Where have you been? The unfortunate case of Ben Heeney

Linebacker Ben Heeney was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft and was considered a fierce hitter when he was selected. After much hope, it seems this preseason Heeney has disappeared albeit it due to injury leaving his immediate future in doubt.
 
His first year was promising with 38 tackles, two assists, and 2.5 sacks. He started his second year with the tragedy of his best friend and roommate at Kansas committing suicide and then ending his season with a severe ankle injury. PFF has him projected at almost 75 solo tackles for this upcoming assuming everything’s good to go. Continue reading Where have you been? The unfortunate case of Ben Heeney

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“Behind Enemy Lines”: Insight into one of the Raiders’ most hated rivals

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Johnny Burczak, a man who follows all things Kansas City Chiefs and co-hosts a podcast called WildWestAFC Podcast. Now I do not usually fraternize with the enemy because I am acutely aware that Raiders versus Chiefs is the best AFC West rivalry in my book, but in this instance, I was looking for another man’s opinion on perhaps Oakland’s fiercest rival.

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Part II: Top 3 Running Backs during Raider’s “Dark Age”

In part one of this series, we took a look at the top three quarterbacks of the Oakland Raiders’ “Dark Age”. I’ve deemed this time with such gloom immediately after the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 NFL Super Bowl up through the 2013 season, the season before Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, and Gabe Jackson were drafted. During this period the Silver and Black combined for a total record of 53-123. So now we will take a look at the best running backs during from this disastrous period. Continue reading Part II: Top 3 Running Backs during Raider’s “Dark Age”

Top 3 Quarterbacks during the Raiders’ “Dark Age”

As Raider Nation scans the 2017 horizon, one thing is clear, the “Autumn Wind” surely has begun to blow throughout the entire NFL landscape once again! Raiders fans across the globe are waiting with eager anticipation to watch their young talented team take the NFL head on and pillage and burn their way to an AFC West title for starters, then the AFC Championship, then claim the title as “World’s Best”. But one thing shouldn’t be forgotten; many dark days had to be endured to get to this point in Raiders history. Continue reading Top 3 Quarterbacks during the Raiders’ “Dark Age”

2017 Outlook: Top 2 returning players from injury

It’s no secret that injuries play a significant role in football and nobody knew that better than Oakland Raider fans in 2016. Indeed, Carr’s injury played the leading role in the demise of Oakland’s Super Bowl contention hopes last season, but two other injuries hurt the Raiders in 2016.  Continue reading 2017 Outlook: Top 2 returning players from injury

NFL: Celebrations are here to stay (and not be fined)

The NFL has gone out of its way in recent years to limit celebrations after player’s score touchdowns. Most of the times, a yellow flag has been thrown and a $12,000 fine imposed afterward, but that might change this week. Continue reading NFL: Celebrations are here to stay (and not be fined)