Oakland Raiders: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 2

The Oakland Raiders walked away from their season-opening loss to the Indianapolis Colts feeling pretty good about themselves, all things considered. Still, a loss is a loss no matter what the spin is.

That being said, it’s on to Week 2 and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here are a few things to consider as the home opener approaches.

Division Standings

AFC West Record Denver Broncos 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs 1-0 Oakland Raiders 0-1 San Diego Chargers 0-1 The Denver Broncos used Peyton Manning’s explosive performance in Week 1 to take the early division lead along with the Kansas City Chiefs. No big surprise there as both teams were favored to win. Neither was it too surprising to see the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers drop their openers.

By the same token, it wouldn’t shock anyone to see things even more crowded at the top after Week 2. The Raiders are carrying momentum into their home opener following a better-than-expected showing against the Indianapolis Colts, while Jacksonville scored just two points against Kansas City.

Denver, on the other hand, goes on the road to play the New York Giants who are still smarting after falling to the Dallas Cowboys in the Sunday night game. Kansas City will get a much better litmus test this week against the Cowboys, while the Chargers could easily remain winless after their trip to Philadelphia.

Injury report

Player Injury Tyvon Branch Shoulder Menelik Watson Knee David Ausberry Shoulder  All things considered, the Raiders came out of the game fairly healthy. Tight end Jeron Mastrud, who walked off the field after cramping up, is fine and should be available. A few other minor bumps and bruises but nothing major.

Ausberry and Watson could be cleared to return to practice but coach Dennis Allen wasn’t certain when or if it would happen.



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