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SuperBowl XLIV Odds: Oakland Raiders

2009 Oakland Raiders Season Preview by Vernon Croy

Vernon Croy

Vernon Croy

The 2009 NFL Season is quickly approaching and fans for every team are chomping at the bit for some NFL betting action. Nothing beats the thrill of betting on NFL live games and the upcoming NFL season should be no different. Fans of the Oakland Raiders are cautiously optimistic this year (almost like every year) that they’ll be a playoff contender again.

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The 2008 version of the Oakland Raiders was a lot like the previous few years of the Oakland Raiders: dysfunctional, terrible, and a laughingstock. They stumbled through the season, fired their coach, and watched their #1 overall draft pick play uninspired football.


This was actually only the first half of the season! From there, it only got worse. Did the Raiders do anything in the off-season to make anyone believe that they can compete? If you’re looking for good NFL preseason football picks, look no further. The Oakland Raiders will battle it out with the Broncos for last in the division again this year.

The Good News: Hmm…surely there’s got to be something good about this upcoming season for the Raiders, right? Well, there is an ultra-talented first round running back in Darren McFadden coming back, so that’s good. It remains to be seen whether he can carry the load for a full season or not. He played second fiddle to Justin Fargas last year until he got hurt and was knocked out for the year. If he matures and learns from last season, he could be a special player in this league.

The Bad News: Where to start? First of all, the #1 overall draft pick Jamarcus Russell is pretty much a joke. He’s got a rifle for an arm, but unfortunately, being able to throw it the hardest doesn’t translate into Super Bowl victories. Usually someone drafted that high is expected to be a leader. Russell showed up to camp out of shape yet again this year. His accuracy was terrible last year and he didn’t inspire much faith. In fact, they went out and got Jeff Garcia as an insurance policy this year.

Then there was the debacle of the NFL draft for the Raiders. Al “I love speed” Davis again went with his mantra. He drafted Darrius Heyward Bey at #7 overall, even though every other draft board had Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin ranked ahead of him. Why did he do such a thing? Speed. The guy can run fast. However, he can’t catch a cold, which is a bit of a problem as a wide receiver. Then as if that wasn’t a big enough joke, he drafts a safety in the second round that wasn’t projected to go until the 7th round. In fact, when Michael Mitchell’s name was called, ESPN didn’t even have any footage of the guy. How often does that happen? Why would Al Davis do this? Again, the answer is speed. Mitchell had a good 40 time. As long as Al Davis is in charge of the Raiders, they will never be competitive again.

Outlook: Free NFL betting picks are pretty much in unison again this year in regards to the Raiders. They’re going to lose and lose frequently. They’ll probably stumble along to another 3 or 4 win season. Then Al Davis will watch the combine and proceed to draft the fastest player out there. If you’re a Raider fan, I’m sorry, but it’s the truth.

by Vernon Croy


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  1. Matt Martz says:

    Oh my Raiders. 7-9 is the best we can hope for and that “Grandma Davis”, AKA, “Da Rat”, gets hit by the safe he keeps shelling money out of for crappy overpaid draft picks and washed up QB’s.

  2. Ismael Cosio says:

    this article was B.S.

    did you actually do research? or did you recycle the same drone from ESPN?

  3. Everyone has their own opinion but I feel the Raiders are a couple of
    years away from being a .500 team, maybe they will prove me wrong but I
    doubt it. They have far too many internal problems and speed with no
    talent does not get the job done but thanks for your opinion. I must admit
    Raider fans are the best in the entire NFL to be loyal to a team that has
    been terrible for many years.


  4. The have already started the preseason on an unauspiciuos way with a incident involving their head coach. The Raider’s defense will keep them in most of the games, but they will still struggle to win more then 6-7 games.