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AFC West Q&A: Did Raiders do enough this offseason to get to .500?

Today's question: Do you think the Oakland Raiders did enough this offseason to get to .500?

Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos: Three of the first four Raiders picks in the draft went to the offense, most notably wide receiver Amari Cooper in the first round to go with tight end Clive Walford in the third. They have a promising quarterback in Derek Carr, who needs to show continued progress. They have fared slightly better in the past two drafts. But this isn't a team trying to get from 7-9 to 8-8. This is a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2002 and has won 11 games combined in the last three seasons -- or one fewer win than the Broncos had in '14 to win the division. That's an awful lot of ground to cover. If Carr's finger injury doesn't impact his training camp and he deals with the blitz better in a passing game that simply has to be more diverse, the Raiders could get to six or perhaps seven wins. But 8-8 and beyond may still be a year away.

Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs: The other AFC West teams have to start taking the Raiders seriously but eight wins is out of the question for Oakland this year. Judging by last year's records of opponents, the Raiders will play the eighth-toughest schedule in the NFL next season. That measure often doesn't turn out to be an accurate reflection of the difficulty of a team's schedule, but that doesn't change the fact that out of the division Oakland has games against Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Green Bay, among others. The Raiders will probably need to find a way to get to at least three wins in games against other AFC West teams in order to get to eight wins. I don't see it. Oakland's record within the division over the past two seasons is 2-10.

Eric D. Williams, San Diego Chargers: They're close. Although Oakland overpaid, I like the addition of center Rodney Hudson to anchor the offensive line. Running back Roy Helu also is an undervalued pickup in free agency. Helu runs hard and will be valuable on third down. The additions of Cooper and Walford provide explosive upgrades on offense for Derek Carr. If they stay healthy and the defense performs to its potential, the Raiders could reach 8-8 this season.