Raiders defense with a chance to look good again

The Raiders will face a back up quarterback quarterback for the second straight week, as the Giants have elected to bench Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. Last week the Broncos gave Paxton Lynch his first start of the season against the Raiders defense. Lynch passed for just 41 yards in three quarters and…

Can the Raiders slow down the Patriots offense?

The Patriots present a challenge for every team, but for the beat up Raiders, the task of covering Rob Gronkowski and company could be impossible. The good news is the Raiders have gotten slightly healthier with the return of Obi Melifonwu from injured reserve. Melifonwu was drafted in the second round and viewed as a…

Will the Raiders defense ever intercept a pass?

There is one team in the NFL that has yet to intercept a pass: the Raiders. Opponents have attempted 246 passes this season, completed 171, and none have ended up in the hands of a Raiders defender. The Raiders defense simply doesn’t make life difficult for offenses. They have forced turnovers on just 3.7 percent…

Raiders secondary is beat up

The biggest weakness of the Raiders defense has been the secondary. The Raiders allow the third highest yard per attempt in the NFL and are the only team without an interception. And now they are losing healthy bodies. Rookie cornerback Gareon Conley may not play the rest of this season. He was drafted in the…

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…

The Raiders defense needs to start creating turnovers

In 2016 the Raiders defense surrendered the most yards per play in the NFL at 6.1. The defense was not very good, but they forced turnovers. The Raiders ranked third in the NFL last season in turnover percentage - the percentage of opponents’ drives that ended with a Raiders takeaway - at 14.2 percent. Despite…

Raiders defense impresses in week one

The Raiders defense entered the season with serious question marks at all three levels. The defensive line and linebacking groups are relying on youth. The secondary - while healthy at the top of the depth chart - has injury issues. But the defense passed the first test of the season by limiting the Titans to…

Raiders secondary with serious question marks

In the 2017 NFL draft the Raiders wanted to upgrade the secondary. So they selected a cornerback with their first pick and a safety with their second. But as the team enters the second game of the preseason, the secondary is a bigger question - and possibly bigger weakness - than it was prior to…

Raiders defensive depth chart relying heavily on rookies

With the first preseason game approaching on Saturday, the Raiders released a depth chart that has the defense relying heavily on rookies. According to the depth chart, two rookies will be starting for the Raider defense in Eddie Vanderdoes and Marquel Lee, with two more rookies on the second string in Obi Melifonwu and Gareon…

U.S. Missile Defense System Test Declared A Success

The Pentagon scored an important success Tuesday in a test of its oft-criticized missile defense program, destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack. Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the Pentagon agency in charge of developing the missile defense…