5. What is your boldest prediction for the Raiders, either as a team or for a player, for the upcoming season?
Blackhanside: 3 Pro Bowl linemen…ON EACH SIDE OF THE BALL.
Brazy: Bruce Irvin has 16 sacks and the Raiders bring home the Lombardi, in their last year playing in Oakland.
Dylan: Derek Carr is unconscious for sixteen straight weeks, has fever dreams that he’s still playing ball in Fresno, and throws for 4,500 yards with 35 TD’s.
Justin: My boldest prediction is that DeAndre Washington will be the team’s starting running back by the end of the season. Murray is great but Washington showed special vision and burst during the preseason, he can pass protect even for a smaller guy, and his skills catching the ball out of the backfield are quite enticing.
Washington will be the lead back by season’s end — and that’s more to do with how good Washington is than a lack of faith in Murray.
Seth: Khalil Mack wins defensive player of the year, and Derek Carr finishes in the top five in both passing yards and touchdowns.
Tyler D.: Khalil Mack will best the NFL single-season sack record this year, with 24.5.
Tyler R.: I can’t say my boldest prediction is winning the super bowl, because I don’t think it is totally insane. Bias or not, crazier things have happened in EVERY sport. So I’ll say Khalil Mack becomes the first defensive player to win NFL MVP since Lawrence Taylor.