Author: Chris McClain

Raiders can’t find end zone, fall to Chargers

The Oakland Raiders returned home to host the Los Angeles Chargers hoping to get their second win of the season. It looked like it was going to be another slow start to the Raiders offense, but punter Johnny Townsend saw a weakness in the defense and ran a fake punt 43 yards to the left side to extend the drive. Derek Carr used the first down to go 80 yards with 13 plays and knock on the Chargers’ goal line. Facing a fourth and goal, head coach Jon Gruden elected to go for it but called a sweep and the ball carrier was stopped short to turn the ball over on downs. Luckily for the Raiders, the defense stepped up by forcing a three and out to give the offense good field position after a Chargers punt. Carr would go 32 yards on eight plays this time, but have to settle for a field goal after tight end Jared Cook dropped a pass for a first down. Daniel Carlson hit the 46-yard field goal to give the Raiders the early 3-0 lead. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s squad would keep up the solid play, holding the Chargers scoreless through the first quarter. Problem for Gruden was his offense could not find the end zone. Their second-best chance came late in the quarter but Carr was sacked hard in the red...

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Raiders falter late, fall to Colts at home

The Oakland Raiders returned home to host the Indianapolis Colts in their first game after trading wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick. Head coach Jon Gruden had a chance to show his new offense early after the Raiders defense gave up a first-drive touchdown to Andrew Luck. But without Cooper, the Raiders would start with a three-and-out. Quarterback Derek Carr got the offense going in the second quarter, using six plays to drive his squad 75 yards for their first touchdown of the game when he found a wide-open Seth Roberts for the score. The Raiders offense would build on the momentum on the next drive as Carr would orchestrate another touchdown drive. This time, the quarterback would drive the team 69 yards on seven plays, finding his trusty tight end Jared Cook who barreled into the end zone to give the Silver & Black the lead. Meanwhile, the Raiders defense would find some rhythm and slow down Luck and a Colts offense which has been finding its chemistry. The Raiders would take a 14-to-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. Carr would show his grit in the third quarter, diving over the line of scrimmage and into the end zone for his first rushing touchdown in the NFL. The rushing touchdown was also the first by an Oakland quarterback since 2013....

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Raiders reportedly trade Amari Cooper

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders continued their roster overhaul on Monday, reportedly trading wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick. Cowboys traded a first-round pick to Raiders for WR Amari Cooper, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2018 The Raiders drafted Cooper fourth-overall in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Alabama. The wide receiver made the Pro Bowl each of his first two seasons while also hauling in over 1,000 receiving yards each year, a mark that had been tough to hit for Raiders receivers. The fourth-year receiver has struggled this...

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Raiders struggle across the pond, fall to Seahawks

The Oakland Raiders flew to London hoping to bounce back from an embarrassing game against the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Unfortunately for Jon Gruden, his team looked very similar as they struggled to get anything going offensively. Derek Carr and the Raiders offense struggled once again, not putting up any points until the fourth quarter, which was only a field goal. Carr once again had problems protecting the ball, fumbling it two times against a Seahawks defense that was relentless at getting to him. The Raiders rookie offensive tackles, Kolton Miller & Brandon Parker, had a difficult time...

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Raiders can’t slow down Chargers, lose 26-10

The Oakland Raiders went to Los Angeles looking to build on their first win of the season but the Chargers had different plans. Chargers veteran quarterback Philip Rivers gouged the Raiders defense from the beginning of the gam, finishing 22 of 27 for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jon Gruden and the Raiders offense struggled to get the ball moving and when they did they couldn’t get it into the end zone. Quarterback Derek Carr drove the offense 82 yards on 10 plays in a first-quarter drive but were forced to settle for a field goal that kept the game tied heading into the second quarter. The Chargers found the end zone first when Rivers beat the Raiders blitz, finding running back Austin Ekeler for a 44-yard touchdown pass to put them up 10-to-3. Trying to answer, Carr found wide receiver Martavis Bryant over the middle but he lost the ball trying to get extra yards. It took Rivers just six plays to get his offense back into the end zone, this time it was Melvin Gordon scoring from one yard out. The Raiders had 1:39 left in the half to get some more points on the board but Matt McCrane came up shot on a 58-yard field goal attempt. A costly roughing the passer penalty by Bruce Irvin put the Chargers in field goal range after a...

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