1. Raiders v Broncos Game – Five Key Matchups to Watch

    The Oakland Raiders – Denver Broncos game this Sunday renews one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in the NFL...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 1,906 reads 7 comments

  2. Five Oakland Raiders High Points from the Kansas City Game

    The Oakland Raiders struggled on both sides of the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in week two, which may have partially been attributed to a short preparation week after their Monday night opener against the San Diego Chargers...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 2,426 reads 34 comments

  3. Oakland Raiders Focus Areas: Preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs

    On Monday night, the Oakland Raiders outperformed the San Diego Chargers in a number of areas, unfortunately, not in the one that counts...the final score...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 860 reads 6 comments

  4. Oakland Raiders Game One Tackling Analysis

    Football fans were treated to an unexpectedly strong Oakland Raiders defense Monday night, and the San Diego Charger offense was the recipient of some old school smashmouth football that was ...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 2,312 reads 23 comments

  5. The Facts About the Oakland Raiders' Blown Call

    Like the rest of the Raider Nation I was shocked Monday night when the officials, in their ridiculous orange striped uniforms, inexplicably chose to review Louis Murphy’s 19 yard touchdown ...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 2,901 reads 68 comments

  6. Fearless Game-by-Game Predictions for the 2009 Oakland Raiders Season

    This morning I was beaned in the head by an empty coffee mug cup that Psycho Bob threw at my friend Bob, the retired foot doctor, at the Almaden Roasting Company. Still stunned by the blow, I looked at the Raider’s season schedule on the table...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 1,484 reads 9 comments

  7. Calculating the Oakland Raiders' 2009 Season Record by Position Strengths

    This article provides a unique way to calculate the 2009 win-loss record of the Oakland Raiders. There are several ways to predict a team’s win-loss record based on objective criteria ...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about almost 5 years ago 4,034 reads 11 comments

  8. The Oakland Raiders' Next Franchise Player

    The Oakland Raiders have an opportunity to significantly improve their team in the upcoming draft by selecting a franchise type player that can be a force in the league for years to come...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about 5 years ago 3,519 reads 13 comments

  9. Developing An Effective NFL Drafting Strategy

    The first round of the NFL draft is always full of surprises, because teams do not blindly follow Mel Kiper’s script for how the draft will go down...

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  10. Analyzing the Oakland Raiders' Passing Game

    In 2008 the Raiders rushed effectively, finishing 10th in overall rushing yardage in the league. This is to be commended...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about 5 years ago 2,081 reads 27 comments

  11. NFL Rookie Wide Receiver Jinx: Fact or Fiction?

    There is a perception among many fans that a jinx keeps wide receivers from performing well during their rookie season in the NFL...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about 5 years ago 1,706 reads 3 comments

  12. Oakland Raiders Defensive Ends: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    When the financial gurus in the Raiders front office calculate the salary cap, they love adding in the salaries of the team's defensive ends. Other than Derrick Burgess’ $3...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about over 5 years ago 3,936 reads 10 comments

  13. Analyzing the Oakland Raiders' Linebackers

    Linebackers are a key part of any NFL defense. From a physical standpoint, linebackers are impressive—usually 240+ lbs, little if any body fat, chiseled muscles, no necks, good speed and agility...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about over 5 years ago 4,915 reads 30 comments

  14. Golden State Warriors: Out of This World Shot Blockers

    The Golden State Warriors consistently dazzle fans with their high-flying, highlight-reel brand of offense. There are also occasional glimpses of good defensive work by their young players...

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  15. Why the Raiders Will Select a Franchise Offensive Tackle

    Having a solid left tackle protecting your quarterback’s blind side is a high priority for most teams in the NFL...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about over 5 years ago 3,443 reads 14 comments

  16. The Ultimate Al Davis Draft

    Most draft scenarios have the Oakland Raiders drafting big strong offensive and defensive lineman, or one of the top two receivers in the draft. Enter Al Davis, a veteran of 40-plus years of war room draft dealings...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about over 5 years ago 3,338 reads 24 comments

  17. The Raiders' Quest: Drafting a Top-Tier Wide Receiver

    The Raider Nation is looking for a star receiver in the upcoming draft. Will Al Davis and coach Tom Cable invest their first-round selection on a star college wide receiver such as Michael Crabtree ...

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about over 5 years ago 2,118 reads 22 comments

  18. A Firm Foundation for the Oakland Raiders

    It’s great having an X's-and-O's coach who understands how to build a winning team. It’s not always about flashy players, big names, and even bigger egos. Instead Mr...

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  19. Come On, Seven!: Is the Raiders' Top Pick a Sure Bet for Stardom?

    We are standing at the 2009 NFL Draft table in Radio City Music Hall. The dice have been passed to Al Davis for the seventh roll in this annual crapshoot. The table stakes are high, $19+ million in guaranteed money and a five-year, $49+ million contract..

    Howard Hopper Written by Howard Hopper about over 5 years ago 2,341 reads 7 comments

  20. A Value Proposition Player Strategy for the Oakland Raiders

    Some may question the Raiders for not making a big splash this year in the free agent sweepstakes. Others, like myself, applaud them for not mortgaging the franchise with flashy high profile ...

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