Diehard fans may want to close their eyes: with an 0-2 start and staring at possible 0-6 start now, the Oakland Raiders will be hard-pressed to avoid two ugly fates in 2014: they could end up worse than the 4-12 record they posted last year, and they could end up as the worst team in the NFL.
The Raiders face a huge disadvantage at the quarterback spot, where rookie Derek Carr is getting the start and must face a New England defense that stepped up in its second game of the season.
The Oakland Raiders are 0-2 with no relief in sight, as they travel to New England to take on the Patriots in Week Three. That’s not the remedy for what ails the Silver & Black, of course, so it could be an ugly week for the team. Be prepared, Oakland fans, for a disastrous road trip.
After watching his team be throttled at home by a Texans club that managed just two wins all of last year, veteran Raiders safety Charles Woodson said what much of Raider Nation was thinking.
It was an ugly, ugly day for the Oakland Raiders in their 2014 home opener, as the offense couldn’t get anything going until late, and the defense did a Swiss cheese impression from the opening whistle.
The home opener for the Raiders (0-2) hardly could have gone worse as they fell behind 27-0 after three quarters.
Two weak spots from Week One—the running game and the defense—could struggle again in Week Two if Maurice Jones-Drew and Nick Roach can’t get healthy in time to face the Houston Texans at the Coliseum on Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders gave up 402 yards in their opener against the New York Jets on the road, even though they gave up just 19 points. Some of that was due to the Jets QB struggling to hold on to the ball, of course, but the Silver & Black defense will need to be a lot tougher at home in Week Two for the Raiders to emerge victorious against an efficient Houston Texans offense.
The misery of 2013 is in the past and the Texans are looking forward. They did not play a great game vs. the Redskins in Week One, but they did enough to come up with the win.
Week Two looks tougher for the Oakland Raiders now that the Houston Texans posted their first win in almost a year. Can the Raiders win their home opener? Sure, they can, if both the offense and the defense play better than they did in Week One against the New York Jets on the road.
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