This article is part of our Team Previews series.
By Kevin O'Brien
STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The Raiders made further improvement a year ago, but after losing some big pieces in the offseason, it will not be easy for them to do so again in 2011.
The Raiders finished last season a perfect 6-0 against teams in their own division, but they went just 2-8 against the rest of the league and finished an even 8-8. They missed out on the playoffs again, but the team played much better, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Raiders finished second in the league in rushing and scored more than twice as many points as the season before. Running back Darren McFadden finally played up to his potential, and Jacoby Ford developed into a scoring machine over the second half of the season. Jason Campbell, while not spectacular, avoided costly turnovers and started 13 of the team's 16 games.
Though 2010 marked the Raiders' first non-losing season since 2002, head coach Tom Cable was relieved of his duties and replaced by offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson. The offense - McFadden and Campbell especially - should benefit from playing in the same system for another year, but they will miss top pass catcher Zach Miller and top lineman Robert Gallery, both who departed for Seattle. The defense finished in the middle of the pack in 2010, but they'll have to employ a new philosophy in 2011 with star corner Nnamdi Asomugha now in Philadelphia. Asomugha eliminated half