Oakland Raiders Keys to Success: Denver Broncos

Andrew Flores – Dec 8, 2015

While the loss is a bitter pill to swallow the Raiders went toe to toe with a playoff caliber football team. The defensive unit was relentless sacking Smith 4 times. Carr had the offense clicking, Murray looked confident and was running hard.  I know it felt like the sky was falling as a win slipped from the Raiders’ grasp, but there were plenty of positives. In the final seconds of the 2nd quarter Carr threw a spectacular 25 yard touchdown threading the needle with pinpoint accuracy. This throw was unbelievable, both Eric Berry and Sean Smith had airtight coverage on Crabtree yet Carr was able to make the play.  I was initially hesitant when people compared Carr to Aaron Rodgers early on yet, I can’t help but agree. The bottom-line is Carr is developing into an elite quarterback for the Raiders. Carr’s struggles were largely reflective of the team’s struggles. As the game progressed the Chiefs started dialing up the blitz and the offensive line crumbled.  While the argument can be made that Carr’s turnovers cost the Raiders the game, the reality is that football is the ultimate team sport and the loss was a team effort.

Oakland Raiders Keys To Success: Tennessee Titans

Andrew Flores – Nov 25, 2015

Let’s forget about the record and let’s forget about last week’s loss because that is what the Raiders will have to do this week. The Raiders need to focus on this week. The Raiders need to approach the rest of the season one game at a time.  It’s often what you’ll hear when you listen to the best coaches in the NFL. This week the Raiders will face the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are undergoing a rebuild and in analyzing the Titans they compare well to last year’s Raiders. The Titans have lost 10 consecutive home games, and are pretty much out of the playoff conversation. But they have some young talent and a dynamic rookie quarterback, so the Raiders will need to look past the Titans’ 2-8 record. While this is one of the easier games on the schedule, the Raiders look like a team that has had their confidence shattered. They played a largely uninspired game on Sunday and while many have questioned defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. The Raider's offense was the real issue on Sunday. This is cause for concern as this team has talent to be elite.  

Raiders Defensive Midseason Grades

Andrew Flores – Nov 14, 2015

When you watch the tape you see defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. has his players buying in and playing with passion. The Raider’s defense has done a good job of swarming to the ball throughout the season. The defensive ends have been impressive, but they still are not playing to their full potential. From a coaching standpoint one of the glaring weaknesses I noticed was that the coaches allow the opponents to dictate the matchups and they will need to do a better job of adapting as games progress in the future.  In the game against the Steelers Pittsburgh was able to move Brown to avoid our best corners in Hayden and this was one of the keys to Brown’s success. Brown is an elite receiver and I am not trying to take away from his success, but the Raiders should have let Hayden shadow Brown all game.  As a final note I would state this unit has been better than expected, but still has room for improvement with that said as they continue to gel this unit will only improve.

The tragedy of Aldon Smith

Raul Martinez – Nov 25, 2015

Let’s not sugar coat this. Aldon Smith’s suspension is a lose/lose situation.

Oakland Raiders Keys to Success: Detroit Lions

Andrew Flores – Nov 17, 2015

Last week’s loss left the Raiders reeling. The Vikings offensive coordinator was able to exploit the Raider’s deficiencies all game long. While it wasn’t flashy the Vikings were effective.  The Vikings stout defense was able to harass Carr consistently. But it is my opinion that Raiders’ offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was the biggest issue within this game. That being said the Raiders will need to refocus and show some resilience. The Detroit Lions will be confident coming off of a historic win against the Green Bay Packers. This Lions team has underwhelmed throughout the season, but they cannot be underestimated.

Grading the Raiders Offense After 8 Games

Martinez – Nov 14, 2015

The Oakland Raiders are 4 - 4 as we reach the halfway point of the season and Raider Nation is excited!

Oakland Raiders Keys to Success: Minnesota Vikings

Andrew Flores – Nov 11, 2015

Coming off of a last minute loss in what many saw as a game the Raiders needed to win, this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings will test the team’s mental toughness. The question posed is will head coach Jack Del Rio be able to rally the Raiders after a bitter loss? While there were many positives within the game last week. It will be interesting to see how these Raiders react to the loss, as the Raiders were full of confidence coming off of a statement win against the Jets, before being stunned by the Steelers.   The Vikings could very well be without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as he is currently going through the concussion protocol. Nonetheless this is a talented team and the Raiders cannot underestimate their opponents.  The Vikings currently sit at 6-2, and are looking like a playoff caliber team. The Vikings are a relatively young team full of talent. The Vikings are hoping that Bridgewater will be ready to roll this Sunday, but if he is unable to clear the concussion protocol the Vikings will be left with veteran quarterback Shaun Hill. Hill has plenty of experience with 14 years in the league. If Hill starts on Sunday expect the Vikings to lean heavily on Adrian Peterson as the Vikings will try not to put the game on Hill’s shoulders. 

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