Found October 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
To borrow from cliche, what didn't kill the Oakland Raiders' secondary has apparently made the unit stronger. The Raiders lost both of their starting cornerbacks, Ron Bartell (broken scapula) and Shawntae Spencer (foot sprain) in the first two weeks, and neither looks to be returning within the next couple of weeks. Taking it on the chin through the first four games of the season against the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers, the Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill and then especially the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger and the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning, things couldn't have looked more dire for Oakland is it prepared to face the Atlanta Falcons' red-hot Matt Ryan. Yes, Ryan guided the Falcons to a 23-20 win Sunday with the 19th fourth-quarter comeback of his career. However, with the help of a more consistent pass rush and employing a tenacious nickel defense much of the game, the Raiders intercepted Ryan three times in the first half...

Oakland Raiders LB Aaron Curry returns to practice after PUP stint

The Oakland Raiders received a welcome addition to Wednesday's practice, with the return of linebacker Aaron Curry. The former fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft was on the physically unable to perform list all season dealing with a knee injury. “He looked good,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “He moved around well, so I think the key is to see how he responds...

Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer calls Jacksonville Jaguars game a must win

As the Oakland Raiders prepare for their home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, quarterback Carson Palmer knows that it is a must win. With both teams entering the game with a 1-4 record and the Raiders only one and a half games back in the AFC West, they must string together wins starting this week.     “It’s a must win game for us,” Palmer said. “We had...

Oakland Raiders offense should excel against Jacksonville Jaguars

After a crushing loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Oakland Raiders return home this Sunday to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are coming off a bye and the teams have identical 1-4 records. The Raiders will be looking to continue the offensive success they had against the Falcons and take advantage of a subpar Jacksonville defense. Oakland was able to account for 474...

Denarius Moore is Palmer's Favorite Target

Oakland wideout Denarius Moore has obviously become the Raiders' No. 1 receiver based on Sunday's play (nine targets, 5 rec, 104 yards, 1 TD).Fantasy Spin:Despite the return of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Moore was Carson Palmer's favorite target for the fourth consecutive week. Moore leads the Raiders in targets with 35, in touchdown receptions (2) and is second on the team...

Offensive Game Grades: Week 6 vs. Atlanta

Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders nearly pulled a huge upset against the undefeated Falcons on Sunday. It was a close game for all four quarters, but the Falcons ended up with the last score and the win. Despite gaining more than 47o yards of total offense, the Silver&Black came out of the Georgia Dome on the losing side. So [...]

State of the AFC West: Week 7 Edition

A lot went down in the AFC West during week 6. OAKLAND RAIDERS Starting with your very own Oakland Raiders, they put up a valiant effort against the last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t pretty, but the Raiders’ gutty performance tells me they could very well make a run during the next three weeks that [...]

Curry returns to practice for Raiders

Linebacker Aaron Curry has returned to practice with the Oakland Raiders for the first time since May after dealing with nagging knee problems in recent months. Curry began the season on the physically unable to perform list and was unable to practice for the first six weeks. He made his first appearance on the field with his team on Wednesday, starting a three-week window for Oakland...

McClain adjusts to limited role with Raiders

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Rolando McClain arrived in Oakland two years ago amid expectations that he would be the impact middle linebacker who could transform a Raiders defense that had struggled to stop the run. Less than halfway through his third season with the Raiders, McClain has been relegated to spot duty. McClain is...

Raiders activate LB Aaron Curry

The Oakland Raiders have added linebacker Aaron Curry to the team's active roster. Curry was taken off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Linebacker Vic So'oto was waived to make room on the 53-man roster. Curry was placed on the list at the start of training camp because of injured knees. He resumed practice on Oct. 17 and needed to be activated this week or...

With the promising Jake Locker nearing a return, underachieving Titans running back Chris Johnson will rightfully become an afterthought in Tennessee

Considering that Chris Johnson has proven to be a bush league player, the thrifty Tennessee Titans will certainly never pick up the wannabe star’s $9 million option after this season. The 27-year-old Johnson, who the Titans (2-4) chose out of … Continue reading →

Turn On The Jets Week 7 Fantasy Football Preview

As we approach the midway point of the fantasy football season, it’s time to evaluate who you should try and trade off while their value is high, and who you should be sticking with as you chase that 2012 fantasy championship. Unless of course your name is Joe Caporoso and you’re sitting in the basement at 1-5 in the TOJ Fantasy league, that is. In that case, your season is already...

Odds favor Falcons to capture NFC

Many didnt see it coming two years ago when the Falcons went 13-3 and earned the NFCs top playoff seed for only the second time in franchise history. This time, its different. Only six weeks into the season and in the midst of their bye week, the Falcons appear as if home field advantage throughout the playoffs is virtually theirs to lose. They stand to reap the benefits of starting...
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