Routt's 'burn rate' No. 1


Routt's 'burn rate' No. 1

ALAMEDA -- It's a small sample size, obviously, but Stanford Routt seems to be adapting well to the role of No. 1 cornerback on the Raiders.Through two games, Routt has given up four receptions on the 14 passes thrown his way for a 28.6 percent "burn rate," which is the lowest completion percentage in the NFL among any defender targeted at least 10 times, according to Stats Inc.A meaningless stat in that premier cover corners are rarely targeted, let alone five times per game? Fine, but Routt's rate is better than that of either the Philadelphia Eagles' Nnamdi Asomugha (three-of-six, 50 percent) or the New York Jets' Darrelle Revis (three-of-nine, 33.3 percent)."He's made some plays," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said of Routt. "Obviously, he had an interception last week. I think he's really into the game, not that he wasn't before. I think he understands the position he's in. I think he's up to the challenge, he wants it, he's not running from it, that's for sure. But he'll be the first to tell you he needs to get better, too. We all do, you know, and we will."
The Raiders will have an up-close-and-personal look at Revis Island on Sunday. And Routt will see the three-headed monster of Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason a week after Oakland's defense collapsed in the second half at Buffalo in giving up five touchdowns on five possessions.Against the Bills, Routt gave up three receptions on nine targets for 31 yards, while fellow cornerback Chris Johnson surrendered seven catches on 10 targets for 71 yards and middle linebacker Rolando McClain was victimized on eight of 11 for 62 yards."You kind of do it like whenever you go to the toilet and use the restroom," Routt said. "Whatever you put in there, you just flush it down and you just let it go, because games like that can definitely affect you for the next game."Weshould have been 2-0, effed it off in the fourth quarter and the third quarter and so now we've got our home opener. You've got to just go ahead, put it to bed and forget about it."And a victory over the Jets would bolster just as much confidence."Definitely. The Jets have been in the AFC title game what, the last two years, against the (Indianapolis) Colts and the (Pittsburgh) Steelers?" pondered Routt, who has also been called for pass interference and holding one time each. "So yeah, it would definitely build confidence. But no matter what, somebody said in our defensive meeting this morning, that if we want to go to the AFC title game, we want to go to the playoffs, if we want to go to the Super Bowl, we're going to have to go through this team. Or the (New England) Patriots, or the Steelers. Whatever."But we're going to have to get through this team. So we might as well go ahead and see where we are right now, rather than try to hold it off and just wait untill January or February, if it gets that far."

Instant Analysis: Raiders overwhelmed, stunned by Washington in season's first loss


Instant Analysis: Raiders overwhelmed, stunned by Washington in season's first loss


LANDOVER, Md. – The first two Raiders games went according to plan. They established an early lead, played solid defense and cruised to victory. The offense proved a dynamic and defenders exceeded expectation.

That streak snapped on Sunday night, when nothing went right.

The Raiders fell off the rails early and never recovered, losing a 27-10 decision to Washington at FedEx Field.

They made an average Washington squad look like a juggernaut. A prolific Raiders offense wilted under Washington pressure. Their mighty offensive line had its worst day in a while and typically reliable quarterback Derek Carr was off target.

The Silver and Black had just 128 yards of total offense, and gave up explosive plays on defense. They were beat soundly on both lines, and were never able to dig out of a early rut.

The Raiders were uninspired in most instances, but Marquette King gave his team some life. He forced a muffed punt late in the third quarter that James Cower recovered. Carr found Jared Cook on a 21-yard touchdown that ended the shutout.

The defense didn’t allow a comeback to take shape, giving up a 74-yard reception to running back Chris Thompson – he had 188 yards of total offense – that set up a field goal that put the Raiders down three scores.

Cory James forced a fumble deep in Washington territory, but the Raiders only mustered a field goal

The Raiders laid an egg in the first half. They got manhandled on both sides of the ball, committed silly turnovers and gave Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins far too much time to work.

He picked the Raiders secondary apart on two touchdown drives that established a two-score halftime lead. Former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, seeing more time with Jordan Reed hurt, had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders have long struggled covering tight ends, and made the veteran look like his old self, when he was dominant as a 49er.

The whole team seemed flat early in this game. Marshawn Lynch struggled to get the ground game going, Carr threw too many to the other team and the Raiders fell in an early hole.

Carr’s rough start: Derek Carr’s first pass was an interception. It wasn’t the only one. The typically reliable Raiders quarterback was out of sync to start this nationally televised contest, and the offense sputtered as a result. He was sacked on consecutive plays, as the offensive line struggled to maintain a pocket.

Washington scored after both Carr interceptions, and he finished the first half with just 32 passing yards.

Marquette strikes again: Raiders punter Marquette King puts some English on his punts. They’re tough to catch when he does that.

He forced a muffed punt for the second time in as many games, Sunday night, which helped the Raiders get on the scoreboard. James Cower recovered the muffed punt, and Carr found Jared Cook a few plays later to score the team’s first touchdown.

Majority of Raiders sit, link arms during anthem in response to Trump


Majority of Raiders sit, link arms during anthem in response to Trump

LANDOVER, Md. – Most Raiders took a seat during the national anthem, locked arm in arm across the bench. Others stood and linked arms, without a smile among them.

The Silver and Black sat in protest of comments made by president Donald Trump on Friday night in Huntsville, Ala., when he denounced the anthem movement popularized by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Quarterback Derek Carr was among the few Raiders not protesting the anthem. Owner Mark Davis stood for the anthem in a luxury box, with his hand over his heart.

Davis prefers his players stand for the national anthem, but told ESPN on Sunday that his stance has changed.

“I can no longer ask our team to not say something while they are in a Raider uniform,” Davis said. The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. That’s the challenge in front of us as Americans and human beings.”

Running back Marshawn Lynch has sat during the national anthem all season, though he hasn’t addressed his decision publicly.

Kaepernick’s movement started early last season, when he was vocal about inequality for minorities in this country, especially in regard to police brutality.

The Raiders have generally avoided anthem protests outside of Lynch, though Derek Carr put an arm on Khalil Mack’s shoulder showed signs of unity during the preseason, but Trump’s comments changed the team’s attitude. He said anthem protesters should be fired, and also took some shots at NBA players, including Steph Curry.

The Raiders weren’t the only team protesting Trump’s comments on Sunday. Several teams didn’t come out for the national anthem, including both sides of the Tennessee-Seattle contest.