Raiders at Ravens NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 3-2 John Harbaugh: 3-1
LAST WEEK W 17-10 at Tennessee W 19-17 at Jacksonville
LAST GAME 9/20/15: Ravens 33 at Raiders 37. Oakland QB Derek Carr passes for 351 yards & 3 TDs. Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has 9 receptions for 111 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/11/12: Ravens 55, Raiders 22. Baltimore WR Jacoby Jones has 105-yard KR-TD. Ravens QB Joe Flacco throws for 341 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 121 (Oak), 82 (Bal). XM: 385 (Oak), 82 (Bal).


PASSING Derek Carr: 79-118-867-5-1-99.1 Joe Flacco: 76-118-774-3-4-77.4
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 32-153-4.8-3 Terrance West: 33-119-3.6-0
RECEIVING Michael Crabtree: 19-220-11.6-1 Dennis Pitta (TE): 18-183-10.2-0
OFFENSE 436.0 (2L) 324.3
DEFENSE 476.0 254.3 (2L)
SACKS 3 tied: 1 Timmy Jernigan, Terrell Suggs: 3
INTs 3 tied: 1 C.J. Mosley: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Marquette King: 49.1 Sam Koch: 46.5
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/4 FG) Justin Tucker: 31 (2L) (4/4 PAT; 9/9 FG)


RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR won only start vs. Bal., completing 30 of 46 (65.2 pct.) for 351 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 100.9 rating…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has rush TD in all 3 games & aims for 4th in row with TD. Had rush TD in last meeting…WR AMARI COOPER had 7 catches for 109 yards & 68-yard TD in last game vs. Bal. Has 6 career 100-yard rec. games & Raiders are 5-1. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had 9 catches for 111 yards & TD in last meeting. Had 5 catches for 109 yards & TD vs. Bal in SB XLVII (with SF). WR SETH ROBERTS had TD in last meeting. Has 5 TDs in past 5 on road…DE KHALIL MACK has 10 sacks & 12 TFL in past 9. Since entering NFL in 2007, S REGGIE NELSON is only active player with 30+ INTs (31) & 5+ sacks (6.5). Since 2014, LB BRUCE IRVIN is 1 of 2 in NFL with 10+ sacks (13) & 2+ INT-TDs (2)…RAVENS: Aim for 1st 4-0 start since 2006…QB JOE FLACCO has completed 53 of 78 (67.9 pct.) for 725 yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.1 rating in past 2 vs. Oak. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Oak. with 300+ pass yards… RB JUSTIN FORSETT had 80 scrimmage yards in last meeting…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. had 10 catches for 150 yards in last game vs. Oak. Ranks 10th in NFL history with 14,102 rec. yards. Smith & HOFer TIM BROWN are only 2 in NFL history with 900+ catches & TD via run, catch, PR & KR. WR MIKE WALLACE has 3 rec. TDs in past 3. All 10 catches in 2016 have resulted in TD/1st down. In past 4 vs. Oak., has 3 TDs & 2 100-yard games. TE CROCKETT GILLMORE had career-high 2 TDs (5 catches, 88 yards) in last meeting. TE DENNIS PITTA had TD in his last game vs. Oak. Has 18 catches, tied for most by NFL TE…LB TERRELL SUGGS has 4 sacks, FF & FR in past 4 meetings. Is franchise leader with 109.5 sacks. LB C.J. MOSLEY aims for 3rd in row with INT. CB JIMMY SMITH had INT in last game vs. Oak.

Big Second Half Helps Raiders Top Titans 17-10

Derek Carr Raiders Titans

Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 17-10 Sunday with their defense finally coming up with some big plays.

The Raiders (2-1) forced three turnovers and had a sack after coming into this game having given up more yards than any team since at least 1940 through the first two games. Coach Jack Del made a couple of lineup changes, starting linebacker Cory James and rookie safety Karl Joseph, their top draft pick.

Oakland never trailed and took control in the second quarter, scoring 10 points and outgaining the Titans 129-40 to take a 17-3 lead into halftime.

The Titans (1-2) rallied from a 15-3 deficit a week ago in beating Detroit 16-15, and they thought they at least had forced overtime when Marcus Mariota found Andre Johnson alone in the end zone for a touchdown. But officials flagged Johnson for interference on Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie.

