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Raiders Can Be Better Within AFC West

By Bess Shapiro




Darren McFadden (20) of the Oakland Raiders checks on teammate Carson Palmer, who was sacked seven times in four combined games against the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in 2012. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Darren McFadden (20) of the Oakland Raiders checks on teammate Carson Palmer, who was sacked seven times in four combined games against the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in 2012. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Protect the quarterback. Regardless of whom gets Oakland’s starting QB job, the offensive line needs to give plays time to develop. Last season Carson Palmer was sacked four times for 31 yards in both games against the Broncos, who ranked fourth last season in scoring defense. He fared better against San Diego, but was still sacked three times for 21 yards. With enough time, the QB can get a short pass to Jacoby Ford or a long strike to Denarius Moore or Rod Streater.