by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Raiders safety Tyvon Branch enjoyed a productive performance at home against the Texans in Week 2. He led the way with 11 total tackles (nine solo) in a 30-14 loss. He has 19 total tackles on the year.
Raiders can't solve Arian Foster, Texans
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Raiders had some issues containing Arian Foster in a Week 2 loss to the Texans at home on Sunday.
Foster gashed the defense for 138 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Oakland permitted 327 yards of total offense, 188 of which came on the ground. None other than J.J. Watt caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick from 1-yard out. The team also failed to force a turnover and record a sack in a 30-14 defeat.
The Raiders will travel to New England for a Week 3 showdown against the Patriots.
Nick Roach a no-go Sunday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/7/14) The Raiders listed linebacker Nick Roach among their inactives for Week 1 at the Jets. Roach suffered a concussion in the third preseason game and was limited in practice all week. He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.
Roach had 112 total tackles and 5 1/2 sacks last season, his first with the Raiders.
Nick Roach, Tarell Brown suffer head injuries vs. Packers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/22/14) Raiders linebacker Nick Roach and cornerback Tarell Brown both left Friday's preseason game against the Packers with head injuries, the team announced. Both players were ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Sio Moore stretchered off field after helmet-to-helmet collision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/22/14) Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was carted off with a neck injury Friday night against the Packers in exhibition play. Moore was seen moving his arms and legs after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and gave the crowd a thumbs up while leaving the field. He was taken to the hospital where his X-rays came back negative, per the Bay Area News Group.
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The Raiders DST had more Fantasy points in a standard league than the Bears, Jets and Texans in 2013, which most years would be a great thing. But last year, it only put the Raiders at No. 25, which said more about the failures of those other teams than the Raiders having success. Oakland was second-worst in the NFL with just nine interceptions, and the Raiders had just 39 sacks, 13 rumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns. The Raiders tried to upgrade their pass rush with the additions of rookie Khalil Mack, LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, but they also lost Lamarr Houston to Chicago. Charles Woodson is back as a free agent, and we hope to see Tyvon Branch (ankle) back at 100 percent, which would allow the Raiders DST make more plays this season. That said, they have to prove themselves first before Fantasy owners can trust them. Ignore them in all leagues on Draft Day and just add them off waivers if they start out the season playing well.