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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 ...
Six games. Six losses. There are a lot of ways to break down the Oakland Raiders' season up to this point, but it all comes down to the fact that after seven weeks of the NFL season, the Raiders are the lone winless team in the league. The offense was unable to build off of last week's success, as it once again reverted to its inconsistent form. The unit showed signs of life, but it was unable to create sustained drives throughout the game. Too many of the drives stalled, and the team failed to score more than 14 points for the ...
The Oakland Raiders will be looking to get their first win of the season today when they host the Arizona Cardinals.  Derek Carr had a breakout performance in Week 6, finishing with four touchdown passes. He was poised and in control, and he looked the part of a franchise quarterback. He'll have to prove that his play last week wasn't a fluke and that he can maintain that level of play against a stout Arizona defense. The success of the offense will largely depend on the continued development of the rushing attack. It's not a coincidence that the passing's game's best game ...
The Oakland Raiders are coming off their best performance of the season, and they'll be looking to build on it and earn their first win on Sunday when the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals visit O.co Coliseum in Oakland. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET. After an exceptional performance in Week 6's three-point loss to the San Diego Chargers, Derek Carr's day ended with a tough interception to end Oakland's final drive. Still, it was a game in which Carr exhibited the same potential he had shown in flashes throughout the season. The difference was that he was able to sustain that level of ...
Although the Oakland Raiders remain one of two teams without a win in 2014, Andre Holmes has emerged from the abyss as a burgeoning fantasy football star. Considering how bad the Raiders have been through the air, it's a surprise that anybody attached to the passing game could muster up enough numbers to become a viable fantasy option at all. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland's passing offense 28th in defense-adjusted value over average, and Oakland quarterbacks are throwing for an average 223 yards a game—21st in the league through six weeks. Yet somehow, Holmes has strung two strong games together and may be on ...
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes on Sunday in the 31-28 loss to the San Diego Chargers, but what is the tape telling us about the rookie? Let’s take a look at Carr and discuss why the second-round pick was able to target the top of the Chargers secondary and make plays outside of the pocket while bringing some excitement to the Raiders franchise.   Confidence to Challenge the Secondary With rookie quarterbacks, I’m always curious to see how they manage the football game. Do they play it safe, take the checkdown and try to work ahead of the sticks? Or will they ...
Trades, upgrades, platoons, starters, personnel—it's decisions, decisions, decisions for the Oakland A's this offseason. The team has one or two—or eight—to make in what will certainly be a crucial offseason. Answers to a few key questions will shape the direction the organization takes both long term and short term. And once the most important decision is made, the rest of the dominoes can fall. This list is in ascending order from most important to least important.  Begin Slideshow
After a tumultuous bye week highlighted by the firing of Dennis Allen, the Oakland Raiders headed into their Week 6 matchup against the rival San Diego Chargers as something of a mystery. How would they react to the new leadership of interim head coach Tony Sparano? Oakland came out on Sunday with an emphatic answer. The Raiders had by far their best performance of the season as they went toe-to-toe with what's been one of the best teams this season. San Diego entered Sunday's game with an offense and defense that are both ranked among the NFL's best, and Oakland matched them ...
Though the Oakland Raiders gave up 10 points to the San Diego Chargers in the final five minutes of the game on Sunday, there were multiple points of optimism to look forward to for Oakland, which has lost 11 consecutive games.  The positive impact interim head coach Tony Sparano has had on this squad in just one week is obvious, and the emergence of a run game finally being used to its full potential was long overdue. But getting quarterback Derek Carr back in the lineup after he sustained a high ankle sprain and an MCL sprain against the Miami Dolphins in ...
After a disappointing first four games of the season, the Oakland Raiders headed into their Week 5 bye with an 0-4 record and plenty of questions. This led to Dennis Allen being fired after Week 4 and the promotion of Tony Sparano to interim head coach. Sparano has now been tasked with leading the Raiders to their first win of the season. The biggest problem for the Raiders hasn't just been the losses but how they've lost. They've been embarrassed in two of the four losses, and they've been unable to develop any sort of rhythm on either side of the ...