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Three weeks into the season, the Oakland Raiders are still looking for their first victory. Their next opportunity to do so will be Sunday when they visit Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET. No matter where you look, the team has struggled. There have been flashes of production here and there, but nothing positive has happened often enough. This inconsistency will be under a microscope this week as the Raiders will have to play a nearly flawless game to have chance at a win. The offense showed it could move the ball last ...
This was supposed to be the year that the Oakland Raiders escaped from the cellar of the NFL. The Raiders operated with a skeleton crew the last couple of years and without much success, but they brought in a few veteran swashbucklers in the hopes of stealing more victories in 2014. Head coach Dennis Allen was supposed to captain the turnaround, but the Raiders started taking on water in Week 1 against the New York Jets. After doing battle with the Houston Texans in Week 2, they are now listing to one side so badly that it’s unlikely they will recover ...
Every team, at some point, imagines its ultimate nightmare scenario. The very worst of worst-case contingencies. The Oakland Athletics are way beyond that. Oakland spent much of the season as the prohibitive front-runners in the American League and went nuts at the trade deadline, dealing for top-line starters Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester. The small-market club that made its reputation from doing less with more was finally going all in. Then, it all fell apart. A gut-punching 7-2 loss to the woeful Texas Rangers on Thursday (capping a shocking sweep at home) bumped the A's to 83-69, half a game behind the Kansas City Royals for the first ...
After only two weeks, the Oakland Raiders are already scrambling to keep the 2014 season from getting away from them. They have begun 0-2, and there's been little evidence to indicate that things are going to get better anytime soon. But while Oakland has looked uninspired in both losses, there have been glimmers of potential. Derek Carr's play has been encouraging. The running game has been non-existent so far, and this has forced the rookie quarterback to take on an increased workload on offense. He's thrown a combined 74 passes through two games, more than he was expected to as a rookie. ...
"We suck." Over the course of their long (and mostly storied) history, the Oakland Raiders have proudly trumpeted several catchphrases: Pride and poise. Commitment to excellence. Just win, baby. And now, thanks to their hideous effort to begin the 2014 season, a new expression has vaulted into the Raiders lexicon. "We suck." Forget about pride. Don't you dare mention poise. Commitment to excellence? That's good for a laugh. Just win, baby? How about, "Just be competitive, baby?" Those initial three slogans, brainchilds of the late, great Al Davis, are no longer applicable. These Raiders—the outfit that has disgraced Oakland and fans across the country since ...
As the Oakland A's big league team fights for its postseason life, the organization's minor league squads did well this year. The Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A) came within one win of returning to playoffs. The Stockton Ports (Single-A) were swept in the first round of their postseason but finished 85-55, the best record in the league. The Midland RockHounds earned the ultimate bragging rights when they became 2014 Texas League champions. No team could have done it with only a superstar or two. Though Addison Russell and Billy McKinney—formerly the organization's top two prospects—are no longer here, the A's still certainly have dominant ...
For the second week in a row, the Oakland Raiders failed to meet their own expectations. A disappointing performance to start the season raised some concerns. But now that the team has played so poorly in consecutive games, fears are starting to arise that perhaps this really is the type of performance that should be expected from this team in 2014. The matchup against the Houston Texans was supposed to be a winnable game, but the Raiders were never really in it. The final score of 30-14 is misleading as the Raiders didn't score until the fourth quarter, at which time ...
The Oakland Raiders are not just 0-2; they are an 0-2 that stinks worse than the San Francisco bay mud at low tide. In Week 1, the New York Jets thrashed the Raiders in every way except in the final score. In Week 2, the Raiders were bludgeoned in their home opener by the Houston Texans—the worst team in the league last season. It didn’t take long for the Raiders annihilate all hope of a successful season that owner Mark Davis was already grading on a curve. After 11 years without a winning season, many fans have already disavowed head coach ...
After emerging as the best team in baseball over the first half, the Oakland Athletics have been free-falling throughout August and September. While much of the blame can be attributed to the A's suddenly feeble offense, Oakland's normally reliable bullpen faltered with closer Sean Doolittle on the disabled list, costing the team a few wins in the process. Doolittle landed on the DL on August 24 with a right intercostal strain and was reinstated on September 12. During that time, the A's went 5-13 and slid out of the American League West race as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finished ...
After a disappointing start to the season, the Oakland Raiders are looking to earn their first victory of 2014 this Sunday when they host the Houston Texans. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET. The Raiders were dominated in every facet of the game against the Jets, and they were unable to get anything going on either side of the ball. The defense was bullied, and the offense was dictated to by the Jets' defense. Yet even though Oakland underperformed, the game was close throughout. And the team found itself with a chance to win in the final minutes of the game. With how ...