8:22 AM EST, Fri November 22, 2019
9 hours ago
What type of quarterback is Derek Carr?

What type of quarterback is Derek Carr?

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Is Derek Carr a quarterback you win because of? One you win in spite of? What do you think? Derek Carr is a polarizing figure among Raiders fans for good reason. He exploded onto the scene in 2016 to lead the team to a 12-4 record and looked like a surefire franchise quarterback. But after suffering a broken fibula late in the season, Carr’s magic seemed to run out and he’s been the subject of much criticism through the past few losing seasons. With Jon Gruden now established and wielding full command of the franchise in his second season of a 10...
13 hours ago
Anatomy of a Play: The Raiders simulated pressure package

Anatomy of a Play: The Raiders simulated pressure package

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was hyped up for his blitz packages coming into the Raiders last season. Unfortunately, the NFL caught up the double A-gap blitz scheme and it took Guenther some time to adjust. He may have just hit his stride, however. In recent weeks, the Raiders defense has put more consistent pressure on opposing QBs, racking up 12 sacks in three games, including consecutive five-sack performances against the Chargers and Bengals. Last week, rookie DE Maxx Crosby had a well documented four sack performance. He deserves...
15 hours ago
This week in Raiders history: ‘The Heidi Bowl’

This week in Raiders history: ‘The Heidi Bowl’

NorthJersey.com-USA TODAY Sports ‘The Heidi game’ may not have affected you if you were on the west coast, but anywhere else you missed out on a classic Okay, we’re fudging a bit here. “The Heidi Bowl” as it’s become known, took place on Nov. 17, 1968. Technically, that falls under last week. But given that I just finished reading a book about the history of the NFL, which detailed the league’s struggles to become seen as a legitimate entertainment option in the first 50 or so years of its existence, I’m going with it. For those who may not remember, in 1968 the NFL...
19 hours ago
Draft Hunt: Florida State LB/S Hamsah Nasirildeen

Draft Hunt: Florida State LB/S Hamsah Nasirildeen

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Hamsah Nasirildeen is one of the draft’s most polarizing players. And he might be just the weapon the Raiders need to match up with the AFC West’s top tight ends With the season past the halfway point, we are highlighting some prospects the Raiders may consider in the upcoming draft. You can take a look at our report on South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw here and our breakdown of Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk here. Who would you like to see highlighted next week? Let’s not mince words here, the Raiders are desperate to add a linebacker. This has led many...
20 hours ago
2019 NFL Week 12 predictions, S&PB staff picks

2019 NFL Week 12 predictions, S&PB staff picks

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Week 11 is in the books and many people saw their predictions come true. The only crazy thing we saw was Myles Garrett putting a dent in Mason Rudolph’s head with his own helmet. Other than that, Week 11 was one of those weeks where the NFL did pretty much what everyone thought. The staff is all tied up. Evan lost his lead despite finishing the week with a very respectable 11-3 record. Cyril was one game better at 12-2, while I finished 13-1. Everyone’s overall record sits at 103-58. This week, we’re all looking to gain the lead. Evan likes the 49ers to...
23 hours ago
Silver Mining 11/21: Trayvon Mullen makes PFF’s Team of the Week

Silver Mining 11/21: Trayvon Mullen makes PFF’s Team of the Week

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Raiders News Besides a couple bad penalties here and there, not including the non-penalty against the Bengals, Richie Incognito has turned out to be a great signing Remember when the Raiders were supposed to explode with Incognito, Antonio Brown and Vontaze Burfict on the team? He’s arguably playing some of his best football at 36 years old. “We left a lot of points out there as an offense,” Jacobs said. “I missed a couple holes. Honestly, It wasn’t a great game for me. I had 100-and-something yards or whatever, but there’s a lot to improve...
Nov 20, 2019
NFL Week 12 Power Rankings round up: Raiders overall average jumps two spots

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings round up: Raiders overall average jumps two spots

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ After a third straight win, people are finally starting to take notice of the Oakland Raiders. With a win in Week 12 over the Jets the Raiders could move to 7-4 and tie with the Chiefs for the lead in the AFC West. Let’s take a look at the week 12 power rankings across various publications: NFL.com Rank: 12 Previous rank: 14 Another win and another big performance from the Baby Raiders. Maxx Crosby, a fourth-round pick who played a key role in Week 10’s win over the Chargers, had four sacks in Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Bengals. Crosby, who we got to...
Nov 20, 2019
Free Agent Film Room: Breaking down newly acquired LB Preston Brown

