Oakland Raiders Blow Golden Opportunity At Playoffs, Lose 38-26 To San Diego Chargers

The Oakland Raiders host the San Diego Chargers to close out the 2011 regular season. The Raiders need help to get into the playoffs, but they have to start with their own win. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride.

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2012 NFL Draft Order: Oakland Raiders Later Round Draft Position Awaits Cowboys-Giants Result

The Oakland Raiders wrapped up a disappointing 2011 campaign with a disheartening loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The Raiders had a chance to clinch the AFC West with a win but came up short in the effort, thus ending their season. The Raiders dealt with numerous injuries and will use the offseason to shore up their depth.

The Oakland Raiders will have to primarily focus on free agency to shore up their holes as they are limited in the draft. Due to the numerous trades they have made in recent seasons, Oakland is without picks in rounds one through four and also round seven. They could work to acquire some additional picks, but they probably will not be picking during the first two days of the draft.

Nonetheless, there is still some draft order positioning to figure out for the few picks the Raiders do have. Now that the Raiders season is complete, they will now await the conclusion of the Giants-Cowboys game to better assess that position. Strength of schedule and possibly coin flips could factor into the final position, but they have a modest idea of where they could be drafting. With the numerous wins and loss today, the Raiders will be picking somewhere between picks 13 and 20 in the rounds in which they have picks.


Oakland Raiders Eliminated From Playoffs By Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

The Oakland Raiders had a golden opportunity to make the playoffs when the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 7-3. All they had to do was win and they were in. But they were unable to stop Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.

Up 24-13 at halftime, Rivers has directed two big touchdown drives to keep Oakland up and ahead of the Raiders. The Raiders have had to settle for Sebastian Janikowski field goals when they needed touchdowns, as Oakland got into scoring position three times in the second half and ended up with nine points instead of 21.

San Diego got the points they needed thanks to some big drives by Rivers, as he hit Vincent Jackson for a 13 yard touchdown to put San Diego up 31-16. When the Raiders got within striking distance and made it 31-26, it looked as if the tide had completely swung when San Diego was pinned at their own goal-line after a botched kickoff return. But Rivers found Malcolm Floyd for 19 yards, then Mike Tolbert broke loose for 40 yards, and Rivers found Floyd for a 43 yard score that put Oakland back up two scores. Oakland tried driving again fro another score, but Palmer threw a pick right to Antoine Cason.

Rivers completed over 70% of his passes with 300+ yards passing, and nearly 12 yards per pass attempt. The Broncos are now the AFC West champions, and the Raiders are headed home.

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Oakland Raiders Score Update: Playoff Hopes In Jeopardy, Trail 24-16 To Chargers

The Oakland Raiders had a great shot to get to the playoffs if they could get some help from the Kansas City Chargers. They're getting that help, but they're hardly helping themselves. After Oakland punted the football, Philip Rivers went right back to work, connected with Antonio Gates for 37 yards and Malcolm Floyd for 16 yards. Nice rushes by Curtis Brinkley helped set up a Mike Tolbert one yard touchdown rush to put San Diego up 14-7.

Oakland drove right back down the field with Carson Palmer connected with Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey to help set up a Sebastian Janikowski 52 yard field goal, but San Diego came right back with a Richard Goodman 105 yard kickoff return to put them up 21-10. The teams traded field goals to end the first half thanks to solid passing by both Palmer and Rivers, and another quick Oakland drive with a huge Palmer pass to start the second half helped put more points on the board thanks to Janikowski.

