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I called the Raiders overrated before the season and said they were one of the worst teams in the league and an ugly 35-13 loss to the Dolphins is making that look pretty good. The new regime has a lot of promise, but they inherited a mess, an 8 win team (with a Pythagorean Expectation of 6 wins for stat nerds) that was above the cap and didn’t have very many draft picks. Whether or not the future is bright remains to be seen, but the present is pretty bad.
On top of all that, they’ve been destroyed by injuries. Linebacker Aaron Curry is expected to miss the entire season, while top cornerback Ronald Bartell will miss at least 6 weeks after being put on non-season ending IR. Shawntae Spencer, another starting cornerback, will also miss this week, as could middle linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain’s potential absence hurts as he’s one of their best defensive players and plays in a unit already starting a 4th round rookie. Travis Goethel, an inexperienced 2010 5th round pick, would s...
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When offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was hired this season, he brought with him a zone blocking rushing scheme. Through the first two games, the Raiders have struggled to move the ball on the ground. However, Knapp feels patience is needed to let the players and scheme develop.
“Let’s keep things in perspective for a second, here,” Knapp said. “We’ve played two games...
What’s up RaiderNation? Welcome to this week’s edition of My Two Cents, with your favorite old geezer, Old Timer. This week’s column deals with an attempt to end the long standing rift between the Oakland Raiders and Marcus Allen. In case you haven’t already heard, Marcus Allen will be lighting the commemorative torch this Sunday, [...]
The Friday injury report for the Oakland Raiders is now out and it shows that tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) both sat out on Friday as expected and are listed as out for the game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Second-year tackle Willie Smith reportedly has taken the majority of reps in place of Barnes during practice with Tony Bergstrom...
Oakland Raiders (0-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Before the season, I made a list of underrated and overrated teams, with the intent of betting them (or against them) until the odds makers caught up and I was proven wrong. This approach has worked well for me because I’m 10-4-2 ATS on games involving those teams. One thing I was dead on about was that the Raiders would be one...
With the Raiders run game 31st after two games, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has become a lightning rod for criticism. To that end, Knapp pleads for patience.
During training camp, Knapp likened the installation of his West Coast Offense to a start-up company, where it takes time to get in synch and to carve out a niche.
You know who Im talking to? Knapp said. Im...
Linebacker Rolando McClain is back at practice this morning, so he has passed the necessary concussion tests, which is a good sign for his availability Sunday against the Steelers. Cornerback Coye Francies, who was also held out yesterday with a concussion, is back in as well.
Cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) were not on the practice field...
Linebacker Rolando McClain has been practicing after sustaining a concussion last Sunday but he is still listed as questionable on the latest injury report. Coach Dennis Allen said McClain is in the same boat that long snapper Jon Condo was last weekend and still has some hurdles to get over before he is totally cleared.
Pretty much, yeah, Allen said. Pretty much the same...
Michael Huff will make his first career start at cornerback for the injury-depleted Oakland Raiders against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huff is moving from his usual free safety spot to cornerback on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oakland's starting cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer (right foot) and Ron Bartell (shoulder) are both out with injuries. Pat Lee will start at the...
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Oakland Raiders Sunday on the road and below is a preview breakdown of the game from an offensive, defensive and special teams perspective.
Steelers On Offense:
On Sunday the Steelers will play a Raiders defense that is down their two starting corners. That means Joselio Hanson and Pat Lee are expected to start and that free safety Michael Huff...
By Jeremy Hritz
Week three is here, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are making the trip to Oakland to take on the 0-2 Oakland Raiders. While it appears that this is an easy victory with all of the injuries in the Raiders secondary, there are no such things as gimme in the NFL. The last time the Steelers played in Oakland in 2006, Ben Roethlisberger played a horrific game, throwing two...
When the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday they will face the new zone blocking scheme that offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has implemented for this season.
While the Raiders, and more specifically running back Darren McFadden, are still in the early stages of being accustomed to it, the Steelers defense has struggled recently against defending it.
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) vs. Oakland Raiders (0-2)
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m., ET
Site: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (63,132) • Oakland, Calif.
Playing Surface: Grass
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play) Dan Fouts (analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove...
The NFL's Oakland Raiders have teamed with Overstock.com to generate fan engagement during home games at Raiders' Overstock.com Coliseum (or "O.co", as Overstock has termed it) during the 2012-13 season. The company has created numerous themed football games to hopefully generate fan interest and ticket sales.
Overstock signed a six-year deal in partnership with...