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Week 13: Oakland Raiders

Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) prepares hand off against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After last season’s debacle in Oakland, we should all know better than to take this game for granted. The Raiders are a better team than last year, with offseason moves galore. Oakland hired Jack Del Rio to replace interim coach Tony Sparano, and brought in Michael Crabtree to be a top option on offense.

The questions surrounding the Raiders is whether Derek Carr is the answer at quarterback. Despite a lack of weapons and a mediocre offensive line, Carr shined in his rookie year with 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns. However, Carr did struggle with accuracy, only completing 58.1 percent of his passes.

The defense is still below average, but getting better. Rookie linebacker Khalil Mack was a stud in 2014, and the additions of inside linebacker Curtis Lofton and nose tackle Dan Williams will only make him better. The secondary is an area of concern, led by ageless veteran Charles Woodson.

Kansas City should beat the Raiders, but this won’t be easy. It never is.

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