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Raiders 2011 schedule much rockier than road traveled last season

The NFL confirmed that it intends to release its schedule in mid-April or so, as usual, regardless where it stands in its battle against the players in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
Therefore, fans at least will have something to chew on in lieu of free agency and offseason workouts being on hold until a new deal is hammered out.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking an early look at the road the Raiders face if they are to end their eight-year string of missing the playoffs.
On the surface, it’s a much tougher path for the Raiders in 2011 than the one they traveled last season.
The Raiders played the four teams in the NFC West and AFC South last season, in addition to games against the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers. Next season, the Raiders get the NFC North and the AFC East, as well as conference games against the Texans and Cleveland Browns.
The Raiders have every right to feel confident about their six games against their AFC West foes: the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. After all, they beat all three teams twice last season, and none of those teams figures to be on many lists of Super Bowl contenders.
The problems lie in games against the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
The Packers are fresh from a Super Bowl victory over a Steelers team that whipped the Raiders. The Patriots went a league-best 14-2 in the regular season last year. The Jets lost a close game to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game. The Bears lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship game. And the Dolphins throttled the Raiders at the Coliseum last season.
Of more concern is the fact the Raiders lost to the Texans – minus star wide receiver Andre Johnson — at the Coliseum last season, and they have never beaten the Texans on the road.
Games against the Browns and Detroit Lions used to be the kind teams chalked up as easy victories. Not anymore. The Browns, who gave the Patriots one of their losses, and Lions showed signs of improvement last season and should be even better this season.
Yet, it’s obvious by now that it’s risky to place too much stock in results from the previous season. It’s not uncommon for Super Bowl teams to miss the playoffs the following season. And there’s a long list of teams that made the quantum leap from doormat to Super Bowl team in one season in recent years.
The Raiders are counting upon using an 8-8 season in 2010 as a springboard to the playoffs next season. Hence the reason, they have signed or offered contracts to most of their top players who are prospective free agents.
And, why not? The Raiders rattled off several impressive victories in 2009 and won more games last season than they had since 2002. The thinking goes that, another year’s experience for the younger players, keeping the core of the team intact and the promotion of Hue Jackson to coach will be enough to make the difference.
It might be easy to discount what the Raiders accomplished last season, given six of their victories came against teams in a division that won more games (31 combined) than only the AFC South (30, including four against the Raiders) and NFC West (25, including two against the Raiders), and their two other victories came against the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks in, by far, the weakest division.
The same can’t be said if the Raiders finish with a winning record or make the playoffs this season. There are few easy games – the three games against the Buffalo Bills and Broncos are the lone qualifiers, at this point — this time around on a scheduled littered with tough opponents from top to bottom.

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  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    How the NFL Runs It’s Business – Communist Party-style

    Some of you may not believe this, given my UC Berkeley education, lefty political orientation and recently expressed views on the NFL labor standoff, but I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Communist Party.

    However, I can think of 32 extremely wealthy individuals for whom such a statement might increasingly appear to be a stretch.

    In defending the NFL owners’ decision to lock out the league’s players last week, many pro-management readers asked derisively if I understood capitalism. The owners, they argued, assume all the risks – and are thus entitled to extract whatever concessions from their employees they felt were necessary to increase the profitability of their respective businesses.

    Well, I’m not sure if I understand capitalism in quite that way, but I do have a basic comprehension of communism. And I’m here to tell you that there are many similarities between the people running NFL teams and the folks in charge of Soviet-bloc governments between World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    The first and most obvious parallel is that the NFL’s 32 franchises equally distribute a large portion of their revenues, most glaringly the multi-billion-dollar TV-rights deals that are the lifeblood of the league, but also national sponsorships and licensing fees, and a percentage of gate receipts.

    There is also a de facto cost-control mechanism via the presence of a salary cap, which annually mandates minimum and maximum spending figures for player compensation. With apologies to Adam Smith, there is no “invisible hand” regulating the NFL economy; rather, it’s more like a hand making a clenched-fist salute you might have seen in Red Square in the 1950s.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-how_to_run_a_business_communist_party_style_031711

  • oo

    Henderson DUI

  • oo

    fire-arms

  • DKnight007

    46.RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 11:59 am
    The Raiders need to get a strong and physical DT, RT/RG, a physical BEAST OLB (not small) to pair with Wimbley and McClain, add a vet WR as competition, and a BEAST blocking FB who can catch the ball from time to time.

    ***

    DK007,

    Reece = Fullback
    Groves/Goethel = WLB
    Seymour & Kelly = DT’s
    DHB, Murphy, Ford, Schilens & Nmiller = WR Corps

    Print That!

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Nope…it should not be that simple.

    Reece is not a good enough blocker to be in their full time.

    Groves/Goethel are smallish patchwork guys who do not make enough plays and aren’t physical enough on an every down basis.

    Need to develop a big, physical 310-325 pound backup to both Seymour and Kelly. Henderson is old and breaking down and may not even make it through camp.

    Need to bring in a VET WR to compete and push the WR corps for their jobs. Competition is a good thing for these young WR’s. Make them earn their jobs.

