Ranks vr the other teams in the NFL. I found these on NFL.com.
2008 2009 2010
Total Offense yards 29th 31st 14th Big improvement
Total points 29th 31st 10th Huge improvement
Passing Yards 32nd 29th 24th small improvement
Rushing Yards 10th 21st 3rd Big improvement
Sacks given up 30th 27th still a big problem
QB hits 28th 16th big improvement
Avg Kick return yards 17th 32nd 21st improvement
Avg Punt return yards 2nd 29th 28th problem
Turn over differential 15th 30th 18th improvement but I'm not
sure the defensive contribution yet
Conclusion: our offense was historically putrid last year. JRus was a big part of it but we were bad all over.
08' was bad but at least we had some bright spots like Rushing yards/g, Return yards and an average TO differential. Total yards and points still sucked big time.
This year we have made monster strides, Points per game being the most important and rushing yards/g being our biggest strength. Our offensive line still gives up a bunch of sacks but at least the Qb isn't being hit near as much. Our return game is weak but we improved in 7 of the 9 O category's, some significantly.
This team is 5 times more watchable than last year. We are on pace to score almost as many points this year (400ish) than the last two years combined (263+197=460) and easily the most since 2002 (460). 2006 was also a big fat zombie donkey dung as they scored only 168 points. More on zombie donkey dung.
Having a cakewalk schedule (12 games in the AFC and NFC west- doesn't get any easier than that) helps, but Hue Jackson might need a big raise to keep another team from swiping him after this years massive improvement on the last few years. More on Jackson's background and signing Here. This year's standing's here. The AFC and NFC west have a combined 46-60 record.
Whoever was most responsible for having a great draft needs an extension also. I know the Raider's keep this kind of thing close to the vest but does anyone know or heard any rumors as to who this draft guru is? I think Al got the 4th round pick but the rest of it is a mystery and until I hear otherwise I'm not giving Al much credit. Lots of info about Al Davis here from wikipedia.
this years draft picks Raiders.com
We haven't had many scraps in the last decade but this years offense has been an absolute pleasure.