Bill Williamson and Mike Sando had a debate on whether or not the Raiders would win the NFC West. Williamson was trying to argue for the Raiders somehow. To me it's not even close. You just need to go position by position.
QB: It's close but we'll give the Raiders this one just because Campbell had a higher passer rating last year.
RB: This one's not even close. Gore is better than all of the Raiders' running backs by far. Westbrook and McFadden are close and Dixon is better than Michael Bennett and Rock Cartwright.
WR: Again not close. Crabs is better than Louis Murphy and Morgan is better than Heyward-Bey. Ginn is better than anyone they have after that.
TE: Once again, the Niners run away with it. Zach Miller is a very good tight end. He is definitely in the top ten in the league. But VD is top 3 and does everything better than Miller.
OL: Across the board we dominate. Some of our backups would start for them. Gallery is a decent guard but I think Iupati will be better this year. At worst we win this 4 out of 5. But I think it's really 5 out of 5.
DL: This is close but we are elite at 2 out of our 3 positions. They're elite at 1 out of 4 of their positions. Edge goes to the Niners.
LB: They have a young up and coming group. But we have the star power and the depth that they don't have.
DB: This is the only spot that I give the Raiders a clear edge and it's mostly because of Nnamdi Asomugha. Tyvon Branch is pretty good. Huff and Chris Johnson are OK at best. Goldson and Branch are comparable and we have the depth at corner and safety but Asomugha is too good for Niners to make up this position purely on depth.
So the Niners win 6 positions (4 by a large margin). The Raiders win 2 (both pretty close). The link to Sando and Williamson's argument it below.
[ Edited by Draftology on Aug 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM ]