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Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots Game Preview

September 20th, 2014 at 12:30 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders have made the cross country trek to face the New England Patriots this Sunday, looking to avoid a 0-3 start to the 2014 season. The Raiders are 0-9 in the eastern time zone under head coach Dennis Allen, which makes the task ahead even more daunting. The Raiders will have to make several adjustments from the past two weeks to have a chance to upend a Patriots team that is 11-1 in their last 12 home openers.

Possibly the most important correction the Raiders must make is in their run defense. The team is allowing opponents to average 200 yards per game on the ground. New England is different from their air-it-out teams, in that the focus of their offense is the running game. The Patriots average 116 yards per game on the ground. This is area of emphasis where the Raiders need to tighten up to pull the upset.

On the offensive side, Oakland has several areas to clean up. The have been unable to get a running game going in either of the first two games. That must change to help rookie quarterback Derek Carr and the offense as a whole. Oakland can use the running game to help Carr with play action opportunities and slow down the Patriots pass rush. It will also help them make more manageable third downs and keep drives alive, which has been a serious concern.

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Oakland Raiders Continue to Under Utilize Fullback Marcel Reece

September 19th, 2014 at 10:54 AM
By Nicholas Gill

It is a discussion the Oakland Raiders coaching staff has every season regarding getting fullback Marcel Reece more involved in the offense. On a consistent basis, the Raiders fail to use Reece to his potential. Early in the 2014 campaign it has been par for the course with Reece not being used to his ability.

“Believe me, I am aware of it, Raiders offensive coordinator,” Greg Olson said. “We had some things, again, designed. We have to be a little bit aware early in the game of getting him more involved early. The first interception was a play that was a design initially to go to Marcel, but the coverage didn’t dictate it. We had some things there, it’s just that it didn’t end up going there. We’ll continue to find ways to utilize Marcel.”

Raiders' fans would be billionaires if they had a nickel for every time the coaching staff said they wanted Reece more involved. The problem has been consistently using Reece as a weapon. In two games this season, Reece has three catches for 12 yards and one carry. His size, speed combination along with his ability as runner and pass catcher should make Reece a focal point of the offense, especially with the struggles Oakland has had on that side of the ball.

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Oakland Raiders Rookie QB Derek Carr Stepping up as Leader in Locker Room

September 18th, 2014 at 10:31 AM
By Nicholas Gill

Amidst all the negativity coming out of the Oakland Raiders 0-2 start to the 2014 season, one positive is the attitude and budding leadership from rookie quarterback Derek Carr. After the Raiders lopsided and listless 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans, Carr stood up and addressed the team.

“Without saying everything, obviously, because some of those things just stay in the locker room, but I just wanted to be an encouragement that as long as we continue to work unselfishly, for each other, we’re going to start going down the right path,” Carr said. “You can watch me work. You can put it on my shoulders, because whatever anyone says, whatever anyone wants to put on my shoulders, it doesn’t matter. I can handle it. I’ve been through too much in my life to where I can handle it. Now let’s just go work together and fix this thing.”

Carr has been a bright spot in the team's rough start. He has made rookie mistakes and decisions, but his talent is apparent. He has been hurt by the Raiders slow starts, which have put the team in early deficits and forced Carr to shoulder too much of the offensive load. The Raiders have been unable to get their running game going, which is another product of slow starts. Despite all the problems working against Carr, he is showing much promise.

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Oakland Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen Focused on New England Patriots, not Job Security

September 17th, 2014 at 6:32 PM
By Nicholas Gill

After the Oakland Raiders laid an egg at home in a blowout 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday, calls for head coach Dennis Allen to be fired have gotten louder. With the 0-2 start to the 2014 campaign, the Raiders are 8-26 under Allen. With the scrutiny mounting, he is not focusing on his job security. He is focusing on the team's next opponent, the New England Patriots.

“What matters is getting ready for the New England Patriots,” Allen said. “That’s all I’m going to focus on.”

The Patriots will present a significant challenge to the Raiders especially with Oakland having to travel across the country where they have been obliterated. One of Allen's problems is an 0-9 record in the eastern time zone. Meanwhile, the Patriots are 11-1 in their last 12 home openers, which Sunday will be for them. Also quarterback Tom Brady is 49-3 in his last 52 home games. Not the statistics Allen wants to see as he fights to keep his job.

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Oakland Raiders Officially Sign Free Agent WR Vincent Brown

September 16th, 2014 at 2:25 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders are trying to find solutions to their wide receiver issues by signing former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown. Brown was released by the Chargers during finals cuts because he was dealing with a calf injury. He will have the opportunity to earn his way into the Raiders wide receiver rotation.

The 25-year-old Brown made a contribution with San Diego last season starting 12 games while recording 41 receptions for 472 yards and one touchdown. In 2012, he lost his entire season to a broken ankle. He made four starts as a rookie in 2011, making 19 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders have been searching for help at wide receiver since the offseason and now with Rod Streater suffering a hip flexor, they have further need. They brought in James Jones to pair with Streater, Denarius Moore, and Andre Holmes. However, all four have had their issues. The wide receivers as a whole have had issues creating consistent separation and dropping too many balls.

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