Four years into Reggie McKenzie's tenure and eight games into Jack Del Rio's in Oakland, and the Raiders look like a completely different team from years past.
They're competitive week in and week out, with several promising young players on the roster.
The Raiders are off to their best start since 2010-2011 under Hue Jackson, and before that, 2002, the year they made the Super Bowl with Rich Gannon under center and Jerry Rice and Tim Brown as the wide receiver tandem.
This year it's quarterback Derek Carr at the helm, with weapons galore, including budding star receiver Amari Cooper and former first-rounder Michael Crabtree on the outside.
Charles Woodson, Khalil Mack, Aldon Smith, Mario Edwards Jr. and Malcolm Smith have made their presence felt on the defensive side of the ball.
Oakland is 4-4 through the first half of the season, having knocked off two teams with winning records in the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets.
They remaining schedule is as follows: home vs. the Vikings (6-2), at Detroit (1-7), at Tennessee (2-6), home vs. the Chiefs (3-5), at Denver (7-1), home vs. the Packers (6-2), home vs. the Chargers (2-7) and at Kansas City (3-5).
The Raiders' goal, as several members of the team have voiced this season, is to win the division. The team hasn't made the postseason since the 2002-2003 season under then head coach Bill Callahan.
Will they snap the 13-year playoff drought in Del Rio's first year?