Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/22/13
The Raiders may be having a "rebuilding" year whether they know it or not. They finished the 2012 season with a 4-12 record, and only had wins over three teams, granted they beat Kansas City twice. I asked my crystal ball to show me how the Raiders' season would end this year, and this is what it showed me.Week 1: Raiders @ ColtsThe season opener for the Raiders will not start the year off the way the team is hoping. Luck will have a big day and will leave the Raiders asking what happened. Prediction: Colts 31, Raiders 7Week 2: Jags @ RaidersNow this is going to be an interesting game, being as the Jags are one of the three teams the Raiders managed to beat last season. I do think it will be a close game, and the Raiders will manage to win this one. Prediction: Raiders 17, Jags 14Week 3: Raiders @ BroncosThe Raiders will go into Denver feeling good about themselves as they face their old rivals. Sadly, the Broncos are on another level from Oakland this year, and will dominate them in all aspects of the game. Look for Manning and company to be merciless. Prediction: Broncos 42, Raiders 7Week 4: Redskins @ RaidersThe one good thing to come from the beating they took last year is the teams collective stinging pride. It will motivate them to come back determined against the Redskins, allowing them to get another much needed win. Prediction: Raiders 21, Redskins 17Week 5: Chargers @ RaidersThe Raiders are in a state of disarray, and so are the Chargers. This will be a low scoring game and neither team will look overly impressive. Prediction: Chargers 10, Raiders 7Week 6: Raiders @ ChiefsThings do look bleak for the Raiders this year, sadly they look even worse for the Chiefs. The Raiders should consider this to be their easy game. Prediction: Raiders 24, Chiefs 6Week 7: Bye WeekWeek 8: Steelers @ RaidersArguably the two teams with the best fans square off in Week 8, but unfortunately for the Raiders, the Nation can't suit up and help them fend off the Steelers. Prediction: Steelers 31, Raiders 14Week 9: Eagles @ RaidersStill sore from the spanking the Steelers gave them last week, they will look to stand up for themselves verses the Eagles this week. But the Eagles will find a way to hand them yet another loss, probably a close game though. Prediction: Eagles 24, Raiders 21Week 10: Raiders @ GiantsThings do not get better for Oakland this week. Eli Manning and company simply provide too many problems for the Raiders to solve. Prediction: Giants 34, Raiders 10Week 11: Raiders @ TexansThe Raiders will not find a win in Houston. The Texans will be rolling full steam ahead by this point, and the Raiders will find themselves run over. Prediction: Texans 38, Raiders 9Week 12: Titans @ RaidersWhile the Titans didn't have a much better season than the Raiders did last year, I believe the Raiders do not have the players to prevent what the Titans do best. Look for Chris Johnson to have a big day here. Prediction: Titans 24, Raiders 14Week 13: Raiders @ CowboysWhile most homes in the country will be giving thanks while watching the Thanksgiving Day game, the Cowboys will be thanking the Raiders for showing up. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant both will shine as the Raiders fall. Prediction: Cowboys 21, Raiders 10Week 14: Raiders @ JetsThe Raiders will be desperate for a win after dropping so many in a row, and they just might be able to pull it off against the Jets. I hesitate, but will give the Raiders the nod on this one, although I do believe it's going to be close. Prediction: Raiders 14, Jets 13Week 15: Chiefs @ RaidersThe Raiders will be glad to see the Chiefs again, expecting another easy win to give them some confidence to finish out the season, but I am calling for the upset this time as the Chiefs manage to shock the Raiders! Prediction: Chiefs 24, Raiders 14Week 16: Raiders @ ChargersThe Chargers barely won earlier in the season, but they will be better by this point. Look for the Raiders to be facing a fairly different team this time around. Prediction:  Chargers 21, Raiders 14Week 17: Broncos @ RaidersAs if the season had not been bad enough, now they have to finish against the Broncos. With no postseason in sight and the Broncos headed towards the Super Bowl, the Raiders will want to make a statement for this one.Unfortunately, the Broncos will dominate them in every aspect of the game. This one will be painful again. Prediction: Broncos 31, Raiders 13
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