The Raiders would win the AFC West if they win and the Denver Broncos lose--which they are currently doing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Raiders Vs. Chargers Score: Oakland And San Diego Tied At 7-7

The Oakland Raiders got off to a good start early. The San Diego Chargers moved the football from their own 20 yard line to the 46, but then Rivers saw his deep ball intercepted by Matt Giordano. The Raiders then had a methodical five and a half minute drive that saw Oakland do things on the ground, with Michael Bush rush for 31 yards on six carries and also get big help from a Louis Murphy 27 yard receiver run. Palmer capped off the drive with a three yard touchdown strike to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

San Diego responded with a methodical drive of their own. Philip Rivers found Curtis Brinkley for three yards, Michael Floyd for 14 and 13 yards, and Brinkley and Mike Tolbert had some decent rushes to set up a Rivers connection to Antonio Gates for 38 yards to tie things up late in the first quarter.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Morning Games Mean Raiders Can't Get Wild Card, Still In Running For AFC West

The Oakland Raiders needed a lot of things to happen to secure a wild card berth in the 2012 NFL Playoffs, but after the early morning games, such a scenario is out of the question. Oakland needed either the New York Jets to win or the Tennessee Titans to lose in the morning games for them to have a chance in the afternoon games to secure such a berth. They got neither, as poor quarterback play hurt them in both games.

On one end, the New York Jets were their usual selves, depending on quarterback Mark Sanchez to carry them to the win, which of course didn't happen. He threw three interceptions, which is par the course for him this year, as the Miami Dolphins won 19-17, but at least Rex Ryan didn't make the playoffs.

For the Titans, they weren't going to be denied by a Houston Texans team down to it's fourth quarterback. Rookie T.J. Yates was the guy going into the game, after the No. 1 and No. 2 players at the position were injured earlier in the season. He went down with an injury, and Jake Delhomme came into. You can guess how that went. Tennessee walked away with a win, and Oakland is eliminated from a wild card berth.

But they can still win the AFC West, and that starts with a win. In the afternoon games, they'll need to beat the San Diego Chargers at home, and they need the Denver Broncos to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Broncos win, then they win the division and the Raiders only get to be at the playoffs if they happen to buy tickets.


Raiders Vs. Chargers Inactives: Jacoby Ford Active, Darren McFadden Out

The Oakland Raiders need to win this Sunday to make it to the second season. Their AFC rival San Diego Chargers would love to put a damper on their playoff hopes at the Oakland Coliseum. The Silver and Black will luckily have one of their playmakers back in the form of Jacoby Ford, but will still be without running back Darren McFadden, hoping that they can get some use out of him during the playoffs.

The Raiders will be without the services of both quarterbacks Tyrele Pryor and Jason Campbell, running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones, Guard Bruce Campbell, defensive tackle John Henderson and defensive end Mason Brodine.

With their limitations with offensive players, especially at the running back position, hopefully they can battle through and get themselves a win.

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Raiders Vs. Chargers: Time, TV Schedule, Radio, Odds And More

The Oakland Raiders are entering the final week of the regular season as they prepare to host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. It has been a tumultuous year at best for the Raiders, with the passing of Al Davis, a slew of injuries and a rough second half after an extremely strong start. If they want to make it into the postseason, they'll need a win over the Chargers and a loss by the Denver Broncos. The second half of that equation is out of their hands, but they have an opportunity to end the season on a winning note, if nothing else.

Here is all of the pertinent information for following along with Sunday's game.

Time: Kickoff will be at 1:15 PM PST from O.co Coliseum.

TV: CBS will televise the game (KPIX CBS 5). Your commentators will be Marv Albert and Rich Gannon.

Radio: The game will be broadcast on KITS 105.3 (LIVE 105), or on Sirius 93.

Betting Line: The Raiders are three-point favorites, according to our friends over at OddsShark. The consensus over/under is 47.

For all news and information regarding the Raiders, please visit Silver and Black Pride. For updates on the San Diego Chargers, please visit Bolts From The Blue.


NFL Playoff Picture: Oakland Raiders Look To Win, Get Some Help

The Oakland Raiders enter Week 17 with playoff hopes awaiting their own result as well as several other results throughout the day. The Raiders have battled through numerous significant injuries, most notably Darren McFadden's foot injury, and emerged with a legitimate chance to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

First and foremost, the Raiders need to beat the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders are a three point favorite in a game that could be incredibly unpredictable. The Chargers are playing for pride and a coach likely to be fired Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. The Raiders should win this game, but they have been an up and down team in must-win games, so we'll see how it plays out.

