Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Get to know the Oakland Raiders
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars make their first road trip of the season out to the West Coast to face the Oakland Raiders, who have been having trouble with that whole "Just win, baby" thing the past decade.
The Raiders haven’t posted a winning season since reaching the Super Bowl following the 2002 season and have won more than five games just twice (8-8 in 2010-11). They enter Sunday’s matchup losers of nine of their last 10 games.
Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.
Here’s a look at the Raiders:
Last week: Lost to Indianapolis 21-17.
Coach: Dennis Allen, second season (4-13).
Offensive coordinator: Greg Olson.
Defensive coordinator: Jason Tarver.
Series record: Jaguars lead 4-2.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON OFFENSE
QB Terrelle Pryor: The Raiders have decided to go with Pryor over Matt Flynn, for whom they gave up a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to acquire from the Seahawks. Pryor clearly has a lot of work ahead of him as a passer but he’s as good a runner as any of the current group of mobile quarterbacks. In fact, he’s the NFL’s leading rusher (112 yards) after Week 1.
RB Darren McFadden: He is one of the NFL’s most productive backs when he’s healthy. His problem is that he seems to always be injured. Now in his sixth season, McFadden has missed 23 games. However, he’s just fine heading into this week’s showdown after accounting for 66 all-purpose yards (48 rushing, 18 receiving) and one touchdown against the Colts.
WR Rod Streater: He was an undrafted rookie who fought his way onto the Raiders’ roster and ended up with 39 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 3 receiver. His numbers may go up significantly this season because he worked out with Pryor in the offseason and the two apparently formed a pretty good connection , which showed last Sunday when Streater tied for the team lead with five catches for 70 yards against the Colts.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE
LB Nick Roach: The Raiders signed him as a free agent in the offseason and he was an upgrade athletically at middle linebacker over Rolando McClain. He impressed coaches in training camp with pass coverage ability. He led the Raiders with nine tackles against the Colts.
S Charles Woodson: Yup, he’s still in the league. The 36-year-old Woodson isn’t the player he was but he’s still good enough to be one of the Raiders’ starting safeties. His main value, though, is his experience and leadership --and not just for the younger players on defense. Management is counting on him to help keep the team focused during the rebuilding process.
DE Lamarr Houston: He’s one of only two returning starters from last year’s defense and the only player on this year’s defense who had a sack as a member of the Raiders in 2012. The former second-round draft pick has moved from the left side to the right side.
The Raiders’ streak of 10 consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance is the longest in franchise history. It’s also tied for the second-longest active streak (Cleveland). The longest streak belongs to the Buffalo Bills, who have missed the playoffs for the last 13 years. … Pryor is just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 200 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a regular-season game. The others: Michael Vick (twice), Randall Cunningham, Cam Newton, Aaron Brooks, Steve Young and Donovan McNabb.