  • DKnight007
  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    I don’t buy that article KK. So what if the NFL shares their revenues equally. Its done to keep all the teams afloat, not a demand to share the wealth for the common spirit of the folks. Its a profitable business and keeping all the teams afloat is good business for the NFL.

    If the NFL were ran commie style, I doubt the players would be paid handsomely as they are, and they probably couldn’t spend their hanndsome money on the luxurious lifestyles they choose to. The ‘workers’ are paid well, yes they are.

    And there has to be a salary cap. How stupid to liken the NFL to a defunct system. Success is motivated by profit and that is what makes the NFL as successful as it has been. Now granted financial motivation and success can and in many cases have a unholy side affect, but lest I digress, anybody can write anything and people buy it. I don’t.

    All I care about is Coach Davis gets another ring.

  • phatcable

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.
    ————————————————-

    Jerry is going to hear about this!

    well another guy is running the website while jerry is away this steve (pull the corkman)!

  • Mistabr0wn

    KK, posts links from the most unreliable sources imaginable. He’s a danger to himself.
    _____

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t buy that article KK.

  • phatcable

    The NFL is again tweaking the rules in the name of player safety. The planned and proposed changes have also spurred potential new uniforms to more accurately reflect the direction the game is going: Future NFL uniforms The “Bubble Wrap” uniform, for QB’s only I know you’ve heard this by now–”might as well put skirts on ‘em”–…

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    KK, What motivates you to sell a house? Profit? Well you wouldn’t be allowed to make a profit if you lived in a commie land, if there are any of them left.

    All I care is for Coach Davis to get another ring.

  • Mistabr0wn

    KK, doesn’t sell any houses so that makes it easy for him to deal with his anxiety about capitalism.
    ______

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    KK, What motivates you to sell a house?

  • phatcable

    who ever is working on this server problem has the same IQ as there are planets in the solar system 5.

  • Dakota

    If a player gets in trouble without a CBA in place, can the NFL punish him once a new deal is reached?

  • phatcable

    why is koolkell posting a hour into the future?

  • Dakota

    I would love to see the NBA draft set aside…..the Lakers would have the best players whenever they wanted them lol.

    The Raiders though? Not so much.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Pres Derelict took time from his busy schedule of wrecking the economy and bankrupting us to fill out his March madness brackets, way to go Brownie!!! Keep up the bad work 2012 is almost here!

    :D

  • phatcable

    daylight savings time has the website screwed up!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Crybaby, stay home!
    _____

    Castillo, a San Francisco 49ers fan who lives in the East Bay, attended the exhibition game between the Raiders and 49ers and sat in the Black Hole, the end-zone area of the Coliseum known for hosting the most die-hard Raiders fanatics. A fight broke out about two rows away, and Castillo said in his lawsuit that he was “jostled and pushed” by Raiders fans but was not involved in the fight.

    Still, Castillo said he was tackled by an Oakland police officer, thought to be Ocampo. The officer twisted and bent Castillo’s left arm behind his back to apply handcuffs, causing his arm to break, despite the fact that Castillo was not resisting arrest, the suit said. The suit also

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    60.Dakota Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    If a player gets in trouble without a CBA in place, can the NFL punish him once a new deal is reached?

    The NFL has conduct rules. But without a so-callled CBA, my guess is, they will outsource the punishment. But on the other hand, is the NFL liable for the behavior without a so-called CBA?

    I’m sure Coach Davis will handle his own players like any good parent would handle their children. Coach will see that everyone gets their justice.

  • FinanceO

    testing

  • FinanceO

    im banned

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.
    ————————————————-

    Jerry is going to hear about this!

  • FinanceO

    I’m back!!!!!!!!!

    Buckeye,
    I was banned my brother, but im OK. no jail or other issues. lol

    Preppie,
    THE OSU is still better than Mich!!!!!!!

  • JLofty

    You gotta beat good teams if you want to make some noise in the playoffs in the NFL. Can’t be afraid of the NE’s, Bears, etc. So I don’t care if we have a “hard” schedule or a so-called “soft” schedule. There are no easy games in the NFL.
    Just win baby!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    For instance, someone like ultra-cheap Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, who essentially had a stadium built for him by taxpayers and who resists creative means of generating revenue at every turn, can field a perpetually poor product and laugh all the way to the (Ohio River) bank. Similarly, Brown’s comrade William Clay Ford can afford to lure Matt Millen, a man with zero managerial experience, out of the broadcasting booth and put him in charge of the Detroit Lions for seven-plus years and, despite disastrous results, continue to haul in F150-sized truckloads of cash.

    Again, the model is deliciously Eastern-bloc. The owners love free markets, but not when it comes to labor. There is the salary cap, which ensures that more than 40 percent of adjusted revenues (and, essentially, a little more than 50 percent of total revenues) don’t go to the players; there are rules limiting free agency and movement; and, coming soon, there will be a rookie wage scale that drastically holds down the free-market value for the top incoming players. The draft, as I wrote Wednesday, violates U.S. antitrust law. Imagine Harvard’s top business-school graduate being told he must work for a firm in Buffalo, at a predetermined wage, or have no other realistic options to ply his trade.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-how_to_run_a_business_communist_party_style_031711

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    KK, I’ll bet that yahoo from yahoo is still in school on US Govt’ grant or financial aide money.

