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NFL Update: The Oakland Raiders 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

Can The Oakland Raiders Make Playoffs In 2014?

2014 NFL Off-Season

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2013 Recap: The Oakland Raiders finished at the bottom of the AFC West with a 4-12 record, missing the playoffs for an 11th straight season. The Raiders ranked 25th in the league in passing yards and 28th in passing yards allowed. Not a great combination in a division that is loaded with great quarterbacks. The Raiders ended the season with six straight losses and appeared to be a long way away from competing in a division that sent two teams to the playoffs last season.

Key Losses: Besides running back Rashad Jennings, the Raiders didn’t lose much offensively. Jennings led the Raiders in rushing yards last season with 733, and scored six touchdowns. The Raiders took more of a hit on the defensive side of the ball by losing Lamarr Houston, Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins. The trio combined for 191 tackles last season on a defense that needed drastic improvements.

NFL Update: The Oakland Raiders 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft


Key Additions: I’m not sure any team made a bigger splash through free agency than the Raiders. The Raiders signed Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, James Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew and Matt Schaub. Assuming Schaub can bounce back from a horrible season with the Houston Texans and Jones-Drew still has a little left in the tank, the Raiders could actually have above-average offensive success. Tuck and Woodley combined for 16 sacks last season and will be solid contributors for an Oakland defense that needed playmakers.

Draft: The Raiders selected Khalil Mack, a linebacker out of Buffalo, who will contribute right away on the defensive side. Quarterback Derek Carr was a solid pickup in the second round considering he had the strongest arm of any signal-caller in the draft. You also have to like the selection of offensive lineman Gabe Jackson, a mammoth of a man and somebody who is great in run blocking.  

2014 Outlook, So Far: The Raiders brought in basically a new team with all of their free agency singings and could be a potential playoff team if everything goes well. Don’t forget, the Raiders also brought Darren McFadden back to the team, which could pay off in a big way assuming he finally stays healthy. If the Raiders can become a top 15 team in pass defense and the offensive weapons begin to jell, this certainly a dark horse playoff squad and a team you could make plenty of money on this season.

2014 Schedule:

Sept. 7 at New York Jets, 1

Sept. 14 Houston Texans, 4:25

Sept. 21 at New England Patriots, 1

Sept. 28 Miami Dolphins (London), 1

Oct. 5 BYE

Oct. 12 San Diego Chargers, 4:05

Oct. 19 Arizona Cardinals, 4:25

Oct. 26 at Cleveland Browns, 4:25

Nov. 2 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25

Nov. 9 Denver Broncos, 4:05

Nov. 16 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05

Nov. 20 Kansas City Chiefs (Thu), 8:25

Nov. 30 at St. Louis Rams, 1

Dec. 7 San Francisco 49ers, 4:25

Dec. 14 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1

Dec. 21 Buffalo Bills, 4:25

Dec. 28 at Denver Broncos, 4:25

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