Joyner: Raiders are for real

KC Joyner knows football. He knows trends and he can crunch a number with a maestro’s touch. Joyner doesn’t think the Oakland Raiders are going anywhere … other than, perhaps, the playoffs.

In an Insider piece, Joyner explains why he thinks the Raiders are a legitimate contender. Here is a passage from the piece:

After doing detailed game tape and metric analysis, it is clear this team is not the same old Raiders. In fact, it looks like a bona fide playoff contender.

It’s good stuff and completely believable. The Raiders are alive and well.

In other AFC West nuggets Wednesday:

ESPN Boston looks at the Richard Seymour of the Raiders from a Patriots perspective. He was traded to Oakland in 2009. The Patriots visit Oakland on Sunday.

The Chiefs did a tight end swap again. They cut Anthony Becht and re-signed Jake O’Connell. Two weeks ago, they re-signed Becht and cut O’Connell.

The Chargers hope a new bill signed by the governor of California could help keep them in San Diego.

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir is keeping his gig as the playcaller in Kansas City.

Oakland running back Darren McFadden is back on ESPN.com’s MVP Watch.

Former Chief and current Patriot Brian Waters recalls previous trips to Oakland. You must check out this link. Guaranteed chuckle.