Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jaguars Gameday Thread

Today, the Raiders need to bottle up Bortles, Robinson and Hurns and get their defense on track. 

The Raiders have been playing with fire all year and have scratched their way to a 4-2 record despite having the worst defense in the NFL to date, which is a minor miracle if you think about it.

The Jaguars are eminently beatable, and it's time for the Raiders to do it. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Chiefs Gameday Thread

Well the Raiders have fallen behind in the second quarter, time to slog through the mud, stiffen up on defense and take it to the Chiefs. Go Raiders!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Chargers Gameday Thread

One quarter down, and it's playing like a typical home game against the Chargers so far: kinda ugly, some bright spots mixed with missed opportunities and mental mistakes, yet still keeping it close. 

Let's make it 4-1. 

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Ravens Gameday Thread

This is exactly the type of game the Raiders need to win to show us they are ready to turn the corner. 

On the road, against a tough beatable team, to go 3-1 and make a statement at the quarter mark of the season.

The old Raiders would lose this game. It's time for the new Raiders to make a statement. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Titans Gameday Thread

Simply put, the defense needs to get its act together. We are a hair's width away from 0-2 due to this s****show on defense, which has allowed more yards in its first two games than any other team since the NFL-AFL merger. 

On the bright side, even though the Titans defense is no slouch, Carr & Co. have proven to have the type of firepower we haven't seen in ages. They may need to once again bail us out if Norton & Co. can't figure it out.

This is no gimme, but it's winnable. So seize the day and GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Falcons Gameday Thread

One quarter down, and so far a lackluster game, with the Falcons on the move. Gotta get some hometown energy going!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On Postgame Take

Wow, they PROVED IT! Great start to the season. 

The defense sure looked familiar, but that's a game the old Raiders lose. Not today, however, because the new Raiders showed poise, perseverance and guts, right down to JDR's insane 2-point call. 

Derek Carr looked absolutely incredible, Cooper and Crabtree were money. Loved Carr taking control of the sideline at the end, pacing the ranks and making sure there were no more stupid penalties to give the Saints any free yardage on the last drive. Leadership is finally, finally, here after countless milquetoast quarterbacks over the past dozen years.

What a win! 

Saints Gameday Thread: Prove It

By my count, this is my 12th straight annual season-opening Raider Take post.

Forgive me if I've grown a bit weary and jaded during that span, but it has been largely a desert devoid entirely of winning seasons, and I've suffered many disturbing hallucinations over those dozen arid years: Norv Turner, Shell II, Lane Kiffin (Lane Kiffin!), Dennis Allen, Imposter Stars (Jerry Porter; Darren McFadden, LaMont Jordan, DJ Hayden, DHB, etc.), insanities (Holdout (!)JaMarcus Russell, Randy-Moss-Turned-Jogging-Alligator-Arms, Done Warren Sapp) and inanities (Tom Cable v. Randy Hanson, anyone)?

And yet, for the first time in that span, the Raiders are now being universally looked at as a legitimate team on the rise, with actual NFL stars on their roster, and so moisture may finally cross my cracked and parched lips, and the cooling waters of winning football may flow down my throat, and out of the desert I will stride into a new era that came a decade too late, but nevertheless still came, and it shall be known as THE RETURN TO GLORY. I saw it last year on the horizon, reachable and attainable, an actual team driven by a core of Reggie McKenzie draft picks, with a sense of cohesion and purpose, and lo it had been so long since I had seen that, and so while while that horizon was not conquered, it is now ever so near.

But forgive me if, after all of these years, I cannot rush headlong toward that horizon on a pureblood horse of giddy optimism. I have seen too many disappointments, as so my optimism must be tempered until...yes...they PROVE IT. I--we--have been waiting so long for the PROVE IT moment, tricked and juked many times before like a woeful Charlie Brown trying to kick that football, only for Lucy to tug it away at the last second.

And so those new cornerbacks must deliver, and opposing running backs must be stuffed, and Derek Car must show growth, and Amari Cooper can't fade this year, and Latavius Murray needs to show something more, and Jack Del Rio must not settle for playoff caliber aspirations, but rather cultivate a championship caliber culture. And when the do, they will have PROVED IT, and those long wandering days in the desert will finally become a memory. and 'Just Win Baby' will no long be a parody of itself.

In other words, the Return to Glory starts today. GO RAIDERS!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Titans Gameday Thread

The meaningless preseason continues on...As of this writing, it's Titans 10, Raiders 7 at the end of the first quarter.

Overall this preseason, including this first quarter, I'm bullish on the offense taking a step forward. However, the defense sure looks "same 'ol" in a lot of instances.

We shall see. Maybe it's just a fault of vanilla scheming and not wanting to tip the hand.

Friday, August 12, 2016

And So It Begins...

Well, here we are at the crossroads of meaningful and meaningless, also known as preseason football. 

It's hard to say what we should expect--or detect--from this glorified practice against the Arizona Cardinals.

For me, I'm looking for a sense of synergy and symmetry, a smoke signal to suggest that this team is truly coming together and that the young core is ready to take the next step to the next level.

Again, that's a lot to ask out of a preseason game, but that is what I'm looking for. There's a buzz around this team and for the first time in eons, there are actual external (ie: outside the Nation, we who have had our annual hopes ruthlessly dashed for the better part of a decade) expectations for the Raiders.

