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Is Oakland Raiders rookie Khalil Mack the worst Pro Bowl snub in the NFL this year?

The NFL has released the names of the players who were selected for this year’s Pro Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. As always there were a number of deserving players who were not lucky enough to be voted in. Since 13 is the least lucky number, let’s take a look at the 13 biggest Pro Bowl snubs this season and make a sort of All Pro Bowl snub team. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens...
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Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie can save his job by swallowing his pride

This year, Black Monday for the Oakland Raiders is more about their general manager than their head coach. Tony Sparano does not have a big chance of keeping the head coaching job. At best he is a backup option for Mark Davis and the Silver and Black. For general manager Reggie McKenzie though, things are much more complicated. As I have written many times, McKenzie’s tenure with...
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Why I can’t imagine the Raiders anywhere other than Oakland

The Oakland Raiders took the field at the Coliseum for the final time in the 2014 season this past weekend as they achieved their third win of the year against the Buffalo Bills. The stadium was filled with Raider Nation and no one would ever be able to tell that the Raiders headed into that game with a 2-12 record. I really didn’t think too much about it as most home games are...
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Which Raiders survive Black Monday?

As most everyone is aware, Black Monday is the day after the final games of the regular season are in the books. Most coaches and general managers who get the axe, get it on that day. The decision on Reggie McKenzie, Tony Sparano and the rest of the Raiders coaching staff should have already been made by now. It will be revealed whether the Raiders will stay the current course...
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Raiders Draft Prospects: Wide receiver DeVante Parker

Name: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville Height: 6’2” Weight: 211 lbs. NFL Comparison: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals Strengths: Parker utilizes finger breaking strength to separate on the line of scrimmage. He uses his breathtaking power to guide receivers away from his body, eluding the jam. You can tell Parker spends a great deal of time in the weight room. Most draft experts...
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Happy Anniversary, or nah?

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of a date that will live forever in infamy with Raiders fans, at least those of us who were around and old enough to remember the Immaculate Reception. Or as we prefer to call it, the Immaculate Deception. For those who can bear to watch, here is the original broadcast of the play that ended the Raiders 1972 season in Pittsburgh: Immaculate Reception...
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Latavius Murray showing he can be a bell cow for the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders selected Latavius Murray in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft only to see him sit out the entire year with an injury. Normally, a sixth round pick who has to miss the year with an injury is not kept on the roster, but the Raiders decided to place Murray on the injured reserve list because they saw something special in the big and speedy back. But his injury...
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How Tony Sparano could end up head coach of the Raiders in 2015

The Oakland Raiders have won three of their last five games and naturally it has led people to wonder whether or not interim head coach Tony Sparano could end up having the interim tag removed from his title. For weeks now I have said there is no way that Sparano comes back. While he has gotten the team to play much better than his predecessor, Dennis Allen, he has also presided...
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T.J. Carrie gives Raiders hope for a strong secondary in 2015

Perhaps one of the best things to happen to the Oakland Raiders this season was injuries. I know that sounds crazy, but two injuries in particular have been eye opening for the Raiders. With both starting corners Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers both missing time late in the season due to injuries, the team has been able to take a closer look at its younger talent and has been very...
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Breaking down the draft value lost by the Raiders in their win

Congratulations Raiders fan, on Sunday the team won for the third time in five weeks, defeating the Buffalo Bills 26-24 to move their record for the 2014 season to 3-12. Each victory contained the added satisfaction of severely impacting the playoff race: In Week 12 the Raiders beat division rival Kansas City, dropping the Chiefs to 7-4, ending their five game winning streak and...
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Khalil Mack has another outstanding day, deserves rookie of the year

Every time I watch Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack play, I hear Seahawks coach Pete Carroll in my head. Before the Raiders traveled to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champs Carroll described Mack as being almost unblockable. At the time it seemed like coach speak. All season long opposing head coaches have talked about the Raiders being a good team that they had...
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Game recap: Raiders vs Bills

The Raiders continued their recent trend of blowout losses on the road followed by great wins at home by defeating the Buffalo Bills 26-24. During the game, Raiders rookie QB, Derek Carr threw for 214 yards to bring his season total over 3000. He added 2 TDs and no INTs to lead the Raiders to their 3rd victory of the season. Once again, I was not able to watch the game because of...
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Report: Raiders renew their lease to stay in Oakland for at least one more year

The Oakland Raiders are staying put, for at least one more year. This according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, who tweeted the news earlier this morning: #Raiders will announce a 1-year extension of their lease in Oakland, source tells me. Not a surprise, their lease runs out after the season — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 21, 2014 Rapoport then went on to commend owner Mark...
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Weekly rewind: Draft prospects, changes on the horizon and much more!

