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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. Two games into the regular season, star running back Darren McFadden has 56 yards on 24 carries, the Raiders rank 31st in rushing -- ahead of only the Tennessee Titans -- and Carson Palmer has thrown 94 passes. The Raiders are 0-2, and the zone running scheme is being called into question. In the last two seasons under Hue Jackson, first as offensive coordinator and play-caller and then as head coach, the Raiders had a solid running game with McFadden gaining 1,771 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and scoring 11 touchdowns in 20 games. One of Jackson’s first moves when hired as offensive coordinator and p...
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For the second straight week, not only the Oakland Raiders came away with a loss, but also with important additions to the injury report. Right tackle Khalif Barnes and cornerback Shawntae Spencer, both starters, were not able to finish the game against Miami. Barnes has a groin injury and Spencer, a right ankle sprain. According [...]
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...
Oakland, CA. Fans who follow the Oakland Raiders had to feel a sense of optimism heading into the 2012 season. For the first time in many years, the QB situation seemed to be solidified, with the mid-season signing of Carson Palmer last season. The team finished 2011 at 8-8, and showed at times they could compete at a fairly high level. The offense was bringing back stud running...
Last week: 31 (+0)
I called this team 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...
Like many other fellow fantasy owners out there I too drafted Chris Johnson and have since second-guessed that pick. On most draft boards Johnson was a top 5 back, who was coming off a preseason that made everyone believe he was back in 2010 form when he ran for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case thus far in 2012, and Johnson has been putting...
Here we are again, Raider Nation. It was another agonizing week and another embarrassing loss for the Oakland Raiders. The only positive to take away from this week is that the Raiders were not the only AFC West team to lose in week 2, nor are they the only winless team in the division. Let’s [...]
The Oakland Raiders, trying to address their needs after an 0-2 start, had six players in for workouts Tuesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
As reported yesterday, former Cal defensive end Andre Carter, who had 10 sacks last season for the Patriots, was back in for a second look.
Cornerbacks Darius Butler, Cletis Gordon, Antwaun Molden and Kevin Thomas also...
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...
Oakland Raiders – 13, Miami Dolphins – 35It certainly looks like the Raiders are going to be behind a lot, which means a lot of garbage time yards and scores for Carson Palmer (380 total yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). He’s going to be worth starting at some point, and very well could be a top 15 QB this year in terms of fantasy stats.Like Weeden and Luck, Ryan Tannehill (214 yards...
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...
I have pointed out the problems that the Pittsburgh Steelers have had running the ball on first and second down through their first two games of the 2012 season, but their opponent in week 3, the Oakland Raiders, have had their problems as well on the early run downs.
So far against the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins the Raiders running backs have 29 carries on first...
The mood certainly is different on the off day this week after the Dolphins' impressive 35-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Sunday's home opener at Sun Life Stadium. Before the Dolphins begin their preparations for Sunday's game against the Jets, let's take one final look at the Oakland game.
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.
Week 2 saw Oakland and Kansas City still failing to impress while San Diego showed why they should be on the top in the AFC and Denver just fell apart.This article summarizes the five lessons learned from this weekend in the AFC West. Despite Lots of Passing Yards, Oakland Cannot Score TouchdownsOakland quarterback Carson Palmer did two things in Week 2 exactly the same way he did...