If the Raiders can beat San Diego, their playoff hopes then rest on the shoulders of several other teams. They have a chance at the AFC West and the second AFC wild card depending on who else loses. The Raiders will be scoreboard watching for the outcomes of the Broncos, Bengals, and Titans games to learn their fate.

Pending a Raiders win, if Denver loses, the Raiders claim the AFC West. The Raiders and Broncos both play at 1:15pm PT, so both will be playing all-out for the victory. Although the Chargers could tie the Broncos with a win over Oakland, they lose a tiebreaker with Denver.

Oakland's wild card hopes will be partially figured out by the time Raiders-Chargers kicks off. In order to claim the wild card, Oakland needs to win, have the Bengals lose and either the Jets win or the Titans lose. The Jets/Titans issue is in place because if the Jets lose, the Titans strength of schedule increases enough that it would surpass the Raiders for that tiebreaker.

The Titans travel to Houston while the Jets travel to Miami, with both games happening at 10:00am PT. If the Jets lose and the Titans win, the Raiders will be out of the wild card picture and simply looking for the Chiefs to beat the Broncos in the Kyle Orton "revenge" game. Let the insanity begin!


Raiders vs Chargers Injury Report: Darren McFadden Out; Jacoby Ford, Taiwan Jones Questionable

The Raiders have had an injury riddled 2011 and that won't change going into the final week of the regular season, as they once again have a lengthy injury report for Sunday. DT John Henderson, RB Darren McFadden, and of course QB Jason Campbell are all listed as out and WR Jacoby Ford, S Michael Huff, and RB Taiwan Jones are all listed as questionable.

As for the Chargers, they're in a little bit better shape. RB Ryan Mathews is questionable, but key players Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Mike Tolbert and Shaun Phillips are all listed as probable.

Here are the official Friday injury reports for both teams:

Oakland Raiders:

OUT - QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), DT John Henderson (knee), RB Darren McFadden (foot)

QUESTIONABLE - WR Jacoby Ford (foot), S Michael Huff (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring)

PROBABLE - WR Louis Murphy (groin), DT Richard Seymour (illness), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (concussion)

San Diego Chargers:

OUT - LB Travis LaBoy (knee)

QUESTIONABLE - RB Ryan Mathews (calf)

PROBABLE - LB Andrew Gachkar (hamstring), T Jared Gaither (ankle), TE Antonio Gates (not injury related), WR Vincent Jackson (groin), LB Shaun Phillips (back), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)

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Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford Injury Update: Ford Practices Again, Considered Questionable, Run DMC Out This Sunday

According to 95.7 the GAME's Oakland Raiders insider John Dickinson, wide receiver Jacoby Ford practiced for the third straight day and is considered questionable to play against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday, but running back Darren McFadden sat out once again, and will not be suiting up against the Chargers this week.

Per John Dickinson on Twitter:

Dickinson would note that CB Bryan McCann was fielding kicks, not Ford, which likely means he is less than 100% still, and if he does play, probably won't field any kicks. Ford would take part in team drills though.

A bit later Dickinson tweeted both Ford and McFadden's statuses for the weekend:

That now makes it 68 straight days that Run DMC has missed practice, and as Steve Corkran pointed out, he'll have to wait at least 72 days before he could possibly get another shot at giving it a go this season.

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Raiders Vs. Chargers Injury Update: Darren McFadden Still Not Practicing

The Oakland Raiders will take on the San Diego Chargers with most of their players back in action. But Darren McFadden is still not ready to play. McFadden is out again, and his hopes to play in Sunday's game appear to be dwindling, leaving the Raiders with precious little maneuvering room regardless of all the weapons they have on offense.

