shot at the AFC West.  They regressed when they fired HueJack, but the AFC West has one team that we know should do well and the rest are who farking knows.  If the Raiders can win their division games, there's no reason they can't be 8-8 again
 
2013-06-02 03:20:03 PM  
Easiest schedule, Steve?  I'm a Raider fan and I'd be dancing in the streets if they went 7-9.
 
2013-06-02 04:27:06 PM  
I figured the Raiders might go 6-10; take one each from KC and SD, win a couple against other bad teams and then one against a playoff bound team's backups.
After reading the article 4-12 sounds more realistic.
 
2013-06-02 05:02:17 PM  

Scrotastic Method: I don't understand the comment above mine, but I came here to say the real surprise this year is that KC will be a Wild Card team.


I think they'll be significantly better than they were, but 6-8 wins is about all I'm expecting out of them this year.  Maybe they'll surprise me, but the AFC West has the Broncos, who look good, and the Chargers, who Telesco and McCoy have been doing some good things with.  They actually have an offensive line now, Norv is in Cleveland, and AJ is in Washington.  It should be a more competitive division (with the exception of the Raiders) than it has in the past few years.
 
2013-06-02 08:37:02 PM  

davidphogan: Scrotastic Method: I don't understand the comment above mine, but I came here to say the real surprise this year is that KC will be a Wild Card team.

I think they'll be significantly better than they were, but 6-8 wins is about all I'm expecting out of them this year.  Maybe they'll surprise me, but the AFC West has the Broncos, who look good, and the Chargers, who Telesco and McCoy have been doing some good things with.  They actually have an offensive line now, Norv is in Cleveland, and AJ is in Washington.  It should be a more competitive division (with the exception of the Raiders) than it has in the past few years.


I don't think anything at all of Philip Rivers. He's almost in Nacho territory in my opinion. And maybe they'll get better playcalling and clock management with Norv gone, but their defense is brand new, right, and they still have a motley collection of WRs and, as soon as Matthews breaks another collar bone, RBs (seriously, Matthews can't string 4 games together and they're backing him up with Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead?). SD might have a lot of potential but when don't they...I feel like this is the kind of team that it's easy to fall for, and then they go 6-10 and we're all like, yeah, of course they did.

I agree that DEN takes the division by a few games, going like 13-3 probably, but I think KC can get 10 wins. But yeah, who knows, could either be a great division finally, or another AFC West shaitfest.
 
2013-06-02 09:19:54 PM  

Scrotastic Method: I think KC can get 10 wins


With a break or two they go 8-8.  New QB/offensive system and coach known as being terrible in a 2 minute drill?  Not inspiring.
 
2013-06-02 09:22:31 PM  
Probably means they'll have fewer players arrested than we all expect.
 
2013-06-02 10:09:14 PM  
They still have at least a couple years of work to get competitive.
 
2013-06-02 10:40:58 PM  
Sorry, but I'll echo the other Raiders fans in here. 4-12 is doable. 6-10 is surprising. 8-8 is miraculous, and would have me lamenting the team's future, because it would mean the End of Days and the return of Al Davis from beyond the grave.
 
2013-06-02 11:34:59 PM  

Scrotastic Method: I don't think anything at all of Philip Rivers. He's almost in Nacho territory in my opinion. And maybe they'll get better playcalling and clock management with Norv gone,


Uhh, the fact that Rivers didn't go full Sanchez behind a few ham sandwiches and Nick Hardwick last year, or the year before, even with Norv calling for a 7 step drop on almost every passing play just shows you haven't seen him play before.

Scrotastic Method: but their defense is brand new, right,


They were top 5 against the run last year, and a huge part of why they went 7-9 instead of worse.  They were also why, if they could have not blown a few leads or scored an extra field goal against the farking Browns they could have been a 10 win team with no offensive line.

Scrotastic Method: and they still have a motley collection of WRs


A healthy Vincent Brown, Danario Alexander, Keenan Allen, plus Malcolm Floyd and Antonio Gates, and then warming the bench Royal and Meachem (sp?) doesn't sound bad to me.

Scrotastic Method: and, as soon as Matthews breaks another collar bone, RBs (seriously, Matthews can't string 4 games together and they're backing him up with Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead?).


Hopefully Matthews can not get hurt, but Ronnie Brown did manage 4.8 yds/carry under Norvball.  Considering McCoy made Tebow look decent I bet he can figure out a running game with what he's stuck with.

Scrotastic Method: SD might have a lot of potential but when don't they...I feel like this is the kind of team that it's easy to fall for, and then they go 6-10 and we're all like, yeah, of course they did.


It's been ten years since they lost ten or more games in a season.  They've had one season under .500 in the last decade.  We're not talking about the Raiders or Chiefs here.
 
2013-06-02 11:38:42 PM  

davidphogan: They were top 5 against the run last year,


Sorry, top 6 at 96.4 yards per game against the rush.  18th against the pass at 230.1 yds/gm, and 4-2 against the division.  Guess who they lost to?
 
2013-06-02 11:48:16 PM  

fastbow: Sorry, but I'll echo the other Raiders fans in here. 4-12 is doable. 6-10 is surprising. 8-8 is miraculous, and would have me lamenting the team's future, because it would mean the End of Days and the return of Al Davis from beyond the grave.


And at 10-6 Teebus will come down from on High clad in Silver and Black vestments and take the True Believers to a land where the refs don't see any penalties, where guys who run the fastest 40 always pan out, where snap coaching judgments are always correct....

/At least they'll have money (that Reggie won't spend) next year...
//And we're not the goddamn Chiefs
 
2013-06-03 07:36:12 AM  
Winning more games doesn't really = improvement if they teams you're beating suck worse than you.
 
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