Oakland Raiders Are The Worst Team In The NFL

Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders enter Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season with a record of 0-1 after a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Raiders played much better than many expected. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 112 yards, passed for 217 yards and threw a touchdown. Darren McFadden got into the end zone, and the defense did not play too badly. With all that being said, I am not buying it. This team is severely lacking talent and is going to be terrible this season.

The numbers for Pryor were nice, but he did throw two interceptions. The talent is there for Pryor, but I do not see him becoming a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL. He does not seem to read the defense very well. Many times, he looked for his first target and if that player was not open, Pryor would just take off and run.

This is great for your fantasy team, but if the Raiders are going to be decent, Pryor must look at all of his receiving options.

Speaking of the Raiders’ receivers, Denarius Moore caught the touchdown pass from Pryor on Sunday. Moore is a nice deep threat that does have some talent, but he has never been very impressive to me. Moore shows flashes at times but has not been consistent at all.

Rod Streater appeared to be Pryor’s favorite target on Sunday as he caught five passes for 70 yards. Streater is a nice player that has a knack for getting open, but he does not do anything athletically that jumps out at you. Moore and Streater are decent NFL receivers, but are not anything more than that.

McFadden is a talented back, but he has been underwhelming in the NFL and he has a ridiculously long injury history. He has never been able to stay on the field for an entire season as he has missed 24 games in his career. McFadden did score a touchdown on Sunday, but looked pretty average overall. He carried the ball 17 times for 48 yards, which averages out to 2.8 yards per carry. That is simply not going to get it done.

I do not blame McFadden 100 percent for his production as the Raiders’ offensive line is one of the worst in the league. They have some interesting young players up front, but a guy like Menelik Watson clearly needs some time to grow and get healthy.

Oakland lost starting left tackle Jared Veldheer to a triceps injury in the preseason. Veldheer is one of the premier offensive lineman in the game, and was obviously a huge blow to the Raiders’ chances to compete in 2013.

Defensively, the Raiders did a fairly nice job keeping Andrew Luck and company in check during Week 1. Oakland’s defense may end up being okay, but I am going to have to see more of a sample size to buy in. They have some interesting players like safety Tyvon Branch, rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden and veteran linebacker Nick Roach, but make no mistake — this defense will give up a ton of points in 2013.

The Raiders are the worst team in the NFL. They simply lack explosive players on both sides of the ball. With new management in charge, I think the Raiders could turn things around, but not anytime soon. I hate to say it Oakland fans, but 2013 is going to be a long season.

Daniel is a writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @D_Schmelzer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.


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  • Jess Steffani

    The raiders are not the worst team asshole.Get your damn facts straight. Admit that you are a raider hater.RAIDER NATION BABY.

  • woo woo woo

    your impressed but not impressed that’s very idiotic.

    • Ryan Heckman

      *you’re

  • David Abel

    JAX is definitely worse, along with possibly the browns, jets & titans. you’re an idiot

  • Lawrence Jahn

    Bet you feel pretty stupid right now. By the way, we lead the league in Sacks. lol.. What a maroon you are :)

    • Ryan Heckman

      What’s a maroon?

      • Lawrence Jahn

        a moron

  • Lawrence Jahn

    The fact you posted this after we beat the Colts but the scoreboard didnt reflect it is even dumber.

    • Ryan Heckman

      Scoreboard is all that matters.

      • Lawrence Jahn

        No, not in this game but believe what you want. When you are rated as the “worst” team in the league and then you beat the Colts except for a missed FG or 2 blown penalties by refs against a playoff caliber team, it is meaningful. It is also meaningful when you lead the league in rushing and sacks but keep drinking the Hater-Aid. You look dumb right now Einstein