The Oakland Raiders upset the Kansas City Chiefs last night 24-20 for their first win of the season. With the loss, the Chiefs (7-4) are no longer tied atop the AFC West with the Broncos.
Regardless of whether the Oakland Raiders win a game this season or not, the year is lost. It’s time to look at next season’s roster, anticipating that a new general manager and a new permanent coach will be in charge of the Silver & Black for 2015 and beyond.
Overall, the Oakland Raiders played a solid game against one of the best teams in the NFL for the second week in a row. But the Silver & Black still don’t have a win in 2014, and that falls on the defense again. The offense is showing life; the defense just is painful to watch every time out.
The Oakland Raiders have plenty of duds to explore so far in the young 2014 season, but it’s tough to find some studs in the debacle that has contributed to an 0-4 start to the year. The Silver & Black just don’t have much to highlight right now, which means it’s going to be a long season.
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.
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.
Even though he will be 38 in October and well past his prime, safety Charles Woodson has the ability to lead the Oakland Raiders defense this season to a level the team hasn’t seen in awhile.
A person with knowledge of the deal says Woodson is expected to officially sign the contract on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing yet. ESPN first reported the deal.
Raiders Can Focus On Evaluating Talent For 2014 Instead Of Worrying About Injuries This Week In San Diego
The 4-10 Oakland Raiders have a mostly-healthy roster for their Week 16 matchup on the road against the 7-7 San Diego Chargers, which means the Silver and Black will be focusing on shaping their 2014 plans a little early this holiday season.