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Quarterback Derek Carr is not the problem with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. In fact, he’s one of the few players the 0-7 Raiders can build around, but that actually creates a different issue for the franchise. The Raiders have to evaluate Carr without making his supporting cast the scapegoat for all of his problems. This is true now, and should continue to be true through next season no matter what owner Mark Davis decides to do with the front office and coaching staff. The one thing the Raiders can’t afford to do is give Carr a pass for the struggles of ...
After a 23-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns Sunday, the Oakland Raiders have lost 13 straight games dating back to last season. That’s the worst streak in franchise history and one of the 15 worst in the history of the NFL. There were positives from Sunday’s game just as there have been positives this season, but a few positives don’t mean much when the team is 0-7 and marching toward 0-16. The only team with a sub-.500 record the Raiders play over the final nine games is the St. Louis Rams, but they play them on the road. If the Raiders don’t ...
The Oakland Raiders had to have this game against the very beatable Cleveland Browns, and it was there for the taking. But as has been the case all season, they weren't able to make the plays that ultimately made the difference, and the team now finds itself at 0-7. This was a frustrating game for many reasons, but the biggest is that it wasn't so much that the Browns won. It was more that the Raiders lost. It was another difficult-to-watch performance for the offense as it was unable to generate any points despite finding some success moving the ball. At this point, ...
The Oakland Raiders are the NFL's last winless team, but they have a great opportunity to change that Sunday when they visit the Cleveland Browns. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET from FirstEnergy Stadium. The live broadcast can be seen on CBS. It makes sense that a team that's started 0-6 would make some major changes to the lineup. Oakland isn't doing this by choice—injuries have forced the coaches' hands—but there will be new faces getting a lot of snaps on defense for the Raiders. Usama Young and LaMarr Woodley were lost for the season last week due to injury, and they'll ...
The Oakland Raiders have been the laughingstock of the NFL for the past decade, and it’s their own fault. The ridicule is the result of a continuous pattern of poor decision-making year after year—from poor draft picks to the constant quarterback shuffle under center. The organization has been unable to find a successful quarterback-head coach combination. Ten years of indecisiveness has buried the franchise. Currently, rookie QB Derek Carr projects to be a promising player despite the disarray he has already been exposed to—playing on a bad team, under his second coach in six games. Just like Carr, the quarterbacks before him had ...
Nothing has gone right for the Oakland Raiders upon starting 0-6 this season. Fantasy owners haven't been thrilled with the performance of the skill position players, though that will change this weekend for anyone still riding the Darren McFadden train.  McFadden has never been able to duplicate his breakthrough season in 2010 (1,157 yards, seven touchdowns) thanks to injuries in of the last three seasons. Now, despite not having the stats to back it up, the 27-year-old has remained healthy and is on pace for his best year since that huge season.  Following a disastrous Week 1 with 15 rushing yards and ...
Even 0-6 teams have must-win games, and that's exactly what the Oakland Raiders are facing this week when they visit FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns. Kickoff is scheduled for this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Oakland's schedule is going to be grueling after this week, giving the game that much more importance. The Browns have looked good at times this season, but their performance last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars showed they are still very beatable. The Raiders have to capitalize on this opportunity. Cleveland has been one of the worst teams against the run this season. Despite his underwhelming play ...
Oakland Raiders veteran defensive end LaMarr Woodley suffered a biceps injury that could threaten his status beyond Week 8's road game against the Cleveland Browns. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Woodley's condition, along with what Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano had to say about the situation: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides more details on Woodley's injury: Woodley was one of Oakland's free-agent acquisitions this offseason; he was signed to help the maligned franchise win right away. However, the Raiders are the only winless team remaining in the NFL with a 0-6 record. Losing Woodley for an extended period of time ...
The Oakland A's have a decision to make about nine major free agents this offseason. Well, one of those names has decided to retire, but that could always change. Another is not quite a big name, but he sure seems to be a "fan favorite" (said with heavy sarcasm). So nine decisions total need to be made. Most of the determinations should be pretty easy to make. But with the A's, nothing ever seems to come easy, especially when it comes to the roster. What the team will do, who knows? But what the team should do, that is a bit more clear.Begin Slideshow
The Oakland Raiders are 0-6 and marching steadily toward 0-16. If there is a win on the schedule, it isn’t clear against whom it will come. The Raiders already fired head coach Dennis Allen, and general manager Reggie McKenzie could be on his way out if things don’t turn around quickly. Few general managers survive a season like the one the Raiders are having, but even fewer lose their job the year after finding what looks to be a franchise quarterback. Looks can obviously be deceiving, which is why quarterback Derek Carr’s continued improvement will be necessary if McKenzie has any ...