Carson Palmer brings an AFC North rivalry to the West Coast on Sunday when the Raiders play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s doubtful Palmer will have any better understanding of an opposing defense than he does this week, given the 12 regular-season games since 2004 he has played against the Steelers while a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Read More
The Raiders’ goal of getting off to a running start in the 2012 season has hit a brick wall through two games.
Throughout training camp, coach Dennis Allen made no secret of his desire for the Raiders to be a run-first team, hiring Greg Knapp to install a West Coast-style offense with play-action and bootlegs that are designed to complement a zone-scheme running game. Read More
The reason the goal line looks so far away to the Raiders through two games is because it is.
With special teams struggling and the defense not forcing turnovers, there are precious few short-field opportunities for a team that fell to 0-2 with a 35-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
In six first-half possessions against Miami, the Raiders opened drives at the 16-, the 8-, the 7-, the 14-, the 18- and the 12-yard lines. Read More
Maybe Reggie Bush can lead the league in rushing after all.
The Miami Dolphins veteran running back had made that an offseason goal, then went out and backed it up with a 172-yard, two-touchdown outburst in Sunday’s 35-13 win over the Raiders. Read More
History suggests Dennis Allen might want to have his Raiders team ready to play coming off a short week and traveling across the country to face the Miami Dolphins today.
Face-plants against Miami in each of the last two seasons helped seal the fates of two previous Oakland coaches, Tom Cable and Hue Jackson.
Allen’s job security is fine, given he works for Reggie McKenzie and not Al Davis and that he is a rookie coach in his first road game and has a four-year contract. Read More
Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford was scheduled to have surgery on his left foot Tuesday in North Carolina and will miss a number of games, head coach Dennis Allen said during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.
It’s uncertain whether Ford is out for the season. Read More
The Raiders begin their latest quest for an elusive playoff berth under new coach Dennis Allen tonight when they host the San Diego Chargers in the season opener for both teams.
Oakland has not reached the postseason since 2002, when it lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Raiders went 11-5 that year, their last season with a winning record. Read More
Help arrived for the Raiders’ injury-wracked corps of wide receivers in the form of a familiar face.Derek Hagan, who made the Raiders with a strong training camp a year ago, but was cut after six games in favor of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, was signed to a contract. Read More
Raiders running back Darren McFadden struggled during his first two years as he was affected by injuries. At the time, the Raiders were exclusively a zone blocking team, adding more gap and power schemes when Hue Jackson arrived as offensive coordinator in 2009.
Jackson immediately went to McFadden to inquire about the plays he liked best and zone runs weren’t necessarily at the top of the list. The Raiders return to a zone scheme this year. Read More
The summer and fall of 2002 produced one of those magical sports periods for professional sports teams in the Bay Area. The Giants, A’s, 49ers and Raiders all reached the postseason and had fans buzzing. Read More