Poll: Who Wins Sunday’s Matchup – Cardinals or the Raiders?

Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals


Cardinals at Raiders Friday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Status Report
OUT DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf), DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness)
PROBABLE WR John Brown (hamstring), RB Andre Ellington (foot), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE John Carlson (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf)
Thursday DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness)
Friday DE Calais Campbell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Glenn Carson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (foot), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
Thursday TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (foot), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf)
Friday TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), RB Andre Ellington (foot), DT Frostee Rucker (calf), DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep)
Friday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadricep), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
OAKLAND RAIDERS
Status Report
OUT WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin)
QUESTIONABLE G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
PROBABLE QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
Thursday G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
Friday WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
Friday G Khalif Barnes (quadricep), RB Marcel Reece (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)
Friday QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle), S Usama Young (foot)

Poll: AFC West Week 6 Matchup – Who Wins the Chargers at Raiders?

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers


NFL Week 6 Capsule – Chargers at Raiders

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-1) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (0-4)

SERIES

CHARGERS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER 58-48-2
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 1-1 Sparano: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 31-0 vs. Jets Bye (Wk. 4: L 38-14 vs. Dolphins in London)
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Raiders 13 at Chargers 26. San Diego RB Ryan Mathews rushes for 99 yards & TD. Chargers QB Philip Rivers throws for 201 yards & TD to WR Keenan Allen.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/6/13: Raiders 27, Chargers 17. Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor throws for 221 yards & 2 TDs, including 44-yard TD to WR Rod Streater. Raiders defense records 3 INTs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM PT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 93 (SD), 140 (Oak.). XM: 233 (Oak.).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 116-165-1443 (2C)-12 (T2L)-2-116.3 (1L) Carr (R): 84-133-734-4-4-75.2
RUSHING Oliver (R): 31-148-4.8-1 McFadden: 45-151-3.4-1
RECEIVING
  1. Allen: 25-269-10.8-0
  2. Jones: 21-272-13.0-2
OFFENSE 369.2 270.0
TAKE/GIVE +6 (T1L) -4
DEFENSE 290.8 (1C) 365.3
SACKS Freeney: 2 4 tied: 1
INTs Flowers: 2 (T1C) Carrie, Woodson: 1
PUNTING Scifres: 43.0 King: 44.7
KICKING Novak: 47 (3C) (14/14 PAT; 11/11 FG) Janikowski: 15 (6/6 PAT; 3/3 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: Since 2006, QB PHILIP RIVERS has 33,664 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL (DREW BREES, 40,307). In past 4, has completed 95 of 129 passes (73.6 pct.) for 1,205 yards with 11 TDs vs. 1 INT for 127.6 rating. Aims for 5th in row with 120+ rating. Chargers are 34-3 (.919) when Rivers starts & has 120+ rating, including last week vs. NYJ (288 yards, 3 TDs, 125.3 rating)…In Week 5, undrafted rookie RB BRANDEN OLIVER had career-high 114 yards on 19 att. & TD…Last week, TE ANTONIO GATES (92) had 2 TDs (4 rec, 60 yards), surpassing ISAAC BRUCE (91) for No. 10 all-time in career rec. TDs. WR EDDIE ROYAL has 4 TDs in past 3. Has 296 catches & needs 4 to reach 300 career. In 2 career meetings, WR KEENAN ALLEN has 141 receiving yards & 2 TDs…DE DWIGHT FREENEY had sack in last meeting (12/26/10 with Ind.). DT SEAN LISSEMORE had 1st sack of season last week. CB BRANDON FLOWERS aims for 3rd in row with INT. S ERIC WEDDLE has 13 INTs since 2011, most in AFC, including INT in last meeting. LB DONALD BUTLER leads team with 27 tackles…RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in pass yards (734) & TDs (4). Aims for 5th game in row with 60+ comp. pct. Completed 16 of 25 passes (64 pct.) for 146 yards vs. Dolphins. Has rushed for 66 yards on 7 att. (9.4 avg.)…In past 2 vs. SD, RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 244 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 110 receiving) & TD catch. Has 68 career rush TDs, 2nd-most among active players. RB DARREN MC FADDEN had 72 scrimmage yards in Wk. 4 (40 rush, 32 rec.). Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 29 career TDs (24 rush, 5 rec.) & needs 1 to become 8th RB in club history with 30…WR JAMES JONES led team with 6 catches & 83 rec. yards vs. Dolphins. WR ANDRE HOLMES made 1st start of season in Wk. 4 & had 5 catches for 74 yards & TD…Rookie CB T.J. CARRIE (Round 7, 219 overall) had 1st career INT vs. Mia. CB CHARLES WOODSON (57) needs INT to tie HOFer EMMITT THOMAS (58) for No. 11 on all-time list. In last home meeting, had INT & FR.

