The Oakland Raiders were driving for the tying touchdown against the New England Patriots on the road late in the fourth quarter when disaster struck: a deflected interception ended the game with the Raiders coming up short, 16-9. The defense did its job for once; the offense did not.
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.
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.
Matt Schaub’s first time in silver and black wasn’t exactly smooth. The latest attempt by the Raiders to stop the quarterback carousel from spinning, Schaub finished 3 for 7 for 21 yards.
The most underrated players on the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are both linebackers, according to a veteran NFL columnist – each a solid contributor to a linebacking corps that are among the league’s best.
Every other team in the AFC West division made the postseason in 2013, so the Oakland Raiders just have to chalk the season down to growth and discovery — and hope for the best in 2014.
The Oakland Raiders didn’t score until the final five minutes of the game Sunday against the conference’s best team, while the defense put the offense in a big hole early.
The 4-11 Oakland Raiders can’t keep the 12-3 Denver Broncos from winning the AFC West, but they might be able to stop their division rivals from claiming the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC playoffs if the Silver and Black can end a five-game losing streak.
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.
The Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs both have some injuries on their respective rosters as they face off this weekend in Week 15, but it probably won’t affect the outcome of the game too much.