Enemy Intel: Raiders

Enemy Intel: Raiders
April 9, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Three weeks into free agency, the salary cap-strapped Redskins have focused mostly on retaining their own players. But that doesn’t mean their 2013 opponents haven’t been busy adding free agents to fill holes and reshape rosters. Recently, we examined Washington’s NFC EAST foes, the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys. In the coming weeks, we’re going to check in with the rest of the teams who appear on the Redskins’ schedule next season.

 Team: Raiders

2012 record: 4-12

Key acquisitions: QB Matt Flynn (trade), CB Tracy Porter, CB Mike Jenkins, LB Kaluka Maiava, LB Nick Roach, LB Kevin Burnett, DT Pat Sims, DT Vance Walker, DE Jason Hunter

2013 outlook: The biggest move in what’s been a busy offseason for the Raiders was the acquisition was of quarterback Matt Flynn and the trading away of incumbent Carson Palmer to the Cardinals.

If Flynn wins the starting job as expected – he’ll compete with Terrelle Pryor – he’ll be the third starting quarterback in three seasons for Oakland, which is in full rebuild mode under GM Reggie McKenzie.

In addition to landing the unproven Flynn, the Raiders have added a handful of second-tier free agents (see above) to a roster that last season ranked 26th in points scored per game (18.1) and 28th in points allowed (27.7). But McKenzie has also been busy releasing, trading and allowing other vets to walk (Palmer, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, LB Rolando McLain, DB Michael Huff, TE Brandon Myers, to name a few) as he attempts tread water while cleaning up the salary cap mess left behind by the previous administration.

With so much turnover, it’s tough to say whether the 2013 Raiders will be better than a four-win team or just have a different cast of characters as they struggle to another sub. 500 season.

So while we can only guess as to how this is all going to come together (or fall apart), this is a road game the Redskins probably will need to win if they’re expecting a second straight 10 win season.