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Raiders 2016 quarter season report: Overview

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A wrap up of the Raiders first quarter of this season.

Record: 3-1

Home: 0-1

Road: 3-0

AFC West standings:

1. Denver Broncos 4-0

2. Oakland Raiders 3-1

3. Kansas City Chiefs 2-2

4. San Diego Chargers 1-3

Schedule so far:

Win 35-34 at New Orleans Saints (1-3)

Loss 35-28 vs Atlanta Falcons (3-1)

Win 17-10 at Tennessee Titans (1-3)

Win 28-27 at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

Next up: Oct 9 vs San Diego Chargers (1-3)


Neiron Ball (knee) -- on injured reserve

Gabe Holmes -- on injured reserve

Ben Heeney (ankle) -- on injured reserve

Mario Edwards Jr (hip) -- partial season IR (week 9 return)

Menelik Watson (calf) – return unknown

Lee Smith (ankle) – on injured reserve

Malcolm Smith (quad) – return unknown

Nate Allen (quad) – return unknown

Clive Walford (knee) – return unknown

Latavius Murray (toe) – return unknown

Latest news:

Both Clive Walford (knee) and Latavius Murray (toe) missed practice Wednesday and their status is unknown at this time. Some reports suggest Murray is pretty banged up and could miss this week’s game against the Chargers. If he is unable to go, I expect DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard to share the load pretty evenly.

The team signed middle linebacker Perry Riley Jr this week to replace Ben Heeney who was placed on injured reserve. With Malcolm Smith also ailing with a quad injury, Riley could potentially see playing time immediately.

Right tackle Austin Howard returned to practice this week after missing three of the first four weeks with an ankle injury. He was limited Wednesday. If he is able to go, it would be a big boost after rookie seventh round pick Vadal Alexander’s penalty plagued start last week.

To replace Lee Smith, who was sent to IR with an ankle injury, at tight end, the team called up undrafted rookie Ryan O’Malley from the practice squad.

5 things we learned about the Offense

5 things we learned about the Defense

4 things we learned about the Special Teams

Winners and Losers

Looking ahead to the next quarter of the season