Posted September 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
Reggie McKenzie heard all the preseason predictions from the pundits that had his Oakland Raiders pegged as one of the worst teams in the NFL. After a tight road loss at Indianapolis and a home win over Jacksonville to start the season, the Raiders general manager is not ready to crow about his team's success. ''Vindication? No. Not at all,'' he said Wednesday. ''It's way too early. Vindication is when we're in the playoffs. Then it's a whole new season. That's my goal. ... Our goal is to try and win as many games as we can and get to the playoffs.'' McKenzie touched on many subjects in a 30-minute interview with local beat reporters, with much of the focus being on the quarterbacks after Terrelle Pryor beat out Matt Flynn for the starting job in training camp. Flynn held the top spot for most of the offseason and training camp after McKenzie traded two draft picks to Seattle and committed $6.5 million in guaranteed money to ac...

Oakland tried out 4 linebackers today

Today the Oakland Raiders were working out linebackers. I find this as a bad move, especially when they had a very solid, and young linebacker they drafted named David Bass. They released Bass during the cut downs to 53, thinking they would somehow keep him on the practice squad. Well after losing Bass to Chicago, […]

3 Stats to Know for the Raiders: Week 3

  Yes, it’s only week 2…and yes, we did just get done playing the Jaguars. Still, Raiders fans have to be optimistic about how the first two weeks of the season have gone. I’ve been seeing a lot of numbers thrown around for the Raiders’ surprising success, so I thought I would share them with you and see which ones are likely sustainable throughout the season. Oakland has...

There is Only One Raider Nation

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Hollywood on the Horizon? Why Mayor Jean Quan’s Tardiness Could End Up Costing the Oakland Raiders

  In an era where we have seen such feats of architecture as AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) and the new and improved Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Bay Area football fans have been treated to Candlestick Park in San Francisco and the [Insert Name Here] Coliseum in Oakland. While the San Francisco 49ers will be moving to their state-of-the-art stadium...

A’s Playoff Game May Give the Raiders Another Prime-time Matchup

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Time Of Possession Is Key To Oakland Raiders Victory Over Denver Broncos

The Oakland Raiders are leading the NFL with 198 yards rushing yards per game this season. In order to pull off a monumental upset against the hated Denver Broncos on Monday night, they must dominate in the running game. You can throw out last season’s matchups between these two teams as the Raiders are a whole new team. Terrelle Pryor adds a new dynamic to the Raiders offense...

Raiders GM: 'vindication is when we're in the playoffs'

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has heard the worst in the NFL label thrust upon his team time and time again. This year is no exception, but after going a promissing 1-1 to start the season, hope springs in the black hole that the Raiders might actually have a winning season. It's still way too early to tell, and McKenzie knows that.

Oakland Raiders: Loss of Tyvon Branch

Usama Young – One of two players to replace Tyvon Branch Tyvon Branch, strong safety of the Oakland Raiders, worth $9.5 million, is out indefinitely after a leg injury in Sunday’s victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Branch is suffering from what is believed to be a fibia fracture. Branch has been a huge asset to the Raiders’ defense and fans are concerned this loss will...

Raiders GM surprised by the play of Terrelle Pryor

Today Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie admitted that he was surprised that Terrelle Pryor beat out Matt Flynn for the starting spot. ” From a standpoint of taking this offense, what Olie (offensive coordinator Greg Olson) has done, yes,” McKenzie said. “I mean, he’s come in … to compete and learn this offense, and he’s […]

Safety Charles Woodson on Tyvon Branch's injury: 'you're going to miss a guy out there that has a great understanding of what to do'

Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson spent training camp, preseason, and two regular season games with fellow safety Tyvon Branch and knows losing him is a big deal. Branch suffered an 'significant' ankle injury Sunday and how long he will be out is still uncertain. However, the impact is huge, especially having to face QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Hayden to get tested by Manning

Oakland rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden has never played against Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. He figures the two will become well-acquainted Monday night in Denver. Hayden is the youngest and least experienced member of the Raiders' defensive secondary, and that has made him a target for opposing quarterbacks. Indianapolis' Andrew Luck sought him out repeatedly in...

Another sewage problem in the Oakland Coliseum

The Oakland Raiders play in by far the crappiest stadium in the NFL, both figuratively and literally. For the second time in 2013, however, the baseball team that shares a stadium with the Raiders has experienced sewage problems in the building. Via Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today, the term “seventh-inning stretch” acquired a very new and unwelcome meaning on Tuesday night. – NBCSports...

Darren McFadden Rushing for 100 Yards is Oakland Raiders Recipe for Success

In an NFL where it is common practice to see teams throw for ridiculous numbers, there is still a place to use the running game to win. That was the formula the Oakland Raiders implemented in their 19-9 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the last two seasons, when the Raiders can get running back Darren McFadden to the 100 yard rushing mark, they are very successful. The Raiders...

Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#31)

Last week: 32 The Raiders won the total bowl last week. I originally had the Raiders winning just 1 game all season, week 2 at home for Jacksonville, but they have impressed me more than I’ve expected so far this season. Terrelle Pryor has faced two of the worst defenses in the NFL in his 2 starts, but he’s led this team to 6 times as many first downs as punts this season. Of...

Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State Doesn’t Accept Me

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has had an interesting road to the NFL to say the least. After a great career at Ohio State that was derailed by a NCAA tattoo investigation, the young signal caller had to wait to be taken in the Supplemental Draft by the Raiders. While Pryor has come a long […]
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