Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/9/12
Few people likely had the Oakland Raiders at the top of their Super Bowl contenders list before the start of the season.Those that did probably reluctantly admitted that this is a "rebuilding" year since Oakland is in a hole and looking up from a 3-5 record. As the Raiders face a stiff Baltimore Ravens defense this week, we make three bold predictions about the outcome of the game.1. The Raiders' running game will decimate the Ravens - With Baltimore defensive cornerstone Ray Lewis out, the Ravens' defense isn't the same.The Oakland running backs will have a big day, just not the ones you're used to seeing. Last week against the Buccaneers, star Darren McFadden had a horrific seven carries for 17 yards. He and second-stringer Mike Goodson are likely out this week with ankle sprains. Look for speedy rookie Taiwan Jones to step up and make a statement in his first real opportunity.2. Oakland will contain explosive Ray Rice - The Raiders' defense was an embarrassment last week allowing...
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