With McFadden out, the Raiders will have trouble getting their running game going again. Michael Bush, Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones are likely to be the guys who will have to carry it by committee. Carson Palmer will need a lot more support to get the passing game going, or otherwise Oakland's offense is in danger of stagnating once again.

Check below for more injuries from the Raiders and the Chargers.


Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: TE Antonio Gates (not injury related), WR Vincent Jackson (groin), LB Travis LaBoy (knee), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: RB Ryan Mathews (calf), LB Shaun Phillips (back)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: LB Andrew Gachkar (hamstring), T Jared Gaither (ankle)


Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), DT John Henderson (knee), RB Darren McFadden (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: WR Jacoby Ford (foot), S Michael Huff (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), DT Richard Seymour (illness)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: WR Louis Murphy (groin), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (concussion)

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Raiders vs. Chargers: Oakland Could Have Two Key Players Back to Face San Diego

The Oakland Raiders, much like the rest of the NFL, have been riddled with injuries this season. Fortunately for the Raiders, they could be getting two of those players back just in time for the season finally with the San Diego Chargers on New Years day.

Both wide receiver Jacoby Ford and free safety Michael Huff were back at practice Wednesday, and both look like they could play for the first time in weeks on Sunday.

Between the two, Michael Huff is much closer to being ready to play and is much closer to being 100%. In fact, he claims to be at 137%. Huff is one of the best players in a very poor secondary for the Raiders. While back up Matt Giordano has played very well in Huff's absence, he just is not as good of a player as Huff. If Huff comes back in time for Sunday's game it should mean a lot to the Raiders as they take on a potent passing attack.

While Jacoby Ford is not yet at 100% and likely will not be 100% by game time, even a Ford at 75% would make a huge difference for the Raiders. When Denarius Moore came back against the Lions, he was far from 100% and did not play as much as he would have if he was completely healthy. However, despite that fact, his presence on the field alone forced the Lions defense to account for him. Plus, with both of these speedsters, running at 75% speed is still faster than a whole lot of corner backs in the league.

As the Raiders fight to make the playoffs, having these two players back will make a world of a difference against San Diego. Here is to hoping they can both get on the field Sunday.


Week 17 AFC West Picks and Predictions: This Is For All The Marbles

This week, the fate of the AFC West title hangs in the balance as the two teams still in contention face the two teams looking to play spoiler. Kansas City enters Mile High to take on Tebow and the Broncos, while Philip Rivers and the Chargers must endure the Black Hole of Oakland.

Chargers @ Raiders: Last time these two teams met, the Raiders demolished the Chargers in San Diego. Carson Palmer had a terrific game and Philip Rivers looked lost. This week, the Raiders come off an overtime squeaker at Kansas City while the Chargers were slaughtered by Detroit. If the Raiders win, they will be very much alive in the playoff picture. I expect them to do just that. Raiders by two.

Chiefs @ Broncos: The Chiefs have been playing good football under Romeo Crennel, with a victory over Green Bay and a narrow loss to Oakland. The Broncos have in successive weeks been picked apart by New England and Buffalo in succession. Denver's strong defense has been exposed in the absence of Brian Dawkins. I expect Dwayne Bowe and Kyle Orton to have big days, but Tim Tebow will not give up easily. Kansas City will have to keep scoring to make Tebow put the ball in the air and force turnovers. That worked for New England and Buffalo and it will work for Kansas City as well. Chiefs by six.

This scenario means that Oakland will win the division, which would give them a home playoff game. However, it would undoubtedly make that game against the Steelers or Ravens, whereas if they got the Wild Card they would travel to Houston, a place they won at earlier in the year. I doubt it matters much as the Raiders don't appear to be well equipped to go deep into the playoffs, but as we saw last year with the Packers anything can happen once a team gets in.


Oakland Raiders Injury Update: Darren McFadden, Richard Seymour Don't Practice

Things never change for Darren McFadden, who again is sidelined with a foot injury and is looking less and less likely to play on Sunday in what could be the game that decides whether they go to the playoffs or stay home. If McFadden is out, expect Michael Bush to be the primary ball-carrier and Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones to carry the remaining snaps.

