After taking a day off, the Oakland Raiders continued to prepare for Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The first two games, the Raiders were outscored 34-33, but they were able to pull out a win. Since that time, the Raiders have been outscored 96-16 in three straight losses.
JaMarcus Russell told reporters on Thursday that he had a cold. “I got a cold, so watch out. I ain’t got no Swine Flu now. Don’t put that on me. Uh-uh. I don’t need that.” Russell might not have the Swine Flu, but his play has helped give the Raiders’ offense the football equivalent.
The Oakland Raiders have made some moves of late, but don’t think they aren’t considering more in the coming days or weeks. With the injuries they’ve had to overcome and the different roster moves they’ve made to counteract those injuries, they’ve even lost a player or two that they wish they hadn’t.
The 1-1 Oakland Raiders will take on the 2-0 Denver Broncos at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum today. The Raiders come into the game mired in a passing game slump, while the Broncos are still trying to find a consistent offensive output.
The Raiders waived Louis Rankin in order to promote Jonathan Holland from the practice squad. Holland will be in the lineup as a cornerback and a possible kick and punt returner. Michael Huff will be starting at free safety in place of Hiram Eugene who is inactive today due to a lower leg injury.
Last week, the Oakland Raiders surprised many of the naysayers–including this one. From the start of their battle with San Diego until the end, the Raiders played so well that many left game concluding that they ‘should have’ won. Some have even considered the loss a victory of some sort.
One person not looking at it that way is Raiders’ head coach Tom Cable. “We have nothing to be confident about other than our effort Monday night,” said Cable on Friday to reporters. The key word from that statement is “effort.” There’s nothing in that statement about a win of any sort.
Justin Fargas, Michael Bush, Darren McFadden, and even Louis Rankin–regardless who the Raiders have in the backfield, that back can make the defense pay for any mistakes it might commit.
There’s only one problem. The Raiders can only start one of them at a time.
It’s that time of year again, the time when Raider Nation’s hopes are up and the Raiders are tied for the best record in the NFL–at 0-0.
After a rather quiet offseason, the Raiders began to make moves to shore up their run defense after they’d completed all of their OTA’s. First, they signed Greg Ellis prior to camp. Ellis, the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker was promptly put into Derrick Burgess’ left defensive end position.
Soon after the start of training camp, Derrick Burgess was traded to the New England Patriots for a third-round and a conditional fourth-round draft choice in 2010.
As you might have already heard from your local or national sports network, the Oakland Raiders didn’t fare too well over the weekend. That’s a rather hasty rush to judgment since you never know how well a team has actually done in the draft until three years later.