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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Oakland RaidersOverall: 85 Title track: 41 Ownership: 104 Coaching: 24 Players: 48 Fan relations: 69 Affordability: 54 Stadium experience: 119 Bang for the buck: 86 Change from last year: +20The Oakland Raiders last trip to the playoffs -- let alone their last winning record -- came when quarterback Derek Carr was 11 years old, in sixth grade and watching his older brother David get sacked 76 times as the NFLs No. 1 overall draft pick. In other words, it was in 2002. Raiders fans are betting on the younger Carr having learned from the struggles of his older brother to get this proud franchise back up and running ... wherever its future home is, be it Oakland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or parts unknown.Whats goodThe much critiqued plan of owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie appears to be coming to fruition, and fans judged this new-and-improved roster a vast upgrade, boosting it 51 spots in the players category (to 48th). All it took was two years of deconstruction and two more building back up. Oakland has finally again become a destination for sought-after free agents like OL Kelechi Osemele, LB Bruce Irvin, CB Sean Smith and FS Reggie Nelson. And McKenzies recent drafts, selecting the likes of Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Khalil Mack, have given Oakland a strong, young nucleus around which to build a competitive team -- and give fans hope for the immediate future.Whats badWas it merely karma that on the 50th anniversary of the September day the Oakland Coliseum opened, the Raiders laid a silver and black egg in a deflating loss to the Falcons? The Coliseum is not quite quaint, not yet old enough to be seen as historic and, well, it has severe and well-publicized plumbing issues. In these standings, the Raiders placed second-to-last in sports in having a great stadium (the only team worse? Uh, the As). The narrow concourse areas are exercises in claustrophobia for fans during games and, as the lone remaining facility to still host NFL and major league baseball games, the torn-up grass and baseball dirt infield is not pleasurable for players in either sport in the crossover months of August and September. Football players have to deal with losing traction -- and skin on their elbows and forearms -- on the slippery dirt. Still wondering why the Raiders want (and need) a new stadium?Whats newEveryone knows the denizens of Raider Nation are among the most loyal in all of sports. Theyd have to be, given what theyve endured since getting thumped in Super Bowl XXXVII -- the team has gone a combined 63-145 (.303) since. So its a testament to the fans and front office that fan relations is up 22 spots since last year, thanks in large part to coach Jack Del Rio, in his second season in Oakland, who has changed the culture and is a major reason why the excitement and optimism surrounding the team feels different. And Las Vegas move be damned: The fans have bought in, selling out season tickets and parking passes this season. 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Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- There could be more last-minute additions to the Atlanta Falcons roster, possibly before training camp opens Thursday.General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn already believe they have a stronger roster after an 8-8 finish in Quinns 2015 debut. Quinn said he expects stiff competition at several positions, including right guard, linebacker and tight end.The Falcons signed tight end Arthur Lynch and wide receiver Corey Washington on Wednesday and announced the retirement of safety Charles Godfrey.The moves left the Falcons with 88 players, two below the maximum.Lynch, from the University of Georgia, was a fifth-round pick by Miami in 2015 who was signed to Denvers practice squad last year. Washington had five receptions for 52 yards with the Giants as a rookie in 2014. Godfrey had 12 tackles and a forced fumble in eight games with Atlanta last season.Following Tuesdays release of wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester, Dimitroff said theres no major push to reach 90 players. He said hes still looking at free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney.Quinn said he and Dimitroff also have discussed re-signing outside linebacker Brian Schofield.The 29-year-old Schofield had 30 tackles and two sacks for Atlanta last season.There already have been changes at linebacker. Second-year player Vic Beasley Jr. will play outside linebacker in the base defense and will be an edge rusher in nickel packages.Rookies Deion Jones and DeVondre Campbell and free-agent signees Courtney Upshaw, Sean Weatherspoon and LaRoy Reynolds are expected to add speed at linebacker. Jones, a second-round pick from Louisiana State, and Campbell, a fourth-rounder from Minnesota, earned compliments for the way they picked up the defense in the offseason.Even Paul Woorrilow, the teams leading tackler each of the last three seasons, could be pushed by the new talent.ddddddddddddWeve been pleased with the progress of Jones and Campbell, Quinn said Tuesday. Were going to have a battle on our hands with Worrilow and Spoon and Reynolds and some of the other guys.I love the speed weve added defensively. I cant wait for that part of our game to come to life. Its going to make differences in the way we rush, the style that we play. Were probably going to play some more man to man, knowing we have the ability to do that.Quinn said Chris Chester will open camp as the starting right guard. Rookie Wes Schweitzer and Mike Person are other candidates. Tackle Tom Compton also will be given a look at guard.Because of the signing of free-agent center Alex Mack, Quinn listed offensive line as one of the teams strengths. That claim hasnt been made by a Falcons coach in several seasons.Quinn also likes his talent and depth at running back and tight end, where Devonta Freeman and Jacob Tamme are the returning starters.Freeman was a breakout star in 2015, when he rushed for 1,056 yards and had 73 catches for 578 yards. Second-year player Tevin Coleman could play a bigger role behind Freeman.Tamme was third on the team, behind Julio Jones and Freeman, with 59 catches for 657 yards in 2015. Rookie Austin Hooper of Stanford will join Levine Toilolo, D.J. Tialavea and Lynch in the competition with Tamme.I love our group of tight ends, Quinn said. I feel thats for sure one (strength). 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