Video – Raiders: 3 Other Things They Should Bury In Ground

Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano buried a football in the dirt before practice Monday in hopes that it would help the team forget about it’s first four games. He shouldn’t have stopped there.

Raiders Claim LB Ray-Ray Armstrong Off Waivers From Rams

St. Louis Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Raiders have claimed Ray-Ray Armstrong off waivers from the Rams to upgrade their depleted linebacker position.

The Raiders placed linebacker Kaluka Maiava on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday with a hamstring injury to make room for Armstrong.

Two of Oakland’s starting linebackers are already hurt with Nick Roach out since August with a concussion and Sio Moore having missed two games with an ankle injury.

Armstrong joined St. Louis as an undrafted free agent out of Miami in 2013 and played all 16 games as a rookie. Armstrong has played four games this season and has been almost exclusively used on special teams.

Dennis Allen fired as Head Coach..

After a disastrous 0-4 start to the season, the Oakland Raiders have announced the firing of Dennis Allen as head coach.   Allen leaves Oakland after 3 seasons, going 4 -12 the past 2 years and starting 0-4 this year.  The decision was announced soon after the Raiders returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last season, 34-14 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The firing was first reported by Fox Sports.

Allen was the first head coach hired by Oakland after Al Davis’ death on October 2011. His 8-28 record is the worst for the franchise since before Davis arrived in 1963. His contract was set to run through next season.

An announcement on the interim coach will come Tuesday, with offensive line coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Greg Olson the most likely options.  Allen is the third coach fired during the season by Oakland since Davis arrived. Mike Shanahan was fired after four games in 1989 and Lane Kiffin was let go four games into the 2008 season.

The Raiders have had 11 straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth. Oakland will now have its eighth coach since 2003.

Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie were hired after the team finished 8-8 under coach Hue Jackson in 2011, falling one game short of a playoff bid.  With Allen out, the pressure now turns to McKenzie, who has two seasons left on his contract. McKenzie’s first two draft classes have had almost no impact, with the biggest disappointment being 2013 first-round cornerback DJ Hayden, who has struggled with injuries. Hayden was exposed in eight games as a rookie and hasn’t played at all this season because of a foot injury.

This year’s draft class appears to be much stronger, led by first-round linebacker Khalil Mack and second-round quarterback Derek Carr. But whether that will be enough for McKenzie to keep his job remains to be seen.  McKenzie also has botched two offseason trades for quarterbacks, with Matt Flynn in 2013 and Matt Schaub this year failing to win starting jobs after being acquired to start

Dolphins at Raiders NFL Week Four Inactives

Dolphins: RB Knowshon Moreno, C Mike Pouncey, LB Koa Misi, LB Chris McCain, OG Shelley Smith, OT Billy Turner, DT Randy Starks.

Raiders: QB Matt Schaub, WR Denarius Moore, LB Nick Roach, LB Sio Moore, G Tony Bergstrom, T Matt McCants, WR Rod Streater.