Author: Chris McClain

Countdown to Paydirt: Hosting the Patriots in Mexico

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a much-needed bye week but will travel to Mexico City for a “home” game against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. It’s a tough task for a Raiders team that is a disappointing 4-5 for the season after a struggling offense has stalled them while injuries on the defensive side of the ball has frustrated Ken Norton, Jr. and head coach Jack Del Rio. And now the Raiders defense will go up against the NFL’s top offense, averaging over 409 yards per game. The Raiders have just the...

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Raiders bounce back with win against Dolphins

The Oakland Raiders took on the Miami Dolphins Sunday night looking to bounce back from a rough loss to the Buffalo Bills. A week after struggling against the Bills defense, quarterback Derek Carr and the Raiders offense got the first opportunity to put some points on the board. Unable to run the ball, Carr found a chemistry with tight end Jared Cook who hauled in three passes for 59 yards and three first downs on the opening drive. Unfortunately, the Raiders’ drive would stall and they’d have to settle for a Giorgio Tavecchio field goal to give them the 3-0 lead. The Raiders were once again thin at the cornerback position with Gareon Conley and David Amerson once again missing the game due to injuries. The lack of depth showed as Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler found both Jarvis Landry and DaVante Parker wide open on the opening drive. Luckily for the Raiders, penalties would stall the drive as the Raiders would force a punt to begin the game. After trading Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline this week, it was one of his replacements that got the Dolphins on the board first. Cutler connected with Damian Williams who broke a couple of tackles for a touchdown. A missed extra point and the Raiders would be down 6-3. The Raiders special teams would be caught napping...

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Countdown to Paydirt: Raiders take on Dolphins in Primetime

The Oakland Raiders fell to the Buffalo Bills last week just 10 days after it looked like they got their season back on track by beating the Kansas City Chiefs. Following last week’s loss, the Raiders flew to Sarasota, Fla. where they spent the week preparing to take on the Miami Dolphins instead of flying back to California. The Raiders have yet to record an interception this year but hope to get their first against quarterback Jay Cutler, who is prone to turnovers. That said, the Raiders defense will have to do it without two of their top cornerbacks...

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Raiders fall to Bills after 10 days off

The Oakland Raiders flew into Buffalo looking to build on a big win against the Chiefs last week, taking on the Bills. Head coach Jack Del Rio showed some urgency on the Raiders opening drive, going for it on 4th and 2 from the Buffalo 45-yard line. Fullback Jamize Olawale took the handoff up the middle and got the first down after some second-effort. Just two plays later, offensive coordinator Todd Downing attacked downfield much like the Raiders did last week against the Chiefs. Derek Carr found veteran receiver Michael Crabtree downfield for a big 22-yard line to give put them near the red zone. Olawale punched the ball in from the one-yard line a few plays later, giving the Raiders the early 7-0 lead. The Raiders defense got off to a strong start, holding the Bills scoreless for the first quarter. But they couldn’t do it forever, when a familiar face put the Bills on the scoreboard. Former Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes got open in the back of the end zone and hauled in Tyrod Taylor’s pass to tie up the game. Bills punter Brian Moorman pinned the Raiders back on their own 2-yard line, giving Carr another chance to get on the board with just 2:01 left on the clock with three timeouts. Looking to get on the board one last time before the half, Carr...

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Countdown to Paydirt: Battle in Buffalo

The Oakland Raiders’ season was up against the ropes heading into last Thursday’s game against the Chiefs but they gave it new life with their big 31-30 win against the division leaders. But their work isn’t done yet. Head coach Jack Del Rio and his Raiders must keep the momentum going has they travel east to take on the Buffalo Bills. Under the new leadership of head coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are currently second place in the AFC East with a record of 4-2, but an undefeated 3-0 at home after last week’s close win against the Tampa...

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