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
Maurice Jones-Drew looks at the Raiders’ Darren McFadden and sees a running back who has the total package — that rare combination of size and speed that makes other elite running backs in the NFL take notice.
McFadden loves watching Jones-Drew run the ball for the Jacksonville Jaguars, praising his tenacity that allows him to get yards out of the toughest of situations. Read More
Rolando McClain arrived in Oakland two years ago expected to be the impact middle linebacker who could transform a Raiders defense that had struggled for years to stop the run.
Less than halfway through his third season with the Raiders, McClain has been relegated to spot duty. McClain is now only being used in base defensive packages, playing a season-low 17 defensive plays last week in Atlanta.
While McClain figures to get more time Sunday against the more run-oriented Jacksonville Jaguars, he will remain a part-time player for the time being. Read More
Linebacker Aaron Curry has returned to practice with the Raiders for the first time since May after dealing with nagging knee problems in recent months.
Curry began the season on the physically unable to perform list and was unable to practice for the first six weeks. He made his first appearance on the field with his team on Wednesday, starting a three-week window for Oakland to decide whether to activate him, release him or place him on season-ending injured reserve. Read More
Dennis Allen has seen improvement on just about every part of his team. With only one win in five games, the Raiders rookie coach realizes it’s not enough.
Not even taking the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons to the wire before losing on Matt Bryant’s 55-yard field goal in the final seconds provided Allen with a sense that Oakland has turned the corner.
“We’ve got to learn how to finish and win those types of games,” Allen said Monday. “That’s what our job is. This is a production business. It’s about winning and losing, and we weren’t able to get it done yesterday.” Read More
Quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t want to hear that the Raiders nearly came back to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Raiders lost 23-20 after Matt Bryant’s last-second, 55-yard field goal, and Palmer put all of the blame on himself.
Palmer believes his lone interception, which Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel returned 79 yards late in the fourth quarter, was the game’s turning point. Read More
Raiders cornerback Michael Huff hasn’t had much time to rest since changing positions to help the Raiders’ injury-ravaged secondary.
He’s not likely to get a break this week either.
After trying to knock down passes thrown by Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Denver’s Peyton Manning in successive weeks, Huff and the Raiders return from the bye with the task of trying to slow down what has been one of the NFL’s most prolific passing attacks through the first month of the season. Read More
Coming off their bye week, it’s business as usual for the Raiders heading into their matchup this weekend against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
Oakland is a team that seems in constant rebuilding mode and is a decade removed from its last winning season and on its third coach, Dennis Allen, in three years.
“Obviously, we didn’t start the season out like we hoped,” said the 39-year-old Allen, the league’s youngest head coach. “We’re not where we want to be right now.”
Especially when it comes to running the football. Read More
Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
With a running back like Darren McFadden to hand the ball to, Palmer says the Raiders would be foolish to do otherwise.
“Running the ball is what we want to do,” Palmer said Wednesday. “Obviously we want to do it better than we have and that’s why we continue to work at it. But it’s what gets the play-action game going, it’s what gets explosive plays because Darren can score from anywhere.” Read More
A new defensive scheme that was supposed to transform a struggling unit has led to perhaps the least productive defense Raiders history.
The Raiders (1-3) returned to practice Monday after having four days off for their bye week looking for answers on how to fix a defense that is on pace to allow the most points and yards in a season in team history.
They will be tested right out of their bye, with a cross-country trip to Atlanta (5-0) on tap to face Matt Ryan and an offense that has scored touchdowns on the highest percentage of drives in the league so far. Read More