Why the Raiders struggle to score late in games

It’s recently been widely discussed and digested by many that the Raiders have struggled in the second half of most every game this season.  While this is correct, it doesn't actually tell the whole story – in fact, the Raiders actually have struggled in every quarter except the first. Here is a look at the Raiders scoring […]

Raiders rely on defense to gut out win versus Steelers, 21-18

The Raiders moved to 3-4 in a rocky win over the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon. Still, with wins difficult to come by in the NFL, any victory is welcomed for both the Raiders team and fans. The highlight of the game took place on the first offensive snap of the game, when the Raiders QB […]

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By the numbers: Raiders lack explosive plays in the run game

One of the keys to success in the NFL is having an explosive offense – one that can overcome penalties, dropped passes and good defensive plays with explosive plays that move the offense down the field in big chunks. Explosive plays can subjective – the term leaves lots of room for interpretation. Fortunately, Raiders head […]

Raiders lose to Kansas City, 24-7

The Raiders fell to the Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon, their first loss at Arrowhead stadium in six years, as the Chiefs defense overwhelmed the Raiders’ patchwork offensive line. The Raiders came into game missing their starting left tackle (Jared Veldheer) and center (Stefen Wisniewski) to injury and during the course of the game they […]

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By the numbers: Oakland Raiders’ play-call tendencies through week 2

We’re now two weeks through the regular season, basically an eighth of the season if you can believe it. That means that some of the play-calling tendencies of the Raiders new offensive coordinator are becoming set and can be tracked. Every week, quality control and advanced scouting coaches review tape to see what their opponents […]

The Oakland Raiders’ gameplan vs the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Raiders put up a great fight versus the Jacksonville Jaguars and the offense looked light years ahead of last year’s poorly run unit. The defense also did better than expected against Andrew Luck and a Colts offense that looks like it can score some points when it’s in sync. This week may be the […]

Oakland Raiders gameplan vs Indianapolis Colts

On Offense: 1. One of the Colts’ biggest weaknesses is at outside linebacker where they have a lot of rotational players but not many complete linebackers. Look for the Raiders to take advantage of the deficiencies, here. On one side, Robert Mathis is still transitioning from playing DE in a 4-3 for most of his […]

The Raiders next moves, after cut day

The Raiders made news league-wide yesterday when they had an unusual “final” roster after the league’s cut day. The Raiders not only retained 4 QBs, unusual in itself although not too rare, but they also kept 2 punters on their squad of 53 players which is something I’ve never encountered before. Of course cutting to […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Preseason week 4, Raiders vs Seahawks

Despite the score, there were some good things to come out of the fourth preseason game. Of course, there was also much that was bad. The Good: Menelik Watson started at left tackle for the first time in his career Thursday versus the Seahawks and by all accounts acquitted himself well. The most important voice […]

What to Watch: Preseason Week 4, Raiders vs Seahawks

Tonight is the Raiders' final preseason game.  While usually the fourth preseason game holds very little importance, that isn't the case for this young and unproven Raiders team.  This game is very important for several players, and I'm going to look at a few of them here. Terrelle Pryor This one is a no-brainer.  Due to […]

Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

8/31: Second update after the fourth preseason game: Changes – Mastrud to active roster, cutting Gordon at TE. Everything else the same. 8/27: Updated with the roster moves from 8/27/13. Not much change to my roster as I already had Miles Burris going on the PUP list and didn't have Joselio Hanson making the team […]

Kevin Burnett says both he and the Raiders are hungry to win

New Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett has is entering his ninth year in the league this year but his numbers have never been better than last season when he started every game for the Miami Dolphins and finished with 110 combined tackles. It was his second time in two years with the Dolphins going over 100 […]

Raiders’ Tony Bergstrom relishes his competition with Lucas Nix

Tony Bergstrom is getting something this year that he never really had last year even though he was the first draft pick taken by the team in 2012 – a chance to start. Last season, Reggie McKenzie re-signed veteran guard Cooper Carlisle to man the starting left guard position and Carlisle held that position all […]