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Oakland Raiders Betting Tips – Raiders Look For Like In Year One Under New Regime

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/11/2012 6:03:13 PM

It was another offseason of change in Oakland in 2012, and once again there is no definitive proof of direction. Legendary owner Al Davis passed away last year, leaving a new regime to begin its reign with a whole new philosophy. General Manager Reggie McKenzie’s first order of business was to revamp the front office and overhaul the entire coaching staff, but by the time he got to the actual roster there was little he could do with mostly compensatory draft picks and a lack of wiggle room under the salary cap. The Raiders traded most of their draft picks for quarterback Carson Palmer a year ago looking to hit a home run, but came up short. Now it’s up to McKenzie and new head coach Dennis Allen to make due with what’s left and find a way to remain competitive in an improved AFC West.

Head Coach: Dennis Allen
Offensive Coordinator: Greg Knapp
Defensive Coordinator: Jason Tarver
Owner: Mark Davis
Stadium: O. co Colliseum
Capacity: 63, 132
Super Bowl Wins: 3

Offense

Considering that he was previously semi-retired in Cincinnati and then immediately thrown in to the fire in Oakland, it’s hard to accurately assess Palmer’s performance last sports bet season, but his overall resume gives him the benefit of the doubt. Palmer threw for 2,753 passing yards with 13 touchdowns in just 10 games, but he also threw 16 interceptions to bring his quarterback rating down to 80.5. The 32-year old should benefit from a full offseason in the offense and the chance to work with his wide receivers on timing and specialty routes, while also getting some help from the return of running back Darren McFadden.

McFadden is a Pro Bowl talent that averaged 5.4 yards per carry before going down late in the season, and Oakland should get a major boost in the ground game with him back, even though they lost Michael Bush. Darius Heyward-Bey continued his progress a year ago, nearly finishing with 1,000 receiving yards, and it looks like he could finally be an above-average starter opposite Denarius Moore, with Jacoby Ford in the slot. The offensive line remains an average group but the addition of rookie guard Tony Bergstrom and free agent Mike Briesel should help.

Grade: B -

Defense

The defense is where the lack of draft picks and cap room will really hurt the Raiders, as a unit that finished 27th against both the run and pass failed to land any significant talent, while losing a couple of key pieces in linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and cornerback Stanford Routt. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain has also found himself in trouble off the field, and while the team still has a couple of dominant tackles up front in Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, there isn’t much depth in the front-seven. After losing Nnamdi Asomugha the year before, the Raiders were forced to let Routt go and the secondary looks very limited as defensive coordinator Jason Tarver will likely turn to Shawntae Spencer and Ronald Bartell to man the starting corner spots. Safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch is a solid but unspectacular bet on sports tandem, and could be stretched with a lack of talent in front of them.

Grade: C -

Special Teams

The one area where Oakland will have no trouble is in the kicking game, with kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler easily ranking among the best in the game and what they do. Ford and even Heyward-Bey will see time in the return game, and the Raiders will really benefit if they can get some big sportsbook plays from those two on special teams.

Grade: A -

Prediction

After going all-in on Palmer a year ago, McKenzie and Allen inherited an absolute mess as he tried to put together the pieces in his first offseason as general manager, and it may take some time to turn things around. Ironically, Palmer and the offense will be talked about as a bright spot heading in to this season, but his addition has left the defense with a severe lack of talented playmakers and depth. The schedule won’t do the Raiders any favors especially now that Peyton Manning is in Denver and Phillip Rivers and the Chargers should improve, so don’t expect much from Oakland in year one under the new regime.

Projected Record: 4-12 (Fourth in AFC West)

2012 NFL Regular Season Schedule

Week 1 – vs. San Diego (Monday, 10:15 PM ET)
Week 2 – at Miami (1:00 PM ET)
Week 3 – vs. Pittsburgh (4:25 PM ET)
Week 4 – at Denver (4:05 PM ET)
Week 5 – BYE WEEK
Week 6 – at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Week 7 – vs. Jacksonville (4:25 PM ET)
Week 8 – at Kansas City (4:05 PM ET)
Week 9 – vs. Tampa Bay (4:05 PM ET)
Week 11 – vs. New Orleans (4:05 PM ET)
Week 12 – at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. Cleveland (4:25 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. Denver (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 15 – vs. Kansas City (4:25 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Carolina (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – at San Diego (4:25 PM ET)


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