Team Grades: Raiders' Valiant Effort Comes Up Just ShortThe 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.
Week 3 Injury Report: Oakland Defense Hurting As Matchup With Patriots Looms LargeThe Oakland Raiders defense isn't very good even when healthy, but with multiple injuries to key players on the defensive side of the ball, the Silver & Black may be in for a long day on Sunday in New England.
MJD, Roach Biggest Injury Concerns For Raiders Heading Into Week 2Two 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.
Raiders Defense Has To Be Better In Week 2 If Oakland Wants A WinThe 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.
Raiders Are Healthy Heading Into Week 1 Of The 2014 NFL SeasonWhen you're picked by everyone to finish last in your division, it's a good thing to be heading into Week 1 of the NFL season with a healthy roster.
Raiders Hope Roach Is The Man In The MiddleCoach Dennis Allen has been gushing about Nick Roach ever since the team signed him as a free agent in March as part of a defensive overhaul which included dumping former first-round draft pick Rolando McClain.
Raiders Sign Free Agent Linebacker Nick RoachThe Oakland Raiders found the replacement for disappointing former first-round pick Rolando McClain, agreeing to a free-agent contract on Friday with former Chicago linebacker Nick Roach.