Oakland Raiders – The 2011 NFL season has been an interesting one to say the least, for the Oakland Raiders. Currently riding a two game winning streak and sitting at four and two, the Raiders appear poised to take a run at the AFC West crown and then the Super Bowl. The last two weeks have been rough for the Raiders, as owner Al Davis passed away before the game last Sunday, and then top quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a season ending collarbone injury in the team’s victory last night.
Meaning to say, with the NFL trade deadline tomorrow, the Raiders may be in search for a top quarterback to help keep the team’s playoff hopes alive. Two interesting rumors for Oakland include Cincinnati Bengals hold out Carson Palmer and Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Palmer hasn’t played all season, however his familiarity with Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson from their days in Cincinnati, could allow Palmer to slide right in with the Raiders offense.
On the other hand, with Kyle Orton seemingly the odd man out in Denver, look for the Raiders to be entrenched in a bidding war with plenty of other teams for his services. Orton is not a bad quarterback, rather it appears he isn’t the NFL betting picks of the current Broncos regime.
New England Patriots – Sitting atop the AFC East standings for another consecutive year, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are actually a team that is struggling pretty hard right now. Essentially, while the offense continues to keep the team in games, the defense is allowing the Patriots opponents to also remain in the games.
In order to help the Patriots take their game to the next level and convert regular season success into Super Bowl titles, the management needs to acquire strong defensive players. One player the Patriots have had their eyes on for a while, is Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Eagles lack of chemistry this season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, the long serving Eagle may be sent packing.
If Samuel along with Champ Bailey from Denver both are traded to New England, it will give the Patriots much needed veteran guidance. However, if New England can’t acquire either, they may lose in the playoffs again.