The Raiders sold out their regular-season home-opener against the Houston Texans, so the game will be televised locally. Continue Reading
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J.J. Watt didn’t step into the NFL wearing a cape. It took him a year to slug his way out of the phone booth and become the closest thing the league has to “Superman’’ as a defensive lineman.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice Wednesday with a hand injury and his status for the regular-season home opener against the Houston Texans is in question.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was conspicuous by his absence Wednesday during the media window at practice as the Raiders began preparations to face the Houston Texans.
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr accepted blame him for the Raiders offensive woes against the New York Jets. On Monday, coach Dennis Allen and several of Carr’s teammates said there’s plenty of blame to go around. Continue Reading
How the Raiders graded out in a 19-14 season-opening loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ It was vintage Charles Woodson and a play that temporarily gave the Raiders some life.
On a first-and-16 play with the Jets at their own 24 Sunday, Woodson jumped a route over the middle by wide receiver Eric Decker, intercepted a Geno Smith pass and set up the Raiders with a first down at the Jets 28-yard line.
It set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Rod Streater, giving the Raiders a 7-3 lead in a game they would ultimately lose 19-14 to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Woodson’s recounting of the 57th interception of his career _ and 19th as a Raider _ was succinct.
“I read it. He threw it. I picked it off,’’ Woodson said.
It was the only mistake Smith made in the passing game all day other than taking a late sack that put the Jets out of field goal range.
“He got me on a great play, a diving play,’’ Smith said. “I felt I had enough room to get the ball in there. Maybe I threw it a second too late.’’
It turned out to be the only game-altering play the Raiders pass defense made all game long. Smith was 23 of 28 for 221 yards and consistently found open receivers. At least twice the Jets missed on passers on wide open receivers that were either dropped or barely overthrown.
Jets receivers on some plays were given so much cushion they were able to catch the ball, turn up field and get five yards or more. There appeared to be some confusion in the middle of the field, which coach Dennis Allen conceded after the game.
“On a couple of drives there were a couple of breakdowns which cost us,’’ Allen said. “That’s what it really boils down to. We’ve got to work to get those thing corrected. We’ve just got to be more consistent in our execution.’’
It didn’t help that the Jets were able to rush for 221 yards and Smith’s ability to scramble (10 carries for 38 yards). In the second quarter, Smith converted a third-and-13 play with a 17-yard scramble.
Smith’s mobility helped keep the Raiders pass rush at bay.
“If you don’t get to him he can stand back there and find open receivers, but if you try to get to him and you don’t, then he’s picking and choosing gaps and breaking out and picking up first downs,’’ defensive tackle Antonio Smith said.
What the Raiders needed and didn’t get was more plays like the one Woodson had in the first quarter.
“You need impact plays like that, but you’ve got to continue to build the momentum and allthat to carry you through the game, and be consistent, and we didn’t do that,’’ Woodson said. “You’ve got to continue to compile them.’’
– Linebacker Sio Moore forced a fumble on a Smith run at the raiders 3-yard line that was recovered by rookie cornerback TJ Carrie, killing a Jets drive. He also had 13 tackles and was credited with a sack on a play where it appeared Khalil Mack also got a piece of Smith.
– Middle linebacker Nick Roach was inactive with a concussion. Miles Burris’ start at middle linebacker was the first time someone other than Roach played that position since 2012. Roach didn’t miss a snap in 2013.
– Tight end Brian Leonhardt had his first career reception, a 12-yard pass from Carr in the first half.
– Wide receiver Denarius Moore’s strong preseason earned him the start along with Rod Streater at wide receiver, with James Jones the first wide out off the bench. Moore caught two passes for eight yards.
– Guard Gabe Jackson had a reception, a screen which was tipped by Muhammad Wilkerson on the first drive of the second half.
– Since Nov. 10 of last season, the Raiders have played three games at MetLife Stadium and three at O.co Coliseum.
Beat writer Jerry McDonald attended today’s Raiders game against the New York Jets. So, he’s your man for quotes from players and coaches. We’ll stick to what we saw from afar. Continue Reading
Persistent Internet issues prevented quarterly updates . . .
The Raiders still can’t win an opener and still can’t win on the East coast.
Matt McGloin was designated as one of seven Raiders inactive players Sunday, meaning Matt Schaub will be the backup to Derek Carr against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.