by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/28/14) The Raiders DST unit provided little resistance to the Dolphins in a 38-14 loss in Week 4.
The Dolphins racked up 435 yards of total offense in the game, and did so in spit of shutting the offense down early in the third quarter. The Raiders failed to register a single sack in the game, though they did force three turnovers, with two fumbles recovered as well.
The Raiders held the Patriots to 16 points a week ago, but have given up 30-plus points in two of three games. They are on bye in Week 5, with a potent Chargers offense on the way in Week 6.
Kaluka Maiava exits Week 4 with hamstring injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/28/14) Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava left Week 4 against the Dolphins in London with a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury on his sixth snap of the game and was ruled questionable to return.
Raiders add Brandian Ross as Tyvon Branch lands on IR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/24/14) The Raiders announced Wednesday they claimed safety Brandian Ross off waivers from the Dolphins. To clear a roster spot, safety Tyvon Branch (foot) was placed on injured reserve.
Report: Tyvon Branch expected to land on IR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/24/14) Raiders safety Tyvon Branch needs foot surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, sources told NFL.com. Branch will undergo surgery for a Jones fracture in his foot, and the operation will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson.
"We’ll continue to monitor that situation, but I’m hopeful that one or maybe two of (the injured players) could be ready," head coach Dennis Allen said. "We’ll just have to see how the week goes."
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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.