Free Agent Film Room: Breaking down newly acquired LB Preston Brown

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Nothing is guaranteed for Brown who will be fighting for a roster spot A proven practice in NFL roster development is churning the bottom of the roster and hoping the cream rises to the top. In this case, the Raiders have brought in former Cincinnati Bengal Preston Brown to ostensibly compete for a roster spot with Will Compton and the recently re-activated Marquel Lee. The Raiders starting linebackers in their nickel defense is set with Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow locking down those spots. The Raiders are rarely in base personnel (4 defensive...
Nov 20, 2019
Raiders Wednesday injury report: Brown, Hudson, Jacobs all limited

Raiders Wednesday injury report: Brown, Hudson, Jacobs all limited

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports The Raiders elected to only hold a walkthrough at practice today in hopes of giving players some additional time to rest and recover. With studs such as Trent Brown, Rodney Hudson and Josh Jacobs all battling injuries for the better part of the season, allowing them to practice in limited fashion during a walkthrough session is a good way to give them a partial day off. The Raiders will need all three on Sunday as they take on one of the league’s best run defenses. Lamarcus Joyner and David Sharpe both did not participate on Wednesday after being held...
Nov 20, 2019
Raiders stack up favorably with Jets by advanced metrics

Raiders stack up favorably with Jets by advanced metrics

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports For the first time all year, Football Outsiders’ 30,000 rest of season simulations has the 6-4 Raiders making the playoffs more than half the time. At 50.5 percent, Oakland’s playoff hopes are looking more real by the week. They’ll potentially get yet another boost this week if the Raiders don’t succumb to a potential trap game against the Jets on Sunday. The Jets are one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but they’ve shown flashes of high level competence. After two straight wins, Sam Darnold and Co. will be confident when they host the...
Nov 20, 2019
Maxx Crosby named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Maxx Crosby named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports This is just the first award of many to come in Crosby’s career After an historic four sack performance against the Bengals this past Sunday, rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week by NFL.com. Crosby absolutely terrorized John Jerry and Bobby Hart off the edge all night, almost single-handedly willing the Raiders to a win. He added five total tackles, three for a loss and a forced fumble to boot. This kid is something else. #MaddMaxx @CrosbyMaxx is making a name for himself this year all over the football field....
Nov 20, 2019
S&BP Roundtable: Honesty Hour

S&BP Roundtable: Honesty Hour

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Silver and Black Pride staff comes together for a roundtable discussion about free agency, Lamarcus Joyner and what they got wrong about the Raiders thing season. The Raiders will have the 10th most cap room in the NFL this offseason at just over $71 million, per Spotrac. Who would you sign with all that money? Click here for the list of eligible free agents this off-season. Alex: If either of the Raiders first round picks aren’t high enough to enter in on the Isaiah Simmons sweepstakes, then go out and sign any of these three: Cory Littleton, Blake...
Nov 20, 2019
AFC West Superlatives: The best of Week 11 in the division

AFC West Superlatives: The best of Week 11 in the division

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Were any players in the division more worthy of player of the week than Maxx Crosby? Week 11 in the NFL has come and gone with the Raiders and Chiefs winning and the Broncos and Chargers losing in absolutely miserable fashion, as has become commonplace for both. Today I want to look at some individual players and moments from the week that stood out, in both good and not so good ways. In some cases, there may be two deserving winners in a category, some weeks none. For the former, I will award an honorable mention. For the latter, I will make do with who was...
Nov 19, 2019
Stock watch: Stocks to avoid after Week 11

Stock watch: Stocks to avoid after Week 11

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ Run Defense The run defense is trending in the wrong direction as of late. In fact, three times in the last four weeks opposing teams have gashed the Raiders for over 130 yards. Through the season’s first six weeks, the Raiders defense was allowing an average of 86 yards a game on the ground. But in the weeks since that number has grown to 135 yards a game. This is certainly not a recipe for success on defense. With the emergence of the pass rush as of late, the defense could really become a force if they can get back to stopping the run like they were...
Nov 19, 2019
The Silver And Black Pride Raiders FanShop!

The Silver And Black Pride Raiders FanShop!

As we continue to figure out ways to arm Raider Nation with all the Raiders content they need, we present to you our latest addition – the FanShop page. We hope this and Silver & Black Pride can be your one-stop shop to keep you covered in Silver & Black in more ways than one. I featured a few Raiders items I think are especially cool and unique, and you can look at those along with all the Raiders gear you could want and need in the team stores. So, wherever you are, Oakland, SoCal, Las Vegas, or nowhere near, you can represent the Raider Nation. We hope to add some great items to this...