coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
On 11/04/2013 05:06 PM in NFL

Oakland Raiders at New York Giants: Preview and Pick

Oakland Raiders at New York Giants: Preview and Pick

The Oakland Raiders were exposed last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The defense was torched for seven touchdowns by Nick Foles and they could not stop Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme. Now the silver and black have to go across the country to face Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Giants are off a bye week and they are in desperate need for a victory which is not good news for the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders at New York Giants Odds

The opening NFL point spread for this game has the New York Giants listed as (-7) favorites. Although the Raiders were demolished a week ago against the Eagles, the betting public is still not ready to invest in the Giants who have struggled all season. As of the writing of this article, about 51 percent is actually backing the Raiders in this game. Because of this split action the line has yet to move and can still be found at (-7) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

The Raiders will have to play better on defense. Foles is the third quarterback in NFL history to throw seven passing touchdowns without an interception. Foles joins Peyton Manning from Week 1 of this season and Y.A. Tittle in 1962 as the only players to accomplish the feat. - Nick Foles threw seven touchdown passes on Sunday against the Raiders, one more than his number of incomplete passes (six). Foles threw as many touchdowns in one game as Eagles quarterbacks had thrown in their previous six games combined and as many as the Eagles' offense had generated in their previous four games combined. This is good news for Eli Manning as he looks to get his offense back on track.

The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that this could actually be a low scoring game. The total has gone under in 4 of the NY Giants last 6 games, the total has gone under in 4 of the NY Giants last 6 games when playing Oakland and under in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games on the road. Oakland is 4-2 straight up in their last 6 games when playing NY Giants, but they are 0-5 straight up in the last five games on the road. Oakland is 4-12-1 straight up in its last 17 games and the Giants are 7-3 straight up in the last ten games on their home turf.

Oakland Raiders at New York Giants Pick

With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/05/2013 01:17 PM

Andre Brown is finally ready to hit the field. David Wilson, however, is still far from it.

When the season began, Brown and Wilson were supposed to be the Giants' most dynamic pairing of running backs in years. But as the team begins prepping for its Week 10 meeting with the Oakland Raiders, Wilson's season remains in limbo.

On Monday, the player who was supposed to be the Giants' star running back had a second MRI on his neck. Wilson, who has been out since Oct. 6, had the MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and it was evaluated by team Dr. Russell Warren and Dr. Frank Cammisa.

The Giants said in a statement that there has been "significant improvement in the herniation," but they did not clear Wilson to return to football activities. He will be re-evaluated in "several weeks."

Still, the Giants' backfield, which has relied heavily on plodding veteran Peyton Hillis the last few weeks, will receive reinforcements this week. Brown, who has spent the entire season on short-term injured reserve after fracturing his left leg in the preseason, is almost certain to be activated in time for Sunday's game. He practiced Monday and coach Tom Coughlin said the team is "looking forward to getting him back."

Brown, who has kept a countdown clock on his iPhone ever since being placed on short-term IR, said he feels "great."

Andre Brown will likely make his 2013 Giants debut ten weeks into the season.

"I'm just ready to go out there and inspire people, fight for every yard," he said. "I don't feel no little aches or nothing anymore. During warmups a few weeks ago, I still ached a little bit. But now that's not even happening. So I feel great."

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/05/2013 01:19 PM

NFL teams can be like lions, ready to stalk the weakest link in the herd, which means one thing for the Raiders’ game against the New York Giants this Sunday:

D.J. Hayden better be ready.

The rookie cornerback, burned so badly in the 49-20 loss to the Eagles this past weekend, was already the subject of stories in the New York-area media Monday.

Dave Hutchinson of the The Star Ledger in New Jersey wrote that the Raiders’ showed how vulnerable they were to deep passes, and specifically singled out Hayden as a player that New York quarterback Eli Manning might attack.

“The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has given Eli Manning the blueprint to beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday,” wrote Hutchinson. “Now it’s up to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Manning to execute it.”

Hayden, who’s had an up-and-down first year in the NFL as the Raiders’ No. 1 draft choice, was covering Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper on consecutive touchdown catches by Cooper in the second quarter. Later, Hayden was on DeSean Jackson when Jackson hauled in a 59-yard pass from quarterback Nick Foles, who threw an NFL-record-tying seven TD passes in the game.

On just those three catches alone, Hayden gave up 139 yards. Going into the game, noted Paul Gutierrez of, Hayden had allowed 20 catches on 34 targets for 247 yards.

“He had a tough day,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “He had a tough day, and D.J. wasn’t the only one that had a tough day. Obviously, when you play out there on the island and you have a tough day, those things stand out a little bit more. He’s a young player. He’s going to continue to work. He’s going to continue to get better and we still have confidence that he can go out and do the job.”