    FYI, a F150 is an average size pick up truck. A doggone 1/2 ton pick up truck. A Ford, made in the USA. Shows you how much he knows about trucks, or anything else for that matter.

    Its butt ugly awful you get caught up in that clap.

    Long Live Coach Davis!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Dakota Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Fastest way to kill professional sports would be to take away the drafts. The draft is the only thing that gives many fans hope in the offseason…..how else are bad teams going to get star players?
    ———————————–
    The Free Markets, you Republican duplicitous monkey.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Coach Davis didn’t celebrate goin 8-8.

  • Dakota

    Fastest way to kill professional sports would be to take away the drafts. The draft is the only thing that gives many fans hope in the offseason…..how else are bad teams going to get star players? I would think Raider fans would understand that….especially after the last 8 years.

  • phatcable

    8-8 is good enough if they do that for the next ten years that will be okay!

  • phatcable

    The NFL competition committee will recommend significant changes on kickoffs and instant replay at the owners meetings next week in New Orleans.

    The committee’s proposal includes moving the kickoff up to the 35-yard line from the 30 and bringing a touchback out to the 25 (instead of the 20). The result would be fewer kickoff returns, which is a departure from past efforts to limit touchbacks.

    In this Dec. 6, 2009, file photo, Carolina Panthers’ Rhys Lloyd (5) kicks off against the Buccaneers in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo)If the replay rule is passed, all scoring plays will be subject to an automatic booth review without the coaches needing to throw a red challenge flag — just like the rules for all replays in the final two minutes of each half.

    The competition committee also will propose the elimination of all forms of the wedge block on kickoff returns and require players on the kickoff coverage unit to line up between the 30- and the 35-yard lines. The goal of the various changes is to reduce injuries on kickoffs.

    “The injury rate on kickoffs remains a concern for us,” competition committee chairman Rich McKay told reporters.

    McKay said the average kickoff was fielded at the 5.5-yard line in 2011, so not all kickoffs would automatically reach the end zone under the proposed rule change. He also said the average starting position for teams was the 27.6-yard line, so a 25-yard line start would be closer to that average.

    With regard to the replay proposal, McKay said the goal is to take some of the burden off coaches, who don’t always get a good look at replays. The committee doesn’t want slow the pace of the game but believes the tradeoff of greater accuracy on game-changing plays is worth it.

    All proposals will be voted on by the owners at next week’s annual meeting.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Welcome back O.
    Glad to hear all is well. Good to hear ya didn’t get pulled over with a fat sack of good stuff in your car. lol.

    Just in time for some mock drafts, too.

    How about that #1 team in the land. THE OSU. (won’t bring up Tressel right now).

  • Dakota
  • FinanceO

    GO Aztecs!!!!!!!!!!
    Go Bucks!!!!!!!

    Free Raider O!!!!!!!!!

  • FinanceO

    unions!!!! I told you people!!!!

  • Dakota

    You get banned RaiderO?

    Just go to the Reply box at the bottom of the page, then click on FinanceO where it says Logged in as FinanceO. On the page that pulls up you can change your name back to RaiderO under one of the options. Just make sure to click on save changes at the bottom of that page.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Dakota Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Fastest way to kill professional sports would be to take away the drafts. The draft is the only thing that gives many fans hope in the offseason…..how else are bad teams going to get star players?
    ———————————–
    The Free Markets, you duplicitous monkey.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    You’d think they’d have a link to the moderator on this site.

  • FinanceO

    Buckeye,

    Its my last semester, so im working harder to improve my financial skills to prepare for the job market (if there is one). I appreciate your concern, and thats one of the reasons why I love the State of Ohio so much. Great people (not like those preppies up north) lol.

    Thx Dakota, but its not working bro. I got banned for mixing it with KK (I think).

  • FinanceO

    this site is having problems, and i have to go to my Portfolio mgmt class.
    Later Gents, and I’m glad i can post with you good people again.

    Dakota,
    Ill try again from home.

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    Hmmm

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    FinanceO,

    Just change your nickname to RaiderO and then select RaiderO in the drop down box where it says “Display name publicly as”

    Then hit update profile.

    Works for me anyhow.

  • GoodOle00

    C’mon Mario…think I’d like to see him cut from the team.

    Lets just be done wit it. He postin away on Fb and all like nothin goin on.

    Don’t know the full deal but sounds like he just got caught with a gun in his car.

    Not bright. Get the CCP

  • kvnbntly

    Free agent S Michael Huff confirmed that he did not sign an extension with the Raiders before the CBA expired on March 3.
    Internet rumors had apparently surfaced claiming Huff was the latest to land a long-term deal from owner Al Davis. On the contrary, the Raiders didn’t even slap the fifth-year safety with a restricted free agent tender. He appears headed to the highest bidder on the open market.

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