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Not too long ago, the Oakland Raiders lost 11 straight games on the road. However, the Raiders are turning that trend around, winning six of their last 10 road games, going 8-2 against the spread during that span. Oakland hopes to continue its recent good road play when it visits Baltimore to rumble with the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.        Point spread: The Ravens opened as 3.5-point favorites, and the total was 45 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report). NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 30.3-13.1, Ravens (NFL picks on every game)   ...
The Oakland Raiders have released fullback Marcel Reece Monday. General manager Reggie McKenzie provided high praise for the 31-year-old veteran in a statement on the team's official site: I want to thank Marcel as a player and as a person for all that he has given to the Oakland Raiders. What he has meant to the organization and to me over the past few years is hard to put into words, but his actions, both on and off the field, speak louder than any words can. This was a tough decision. Not enough can be said about Marcel’s commitment to his teammates and his ...
Last year, the Oakland Raiders allowed 889 yards and 66 points in their first two games. This year, the defense has surrendered 1,035 yards and 69 points with more talent on the defensive side of the ball. After Sunday’s 35-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. must find solutions to various holes within the defense. It’s one thing to coach a brand-new team and implement new schemes. However, it’s year two in Norton’s system, and covering tight ends remains an issue. The Falcons tight ends logged 10 catches for 180 yards and ...
The Oakland Raiders will play their home opener Sunday as solid favorites against the Atlanta Falcons, gunning for their first 2-0 start since 2002. The Raiders are coming off a 35-34 road win over the New Orleans Saints last week as 2.5-point underdogs on a two-point conversion in the final minute.   Point spread: The Raiders opened as 6.5-point favorites; the total was 47 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report) NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 22.2-22.1 Raiders (NFL picks on every game)   Why the Falcons can cover the spread Unlike Oakland, Atlanta failed to ...
The Oakland Raiders' potential move to Las Vegas cleared a major hurdle Thursday after a Nevada panel approved $750 million in public funding for a new stadium, according to Nathan O'Neal of KSNV News 3. The plan will now move on to the governor and state legislature, who would have to sign off on the public funding. Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has been at the center of the push for a Las Vegas stadium, which would open the door for the Raiders to move and become the city's first NFL team. Raiders owner Mark Davis has been pushing for a Vegas move since losing out ...
Fourteen years removed from their last playoff appearance and 33 years removed from their last championship, the Oakland Raiders have for quite some time been trying their damnedest to recapture the franchise's glory days. You may recall that in those days, the Raiders were mean, intimidating and unconventional. And one immortalized phrase from late owner Al Davis truly encapsulated the team's blunt spirit. "Just win, baby." This season, with blooming third-year quarterback Derek Carr, second-year stud wide receiver Amari Cooper, stellar young running back Latavius Murray, a balanced and talented offensive line and an exciting defense led by front-seven stars Khalil Mack and ...
The Oakland Raiders scratched and clawed their way out of a 14-point third-quarter deficit to claim a 35-34 season-opening victory over the New Orleans Saints. Last year’s Raiders would’ve continued to sputter after tight end Clive Walford failed to reel in a catch on a critical drive and wideout Seth Roberts dropped a pass. Due to a pass interference infraction on Saints linebacker Craig Robertson, Oakland took full advantage of a second opportunity and put the nail in New Orleans' coffin with a two-point conversion. Head coach Jack Del Rio likely made the definitive call to go for two points and the win ...
The Oakland Raiders were big winners in Week 1, coming back from 11 points behind in the fourth quarter to earn a 35-34 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 319 yards and a touchdown, while the running game added 167 yards. The yardage total wasn't a big surprise, but the player who led the Raiders in yards was. Jalen Richard, an undrafted rookie out of Southern Mississippi, took advantage of all three of his carries to the tune of 84 yards. Richard broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that helped the Raiders ...
The Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints lit up the scoreboard with several momentum swings in a contest that put both fan bases on a respirator.  Quarterback Derek Carr came out of the gate sharp and completed his first six passes for 82 yards. Then, the offense went into conservative mode for about two quarters, which allowed the Saints to swing the momentum in their favor. Quarterback Drew Brees led his team to 21 unanswered points; he threw three consecutive touchdown passes between the second and third quarters.  With a double-digit deficit, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave dug into his playbook, which allowed Carr ...
With a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Oakland Raiders finish the preseason 1-3 after winning the first exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals.  The Raiders and Seahawks slugged each other through the first half, and the action picked up late. Oakland led 5-3 headed into the fourth quarter. Seahawks running back Troymaine Pope scored the game's first touchdown with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.  After a poor start, running back George Atkinson scored both of the Raiders' touchdowns on a one-yard run and an 80-yard kickoff return. However, the Seahawks held on after a failed onside kick attempt for ...