2009 record: 5-11 (Third in AFC West)
Steve WycheJason Campbell might not post great numbers but steady is all they need. Michael Bush is due for a nice season. Nnamdi Asomugha will earn his $15 million.
65.2JaMarcus Russell's passer rating during his three years with the Raiders. With Russell out of the picture, Jason Campbell is being viewed as a savior of sorts in Oakland.
The third-year pro was drafted to give the Raiders a difference-maker in the backfield, but he has struggled. Plagued by nagging injuries and mental miscues, McFadden is in jeopardy of seeing his role significantly diminish with the emergence of Michael Bush. Although the Raiders still view him as a big-play threat, the onus is on McFadden to finally live up to the lofty aspirations.
Jason CampbellThe underappreciated Campbell brings stability, consistency and leadership to the Raiders. Although he was viewed as a disappointment in Washington, Campbell's conservative game has resulted in a solid completion percentage (61.2) and passer rating (82.3) during his five-year career. As a solid decision-maker with sound instincts, Campbell rarely forces throws into coverage, and his avoidance of the big mistake fits in well with the Raiders' run-heavy attack. While he will be expected to generate explosive plays in the passing game, simply keeping his team in games will be a step in the right direction for the Silver and Black.
Choose Bush over McFaddenDarren McFadden might be considered the more valuable fantasy option due to his lofty draft position in 2008, but Michael Bush could end up being the better option. A fantasy sleeper, Bush is more durable than McFadden and has shown far greater statistical potential in the NFL.
Three pivotal games
Sept. 12 at Tennessee
The Raiders have lost every season opener en route to having seven straight losing campaigns. So what better way -- in a season in which a reversal is expected to take place -- to begin the change then to turn things around from the get-go. This will be a heck of an NFL intro for first-round LB Rolando McClain, who has the task of containing Chris Johnson.
Oct. 10 vs. San Diego
The Chargers have won four consecutive AFC West titles, and San Diego has had a stranglehold over the Raiders during that time. San Diego has won 13 straight against Oakland, dating back to 2003. The Raiders hold the advantage in the all-time series, 54-44-2. But that doesn't mean squat for a team looking to make a statement in the division.
Nov. 21 at Pittsburgh
You know you have an intense rivalry when the teams resort to litigation. That's what happened in 1977 when Raiders DB George Atkinson filed a $2 million suit against the Steelers. The rivalry has quelled over the years, but this will be the sixth time these teams face off since 2000. The Steelers were one of the five teams the Raiders beat last season -- in Pittsburgh no less.