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The Oakland Raiders roster that takes the field in Week 1 will look quite a bit different than the squad that opened the season a year ago. Considering last year’s team finished 4-12 and failed to post a winning record for the 11th straight year, that may not be a bad thing.

With a ton of available cap space the Raiders loaded up on veterans on both sides of the ball in the offseason. Whether aging vets will finally get Oakland back to respectability is another matter.

Oakland Raiders Odds to Win AFC West: +1800 at Bovada
Oakland Raiders Odds to Win Super Bowl: 100/1 at Bovada
Oakland Raiders Regular Season Win Total: 5 at Bovada
Oakland Raiders Betting Props: Matt Schaub to lead NFL in Passing Yards 100/1 at Bovada

Matt Schaub is coming off the worst season of his career, but the Raiders must think he can right the ship and regain some of his old form after bringing him on board to lead the offense. He’ll be at the helm until newly drafted Derek Carr is ready to take over. Hopefully for Raiders fans’ sake that won’t be too long.

Darren McFadden has proven throughout his career that he is unable to stay healthy and be the No. 1 back over an entire season. To try and keep McFadden from breaking down, again, the Raiders have turned to Plan B and brought in Maurice Jones-Drew to split the carries. Also brought in to try and ignite the offense were wide receivers James Jones and Greg Little. Adding them to Denarius Moore and Rod Streater still won’t frighten most teams' secondaries.

Where the Raiders made the most noise during the offseason was on defense. Oakland opened up the checkbook and amassed what would have been a Pro Bowl calibre defense – in 2011. Among the players Oakland signed were DE Justin Tuck, DE LaMarr Woodley, DT Antonio Smith, CB Carlos Rogers, and S Charles Woodson. If even half of those veterans can turn back the clock at all the Raiders' defense should improve. First round draft pick Khalil Mack is also expected be a solid addition to the pass rush, and getting tutored by Tuck and Woodley should only help his transition to the NFL.

The Raiders split a lot of their results right down the middle last season, as they were 8-8 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS as a favorite, and 7-7 ATS as the underdog.

AFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Denver Broncos -300
San Diego Chargers +500
Kansas City Chiefs +600
Oakland Raiders +1800

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It is hard to believe that things can get any worse for the Oakland Raiders after 10 straight seasons without a winning record. But after going just 4-12 SU in 2012, the Raiders have gone into full rebuild mode and enter the 2013 season with one of the worst teams on paper in the entire NFL.

Odds to Win AFC West: +2000 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 5.5 at Bovada

After two straight 8-8 SU seasons, the Raiders took a step backwards in 2012, going just 4-12 SU and 5-11 ATS. Oakland made a wonderful fade down the stretch with a 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS record over its last nine games, and there could be plenty more where that came from this season.

Despite ranking 18th in total yards on offense with 344.0 yards per game, Oakland’s terrible red zone offense led to the team finishing 26th in the NFL in scoring with just 18.1 points per game. Last year’s two best weapons on offense, Carson Palmer (who passed for 4,018 yards) and tight end Brandon Myers, are both gone.

Matt Flynn takes over at quarterback, and actually has some solid pieces around him in RB Darren McFadden and wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. But McFadden and Ford have fought major injury issues throughout their careers, so expecting long term production from them is risky.

And even if the offense does stay healthy and produce, the defense is a work in progress to say the least. After finishing 28th in the NFL allowing 27.7 points per game last year, Oakland has completely revamped its defense and lost a lot of key players including Richard Seymour and leading tackler Philip Wheeler. The return of Charles Woodson is nice, but it doesn’t cover up the glaring holes in this unit.

Over the last decade under Al Davis, Oakland never went through a proper rebuild, always trying to patch holes up by throwing money at overrated players. This time, the Raiders are trying to go about it the right way; but it will take a while before they reap the rewards.

AFC West Odds at Bovada as of July 31
Denver Broncos -400
Kansas City Chiefs +600
San Diego Chargers +650
Oakland Raiders +2000