Richard Seymour also took a day off. Fresh off another Pro Bowl nomination, the Raiders defensive end sat out practice with illness. He's still probably in line to start and play on Sunday, as the Oakland defense will need to step up and hold down the Chargers offensive front if they plan on keeping their playoff hopes alive.

The good news is that Jacoby Ford is back, which provides Oakland with another dynamic weapon on offense they desperately need.

Below is the full Raiders injury report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), DT John Henderson (knee), RB Darren McFadden (foot), DT Richard Seymour (illness)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: WR Jacoby Ford (foot), S Michael Huff (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (groin)


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Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford Injury Update: Ford Participates in Wednesday Practice, Run DMC Still Out

Well, it's more of the same for the Oakland Raiders as running back Darren McFadden sat out of Wednesday practice in Oakland, which isn't a good start of the week if he hopes to play against the San Diego Chargers this week. But, in a bit of good news, wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford is participating in practice, hopefully a sign he will be suiting up this week for the Silver and Black.

Per Raiders insider Steve Corkran on Twitter:

It would be great if the Raiders had their speedster and electric kick returner back as they need a victory to have any chance at making the second season. As for McFadden, his status is still very iffy for this Sunday:

It should be 'all hands on deck' time for Oakland, but if DMC can't go, he simply can't go. No point in risking any injury. But, if he can contribute at all, he just try to go. Just his presence in practice during the week will force the Chargers to have to prep for him, taking focus off of other offensive weapons for the Raiders.

For more on Raider Football, head over to Silver and Black Pride.


Raiders Vs. Chargers Lines And Odds: Oakland Favored By Field Goal

The Oakland Raiders need an awful lot of things to happen to make the 2012 NFL Playoffs. While they need teams like the Bengals, Titans and Broncos to lose their games in Week 17, they also have to beat the team that's in front of them: the San Diego Chargers. There's a couple different ways to look at this game, and it starts with the Chargers and their motivation.

San Diego is out of the playoff race and that could mean they're not going to play hard. Then again, the Raiders are rivals, and the Chargers might enjoy spoiling their shot at a playoff berth. The NFL has set up the final weeks of the season with division games with the hopes that they could be significant to two teams battling for the division, but it creates an equal opportunity for a last ditch-effort to screw the other team.

Though San Diego might actually be a better team on paper suffering through a down year, Odds Shark has the opening lines for the game - with the Raiders being favored by a field goal. That line is maintained through most of the odds sites. They also suggest betting the over due to Oakland's strengths there in December.


NFL Playoff Picture: Oakland Raiders Cheering For T.J. Yates And Kyle Orton

The NFL released the final official playoff scenarios for Week 17, which features one of the craziest finishes in recent memory. There are four playoff spots secured, and five teams left to battle for the final two spots. The Oakland Raiders sit at 8-7 and have a chance at both the AFC West division title and the final AFC wild card spot. Here are the official Raiders scenarios:

Oakland clinches AFC West division with:

1) OAK win + DEN loss or tie OR

2) OAK tie + DEN loss

Oakland clinches a playoff spot with:

1) OAK win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie OR

2) OAK win + CIN loss + NYJ win

The Titans are the ones gumming up the works for the Raiders at this point. The Bengals and Broncos are in the way, but they have legit tiebreakers. The Titans would win a strength of schedule tiebreaker against Oakland if the Jets lose to the Miami Dolphins, so Oakland is now rooting for some combination of the Texans, Jets and Chiefs.

This is all assuming the Raiders can beat the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are out of the playoff chase so it is possible they just won't give a crap. On the other hand, they know they can block the Raiders playoff opportunity and that might be a nice cap to a disappointing season for the Chargers.


Darren McFadden Injury Update: No Verdict On Oakland Raiders RB Until Wednesday

The Oakland Raiders could use Darren McFadden for the season finale against the San Diego Chargers.

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