The Denver Broncos face the Oakland Raiders this afternoon in the confines of Oakland County Coliseum, also known as “The Black Hole.” The Raiders are 3-4 at Home, 1-4 in the AFC West and have lost their last 5 games. Meanwhile, the Broncos have scored twice as many Touchdowns, are 5-2 on the Road and are 3-2 in their last 5. Oakland is looking at a Top 3 Draft pick and Denver is looking to lock up the No.1 seed in the AFC and home field throughout the playoffs. Without further ado, I give you the 2013 Oakland Raiders.
WHO’S STEERING THE SHIP?
The Raiders have used three Quarterbacks in 2013, Matt Flynn who went 0-1, got released, picked up by the Buffalo Bills and released again before making his way back to Green Bay, Penn State rookie Matt McGloin, who has a 1-5 record and the emergence from Coach Dennis Allen’s doghouse, Terrelle Pryor, who owns a 3-5 record in 2013 and will be starting on Sunday. McGloin’s numbers are (118/211, 1,547 yds, 55.9%, 8 TDs, 8 INTs, 76.1 Rating) Pryor has gone 135/234 for 1,591 yds, 57.7%, 5 TDs, 11 INTs and a 66.0 Rating.
Oakland has rode the oft-injured Darren McFadden (107 car. 373 yds, 3.5 avg, 5 TDs) for long enough. GM Reggie McKenzie should let the 26-year old walk in Free Agency at the end of the season and re-sign 28-year old Rashad Jennings (159 car, 724 yards, 4.6 avg, 6 TDs) instead. Jennings is making $630K this season and McFadden $5 Million+.
Terrelle Pryor is 3rd on the team’s rushing production list, with (74 car, 527 yds, 7.1 avg, 2 TDs), followed by Fullback Marcel Reece (46 car. 218 yds, 4.7 avg, 2 TDs). Rookie Latavius Murray went on Injured Reserve back in August, leaving Jamize Olawale (3 car, 6 yds) and Jeremy Stewart (2 car, 2 yds, 1 TD) as the backups.
The starting Wideouts for the Raiders are leading receiver Rod Streater (55 rec., 848 yds, 15.4 avg, 3 TDs) and a rotation of Denarius Moore (42 rec., 632 yds, 15.0 avg, 5 TDs) and Andre Holmes (22 rec., 393 yds, 17.9 avg, 1 TD). Jacoby Ford (13 rec., 99 yds, 7.6 avg) and San Diego St rookie Brice Butler (9 rec., 103 yds, 11.4 avg) are the backups. Tennessee rookie Tight End Mychal Rivera (36 rec., 384 yds, 10.7 avg, 4 TDs) was thrust into a starting spot when David Ausberry went on Injured Reserve early in the season and has done a decent job for a 6th round pick.Jeron Mastrud (6 rec., 88 yds, 14.7 avg) and Colorado rookie and Nick Kasa (66 snaps in 2013) are the reserves. Out of the backfield, RB Rashad Jennings has caught 34 balls for 284 yards, FB Marcel Reece has 31 receptions for 320 yards and 2 TDs, Darren McFadden (14 rec., 93 yds) and Jamize Olawale, with 7 grabs for 63 yards.
Oakland’s starting five on the Offensive Line are from left to right; LT Jared Veldheer (2 FS, 3 HLD, 5 Hurry), LG Khalif Barnes (9 pen, 4 FS, 4 HLD, 5 SA, 2 Hits, 32 Hurries), C Stefen Wisniewski (3 FS, 9 HLD, 1,5 SA, 2 Hit, 6 Hurry), RG rookie Lamar Mady (1 HLD, 1 SA, 1 Hit, 100 snaps) out of Youngstown State and RT Tony Pashos (1 FS, 5.5 SA, 1 Hit, 18 Hurry). The reserves are Guards Mike Brisiel (5 pen, 3 FS, 1 HLD, 4 Hits, 18 Hurr), Andre Gurode (4 FS, 1 SA, 1 Hit, 4 Hurry) and Lucas Nix (2 FS, 1 HLD, 5.5 SA, 2 Hit, 33 Hurry). Matt McCants (1.5 SA, 3 Hurry) and rookie Menelik Watson (1 FS, 1 SA, 3 Hurry, 177 snaps) out of Florida State are the backup Tackles.
The Raiders O-Line is the 24th ranked unit in the league, giving up 42 Sacks and allowing 64 Hits to their Quarterbacks. They rank 7th in the Run game with a 4.7 yard average and while more 1st downs have been produced by running to the left, their power running strength is on the right side. Center Wisniewski is their best overall player and highest rated Run Blocker, while Khalif Barnes is the Raiders best Pass Blocker.
Oakland uses a 4-3 Base look in their front 7. Advanced NFL Stats has Oakland’s Defense ranked 27th in their Week 16 Team Efficiency Rankings. They are 27th in points allowed (27.9), 18th in total yards with 357.4, 26th in passing yards allowed (250.5) and 11th in rushing yards allowed with 106.9 yards per game.