Expectations create pressure, and a lot comes down to how pressure is managed. Can the Raiders lean into the pressure, embrace it, and deliver? 

In the absence of real games, all we can do is look for hints and signs, and hope for the best. Which is what I'll be doing tonight. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Round Two: Jihad Ward

And the Raiders select...DE Jihad Ward, following yesterday's selection of safety Karl Joseph.

His profile on "Considering that Jihad (pronounced juh-HODD) Ward went from receiver/safety to the defensive line during his time in junior college, the sky's the limit once he really knows what to do with his size and strength. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by league coaches (51 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four fumble recoveries) in his first season with the Illini, playing inside and outside and using his huge wingspan to swallow ball carriers. Ward, who wears jersey number 17 because that was his mother’s age when he was born, didn’t have the same production as a senior (3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks) but still earned honorable mention notice due to his strong play."

Let's hope the similarities to Reggie's first full draft (an injured player in the first round, a potential project in the second) are purely superficial, and that we've got two up-and-coming studs to help build a stout defense.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Back From The Dead: Draft Edition

Raider Take is back, without explanation or apology. Sometimes you just need a break after ten years of hitting your head against the proverbial blogging wall.

So here we are on draft night, and welcome to the Raider Nation, Karl Joseph, safety from West Virginia.

Here's one analysis I came across: "An interesting pick for a team in need of secondary help. Reggie McKenzie has done a lot to put the Raiders back on track, and Joseph is a big hitter with some coverage ability. He'll replace Charles Woodson, which is a major thing to do. But at 5' 10" and 205 pounds, he's a little light for the position at the NFL level. Bob Sanders will be the ideal, but Sanders was an outlier, and he was also hurt a lot. Size debits combined with a physical style seems to be a recipe for danger, but Joseph is a true competitor." 

Seems like a fair take. If the dude can raise his considerable game to the NFL level, then we're a lot better on the back-end to complement a front end that's becoming a force with Mack & Co. 

And then there's this little wrinkle: "Tore his anterior cruciate ligament to end his senior season early and might not be able to participate early on in the team’s offseason program."

Best case scenario, he channels the spirit of one Jack Tatum and brings the nasty back into a secondary much in need of it.

Thanks for indulging my absence, let me have it and let 'yer takes rip.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Chiefs Gameday Thread

Well, here we go, the final ascent to Mount .500--GO RAIDERS!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Chargers Gamenight Thread

Well, Merry Christmas, Raider Takers! 

The motto is Pride & Poise. Well, tonight pride is on the line. 

We are at home, on Christmas Eve, on national television, aiming to reach .500. 

There's no reason not to take it to 'Lil Phil and the Bolts tonight. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Packers Gameday Thread

It's getting real for the Raiders! Let's go!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

One Postgame Take: Mack Attack

All hail Mack, he of the five sacks! Wow. He literally took hold of this game and won it for the team.

Earlier in the season, our offense picked up our defense. Now the opposite is happening. A season of inversion is unfolding between our eyes. It would sure be nice to see all of the cylinders firing in sync at some point.

Get this, Mack has nearly as much sacks over the past three games as Amari Cooper has catches (nine to eleven). Think about that. Frankly, I'm concerned about Cooper. It's not just his lack of yardage. He seems out of sync with Carr right now, and his dropoff has been precipitous. Just a bump in the road, we hope. 

Anyhow, we still dare to dream. A winning record is still a possibility.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Broncos Gameday Thread

Well, here we are, our playoff hopes all but dashed.

Now the goal is to somehow notch at least a .500 mark to attain the kind of round number that would send us into the offseason with momentum.

And that goal starts today. GO RAIDERS!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Raiders on Demand

I was recently pitched some info on the free Raiders DeskSite application, and after trying the latest version myself I think it merits a heads-up to the rest of you as a convenient tool for keeping track of the Raiders.

Essentially, it’s a Raiders video delivery service. But instead of you having to seek out content on the web, the content comes to you via a full-screen interface, and you get to customize exactly what type of content you want delivered. It works offline, too, which solves a huge pet peeve with online video: endless buffering and stuttering. 

The downloadable app is available on (just Google “Raiders DeskSite”). I found the app easy to install without hiccups, and the install file was only 15 megabytes. I downloaded it to my PC, and there’s an Apple version as well. The available channels include Press Conferences, Raiders Report, Announcements and, yes, Raiderettes.

I was a little skeptical of this app at first, because I had visions of it jamming up my rig with untold gigabytes of unwanted video. 

But then I easily found two key settings: (1) channel selections, which allow you to choose what types of content you want delivered; and (2) an “allocated video storage” setting that allows me to limit how much file space it takes up at any given time.

Here’s an example of how it works. On Monday morning, I opened up the Raiders DeskSite to see that a new video of Derek Carr’s postgame press conference had been delivered, and I watched it right then in high definition with no buffering (an aside: it was nice to see Carr step up to the podium like a man and say the right things—remember JaMarcus mumbling along in his fur coat? We’ve come a long way, baby!).

Also delivered was JDR’s postgame press conference, some cool footage of the Raiders arriving for the Chiefs game and Sounds of The Game from the previous week against the Titans. Every day brings something new: an interview with Amari Cooper, Mario Edwards talking about Brock Osweiler, comments from Bill Musgrave, etc.

So that’s your public service announcement on something I think is pretty cool and convenient for those of us who like to stay on top of what’s going on in Raider land. Check it out and let me know what you think.