It was a difficult week for the Raiders following another bad loss on the road. As the season draws to a close, sweeping changes are certainly on the horizon. Will this be it for GM Reggie McKenzie? Will Jim Harbaugh be the next Raiders head coach? What players will free agency and the draft bring? Where will the Raiders call home next year? Here is this week’s top stories while...
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Raiders Draft Prospects: Defensive end Arik Armstead

Name: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon Height: 6’7 Weight: 298 lbs NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals Positives: Armstead’s measureables are off the charts. At 6-foot-7, he towers above tight ends, and is the same size as most offensive tackles. Weighing around 300 pounds, Armstead has the size of a defensive tackle. Yet, what leaps out at anyone viewing film is that...
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Brice Butler remains one of Raiders best and least used receivers

The Oakland Raiders have one of the worst passing games in the entire NFL. So naturally, the coaching staff has been doing everything within their power to give rookie quarterback Derek Carr a chance to succeed, right? Well… not so much. But anyone who has been following the Raiders closely this season should not be surprised by that. I have written a lot about the fact that the...
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Which Raiders will show up? Latavius Murray may be key to the answer

Latavius Murray has been the name on everyone’s lips after the Oakland Raiders finally earned their first win against the Kansas City Chiefs, division rival, in week 12. Many within Raider Nation had been calling to see more of Murray back in the preseason when optimism was at its peak. Murray left the Chiefs game early after a brutally hard hit that never did get fined. That hit...
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Raiders QB Derek Carr could have very long day against Bills defensive line

After having a very strong performance against the San Francisco 49ers, Derek Carr spent most of last Sunday running from the Kansas City Chief’s defensive line. In that game, the Chiefs landed four sacks, four quarterback hits and 20 quarterback hurries. Not exactly a great sign for the Raiders who are preparing to take on one of the best defensive lines in the NFL this weekend...
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Are any Oakland Raiders rookies among the 10 most disappointing of 2014?

This year’s rookie class is loaded with talent; all over the league, first-year players are performing at a high level, demonstrating that they’re going to be stars for years to come. But that’s not a 100 percent, across-the-board statement. Like in any draft, this year’s batch of newcomers has some players who haven’t been able to smoothly make the transition to the NFL...
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Latavius Murray is the player with the most to prove on the Raiders

Every player needs to prove themselves in each game. But these last games against Buffalo and Denver will be incredibly important for one player over everyone else – running back Latavius Murray. A sixth-round pick in 2013, Murray had a breakout game against the Chiefs, rushing for 112 yards on 4 carries and 2 TDs. The most important part about that statistic is that the Raiders...
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Throwback Thursday: What the first win meant to Raiders QB Derek Carr

The question heading into week 12 for some was whether it would be more important for Raider Nation to finally get a win or whether it would be more important for quarterback Derek Carr to get a win. Sports media asked Carr in an interview just how much it meant to him to finally be able to put together a fourth quarter drive where he was able to put the ball into the end zone AND...
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Raiders vs Bills rivalry notes

The Raiders will host the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, 21 December, 2014 at O.Co Coliseum. These two old AFL teams have not really been fierce rivals since the AFL/NFL merger, but they have played some great games since both teams were formed in 1960. The Raiders hold a 19-17 advantage in the regular season, while the Bills have a 2-0 advantage in the playoffs. The Bills won 9 of...
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Raiders add 2 more practice squad players

The Raiders announced via Twitter that they have signed DB Vernon Kearney and WR Greg Jenkins to the practice squad. The Raiders have signed DB Vernon Kearney and WR Greg Jenkins to the practice squad. http://t.co/2IRaZn3zuM — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 17, 2014 Vernon Kearney is an undrafted free agent out of Lane College. He is listed at 6’2″, 185 lbs. He was signed...
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Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr’s 1-32 quarterback ranking could be disputed

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux...
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Is the Oakland Raiders Week 16 tilt one of the top-5 NFL games to watch?

It’s hard to believe that calendar has already reached mid-December, with only two weeks left in the NFL regular season. That means it’s stretch time, as every game takes on added implications. It also means that the NFL landscape looks different than most people would have predicted. As the final two weeks of the season get underway, there are a slew of big games involving teams...
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