Darren McFadden is entering the final season of his rookie contract hoping a new offense that better suits his talents will help revive his game after a disappointing 2012 season.
This was supposed to be a year where the Raiders would finally have a winning season and possibly challenge for a playoff spot. But under new head coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie, the team’s rebuilding efforts were largely unsuccessful. A few players showed promise but overall, it was a frustrating season for the organization and the team’s long suffering fans.
The Oakland Raiders lost again to fall to 4-11 Sunday. Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer was injured during the game and the team didn’t play any better with backup QB Matt Leinart. Few positives can be found after the Raiders lost their 10th straight game in the Eastern time zone.
Oakland Raiders backup running back Mike Goodson will play against his former team, the Carolina Panthers, for the first time since he was traded back in March. Head coach Dennis Allen says he will continue to evaluate younger players in game situations. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after he made 5-of-6 field goals to beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
This weekend, the Oakland Raiders will try to make it two straight wins for the first time since late October. Their final two games are on the road at Carolina and at San Diego. Going inside the numbers from Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders had one of their best defensive games in decades.
Six straight losses was enough for the Raiders, who finally are back in the win column. Oakland improved to 4-10 and ensured they will not have the top draft pick in 2013. More importantly, the Raiders are looking for some consistency with two games remaining.
It’s been a tough week for the Oakland Raiders. They’ve lost two games in four days. Head coach Dennis Allen left the team to be with his father who died from a heart attack. The team has suffered six straight losses with no end in sight.
The Oakland Raiders running game, which struggled so much the first half of the season when Darren McFadden was healthy, showed signs of life in recent weeks after the star back sprained his right ankle.
Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson finally returned to practice after missing three games with high ankle sprains. They won’t see teammate Rolando McClain who has been suspended without pay for two games for conduct detrimental to the team. The Browns have various injuries but their key players should all be active this Sunday.
Troubled linebacker Rolando McClain was absent from practice Wednesday for “team related issues.” McClain has been a major disappointment and has seen his playing time drastically reduced since the first month of the season. Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice for the first time in nearly a month.