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As the Oakland Raiders prepare for their season opener against AFC West rival San Diego Chargers on Monday night, they will not face running back Ryan Mathews. The Chargers announced that he will be held out of the game after suffering a broken clavicle in their preseason opener.
Back-up running back Ronnie Brown is expected to fill in as the starter. Mathews started 14 games for the Chargers last season rushing for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. He added 50 receptions for 455 yards. Last season against the Raiders, Mathews rushed six times for 34 yards and caught 3 passes for 23 yards in a week ten loss.
The Chargers will also be without left tackle Jared Gaither, who has been slowed by back spasms. Gaither was picked up off waivers last season after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. He started the last five games of the year for San Diego and signed a four year deal this offseason. Undrafted rookie Mike Harris will get the start for the Chargers protecting Phillip R...
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After years of the Chargers dominating the head to head matchups, the Oakland Raiders have been much stronger as of late, winning 3 of the last 4. This second of two Monday night matchups has proven to be one of the toughest to predict on this weekend’s slate of games. If the Raiders want to [...]
I am a firm believer in the phrase “the pre season doesn’t count, but it does matter”. The Oakland Raiders’ priorities are talent evaluation and preservation of key starter health while acclimatizing to game speed competition. In this article we will take a cursory glance at preseason trends (won’t overvalue statistics or won/loss records) while [...]
This offseason the Oakland Raiders brought in a new defensive minded head coach in Dennis Allen and new defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. On Monday night, in the regular season opener against the San Diego Chargers, the new defense will be on display.
“Yeah, we’re all excited about using our rules and seeing what we come up with,” defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said...
Each week we will bring you the official NFL injury status report for the Oakland Raiders and their opponent for the upcoming game. That report will usually come to you on Friday’s, but since this week’s game is on Monday, we bring you this report today. You won’t see anything out of the ordinary on [...]
Earlier this month, Raiders running back Darren McFadden argued that his injury history was a matter of bad luck and not some personal failing that causes him to miss a chunk of every season. It would seem that the Raiders agree. There are no plans in place to hold McFadden back this season in hopes of protecting [...]
According to Dan Parr of ProFootballWeekly.com, Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is starting to look like a much improved player going into his third NFL season.
“The Raiders expect MLB Rolando McClain to be more of a leader and a more effective defender in his third season. New GM Reggie McKenzie is eager to see how McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft...
Oakland rookie Miles Burris has had a tougher time keeping his emotions under control than he has learning the Raiders' defensive schemes.
Since being elevated to a starting outside linebacker early in training camp while Aaron Curry continues rehabbing following offseason knee surgery, Burris has stayed busy in the film room and on the field trying to keep pace with the rest...
Rolando McClain is a talented young middle linebacker. The 2010 1st round pick, 8th overall, was ProFootballFocus’ 26th rated middle linebacker last season and would have been much higher rated if he didn’t struggle so much in coverage. Still only heading into his age 23 season, he’s got a ton of upside, but he’s also got a major cloud hanging over his head with his legal...
Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore returned to practice Thursday for the first time in over a month. He was recovering from re-aggravating a hamstring injury he originally suffered in minicamp. He was limited in practice and it is uncertain if he will play on Monday.
Though he is officially listed as limited in practice, he doesn't look limited as he looked to be full speed...
Three-hundred-and-sixty-three days have passed since the Raiders opened the 2011 season against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, and at the time many believed the Raiders were finally back on track. Penalties were going to be a thing of the past, bullies were being built, and the only injury known to man was a “nic.” Just one year ago the Raiders were about to usher...
According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the Oakland Raiders have officially ruled out wide receiver Jacoby Ford for Monday night’s opener against the Chargers.
While the Raiders are practicing this evening, WR Jacoby Ford (foot) is already listed as out.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 8, 2012
Ford hasn’t practiced for the past three weeks due to a foot injury.
Denarius Moore missed most of the preseason and Training Camp with hamstring problems, despite initially suffering the injury in June, and now it sounds like he’ll be a game time decision. If he doesn’t start, undrafted free agent Rod Streater, an offseason standout, would start as Jacoby Ford is also out with a foot injury. The problem for Moore owners in fantasy football is...
On November 27, 1960, the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers played their first game in what would become one of the most heated football rivalries in NFL history. Since then the Raiders have moved twice and the Chargers moved to San Diego, but the hatred has always been there. These are the top Raiders/Chargers matchups that have the most significance in Raiders History.
The final game of the season opening weekend of the NFL will not be watched by a ton of people outside the west coast, unless of course you are addicted to watching every game possible.
Many questions both of these quarterbacks in this ball game since one was a former star (Palmer) and many are questioning if the other ever come close to be the same gun-slinger he once was (Rivers...