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Raiders primed to end losing streak

Defensive front seven gives Oakland plenty of reason to be optimistic

Originally Published: August 10, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NAPA, Calif. -- This is the best I've felt about a Raiders team in years.

Two years ago, I forecast a seven- or eight-win season based on an easy Raiders schedule. That prediction turned out wrong as Oakland finished 5-11. What I saw on the practice field Monday indicates that -- regardless of the schedule -- the Raiders are headed in the right direction.

One of the problems in recent years is that the Raiders seemed like a baseball team swinging for the fences instead of just getting ...

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