The Silver and Black have been focused all week on facing the Ravens, currently the NFL's second-ranked defense in yards per game. Traveling to M&T Bank Stadium to face an undefeated squad won't be an easy task, but the Raiders will be up to the challenge. Kick off is this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. PT.
Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio appeared on the Silver & Black Show with Chris Townsend this week to discuss battling a strong defensive front in the Baltimore Ravens.
Reggie Nelson stopped by the Silver & Black Show to talk with Nicole Zaloumis about the Raiders and have some fun.
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Rookie Safety Karl Joseph Provides "Spark" In Win Over Tennessee Titans
You can call it a spark, a jolt, an infusion of energy, whatever you want – heading into the team's Week 3 matchup with the Tennessee Titans, the Oakland Raiders defense needed some sort of catalyst.
After starting the season with back-to-back disappointing efforts that saw the opposing quarterbacks throw for north of 800 combined yards, Head Coach Jack Del Rio knew that personnel changes had to be made, and that change came in the form of inserting a pair of rookies into the starting lineup.
Both safety Karl Joseph and linebacker Cory James ran with the starting offense Sunday, and both their presences were certainly felt en route to the 17-10 win – Joseph's in particular, after he played primarily on special teams through the first two games.
"Tough Kid" Cory James Continues To Open Eyes After First NFL Start Training camp serves as an opportunity for rookies to make a positive first impression in front of a coaching staff and their peers. Prior to the 2016 season the Oakland Raiders selected Colorado State-product Cory James with the 194th overall pick of the NFL draft. From that point on, James has continued to climb the depth chart, recently making his first NFL startat middle linebacker.
The rookie entered training camp with optimistic expectations from the coaching staff, and it was assumed that he could provide depth to the Raiders' linebacking corps. James displayed time and time again his ability to locate the ball-carrier and seek out the quarterback.
Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski Shows No Signs of Slowing Down
When Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders selected Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, the choice created shockwaves throughout the league. Yes, the two-time Lou Groza Award-winner and first team All-America selection entered the NFL with a dark legal cloud hanging over his trademark bald head, but the Raiders felt they had done their due diligence and that the risk would be worth the reward.
Only two kickers had ever been taken in the first round of the NFL Draft (Steve Little in 1978 and Russell Erxleben in 1979), and both had flamed out. The Raiders had waded through a malaise of kickers with Greg Davis, Cole Ford, Michael Husted, and Joe Nedney all trying to live up to Chris Bahr and Jeff Jaeger's collective legacy.
Oakland Raiders Power Rankings: Week 4
Heading into Week 3 of the NFL season, the Raiders' defense wasn't performing to expectations, allowing over 1,000 yards of offense to opposing teams. Sunday, the Silver and Black hit the gridiron to take on the 1-1 Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Raiders squad battled throughout the game, and came away with a 17-10 win over the Titans, improving the team's record to 2-1. There are still areas the team can improve on, but defensively the team managed to force three turnovers. Safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Sean Smith each had an interception, and linebacker Bruce Irvin forced a fumble on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. Although the Raiders were ranked dead last in total yards allowed to opposing offenses through the first two weeks, it's safe to say that last week was a step in the right direction.
Let's take a look at the power rankings through Week 4.
Right Combination Play: Seth Roberts Scores Impressive Touchdown
The Oakland Raiders flew to Nashville and took care of business Sunday, beating the Tennessee Titans 17-10 to improve their record to 2-1 heading into their Week 4 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Silver and Black were able to put 17 points up before the half – and could have had more had it not been for a questionable holding call – and following that impressive offensive output, the team leaned on the defense to secure its second win of the young season.
Seth Roberts' touchdown is this week's Right Combination play presented by State Farm.
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