Team Grades: Raiders Pull Off Big Upset, Prove They Don't Need HarbaughNo one outside the Oakland Raiders locker room thought they had a chance to win the Battle of the Bay in 2015, but that's what happened Sunday at the Coliseum. The Silver & Black beat the San Francisco 49ers, 24-13, to win their second straight home game and improve their season record to 2-11.
Team Grades: Another "Almost" For The Raiders Against The ChargersThe Oakland Raiders fell to 0-10 this season with their 16th consecutive loss overall, dating back to 2013. The 13-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers on the road was a closely fought contest, with the Silver & Black having one last chance—late in the fourth quarter—to tie it up. But it was not to be.
How The Raiders Improve For 2015 Since This Season Is Lost AlreadyRegardless of whether the Oakland Raiders win a game this season or not, the year is lost. It's time to look at next season's roster, anticipating that a new general manager and a new permanent coach will be in charge of the Silver & Black for 2015 and beyond.
Team Grades: Raiders Doomed By Too Many Mistakes Against SeahawksThe Oakland Raiders dropped to 0-8 on the season, dropping a 30-24 decision on the road to the Seattle Seahawks. The Silver & Black had a chance with an onside kick, but they couldn't recover it. They were doomed in the first half by several mistakes that led to a 21-point deficit at halftime, and now the team must regroup—again.
Team Grades: Costly Late Turnovers Hurt Raiders In ClevelandTrailing by just three points in the fourth quarter, the Oakland Raiders fumbled twice and saw their chance to win the game against the Cleveland Browns on the road disappear quickly. With the 23-13 loss, the Silver & Black drop to 0-7 on the 2014 season—and it may be awhile before they have a decent chance to win another game.
Raiders Offense Needs To Stay Wide Open Going Forward In 2014In Week Six, the Oakland Raiders' offense set season-high marks in total yards, passing yards and rushing yards. If this is Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano's plan for staying competitive with a bad defense, it's not necessarily a bad plan. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr had his best game of the year against San Diego, and the sky is the limit for the youngster going forward this 2014 season.
Raiders Defense Fails In Home Opener Against TexansIt 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.
Same Old Story For Raiders: Close, But No CigarThe Oakland Raiders defense bent a lot on Sunday in New York, but it didn't break much. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough for rookie QB Derek Carr to get a win in his first NFL start as the Jets won the game, 19-14.
Raiders Struggle In New York Again As Big Mistakes Prove CostlyThe Oakland Raiders fell to 4-9 on the season with a 37-27 loss on the road against the New York Jets today, thanks to the usual defensive lapses and one big special-teams breakdown.