Posts Tagged ‘Oakland Raiders’

Reviewing the Oakland Raiders 2009 Season

February 12, 2010

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 27: Michael Gaines #86 of the Cleveland Browns is hit by Hiram Eugene #31 of the Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The 2009 NFL Season Reviews roll on with a look at the Oakland Raiders. In the first game of the 2009 season, the Raiders hung tough against a heavily favored Chargers team. When they followed that up with a win over Kansas City, it looked like this might be the year that they turned the corner. Sadly, for Raider fans, it was not to be, as Oakland won only 5 games. The team may have been distracted by Head Coach Tom Cable’s off the field issues, but for whatever reason, they failed to improve on last season’s win total. However, there were some reasons for hope, which we’ll get into with this piece.

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Checking the Numbers: Chargers-Raiders Game

September 16, 2009
On Monday night, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders met for a game in which the Chargers were heavy favorites. With solid fundamental football, the Raiders held San Diego in check for much of the game. But, with time growing short, quarterback Philip Rivers led his team on the game winning drive, capped off by Darren Sproles’ TD run with 18 seconds left. There are plenty of recaps out there reviewing the game, but here I wanted to look at this game from my own analytical perspective.