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.

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.

Derek Carr Continues to Play like a Top NFL Quarterback Despite Loss

Elias Trejo – Nov 8, 2015

Derek Carr watched the Oakland defense give up 79 yards in less than two minutes after he led the Raiders to a game tying score late in the fourth. Just when it appeared that the game was going into overtime and the Steelers were on the ropes, Pittsburgh threw a haymaker on 3rd and 2 and ended the night for Carr and the Raiders. Carr and the offense would not get another chance to complete an amazing comeback. However, Carr did show that he is the real deal yet again even in the loss. 

Grading the Raiders Offense After 8 Games

Raul 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. 

Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper: The Jab and The Left Hook

Crabtree & Cooper

Martinez – Nov 6, 2015

Raider Nation is riding high these days and rest assured there are a lot of reasons for the recent success of the silver and black!

NFL Playoff Race: Raiders Keys to Beating the Steelers

Andrew Flores – Nov 3, 2015

It is week 9 and the Oakland Raiders are facing what is a must win situation as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers. A win this week solidifies playoff ambitions for this young Raiders team, but this will likely be the toughest challenge the Raiders’ defense will face all season. Last week the Raiders’ offense exploded as Carr threw 4 touchdowns and Latavius Murray rushed for 115 yards. The Raiders committed to the run game and were able to bully a brutish Jets defense. The Raiders’ defense dominated the Jet’s offense injuring both of the quarterbacks and imposing their will on the Jets throughout the game. This week the Raiders’ defense will need to step up last week the game hinged on the Raiders’ offense this week the game hinges on defense.

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