By: Phillip Torres
OAKLAND- The Oakland Raiders (0-6) are now the lone win less team in the NFL. With the Jacksonville Jaguars upsetting the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oakland remains as the only team with a zero in the win column. The Raiders have now lost 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Quarterback Derrick Carr has been playing extremely well thus far in his short six game career, but has not played well enough towards the end of a game to pull out a victory. The Raiders defense is what needs to step it up if they want to be competitive. Acquisitions such as Justin Tuck, Lamar Woodley, Carlos Rodgers, and Terrell Brown have not played to their expectations.
The Raiders are having a hard time finishing drives. Sebastian Janikowski is still providing the majority of the points that go up on the bored. When the defense gives up touchdowns, the field goals are not going to add up and get the Raiders a win. Running back Darren McFadden has been healthy for the first time in his career but is not playing his best football, This is mainly because the offensive line has not played all that great.
Oakland has been waiting for a healthy McFadden since arrived as a rookie from Arkansas. If the former Razorback can stay healthy and find some holes in the opposing defenses, that will only benefit Carr. A healthy running game will help the rookie signal caller open up the offense a little bit more and help him pad his stats through the air.
The Raiders will head to Cleveland in hopes to avoid a 0-7 start to the season. This might be the last chance for the Oakland to come away with a victory in the next month as they have a tough schedule ahead until they face the St. Louis Rams in week 13. That is not even a guarantee as the Rams just beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Oakland remaining schedule consists of nine games against seven teams that made the playoffs last year. They play Seattle once, the Denver Broncos twice, the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City twice, and cross town rive San Francisco 49ers. The Browns and the Buffalo Bills are the only two teams left for the Raiders that did not have a winning record in 2013.
Even with interim head coach Tony Sparano stepping in, it looks like the Raiders finishing 0-16 is not out of the question.