This is a team on the rise, The Raiders have a great run game but the Bills have showed the can deal with the run in their game last week with the Jaguars. JaMarcus Russell will have to show the Raiders drafted him for his arm not only for being able to hand-off the ball to his Backs.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are fresh off of to last minute loses with one ending with a bad call... non the less the are 0-2 going into a home game against Bret Favre and the Jets. With the Chargers possibly facing a 0-3 start they will be going into the Raider game with a full head of steam. The Chargers have defeated the raiders for the last few years and will be looking to keep that alive. With their star Line Backer out for the season I would be looking for the Raiders to go back to their Run game. I would think Kiffin would keep Jamarcus Russell limited on his throws in this game with the Chargers having 2 stand out Corners.
Next The Raiders go into a Bye Week. Looking for a nice rest and gearing up their game plan for the stretch of the season.
New Orleans Saints
The Raiders hit the road to face Reggie Bush and the Saints. In preseason Kiffin said with a smile that he put a bounty on Matt lienarts Head for the game since Kiffin was Matts OC at USC. I see Kiffin pumping up his defense with the same mentality for this game against Reggie Bush. It will be interesting to see the Saints WR match up with the Raiders Corners in this game.
New York Jets
The Raider head home to face Bret Favre and the Jets in this game. The last impression I have a Bret Favre was on Monday night when he blazed the sky with passes and won a game in his late Fathers name. This time around the Raiders have some top notch Corners to face Favre and some great fast Line Backers to pressure him as well. This should be a great game to watch.
The Raiders Corner will once again be a major factor in this game facing a rookie in Joe Flacco. Flacco will have a great run game to back him up. The biggest challenge will be the Raiders facing the Ravens Defense.
I see the Raiders finishing the next 6 games with a 2-3 record (week 5 bye)bring them to a total record of 3-4 going into week 9. That is still a good record seeing how the Raiders struggled the last few years.
This is all pending that the Lane Kiffin - Al Davis chaos doesn't affect the team.