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Will JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders Turn the Page in 2009?

After finishing the 2006 season with a dismal 2-14 record, the Oakland Raiders have made strides, improving their win-loss record from both 2006 to 2007 and 2007 to 2008. The problem is that even in doing so, the Raiders still had just five wins last season. In fact, the team hasn’t surpassed the five-win mark since 2002.

So, what part of their game was lacking in 2008? How about all of it?

On the defensive side of the ball, Oakland gave up the ninth most points per game (24.2) and the sixth most yards per game (360.9) in the league. Perhaps a team with any semblance of an offense could have weathered that storm, but an offensive dynamo the Raiders were not.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who played in 15 games during his sophomore campaign, amassed just 2,423 ...

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