Online sportsbook handicappers will note that the Raiders signed Tom Cable for the full time coaching gig after impressing owner Al Davis as interim coach last sportsbook online season. The Raiders finished last online sportsbook season relatively strong with 4 straight up wins in their final 7 games and 5 sportsbook online payoffs against the spread in those 7 games.
The way that the Raiders closed the season, after they had nothing to play for, helped seal the deal for Cable to become the full time official coach for the 2009 online sportsbook campaign. There could be quite a quarterback controversy brewing in Oakland as JaMarcus Russell and newly acquired Jeff Garcia may battle for the top spot.
Russell is currently listed as the number one quarterback for the online sportsbook season but Garcia was vocal about wanting to compete for the starting job. Russell had a tough season last year as he completed 53.8% of his passes for 2423 yards and a 13/8 touchdown/interception ratio with a low 77.1 quarterback rating.
He did finish strong; however, leading the Raiders to 2 online sportsbook wins and covers to end the year. Garcia was far more effective as a starter with Tampa Bay last online sportsbook season as he hit 64.9% of his passes for 2712 yards and a 12/6 touchdown/interception ratio.
Tampa Bay suffered an epic collapse down the stretch, however, as they blew a certain playoff spot with 4 consecutive losses. That collapse left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth and was a major season for Garcia departing for a new team this online sportsbook season.
Whoever gets the online sportsbook starting gig as signal caller will have an impressive number one draft choice to throw to as Darrius Heyward-Bey arrives from Maryland as the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.
He is touted as a potential elite receiver due to his phenomenal speed. Oakland’s defense will need marked improvement this year as it ranked only 27th in 2008.
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