Oakland’s 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was the second straight loss for the Raiders but this game is arguably the low point of the season. Oakland was simply embarrassed by the superior Ravens and look directionless on the field.
Taiwan Jones has not seen much action in his brief NFL career. In 2011 he came into the league with much promise. The Oakland Raiders running back only saw 16 carries which he converted into 76 yards during his rookie year. The limited action was because the Raiders had Darren McFadden and Michael Bush on their team as the top options.
Without running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson cleared to practice, who will run the ball on Sunday at Baltimore? Carson Palmer threw the ball a career-high 61 times last Sunday, and he could break this personal record if the Raiders inept run game can’t get going.
The Raiders have 16 players in the injury list while the Bucs have only four. But Tampa Bay is missing left guard Carl Nicks who is a big part of the Bucs offense. Can the Raiders defense exploit his absence?
The Oakland Raiders are once again feeling the need for speed. They took two of the fastest players available in the NFL draft on Saturday, picking up cornerback Chimdi Chekwa from Ohio State and Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones in the fourth round.