Raiders implode on run defense vs. Bucs


Raiders implode on run defense vs. Bucs

OAKLAND -- The Raiders entered Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with the No. 11-ranked run defense in the NFL, having given up an average of 102.1 yards per game on the ground on the season.In fact, they had given up a total of 201 rushing yards total the previous three games, against Kansas City, Jacksonville and Atlanta. So it seemed as though the Raiders had, if not solved, at least figured out what ailed their rush defense.Then came the Buccaneers and rookie running back Doug Martin, who ran over, around and through the Raiders for a Tampa Bay franchise record 251 yards, including touchdown runs of 45, 67 and 70 yards. As a team, Tampa Bay rushed for 278 yards.REWIND: Instant Replay -- Bucs 42, Raiders 32
"I really think we have to take this extremely seriously," said Raiders rookie linebacker Miles Burris. "For something like this to happen, it's not O.K."In fact, Martin was sitting at 265 yards before he lost 14 yards as the Buccaneers ran out the clock on their 42-32 victory. The NFL single-game record of 296 yards, held by Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, had been within striking distance for Martin. And the most the Raiders had ever allowed? The 266 yards Seattle's Shaun Alexander rushed for in 2001."You have to look at the tape," offered defensive tackle Lamarr Houston. "The eye in the sky doesn't lie. I feel like (Martin) did a good job. The Bucs did a great job, their coaches did a great job. Once we look at the film (Monday) and see where we were making mistakes, I'm pretty sure we can get it corrected before the next game."One issue, though: many see Martin as Ray Rice 2.0, and the Raiders see the original Rice next weekend in Baltimore."That wasnt our brand of football," insisted strong safety Tyvon Branch. "Thats not the way weve been executing the past few weeks. Weve got to go watch the film, look (at) ourselves in the mirror, come back in and fix it.RELATED: Ratto -- Bucs use 17 big plays to execute Allen's Raiders
"Hes a good running back. I told y'all that before the game, watching him on film. You could see hes a good running back, he fights for every yard. We knew what we were getting into going into the game. We had a plan to stop him We just didnt execute."Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen said it was a matter of the Raiders simply missing some tackles. Though it seemed more than that, much more, what with the massive holes through which Martin had to run.And while many fans and observers could only shake their heads at the Raiders implosion on run defense, at least one player was taking a more big picture approach."I dont think they burned down the facility in Alameda yet," said defensive end Dave Tollefson. "Im not trying to make light of it, but weve got another week. The crazy thing is, were still in this thing."Weve got to take it for what it is, and get better."

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.