How he plays Sunday may go a long way to determining what kind of a player he may be in the NFL. But Sunday’s task will be difficult. He’ll be playing against a savvy quarterback who’s won two Super Bowls and has a trio of play-making receivers in Victor Cruz (47 catches, 677 yards, four TDs), Hakeem Nicks (34 catches, 521 yards) and rookie Rueben Randle (23 catches, 373 yards, four TDs).

Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson, who began his career as a touted, Heisman-winning cornerback, said rookie cornerbacks always experience growing pains. It’s part of the process.

“He had a tough day, but everybody’s gone through it,” Woodson told Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “If you’ve played in the NFL, you’ve had a long day before. But if you want to play a long time, then you’ve got to get past it.”

It wasn’t just Hayden on the hot seat after the Eagles loss, however. Oakland (now 3-5) gave up more than 400 yards passing, and no doubt the Giants and Manning have already watched the film and will try to capitalize on the same things the Eagles saw in the Raiders defense.

Cornerback Terry Porter called the defense’s performance “flat-out embarrassing” and says the unit needs to use the experience as a wake-up call for Sunday’s game against the Giants (2-6).

“From the top guy on the team to the last guy on the roster, we didn’t do our job in preparing this team as well as we could this week, and it showed,” he said.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/06/2013 02:50 PM

The Raiders' blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend was a wake-up call, no doubt. But will the Raiders actually get up this time, rather than hit the figurative snooze button?

Without guaranteeing the Raiders would not lose six straight games, as they did last year after being 3-4, Oakland coach Dennis Allen insisted this is a different team than the one that, well, lost six straight games after being 3-4.

So while there may have been a sense of dread last year when the 3-5 Raiders ventured east to take on the Baltimore Ravens, an omen that was confirmed with a 55-20 loss, this 3-5 Oakland team is actually looking forward to a trip to face the New York Giants. For more than the obvious reasons.

“Absolutely, there's no question there's a bad taste in our mouth right now but that one's over with, that one's done with and I can promise you we'll have a bunch of guys who will be ready to get back to work and practice on Wednesday,” Allen said in his weekly media conference on Monday.

“Our coaches will be up there this afternoon, we'll start the game-planning process and we'll comb through the tape as vigorously as we can, and we'll have a good plan put together.”

The Eagles had not scored an offensive touchdown in their previous two games and were without their starting quarterback in the injured Michael Vick. Nick Foles responded by tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes.

“We obviously didn't play well, we have to own that,” Allen added. “We're all responsible for it, everybody -- coaches and players. We have to come out and we have to play better. We have a group of prideful men in that locker room, coaches and players, and we're going to take the necessary steps, we're going to do the things we have to do to get those things corrected and we'll play better football.

“It's one game, it's one day, it's one loss ... we know we didn't play as well as we're capable of playing.”

The Giants, meanwhile, are coming into this game riding a two-game winning streak. They beat the Minnesota Vikings, who started Josh Freeman, and then the Eagles before a bye week.

The Raiders have not won a game in the Eastern Time Zone in their past 11 tries, getting outscored by a combined 353-178. The last time Oakland played at the Giants, the Raiders were routed, 44-7, on Oct. 11, 2009.

Sensing that trend?

What Allen did guarantee, however, had more to do with effort than results.

“We also understand the way we played in the (Philadelphia) game the other day is not indicative of the team we have in that locker room and not indicative of the team that we've put out on the field up to this point,” Allen said, “and won't be indicative of the team we're going to put out going forward.”

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/06/2013 02:54 PM

-- New York is 6-3 coming off their bye week under Tom Coughlin. The Giants, who took their break last week, will try to improve that record when they host the Raiders.

-- The Giants have lost five straight games to AFC opponents – the most under Tom Coughlin -- stretching back to last season. The Giants’ drought came off a Coughlin-best seven-game win streak against the opposing conference, dating from 2010-2012.

-- Eli Manning has never thrown an interception against the Oakland Raiders, Detroit, Miami, and San Diego.

-- The Giants have won two straight games (2005 and 2009) against the Raiders by a combined score of 77-28. New York also won two straight in 1986 and 1989 when the Raiders were located in Los Angeles. The Giants are 4-7 all-time against the Raiders and have never met in the postseason.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/07/2013 01:49 PM

After a dreadful start to the year, the New York Giants finally showed some signs of life before their bye.

Now, they'll try to pick up where they left off and climb back into the NFC East race Sunday against the visiting Oakland Raiders, who are hoping to have starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor available.

The Giants (2-6) surrendered 34.8 points per game in posting their first 0-6 start in 37 years, but they appear to have regained their confidence after winning the final two games before the bye, 23-7 over Minnesota on Oct. 21 and 15-7 at Philadelphia in Week 8.