Raiders at Titans NFL Week 3 Inactives


QB Connor Cook, CB Dexter McDonald, CB Antonio Hamilton, T Matt McCants, T Austin Howard, TE Mychal Rivera


TE Delanie Walker, WR Kendall Wright (hamstring), CB Curtis Riley, CB LeShaun Sims, OLB Aaron Wallace, OG Sebastian Tretola, and DT Austin Johnson.

Norton Jr. Talks About the Raiders Defensive Issues Over the First Two Games of 2016

Tennessee Titans v Oakland Raiders

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. expects to call the plays on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans but said it’s always a collective effort that includes coach Jack Del Rio, Jimmy Durkin of the Bayareanewsgroup reports.

“The whole staff, we sit in there and we go over the game plan, over the plays, we have a good idea of what plays should be called at certain times,” Norton said Thursday. “It’s a collective effort, but I do call them on game day.”

Norton came under some fire after the Raiders allowed 528 yards to the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s loss, which followed up the New Orleans Saints pounding them for 507 yards in a season-opening win.

Del Rio hinted after the Falcons loss that he had taken over some of the play-calling later in the game.

“He’s the head coach. He can do what he wants to do. That’s up to him,” Norton said when asked about Del Rio taking over.

“He’s very involved, on the offense, on the defense,” Norton said of Del Rio’s role. “He’s a very detailed person. He has his hands in it.”

Norton said it’s ultimately his responsibility to get this defense playing up to its capabilities.

“I’m accountable for it,” Norton said. “We’ve got to work harder, work better and we expect to come out of this.

Raiders at Titans NFL Week Three Capsule



STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 9-10 Mike Mularkey: 0-4
LAST WEEK L 35-28 vs. Atlanta W 16-15 at Detroit
LAST GAME 11/29/15: Raiders 24 at Titans 21. Oakland QB Derek Carr throws for 330 yards & 3 TDs, including GW 12-yard TD to Seth Roberts with 1:21 remaining.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Oak), 146 (Ten). XM: 388 (Oak), 229 (Ten).


PASSING Derek Carr: 58-83-618-4-0-107.4 Marcus Mariota: 50-74-509-4-2-93.8
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 22-116-5.3-2 DeMarco Murray: 25-131-5.2-0
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 11-208-18.9-0 DeMarco Murray (RB): 12-91-7.6-2
OFFENSE 470.0 339.5
DEFENSE 517.5 338.0
SACKS Bruce Irvin, Stacy McGee: 1 Brian Orakpo: 2
INTs David Amerson: 1 Perrish Cox: 1
PUNTING Marquette King: 51.3 Brett Kern: 46.6
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/3 FG) Ryan Succop: 8 (2/2 PAT; 2/3 FG)


RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR won only start vs. Ten., completing 24 of 37 (64.9 pct.) for 330 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.3 rating. Has 107.4 rating & ties for NFL lead with 58 comp. & 0 INTs…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 3 career 100-yard rush games & Raiders are 3-0. Oak. is 4-1 when Murray has 21+ carries. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR AMARI COOPER had 7 catches for 115 yards in last meeting. Has 6 career 100-yard rec. games & Raiders are 5-1. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has TD in 3 of past 4. Had TD catch in last game vs. Ten. In last meeting, WR SETH ROBERTS had career-high 6 catches, 113 yards & 2 TDs. TE CLIVE WALFORD had career-high 6 catches last week & had 31-yard TD…DE KHALIL MACK has 10 sacks & 12 TFL in past 8. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. CB DAVID AMERSON had INT in last meeting. S REGGIE NELSON had INT in last game vs. Ten. (9/21/14 with Cin.). Since entering NFL in 2007, is only active player with 30+ INTs (30) & 5+ sacks (6.5). Since 2014, LB BRUCE IRVIN is 1 of 2 in NFL with 10+ sacks (13) & 2+ INT-TDs (2)…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 3 TDs in last meeting. Has 4 career games with 3+ TD passes. Threw GW TD pass to WR ANDRE JOHNSON last week with 1:13 remaining to cap comeback win (trailed by 12 points)…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads active players with 28 rush TDs & is 2nd with 3,799 rush yards. Rushed for career-high 3 TDs in last game vs. Oak. (11/28/13 with Dal.). FB JALSTON FOWLER had rec. TD in last meeting…TE DELANIE WALKER had 6 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Had 6 catches for 83 yards & TD last week. WR Johnson has 16 catches for 190 yards (95 per game) in past 2 vs. Oak. Is active leader in catches (1,057) and rec. yards (14,139)…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 22.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO had 2 sacks last week. Has 49 career sacks. Rookie LB KEVIN DODD had 1st career sack last week. S RASHAD JOHNSON is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 3+ INT-TDs (3) since 2012 (incl. playoffs).

