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Raiders preview: Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Bruce Irvin and more

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khalilmackThe Bay Area News Group’s NFL preview magazine hit doorsteps and newsstands on Sunday and the content has now rolled out to our web sites as well.

Here’s all the content you’ll want to read about your 2016 Raiders.

It starts with Jerry McDonald’s cover story on Khalil Mack, your kind and gentle (off the field) NFL superstar.

I wrote the secondary Raiders feature on quarterback Derek Carr and the take from around the NFL on what’s in store for his third season

One of my favorite pieces is this Q&A I did with outside linebacker Bruce Irvin. Among the topics we hit was what would happen in a tussle between Seattle’s 12th Man and Oakland’s Black Hole. His answer is pretty priceless.

Here’s a brief preview of the AFC West and how the division stacks up. Here’s a look at the top plots and subplots facing the Raiders this year.

This link highlights the potential breakout players and other players worth watching. This is a little by the numbers featurette.

Finally, here’s a week by week look at the Raiders schedule.

Enjoy!

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • nolarick

    From your lips to god’s ears.

  • 24

    I’d think it was cool if I wasn’t a Sharks fan ;P

    No it’s still kinda cool…damnit.

  • jesusraiderjim

    NO!!!!!!

  • nolarick

    Does anyone really watch ice-soccer?

  • Dakota

    No one says he sucks……but he has some stuff to work on. He got a lot of those TDs during garbage time in year one, and he had a great HOF-like start to year two, but then fell off dramatically in the second half of year two. I think almost everyone is excited to have a QB with the potential to be great…….but he isn’t great yet.

  • Dan78

    Oh Jesus, not again..

  • nolarick

    There was much hyperbole flying about re: DC’s 4th quarter performances…just sayin’

  • Dakota

    Since the Lakers have sucked for the last 5 years, I have found myself watching a lot more LA Kings games!

  • Dakota

    Love it.

  • 24

    Well…no.

    They’re my team and I follow them but do I take time to watch games and blog about them?

    No.

  • RaiderCODE

    completely accurate … everyone here says ‘he sucks’…

  • 24

    Well they’re a good team and they actually win Stanley’s so you gotta get your wins somewhere right?

  • nolarick

    Who’s Stanley? Some Canadian bloke?

  • Post to the Ghost

    Year two he was only as good as his O-line……Was thrown to the dogs as a rookie, and had to make happen what he could with a damaged line protecting him. Growing pains……..He’s gonna be great.

  • 24

    Oh you know…just the Lombardi version of Hockey.

  • RaiderCODE

    donkees : desperate much?

  • Dakota

    Well, as a fan of the Raiders for the last 32 years…..I take nothing for granted.

  • BroJackson34

    All garbage stats-famous blog observation.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Its bad and adictive.

  • 24

    Plus hes had 2 of the most conservative damn play callers ever in his 1st year and then Musgrave.

    If he had Hue as OC for example…the sky would be the limit BUT he still put up good numbers so whatevs.

  • nolarick

    How dare you profane the Lombardi by mentioning it in the same sentence with ice-soccer. I need to lay off the Red Bull. Screw it, going sailing. Later.

  • Dakota

    The great lord of middle earth?

  • 24

    You wouldn’t re sign Sanders to that contract? It’s decent. Only $11 mil a year with a very high guarantee.

  • Dakota

    I try to put it down between 5 and 8 to play with the kids lol.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Lord

  • 24

    Well you kinda have to.

  • Dan78

    2 Stanley cups ain’t to shabby… Now it’s the Raiders turn to get the Lombardi up to the sky…

  • shutdown corner

    Aren’t starting QB’s judged by wins and losses, not the amount of 4th quarter garbage yards and TD’s?

  • Dakota

    Not all…..just a very large portion.

  • Post to the Ghost

    Oh, trust me……I’ve grown cynical and less optimistic over the years myself. Hope for the best, expect the worst has gotten me through these lean years.

  • RaiderCODE

    For so many in here its either :

    * Get on your knees and worship and then you’re a ‘real fan’
    * Any criticism you’re a *hater* and not a ‘real fan’.

    there’s no in between?

  • Dakota

    All you can do…..

  • 24

    The biggest culprits are the Oakland home growns who think they’re the only real fans.

  • M.Shorter

    lol

  • Dakota

    4evr is an out of towner.

  • BroJackson34

    Most of your funny posts are at the end of the evening, but we don’t complain. You’re still our favorite poster Dakota! lol

  • Dan78

    No such thing as Raider Nation..

  • Post to the Ghost

    THIS^^^^^^^^^^

  • 24

    Exactly…tell them that.

  • PlunkforHOF

    You also must live in, or have lived in Oakland. I recently found out I’ve been a bandwagoner for the past 45 years.

  • Dakota

    Blog time is never garbage time!

  • Raider Bren

    There are many shades of Silver & Black.

  • RaiderCODE

    I wouldnt but glad they did – its really a 2 year $27 million deal he’s not gonna play year 3 most likely – and he’s not gonna be nearly the player without Manning… the entire offense will take a step back – say hello to 8 man boxes and press man…

  • Dan78

    They ignore it.. Forget who went up to Oakland in years they suck while they didn’t attend games..

  • 24

    It is when you’re sitting in a house full of garbage because you’ve spent 72 hours straight on the blog lol

  • Dan78

    Join the club of misfits… Raider Nation we are..

  • BroJackson34

    You sound like all the worshipping haters! lol

  • 24

    Not even Manning was Manning last year and he still did ok. Hes a good football player.

  • shutdown corner

    The biggest culprits are the Oakland home growns who think they’re the only real fans.
    ========================================================

    Not true. Just get in the back of bus if you’re not from the town. And I mean the VERY back.

  • Dakota

    Maybe that channel that has the show “Horders” can start a new program called “Bloggers: Ruining their Lives One Comment at a Time”