"We won our last couple of games, which is a great thing. Are we back?" safety Antrel Rolle asked. "We'll be back once we reach that postseason. That's when I'll say that we're back. Right now we're grinding.

"We're grinding, we're fighting extremely hard. ... We're pushing ahead and more importantly we're staying together."

Despite its early season struggles, last-place New York is just 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Dallas and 1 1/2 in back of the second-place Eagles.

"All we can worry about is getting back to playing well and get on a hot streak and start winning games," Eli Manning said. "It's all about us. We can only control what we can do. It might happen some weeks that a team might lose for us. They all might win. They all might lose. If we are winning, we'll keep in distance and give ourselves a shot."

If the Giants hope to get back in contention, Manning will need to find his form. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has completed just 55.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 10 touchdowns and an NFL-worst 15 interceptions - matching his total from last season.

"I think Eli is still a very good player and after 10 years, he didn't forget how to play his position all of a sudden," general manager Jerry Reese said. "There are a lot of things involved with his play and everybody's play. It's all of us. We win together, we lose together. Eli has been through some rough patches before and we've seen him pull himself out of it and really play well and I expect him to do that again."

Manning appears to have a favorable matchup against a Raiders secondary that was picked apart in a 49-20 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday. Oakland (3-5) surrendered 542 yards of offense - the fourth-highest total in franchise history - as the Eagles' Nick Foles threw for 406 yards and tied a league record with seven TDs.

"There's no question there's a bad taste in our mouth right now," coach Dennis Allen said. "But that one's over with.

"I don't know if we were reading our press clippings or what, but the NFL is all about what have you done for me lately and what do you do out there on Sunday. If you want to be a top-notch defense you've got to bring it every week and we've got to do a better job next week."

Aside from their defensive concerns, the Raiders have a couple key injuries to worry about with Pryor and starting running back Darren McFadden banged up. Pryor was forced to leave in the fourth quarter last week with a sprained knee while McFadden departed in the second after aggravating a hamstring injury.

"There's probably a little bit more concern with Darren then there is with Terrelle," Allen said.

Pryor practiced Wednesday while McFadden sat out.

Pryor threw for a career-high 288 yards and two interceptions before exiting, giving him seven and just one passing touchdown in the last three games. Pryor, leading the NFL with 7.7 yards per rush, also ran 10 times for 94 yards.

Rashad Jennings played well after replacing McFadden, compiling 176 yards from scrimmage and a score.

The Giants' ground game could get a boost from Andre Brown, who is expected to be activated from injured reserve this week. Brown, who broke his leg in the final preseason game, led New York with eight rushing TDs last season.

"We're looking forward to getting him back," coach Tom Coughlin, whose team ranks 30th in the NFL with 69.9 rushing yards per game, told the team's official website. "It's been a long time."

Brown's return may prove especially key with David Wilson (herniated disc) still out and Brandon Jacobs uncertain to play with a nagging hamstring issue. Star wideout Victor Cruz's status also remains uncertain due to a neck injury.

The Giants cruised to a 44-7 rout of Oakland during the last matchup Oct. 11, 2009 behind 220 rushing yards and Manning's perfect 158.3 quarterback rating.

The Raiders have dropped 10 of 11 road games since the start of last season, including seven straight by an average of 15.7 points.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/08/2013 02:20 PM

The first step in getting out of a hole is to stop digging.

The New York Giants have quietly done that and will now search for their third straight win after a dismal 0-6 start as they begin a key stretch of three consecutive home games against the Oakland Raiders.

The Giants allowed nearly 35 points per game during their worst start in 37 years, but the defense turned it around before the bye week by stymieing a dismal Minnesota team, 23-7, and then topping NFC East-rival Philadelphia, 15-7, on the road.

Neither score in those two contests was allowed by Big Blue's defense.

"Are we back?" safety Antrel Rolle asked.

"We'll be back once we reach that postseason. That's when I'll say that we're back. Right now we're grinding. We're pushing ahead and more importantly we're staying together."

The postseason is still a long shot even in the lightly-regarded NFC East as no 0-6 team in the Super Bowl era has ever rebounded to reach the playoffs. New York remains in last place in the division and is 2 1/2 games south of frontrunning Dallas heading into Week 10.

"All we can worry about is getting back to playing well and get on a hot streak and start winning games," quarterback Eli Manning said. "It's all about us. We can only control what we can do. If we are winning, we'll give ourselves a shot."

Josh Brown kicked a career-high five goals in the City of Brotherly Love back on Oct. 27 as the Giants shut down a punchless Eagles offense en route to the 15-7 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.

With rookie Matt Barkley pressed into quarterback duty for much of the game, the Eagles mustered just 201 total yards and failed to produce an offensive touchdown.

