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Hue Jackson says Raiders will win division

Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 3:45 pm
 
Can Oakland can win AFC West? Why not. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

“We’re going to win the AFC West. We’re going to do everything we can to get in the playoffs and go challenge for a Super Bowl. I am not backing down from that.”

That was Raiders head coach Hue Jackson at his Monday press conference. Our first thought after reading those remarks: "Hey, why not? This is the AFC West we're talking about. And through the first month of the season, the Raiders have every right to think they can win the division."

Also worth noting: Oakland went 6-0 in the AFC West last season but because of their 8-8 overall record finished behind the Chiefs and Chargers. (Seriously, this could only happen to the Raiders.)

And even without Nnamdi Asomugha and Zach Miller -- two key players who went elsewhere in free agency -- Oakland has been one of the surprises a quarter of the way through the season. It starts with running back Darren McFadden, but Jason Campbell has done a good job of managing the offense, and the defense (save the second-half implosion against the Bills in Week 2) has been solid.

Either way, Jackson sounds like a man legitimately confident in his team.

"I expected to be 4-0," he said Monday. "I really did. I'm not going to back off of that, and we're not. We're 2-2, so I'm disappointed but not discouraged because I know what's in the locker room. I've said this before: I have to keep coaching and keep pushing and keep grinding on these players. And these players have to keep responding, and they've responded every time I've asked them to. Maybe not as fast as I want them to, maybe not as fast as everybody wants them to, but I know the message is there, and it's clear."

Helping Oakland's cause: the Broncos are one of the league's truly awful teams, the Chiefs are somehow worse, and the Chargers hardly look like a playoff outfit, despite their 3-1 start.

The Raiders will face an Andre Johnson-less Texans team this week, the Browns the week after, and then following their Week 8 bye, will play three consecutive division games against the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers.

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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Hue Jackson says Raiders will win division

I rebute with facts, and you all you can do is question my grammar. And you have the audacity to call me utterly stupid, stupid?



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Hue Jackson says Raiders will win division

Umm this century a couple of AFC west titles, a Super Bowl apperance.....oh a MVP. Can the dolts say the lats two?
I love Raiders fans. They are dumber than Jets fans, Well maybe a tie.

The Chargers can say one of the last two. They have had an MVP this century.  The Raiders haven't had anyone like LaDainian Tomlinson or Philip Rivers this century or in the last 2 decades.  Chargers fans have been treated to some Hall Of Fame talent this century.

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LaDainian Tomlinson, often referred to by his initials, L. T., has been selected to five Pro Bowls and has been an All-Pro six times. Tomlinson won two rushing titles, in 2006 and 2007. During the 2006 NFL season, he set several records and received numerous honors and awards including the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award and Associated Press’ Offensive Player of the Year Award.
Holds the all-time NFL record for single season touchdowns (31). (The previous record was 28, set in 2005 by Shaun Alexander.)
Holds the all-time NFL record for single season rushing touchdowns (28). (The previous record was 27, set in 2003 by Priest Holmes and in 2005 by Shaun Alexander.)
Holds the all-time NFL record for the most points scored in a single season (186). (The previous record was 176, set in 1960 by Paul Hornung.)
Holds the all-time NFL record for the most games with 2+ rushing touchdowns (38).
Holds the all-time NFL record for the most games with 3+ rushing touchdowns (12).
Holds the all-time NFL record for the most games with 200+ yards from scrimmage in a season (5) in 2003.

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Philip Rivers' career passer rating of 96.4 is second-best all-time among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts, behind Aaron Rodgers.

NFL Record for most passing yards through first 10 games of a season - 3,251 yds (2010)
[edit] Awards and Honors3× Pro Bowl (2006, 2009, 2010)
2008 Pro Bowl Alternate (Declined because of injury)
Rivers was named the quarterback in the 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards over Brady, the unanimous selection for The Associated Press 2010 Most Valuable Player Award.
3× AFC Offensive Player of the Month (December - 2008 & 2009, October - 2010)



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Hue Jackson says Raiders will win division

, if that makes you feel better about how utterly horrible they have been this century, Umm this century a couple of AFC west titles, a Super Bowl apperance.....oh a MVP. Can the dolts say the lats two????? And the only reason why the rings, 3 of em dont forget, was brought up is because of you failing to realize that the 13 game streak was a thing of the past. So then lets go ahead and compare. Yes you won 13 in a row during the worst stretch in franchise history but it will never happen again. The Raider will make it 4 in a row this season.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Hue Jackson says Raiders will win division

Even though the Raiders look like contenders for the AFCW title right now, its too early for your new coach to say that you will win the division. Its a two team race at this point, Chargers and Raiders. I just dont see the Raiders pulling it out, even though they are respectable again. If the Raiders win on Nov 10, then let them talk.


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