Goodell: A Lot Has to Happen for the Raiders to End Up in Las Vegas


Roger Goodell spent Sunday night in Minnesota to help celebrate the grand opening of the Vikings’ stadium, but the NFL commissioner indicated he’s not prepared to plan a similar party in Las Vegas, Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Goodell pumped the brakes on the Raiders’ anticipated attempt to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, three days after the 11-member Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to recommend a financing proposal for a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium.

In comments reported by The Associated Press, Goodell addressed the potential of approving Las Vegas as an NFL city, saying, “There’s still a lot that has to happen before we would get to that stage. Recognizing that they came out of committee with a bill, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to improve that recommendation.

“Well, you never want to see a community lose their franchise once, much less twice. The Minnesota community did that in a great way. I think we can do it in Oakland. I think there’s a solution there, but it takes the community to help identify it.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis did not return a phone message Sunday. When recently asked about his plans for relocation, Davis said, “If Las Vegas comes through with what we’ve been talking about, I’m going to fight like hell to be there.”

Note: We guess that Goodell has memory loss. He allowed St. Louis to lose a team twice(Cardinals and Rams) despite a somewhat viable stadium plan where Oakland and San Diego had none.

Raiders Fall to Falcons 35-28 in Shootout in Oakland

Atlanta Falcons v Oakland Raiders

Justin Hardy caught a deflected 8-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28 on Sunday.

Matt Ryan threw three TD passes, but got a little lucky on the go-ahead one in the fourth quarter. His third-down throw to Tevin Coleman was broken up, but the ball bounced high in the air and Hardy caught it in the end zone to put Atlanta (1-1) up 28-21.

The Raiders (1-1) appeared to have tied the game on the next drive when Amari Cooper caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

But officials ruled Cooper went out of bounds voluntarily before making the catch, although the Raiders contended he was pushed by Desmond Trufant.

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio then decided to go for it on fourth-and-2, but Jalen Richard was stopped on a 1-yard gain.

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Decision to Go For Two Was Made Before Raiders Began Their Winning Drive

Jack Del Rio

The decision to go for a two-point conversion with less than a minute to play on the road against the Saints was not up for debate on the Raiders’ sideline, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Not even when considering that settling for the safer extra point attempt could have tied the game, while missing on the two-point conversion likely would have lost the game.

“I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now,” said Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.

So with 47 seconds remaining, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr dropped back and lofted a fade pass to the left side of the end zone to receiver Michael Crabtree, who was being covered by undrafted Saints rookie cornerback Ken Crawley. Crawley was in the game because Delvin Breaux was knocked out earlier with an ankle injury.

Crabtree came down with the ball and the Raiders had a 35-34 lead over New Orleans that would hold up for a come-from-behind season-opening victory after Saints kicker Wil Lutz missed a 61-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees called it a “ballsy move” by the Raiders, while coach Sean Payton said the call “wasn’t unexpected” and “on the road, in a game like this, I probably would have done the same thing.”

Del Rio later poked fun at an ESPN Stats & Information tweet that compared the Raiders’ win probability had they kicked the PAT versus attempted the two-point try on Twitter writing, “Good thing ESPN isn’t coaching the Raiders.”

Del Rio gave his instructions to go for two before the Raiders started their eventual 75-yard game-winning drive.

“And I just said, ‘OK, no problem,'” Carr explained.

“When I got the call, I took a deep breath, made sure my footwork was right, and just lobbed it up for Crab … I say lob it up, but obviously trying to put it in a certain spot where he can make a play.”