The Raiders have been struggling to run the ball with a healthy Darren McFadden for most of this season.
Now that McFadden and backup Mike Goodson are both dealing with high ankle sprains that put their status in doubt for this week, the Raiders could have even more concerns.
Coach Dennis Allen said X-rays and an MRI on McFadden came back negative and Goodson was undergoing an MRI on Monday. He said the team would have to see how both players respond and he would not rule them out yet for when the Raiders (3-5) play in Baltimore against the Ravens (6-2) on Sunday. Read More
The Raiders overcame another injury to running back Darren McFadden and a record-setting performance by Doug Martin to put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the brink of an epic collapse.
One mistake by Carson Palmer ended all that.
After throwing three of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Palmer needed to engineer one more scoring drive with Oakland down by three. Instead, he tossed his second of three interceptions to send the Raiders to a deflating 42-32 loss against the Bucs on Sunday that only highlighted his up-and-down tenure under center. Read More
Ronde Barber and Carson Palmer spent years in the NFL mastering familiar systems that helped them excel at their crafts.
Coaching changes in Tampa Bay and Oakland this offseason led to new roles for the two veterans that both feel have energized their careers.
After a bit of an early learning period, the two stars have regained that comfort level heading into today’s meeting in Oakland between Barber’s Buccaneers (3-4) and Palmer’s Raiders (3-4). Read More
The first convincing victory of the season was enough for coach Dennis Allen to give his Raiders players a welcome day off midway through the season.
The 26-16 victory in Kansas City gave the Raiders two straight wins following a narrow loss at undefeated Atlanta as they are showing signs of hitting their stride following a rough opening month.
The once-dormant running game has picked up, the penalties are way down and Oakland (3-4) is doing a much better job of generating, as well as preventing, big plays. Read More
Carson Palmer walked off the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, where the Raiders had just won for the sixth straight time, and looked just like he did at the start.
Not a grass stain on him. No laundry detergent needed.
The subject of such scorn over the years, Palmer threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns while having all the time he needed in the pocket, leading Oakland to a 26-16 victory.
“Phenomenal,” Palmer said. “I don’t think my jersey needs to be washed.” Read More
Two teams floundering near the bottom of the standings, meeting in late October, shouldn’t be enough to stoke the passions of fan bases weary of losing.
Unless it’s the Chiefs and Raiders.
There are few fiercer rivalries than this AFC West matchup of teams with proud traditions that have fallen on the hardest of times. This will be their 107th meeting, and so rarely has so little been on the line when they’ve met this early in a season. Read More
After the Raiders set NFL records in 2011 for penalties and penalty yards, rookie coach Dennis Allen made it a top priority to field more disciplined team.
Until recently, the plan seemed to be working.
That’s why several Oakland players were caught off guard by comments made this week by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, who told a Kansas City newspaper the Raiders are a “dirty” team whose players “cheap shot” opponents, and said it was a tradition in the games between the AFC West rivals. Read More
As prolific as he’s been in his career, the Raiders’ Carson Palmer is on an unparalleled pace for him.
Palmer is on track to join 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to eclipse the 4,600-yard mark in a single season. Gannon passed for 4,689 yards during the ’02 season when he led Oakland to its first Super Bowl appearance in nearly two decades. Read More
Raiders coach Dennis Allen likes the production his team is getting out of the no-huddle offense.
The Raiders scored two touchdowns and a field goal running the no-huddle against Jacksonville on Sunday, when they overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and went on to beat the Jaguars in overtime 26-23.
It was the second game this season in which quarterback Carson Palmer has engineered a fourth-quarter comeback. Both times he did it while running the no-huddle. Read More
Carson Palmer wasn’t going to apologize for a mistake-filled win by the Raiders a week after they lost what might have been their best-played game of the season. Read More