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Raiders defense getting reinforcements

The Raiders defense has not been the primary problem during the four game losing streak. Two of the four losses have come with the opponent scoring under 20 points. But the defense still has its issues and needs help. That help is coming. First, the Raiders signed NaVorro Bowman. The linebacker was released by the…

Raiders sign NaVorro Bowman

The Raiders have upgraded at linebacker, as former 49er NaVorro Bowman has signed with Raiders today. For the #Raiders and FA LB NaVorro Bowman, it’s a 1-year deal worth $3M, source says. Fills a huge need. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2017 Bowman was released by the 49ers last week. He visited Oakland today…

Key Numbers: The Raiders are bad again

The Raiders are 2-4 and sit in last place in the AFC West. After a 12-4 season that gave Oakland hope the franchise had finally turned the corner, the 2017 team is proving that 2016 was just a mirage. 0 Snaps Sean Smith did not play against the Chargers. The ninth year cornerback was benched,…

Can Derek Carr throw the ball deep?

Derek Carr returned after missing last week’s game due to a back injury. His first pass was intercepted. Carr spent the rest of the day looking to hit five yard passes. His final line presents an accurate, but boring day. He completed 70 percent of his passes for just 171 yards. He finished with an…

Breaking down how James Neal has five goals in three games

James Neal has been the catalyst for the Golden Knights 3-0-0 start, scoring five goals to start the season. Neal only has 11 shots on goal this season giving him a 45.4 percent shooting percentage on the year. What’s been the key to Neal’s hot start? Largely being unaccounted for by opposing teams. His first…

The Raiders have to use Jalen Richard more

In the Raiders first two losses of the season they rushed for a total of 56 yards. Last week against Baltimore, they managed to find their footing in the run game posting 108 yards on 25 carries. With the Chargers coming to town this week, the Raiders will have a chance to break out a…

Raiders defense could get worse as injuries mount

Opponents are scoring on 42.3 percent of drives against the Raiders this season, the third worst mark in the NFL. The Raiders have forced a turnover on just 3.8 percent of opponent drives this season, the second worst mark in the NFL. The Raiders have a bad defense. And now they an injured defense. Cornerbacks…

Key Numbers: Golden Knights roll through Coyotes

Vegas got its first taste of major professional sports with a 5-2 thrashing of the Arizona Coyotes. The night started with a tremendous ceremony to honor the victims and first responders of the Las Vegas shooting and ended with the NHL’s newest team sitting at 3-0-0. "We talked about tonight being the most important game…

Derek Carr expected to play this week

Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back against the Broncos on October 1st. He did not return to the game and did not play against Baltimore this past week. But the Raiders are expecting him to be ready to go for this week’s matchup with the Chargers. “I anticipate he’ll be ready…

Key Numbers: Raiders offense still hiding

The Raiders did not have Derek Carr in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. But the offense still has enough high-paid weapons to expect a good offensive output. Instead the Raiders scored just 17 points and produced a third straight game with less than 300 yards of offense. 1 Catch Amari Cooper’s disappointing season continues, as…