Recent News

Oakland Raiders Show Fortitude, Defeat Rival Kansas City Chiefs 24-20

November 21st, 2014 at 8:31 AM
By Nicholas Gill

It would have been easy for the Oakland Raiders to roll over as they entered the Thursday night game with the Kansas City Chiefs at 0-10. Instead, the Raiders battled and came away with an inspired 24-20 victory over their AFC West rival. The win ended all the 0-16 chatter and snapped the team's yearlong losing streak.

“A hard fought game,” Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano said. “We learned a little something today. We learned a little something about ourselves today. We’ve been in this end of the pool for a long time now and I just kept saying that eventually it’s going to happen. Today, they just refused to give up the rope. My hat is off to the people in that locker room. Greatest feeling in the world is to see them smile. That's a helluva bunch of guys. They don’t stop playing.”

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Oakland Raiders Vs Kansas City Chiefs Game Preview

November 19th, 2014 at 10:27 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs will meet on Thursday night in Oakland for a prime time match-up. It will be the first meeting of the season between the two AFC West rivals. The Chiefs come into the game scorching hot, winning five in a row. The Raiders are the opposite, having lost 16 consecutive games.

Oakland has no semblance of a running game, so they will have to rely on rookie quarterback Derek Carr to pace the offense. That has not been an effective formula recently, as the Raiders have scored more than 20 points once in their last five games. Getting the run game moving is paramount to helping Carr and the Raiders' offense as a whole. The Raiders are on pace for an all-time worst rushing attack. They're averaging only 63 yards per game, which is dead last in the NFL. The Chiefs have been susceptible to the run, though, allowing 124.4 yards per game. That seems like a good match-up, but the Raiders have proven their inability to run week in and week out.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Oakland Raiders Finally Give RB Latavius Murray Opportunities

November 18th, 2014 at 11:05 AM
By Nicholas Gill

With the Oakland Raiders on pace for one of the most inept rushing attacks in NFL history, the team finally turned to second-year running back Latavius Murray. On Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders decided to incorporate Murray into the run game, and he responded with solid production. He carried four times for a team-leading 43 yards.

“I think Latavius did a good job yesterday with the carries that he had,” Interim head coach Tony Sparano said. “I think that he ran the ball well. Not taking anything away from Latavius – he made one run in there that I thought was very good. Really a good run – saw it well, did a good job there. It was into a pressure and it was a big run. I think he made another run in there that was blocked very, very well. I think that any of the guys that were running it there at that point would have made a bunch of yards there. I think Latavius did a good job.”

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr’s True Progression Will Be Evaluated in Second Match-Up Against Chargers

November 13th, 2014 at 10:16 AM
By Nicholas Gill

There is no question that it is difficult to be a rookie starting quarterback in the NFL. Oakland Raiders second-round pick Derek Carr is living that reality right now. As expected, Carr has had some very strong moments and bad mistakes in his first year in the league. That is all part of the learning process. However, when the Raiders face the San Diego Chargers for the second time this Sunday, we will all see how much progress Carr has truly made.

Carr always talks about how much he learns from every opponent and defensive coordinator he plays against. He even keeps a notebook filled with all the things he sees when he plays against them, so he can refer back to it at a later date. That will be the case against the Chargers, when Carr and the Raiders will see how far he has come since the last meeting.

“I’m very confident in every game, Carr said. But this will be my first time that – I think, really, in my career, in life – that I’ve gotten to play someone twice in one year. So I’ve been really relying on the veterans in our room, ‘Flip’ [quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo] and ‘Oly’ [offensive coordinator Greg Olson], just asking them, obviously, the certain questions that rookies would have when you play someone twice.”

Read more...
Join the Conversation...

Oakland Raiders Will Look to Duplicate Offensive Success from First Meeting with San Diego Chargers

November 12th, 2014 at 7:03 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders offense has been downright awful for the majority of the 2014 season. However, there was one exception, and that came when the Raiders were successful against their AFC West rival San Diego Chargers in the teams' first meeting. In that game, the Raiders lost a heartbreaker by a score of 31-28, but they will look to reverse the trend on Sunday in the second meeting with the Chargers.

Oakland scored a season-high 28 points in the first meeting with San Diego. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr had his coming out party with four touchdown passes and 282 yards through the air. Oakland had their best rushing effort of the season, gaining 114 yards on the ground and averaging 5.7 yards per carry. The Raiders were tremendous on third down, going 8-13 for the afternoon. All of these areas have been issues for the Raiders all season, but were strengths against San Diego.

The biggest difference in the Raiders' game plan against the Chargers as opposed to the rest of their opponents this season was their ability to stretch the field. Oakland has been painfully conservative at times this year, but against San Diego they pushed the ball and made big plays. Wide receiver Andre Holmes caught a 77-yard touchdown. Wide receiver Brice Butler hauled in a 47-yard score. Carr showed off maybe his best attribute as a quarterback, which is his arm strength.

Read more...
Join the Conversation...