Oakland Raiders started a new era in 2013 with the hiring of head coach Dennis Allen. The offense lacked a franchise quarterback and had plenty of up and down moments. Several injuries and inconsistent play by starters also contributed to the team not making it to the post season. The running game should get a boost with the signing of Maurice Jones-Drew. He and Darren McFadden should make for a nice one-two punch. The wide receiver unit needs someone to step up and take the reins as the primary go to guy. Denarius Moore and Rod Streater should be early on favorites to win that position. James Jones was signed in free agency from Green Bay and is in the mix as well.
Defensively the Raiders overhauled their team for 2014 and signed plenty of veterans through free agency. Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, and Antonio Smith will give the defensive front an entirely different look. Nick Roach is solid at middle linebacker and led the team with 112 tackles in 2013. "Mr. Versatile" Charles Woodson roams the back end at free safety and has a knack for making big plays. The Raiders could challenge for a playoff spot if Matt Schaub can regain his confidence, someone emerges as the go to receiver, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden can thrive together, and the defense gels together quickly with all of the new faces.