The Oakland Raiders are looking at themselves in the mirror and trying to take accountability for their many shortcomings both offensively and defensively. The person who has to take some of the responsibility is head coach Dennis Allen.
Without running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, the Raiders offense will be pass heavy. Also without Richard Seymour and Shawntae Spencer, the Raiders are limited on defense. Will the healthy players be able to fill their big shoes?
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?
Things have gotten so bad for the running game of the Oakland Raiders that quarterback Carson Palmer is currently the third-leading rusher on the entire team. That looks even worse when you realize that Palmer has only 26 yards rushing this year thanks to scrambling around. Where-oh-where has the Raiders’ run game gone?
Richard Seymour has seen a lot during his long time in the NFL, but now he sees a lot of younger players looking up to him for advice and leadership.
The Oakland Raiders have a bye week this time around and it is coming right when they need it. a Growing injury list including Darrius Heyward-Bey, Darren McFadden, and Shawntae Spencer has the silver and black needing some R & R.
If someone asked you to name the top five quarterbacks of all-time, you’d get many different answers. If asked the top five NFL punters, you might get some confused looks. But despite not showing up in box scores, Shane Lechler has made a great case for being one of those elite men who can give his team an advantage when it comes to field position.
After their 37-6 defeat to the Denver Broncos, the Oakland Raiders aren’t receiving good grades for Week Four. Oakland trailed Denver on virtually every stat on the score sheet.
Both the Broncos and Raiders have depleted rosters, but it may be the Silver and Black that are hurt more by the injury report.
Carson Palmer almost had his career cut short by an unmovable president that was not willing to compromise on a deal. With that situation finally settled, Palmer has moved on to Oakland and is flourishing as leader of the Raiders.
The Steelers have more depth and despite missing some big names like key defenders James Harrison and Troy Polamalu, but they’ll still be a tough challenge for an Oakland team which ranks near the bottom on both offense and defense.
Special teams, along with several other Silver and Black units are banged up. A struggling Miami Dolphins offer an opportunity for Oakland to get their first win, but it will be dependent on the Raiders bench stepping up in key areas.