The Eagles' lone score came on a 2-yard fumble return by reserve linebacker Najee Goode in the fourth quarter, the result of a bad snap that soared over the head of New York punter Steve Weatherford.

Manning threw for 246 yards on 25-of-39 passing to help the Giants halt an eight-game road losing streak. Victor Cruz contributed 86 yards on seven catches, while New York's defense generated four sacks after amassing an NFL-low six over the team's first seven outings.

"It's not always pretty, but nevertheless our defense played superbly," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin remarked. "There is a lot to be said for the way we are playing right now on defense."

The Raiders last opponent was also the Eagles in Week 9 but they faced a much different version of the Birds as Nick Foles returned under center for the first time in two weeks, and enjoyed his finest day as a professional.

The Arizona product shook off the effects of a concussion and tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes, including four in the first half, en route to a career-high 406 yards on 22-of-28 completions in Philadelphia's 49-20 rout of Oakland in an inter-conference clash.

Foles joined Joe Kapp, Sid Luckman, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle, Peyton Manning and former Eagles QB Adrian Burk for the honor.

Terrelle Pryor was 22-of-41 for 288 yards and a pair of interceptions before bowing out late with a knee injury for the Raiders (3-5), who surrendered the most points in one contest since a 55-20 drubbing at the hands of the Ravens on Nov. 11, 2012.

"It's embarrassing," Pryor said. "I hate losing. It's not acceptable to me and I don't like it. All the guys in here agree with me. We have to do something about it instead of tanking it."

Matt McGloin ended up 7-of-15 for 87 yards in relief.

Oakland's scoring consisted of two Sebastian Janikowski field goals along with an 8-yard TD run from Rashad Jennings and a late 2-yard score by Jeremy Stewart. Jennings wound up with 102 yards on 15 carries and 74 yards on seven catches.

The Raiders lead their all-time series with New York by a 7-4 margin but the Giants won the last encounter, a 44-7 blowout in North Jersey back on Oct. 11, 2009.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/08/2013 02:20 PM

Manning will be starting his 144th consecutive game, the longest active streak by a signal caller in the NFL. His last effort against the Raiders was one of his best as a pro, an efficient 8-of-10 performance or 173 yards with two TDs and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. That of course is ironic because Oakland allowed another perfect passer mark last week to Philadelphia's Foles in the ugly 49-20 setback.

Manning, though, has been anything but perfect in 2013, completing only 55.7 percent of his passes with an NFL-worst 15 interceptions. If New York has any intention of really making a run at the NFC East crown, the two-time Super Bowl MVP has to start carrying his own water.

The fact that Oakland allowed 542 yards - the fourth-worst mark in franchise history - against Philadelphia a week ago is an indication Manning will have plenty of opportunities to make things happen down the field.

"They do a good job of mixing up different coverages and getting pressure on the quarterback and doing a number of different looks," Manning said when talking about the now-maligned Raiders defense.

In truth Oakland had been playing well on that side of the ball until Foles lit them up, something head coach Dennis Allen hopes is an anomaly.

"There's no question there's a bad taste in our mouth right now," Allen said. "But that one's over with. I don't know if we were reading our press clippings or what, but the NFL is all about what have you done for me lately and what do you do out there on Sunday."

Offensively the Raiders rely on Pryor and their running game, which ranks first in the AFC at 147.8 yards per game.

Pryor, a first-year starter, is inconsistent and will turn it over but leads all NFL quarterbacks with 485 rushing yards this season and needs just 45 more to surpass Rich Gannon (529 in 2000) for the most ever by an Oakland signal caller. He threw for a career-high in passing yards before leaving against the Eagles and added 94 yards on the ground.

Pryor leads the NFL with 7.7 yards per rush and is adept at extending plays and a threat to make a big splash with his arm or legs at any time.

Gap control and defensive discipline is key when combating Pryor and the read- option. A balky knee, though, may slow Pryor a bit and help the Giants corral him.

"Terrelle Pryor is a great quarterback, we just have to go out there and do what we do best, stop this run," Giants end Jason Pierre-Paul said. "My big boy (defensive tackle) Shaun Rogers is going to stop that run with me and we're going to get it cracking. We need this win. We have to help ourselves, we got ourselves in this hole."

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/08/2013 07:03 PM

Safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), cornerback D.J. Hayden (groin), tackle Matt McCants (toe), running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and tackle Tony Pashos (hip) have all been ruled out for the Raiders. Guard Andre Gurode (quadricep) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (rib) are listed as questionable, so the team may be even more shorthanded come Sunday.

It’s another week on the sideline for Giants cornerback Corey Webster (groin, ankle), whose season is pretty close to lost at this point. Running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring, knee) is doubtful, while the team has higher hopes for questionable cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Trumaine McBride (groin). Wide receiver Victor Cruz (neck) is probable after missing a day of practice.