Carson Palmer already went on the record saying he sees a Lombardi Trophy coming to Oakland. So it can’t in anyway be surprising that Palmer has called the 2012 Raiders a playoff ready team.
Palmer’s prediction isn’t bold by any means. Not when he’s playing QB in a division where 9 wins could be good enough to get a home date in the postseason. And it’s especially mild when compared to the last Raider to call his shot. We still haven’t forgotten your ill-fated guarantee, Richard Seymour.
Both Seymour and Palmer have a big hand in helping the Raiders to the playoffs.
The last two years the Raiders have missed out on the playoffs no thanks to a lack of focus at key moments in crucial contests. Two late losses that stand out from last season are the second half collapse in Buffalo and the complete lack of defense in the fourth quarter against Detroit. In both instances an improved defense would have equally a win which would have made the Raiders AFC West.
To be sure Palmer’s picks didn’t help the cause either. It goes without saying that Palmer is going to have to cut way down on the turnovers if his prediction has any chance of coming true. He’ll also need a healthy Darren McFadden. But some things are out of his control.
So much remains to be seen but at least you know the expectations are high in the locker room. That’s definitely a good sign for a team that has been mired in mediocrity the last two years.