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Silver Minings: ESPN doesn’t see a bright future for Raiders

The sports network ranks NFL teams over the course of the next three seasons

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ESPN has done a large, complex project ranking all 32 NFL teams over the course of the next three seasons.

A committee of analysts rated each team’s quarterback room (20 percent of the formula), the rest of the roster (30 percent), recent draft history (15 percent), the front office (15 percent) and the coaching staff (20 percent) to conclude how the teams stack up for the next three seasons.

Bad news ... the panel is not high on the Raiders for the next three years. They are ranked at No. 28 out of 32. Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs are ranked No. 1.

My reaction to the Raiders being near the bottom of the NFL? A resounding “whatever.”

It’s difficult to figure out what is going to happen this season, nevertheless in 2023. The Raiders feel good about their program — if it doesn’t work, changes will be needed. If however, it does work — panels like this will not look very smart.

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