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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 ...
During free agency this past offseason, the Oakland Raiders made it a point of emphasis to bolster the roster with seasoned veteran talent.  Journeymen like Tarell Brown, Justin tuck and LaMarr Woodley would help the young Raiders defense grow. Wide receiver James Jones and running back Maurice Jones-Drew would give veteran newly acquired quarterback Matt Schaub some offensive firepower.  In theory, these additions would allow Oakland to make a quick transition from 4-12 disappointment to AFC West contender. That plan was quickly tossed out of the window. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr supplanted Schaub before the season began and head coach Dennis Allen was fired ...
The Oakland Raiders need an overhaul on offense, as they are ranked last in the league in almost every offensive category. They hope that interim head coach Tony Sparano can impact this offense in Week 6 and beyond. According to Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, the Raiders are expected to run the ball more frequently. Will emphasizing the ground game put more Wildcat snaps in the hands of running back Darren McFadden? Watch CSNBayArea's Scott Bair and Bleacher Report's Stephen Nelson discuss Sparano's plan to highlight the run game.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Technically, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is a rookie, but he’s also the starting quarterback of an 0-4 team that is struggling offensively. Being a rookie second-round pick automatically made Carr the future, but when the Raiders decided to make him the starting quarterback this season, they were also saying they needed him to be the now. It’s four games into Carr’s career and he can no longer act like a rookie, talk like a rookie or play like a rookie. A rookie quarterback is going to make mistakes that he must learn from, but the Raiders need to start seeing ...