Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Oct 2011

ESPN: Does Palmer Make Oakland a Contender?

We examine the Carson Palmer trade and conclude that it's a lot more about sustaining Oakland's playoff chances than actually improving the Raiders. The offensive line, in particular, has made a leap that has helped the Raiders offense play well.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 20 Oct 2011

6 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2011, 9:12am by Blotzphoto


by Alexander :: Thu, 10/20/2011 - 3:12pm

I assume the answer is no?

by JIPanick :: Thu, 10/20/2011 - 3:52pm

I would assume the answer is "no", on the grounds they already are. A weak one, to be sure, but a contender.

by Anonymous(not that one) (not verified) :: Thu, 10/20/2011 - 6:00pm

I'm trying to figure out why I have an active Insider account already turned on, but I click through here and then I'm supposed to sign in again.

by Nobodyknows (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2011 - 2:46am

Very funny, but Schatz comes out with an emphatic YES. He says the Raiders currently have the second-best odds of making the playoffs in the AFC (the Pats have higher odds).

I'm less convinced. The defense is shaky, but with the easy schedule ahead, they should eke out 9-10 wins. That may be enough to take the division.

Yoda says: Go deep in the playoffs they will not.

by Eggwasp (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2011 - 4:44am

As a Raider fan, I'll take that!

by Blotzphoto :: Fri, 10/21/2011 - 9:12am

I'm rooting for Palmer to make this work. He'll have the best OL he's had since 2005.