September 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is pressured by San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes (51) during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 22-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

5 Problems Oakland Must Fix to Earn a Win

The Oakland Raiders showed the true potential of their explosive offense last season under the reign of Hue Jackson. Needless to say Greg Knapp has revised Hue Jackson’s bag of tricks to an offense molded around check down passes. The Chargers had no problem limiting the silver and black to a single touchdown last week. On the other hand the defense looked thirsty, and played with a passion that has long been gone from that side of the ball. Rookie Coach Dennis Allen surely used the word springboard in the locker room on monday night, so what does Oakland need to do to rebound.

5) The Raiders must be prepared for injury! Lets face facts the NFL is a brutal buisness. A man’s career could be done in a split second and all it takes is taking the wrong step or landing funny. Oakland needs to be able to use the next man up philosophy, and fill in for injured players without throwing the game away. Nobody expects the backup longsnapper to play like a Pro Bowler, but that next man up has to be relied on to do his job efficiently. Chances are somebody will go down today. Will Oakland be ready?

4) Carson Palmer has to continue playing like an elite qaurterback! Palmer showed Raider Nation last week that he could finish a game without giving the ball away once. Can he continue to play turnover free? Palmer threw for close to 300 yards, and a single touchdown. The latter of the two is something that needs to be fixed, but in my opinion that is the work of Greg Knapp not Palmer. If Palmer can put up similar numbers today against a weak Fins team the Raiders will be able to add their first win.

3) The Raider’s defense needs to play like the thirsty animals that contained a talented San Diego team last week! The Mckenzie era is completly underway, and nothing is more visible then the play of the defense. Who would of thought that a team would only score one touchdown in Oakand. Even more surprising was the ability to stop the run. Jason Tarver and the Raiders defense needs to continue to give Palmer the oppurtunity to run the checkdown pass offense.

2) Disciplined football is winning football! If football doesnt work out for the Raiders they can always open up their own laundry mat, but I’d rather see them fix their penalty problem. Since day one Dennis Allen has promised discipline in Oakland. However, to the dismay of Raider Nation the penalties did not stop. In fact team captain, Tommy Kelly, almost gave the Chargers their only touchdown with his two third down offsides penalties. The answer is simple. Don’t be stupid!


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1) The Raiders offense needs to be explosive. There is no excuse for having only one touchdown in a game. Greg Knapp has been given a top tier running back, a big armed qaurterback, banged up but explosive recievers, and an offensive line that gains more talent every season. If the rushing game doesnt get going Knapp cant go Hue Jackson and blame the players. Anything less then three touchdowns today is an utter dissapointment for the Raiders. Darren McFadden should have at least 150 yards rushing. Carson Palmer should have at least 200 yards passing. Will these things happen? Greg Knapp is at the wheel of this car and it is up to him whether or not to stay in the Buick lane or let that car transform into Optimus Touchdown.

The Raiders will need the win and all the positive energy that goes along with a win as the Pittsburgh Steelers will be coming into town next week.

P.S. Fantasy owners should be starting their Raider players today. Look for McFadden, Palmer, and the defense t

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  • Raiderfan87

    With raiders pushing for a new era. I started looking at the salary for the oakland raiders and looking at our current youth. Darren mcfadden has a glass ankle, jacoby ford is injury prone, heywardbey isnt worth his contract yet, seymour and kelly r gettiing older, and carson palmer is owed $13 million in 2013….

    Carson palmer= keep lineart for 2 yearsand pay league minimum since he knows the system already. Get Prior ready to take the reins.

    Kelly,Seymour,Mcfadden,Heywardbey,ford all have trade value.

    Mcfadden = 1-2 round draft pick
    Seymour and kelly for a 4th rounder each as there getting older but still bring alot to a defense.
    Ford = could probably be a late round pick.
    Heyward = last year was his best season at nearly a thousand yards recieving so a 3-4 rounder might be possible.

    So 2013
    Draft go for another Qb to progress with the young recievers or a rb because there will be alot of runnings backs coming into the league. Montee ball would be a nice early 3rd since we are most likely not maling the playoffs this year and will lose our 2013 2nd round pick because of the carson palmer trade from the bengals.

    1st round pick = Arizona state qb or another qb to back priors progress and work with the young recievers.
    3rd aim for a solid runningback or work on a tall proven speedy young db. Work on depth at cornerback.
    Our O line is still pretty young and could be patched by free agency.

    2013 qb
    Drafted qb

    Drafted rb or a ryan grant type of back to get jones and goodson into position if were going to keep them.


    Tight end
    Free agency we could have picked up a tight end off the browns or any of the other options this year. But myers so far is the only own producing atm.

    Dont use a bandaid on the age of this team. Let the youth xome to gether and build through free agency

  • Phillip Nelson

    Seymour has zero value. He’s done after this year. If McFadden is healthy all year, he goes nowhere, and he is the only one on the team who has any value. Reggie will build through the draft and it will take a few years. Settle in for the long run.