It’s time. 2016 is the Raiders year, we’re back. After a sharp rise in fandom in the West Suburbs of Chicago around 2013, the Raiders are ready to once again dominate the NFL. Lets take a quick look at this years 2016 Super Bowl Champions
The Raiders return the fabulous duo of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper for their 2nd season together. What was already a dangerous combination promises to be one of the best in the league this year. Besides Cooper, Carr has TE Clive Walford and WR Michael Crabtree as secondary weapons, and RB Latavius Murray has shown flashes of being a bulldozer of a RB. The big offseason move was signing a new OG Kelechi Osemele, and according to my offensive line guy (Daniel Lockie), he is a moose. I have nothing to add about that, lets be honest I don’t know squat about NFL offensive line play. Regardless, that’s a solid top 15 offense right there. I will even go bold and say Amari Cooper leads the NFL is yards and receptions this year, he is that good. Antonio Brown type season coming for Amari.
Be afraid, be very afraid. This Raiders defense is about to be stupid good. We did lose our boy Charles Woodson, which is no small loss, but damn did we add some ballers to what was already a nice unit headlined by the NFL’s best player, Khalil Mack. The Raiders scooped up LB Bruce Irvin to play across from Mack, and when Aldon Smith returns you are looking at the scariest group of rushers in the league. QB’s will be faking injuries against the Raiders all year when they realize just how dominant Mack, Irvin and Smith are together. Justin Tuck called it a career this offseason, but we went out and drafted two DL in Jihad Ward (2nd round) and Shilique Calhoun (3rd round) that should be able to stabilize that loss. Where the Raiders really went out and made huge strides was their secondary, drafting Karl Joseph in the 1st round and throwing cash at Reggie Nelson and Sean Smith. Our new back 4 of Smith, Joseph, Nelson and INT machine David Amerson is scary good, and when you couple that with the pass rush of Irvin Mack and Smith? Goodnight. This right here is the NFL’s top defense in 2016.
Seabass is still in town, and so is the man Marquette King. Best Special Teams combo ever. Next
2016 Prediction: The AFC West is ours for the taking. While they pulled off a miracle on Thursday, the Broncos are due to regress, the Chiefs are super meh, and everyone knows the Chargers blow. Lets call it an 11-5 season culminating in an AFC West title, and ultimately, a Super Bowl for the boys in Black and Silver. Great time to be a Raiders fan.