From left to right, the Raiders Defensive Line is manned by former Bronco LDE Jason Hunter (27 TKL, 1 TFL, 3 SK, 2 PD, 6 QB Hits, 12 Hurr, 1 FF, 1 FR), LDT Vance Walker (39 TKL, 5 TFL, 3 SK, 5 QB Hits, 27 Hurr), RDT Pat Sims (51, TKL, 6 TFL, 2 SK, 7 QB Hits, 12 Hurr) and RDE Lamarr Houston (62 TKL, 6 TFL, 5 SK, 15 QB Hit, 39 Hurr, 2 FF,1 FR). The backup Linemen are Jack Crawford (15 TKL, 3 TFL), rookie Stacy McGee (17 TKL, 2 TFL, .5 SK, 1 FR) out of Oklahoma, Daniel Muir (17 TKL, 1 TFL, 1 SK) and rookie Ryan Robinson (4 TKL, 2 TFL, 1 FR) out of Oklahoma State.
The starting 3 Linebackers for the Raiders are, from left to right; Rookie Sio Moore (46 TKL, 4 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 FF) out of Connecticut, leading Tackler Nick Roach (106 TKL, 5 TFL, 5.5 SK, 3 PD, 1 INT, 4 FF) and Kevin Burnett (101 TKL, 11 TFL, 2.5 SK, 4 PD, 1 INT, 3 FF, 1 FR). Reserves Kaelin Burnett (10 TKL, 1 FF), Miles Burris (3 TKL) and Marshall McFadden (2 TKL) have 95% of their production coming on Special Teams.
Free Safety Charles Woodson, now in his 16th season, still has productive numbers (86 TKL, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 3 PD, 1 INT, 3 FF, 2 FR, 1 INT), though he and former Bronco Cornerback Tracy Porter lead the Raiders with 16 Missed Tackles each. Strong Safety Brandian Ross (67 TKL, 1 TFL, 3 PD, 2 SK, 1 FF) has 12 Misses himself.
The starting Corner tandem in Oakland is LCB Mike Jenkins (65 TKL, 5 TFL, 6 PD, 2 INT, 1FF, 1 FR) and RCB Tracy Porter (64 TKL, 5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 13 PD, 2 INT, 1 TD, 1 BK). D.J. Hayden (26 TKL, 2 PBU, 1 INT, 1 FF) and Usama Young (26 TKL, 2.5 SK, 3 PBU, 1 INT) were both lost to Injured Reserve 3 weeks ago, giving Phillip Adams (23 TKL, 1 PBU, 1 FR) and Chimdi Chekwa (15 TKL, 1 FR) an opportunity for playing time.
Sebastian Janikowski has been the Kicker for Oakland since the 2000 season. He is 21 for 29 (72.4%) on Field Goal Attempts in 2013. His Longest on the season is 53 yards. Sea Bass is 35 for 35 on Extra Points. Janikowski has Kicked off 71 times, with 37 Touchbacks (). His ball lands around the 9 yard line on average. 29 Kickoffs have been returned an average of 21.1 yards.
Marquette King is in his first full season with the Raiders. Signed by Oakland as a CFA in May of 2012, King was placed on injured reserve at the end of Training Camp last season. This year he has a 49.1 gross average on 79 Punts, with a Net of 40 yards. Marquette has placed 21 punts Inside the 20 yard line, had 10 Touchbacks, 8 Out of bounds, 9 downed, 11 Fair Caught and 2 Blocks. 41 of King’s punts have been returned for a 10.7 yard average and one Touchdown.
Jon Condo is the Long Snapping Specialist for the Raiders. The 7th year pro has been with Oakland since 2007 and has 43 career Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble and 2 Recoveries. This season Condo has 6 Special Teams stops.
Jacoby Ford (9 Returns, 8.6 avg, 14 Long and 8 Fair Catches) , Phillip Adams (8 Ret, 7.4 avg, 30 Lg, 8 FC) and Greg Jenkins (5 Ret, 9.6 avg, 14 Lg, 2 FC) have shared the Punt Return duties in Oakland. All Total, they average 8.5 yards returning punts.
The Kick Return job has also been a platoon situation. Taiwan Jones has done the majority of work here, with 24 returns for a23.8 yard average and a long of 41. Jacoby Ford is next up with 11 returns for a 23.0 yard average and a long of 30. Greg Jenkins (10 Rets, 22.1 avg, 29 Lg) and Jeremy Stewart (5 Ret, 19.0 avg, 28 Lg) are the other two players who have fielded Kickoffs. As a team, they average 22.1 yards per Kick Return.
The leaders on the Raiders Coverage Unit are; Taiwan Jones (14 TKL, 3 MT, 1 FF), Jamize Olawale (7 TKL, 4 MT), Kaelin Burnett (7 TKL, 3 MT), Jon Condo (6 TKL), Chimdi Chekwa (6 TKL, 3 MT), Usama Young (5 TKL) and Jeremy Stewart (4 TKL).
Division games can get pretty ugly, especially Broncos-Raiders contests. I’ve seen some pundits call this a Trap game for Denver, but the Wise Guys are saying the Broncos will prevail by 12 points. One thing’s for sure. The Wise Guys aren’t a bunch of idiots behind a keyboard inventing stories.
– Kaptain Kirk