So much for staying healthy after the bye week. The Oakland Raiders’ official injury list almost doubled this week from last, as eight players are nursing sore body parts. How that will impact Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Coliseum is still not clear.
Next up for the 2014 Oakland Raiders: the Arizona Cardinals, the team currently leading the tough NFC West with a 4-1 record this season. The Cardinals aren’t a dominating team, however, and if the Silver & Black can play well for a second week in a row for once, they may have a shot at the upset at the Coliseum.
Okay, while they probably were not looking ahead, the Chargers sure were playing for their lives, escaping Oakland with a hard-fought 31-28 victory over their long-time rivals the Raiders.
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Bolts look to leave the Bay Area with a win over one of their most hated rivals.
The Oakland Raiders have a new head coach, for now, and they’ve just had their bye week. How will they fare against the 4-1 San Diego Chargers at home this week? Well, the Bolts are on a roll, and they look very good. The exact opposite can be said of Silver & Black, so don’t expect things to suddenly get better for Oakland now that Dennis Allen has been fired.
Starting this Sunday, that thought will be severely put to the test as the Raiders, quite possibly the worst team in the league at the present time, play host to longtime division foe San Diego.
Including Sunday’s Week Five action, the San Diego Chargers are 4-1, the Denver Broncos are 3-1, and the Kansas City Chiefs are 2-3. Each team has a positive points differential, while the Oakland Raiders are 0-4 with a minus-52 differential. Yes, it’s going to be a long season for the Silver & Black.
The Oakland Raiders defense needs all the help it can get every game, so when three linebackers could possibly miss the next contest, it’s something to be concerned about for the team. Heading into Sunday’s Wembley Stadium matchup against the Miami Dolphins, the Silver & Black also will be without backup quarterback Matt Schaub.
Oakland Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen has just eight wins in 35 games leading the Silver & Black. With the team’s Week Four matchup in London against the Miami Dolphins suddenly looking like a winnable game, it’s natural to ask if losing this one in front of an international audience will cost Allen his job with the team.
With just two Sundays of the NFL season in the books, the field of contenders to win Super Bowl 49 is down from 32 to 28.