Oakland Raiders 2012-2013 Season Outlook

Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders

Notable Incoming Rookies
Brandon Carswell – Wide Receiver – USC (6”1 201lbs.)
Juron Criner – Wide Receiver – Arizona (6”3 224lbs.)
Kyle Efaw – Tight End – Boise State (6”4 247lbs.)
Thomas Mayo – Wide Receiver – California (6”2 205lbs.)
Travionte Session – Wide Receiver – Nevada (6”2 191lbs.)
Tony Bergstrom – Offensive Guard – Utah (6”5 313lbs.)
Dan Knapp – Offensive Tackle – Arizona State (6”5 304lbs.)
Lucas Nix – Offensive Guard – Pittsburgh (6”5 317lbs.)
Jack Crawford – Defensive End – Penn State (6”5 274lbs.)
Chaz Powell – Safety – Penn State (6”1 207lbs.)

Raiders upcoming Schedule
Preseason Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys; 8:00pm EDT Monday, Aug. 13th
Preseason Week 2: @ Arizona Cardinals; 10:00pm EDT Friday, Aug. 17th
Preseason Week 3: Detroit Lions; 7:00pm EDT Saturday, Aug. 25th
Preseason Week 4: @ Seattle Seahawks; 10:00pm EDT Thursday, Aug. 30th
Season Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers; 10:15pm EDT Monday, Sept. 10th
You can view the entire Raiders Schedule here.

Division/Conference Forecast
The Oakland Raiders play in the AFC West along with the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Raiders are not currently preseason favorites to win their division, the AFC West should be wide open all year long for their contention. It is unlikely that the Oakland Raiders will win the entire AFC conference, but a playoff berth is realistic and certainly possible for this team if they stay focused down the stretch.

Serious Injuries
There are no dire injuries currently on the Raider’s squad. All players are expected to be good to go for training camp.

Notable Players Acquired in Free Agency
Kyle Boller – Quarterback – Unrestricted Free Agent
Lito Sheppard – Cornerback – Unrestricted Free Agent