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. 


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.

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. 

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

Crabtree & Cooper

Raul 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!


Oakland Raiders Keys to Success: How to Beat the New York Jets

Flores – Oct 29, 2015

It is week 8 and the Oakland Raiders are having quite the season. Some may not regard a 3-3 record as impressive; it is impressive when you really analyze this team. The Raiders have one of the youngest teams in the NFL, and yet at 3-3 they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs this season under first year head coach Jack Del Rio. Although we have seen growing pains the Raiders are playing with some serious passion and are flourishing under some solid leadership, something that was not present in the Dennis Allen tenure. As many have alluded to this week’s game against the Jets will be pivotal for the Raiders.  While it is still relatively early in the season this game does carry some playoff implications as the Raiders currently are in second place within the division and will be playing against a Jets team that is looking like a playoff caliber team. The Raiders impressive offense will face off against an elite Jets defense.



An Unlikely Story: Malcolm Smith

Andrew Flores – Oct 28, 2015

Malcolm Smith is truly an unlikely story. In high school he was a running back, and perhaps that explains Smith's rare athleticism. Smith was later recruited as a linebacker by  Ken Norton Jr. and in 2011 he was drafted by Seattle in the 7th round. Smith struggled with injuries early in his career, and was consequently the odd man out in Seattle. That is until things fell into place in 2013 when injuries ravaged Seattle's linebackers. Smith finally got his shot. He made the most of his chance and flashed some rare ability even earning a Superbowl MVP award. Nonetheless many saw this as a flash in the pan.


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