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Postgame wrap

News, notes and quotes from the Raiders’ 13-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at the Coliseum:

– Talk about a reversal of fortune.

The Philadelphia Eagles came to town with the highest blitz-frequency ratio on pass plays in the NFL at 47.3 percent.

The Raiders blitzed less frequently than any team in the NFL at 13.1 percent.

And so it was the Raiders staged a veritable commando raid into the Eagles backfield, coming early and often with Thomas Howard, Kirk Morrison and Tyvon Branch, among others.

Nnamdi Asomugha, who missed much of the game after being poked in the eye by DeSean Jackson, wouldn’t have believed it had he not seen it with his good eye. Asomugha is a bit of a skeptic when it comes to promises of pressure tactics.

He said he lobbies defensive coordinator John Marshall every Monday, only to come away disappointed the following Sunday.

“This time, I guess it worked out just because we knew the type of weapons that they had, and he said he was going to do it,” Asomugha said. “Maybe he’ll see that it actually works, and we’ll stick on it. He said that he might get yelled at for it, but he’ll keep it going.”

The Raiders’ change-up flummoxed the Eagles’ offense.

“They were doing some stunts. They caught us by surprise,” Eagles tackle Winston Justice said. “They did a lot of things that we weren’t really expecting.”

It certainly wasn’t what right gurd Max Jean-Gilles had in mind.

“They just generated a lot of pressure,” Jean-Gilles said “They ran a lot of games and everything. We just weren’t prepared.”

From Eagles coach Andy Reid, there was this: “I thought they blocked better, I thought they tackled better. I thought they blitzed better. They did it all. They coached better. No. 1, they coached better.”

– The Raiders backed their pressure with Cover 2, another wrinkle. But this wasn’t an all-out blitzfest. The Raiders did come hard and early often enough to put the Eagles on their heels, and for a good period afterward let a dominant defensive line carry the fight to the Philadelphia offensive line.

“This week the defensive coordinator came up with a scheme in which we haven’t seen,” McNabb said. “They’re known for playing man coverage. They dropped back in a lot of zone, more zone than we’ve seen in the early games.

“That allowed them to sit back in a zone and just wait for a guy to catch the ball and make the tackle. They came up with more of a blitz package today. They were able to get pressure.”

Oakland’s six sacks of McNabb were the most they’ve had since getting six against Tennessee in 2005, and five of the six came from defensive ends. Richard Seymour and Trevor Scott had two each and Jay Richardson one. Linebacker Thomas Howard beat teammate Kirk Morrison to the lone sack by someone other than a lineman.

– Cable has been saying a single play could change the fortunes of the Raiders offense. It may have arrived in the form of an 86-yard touchdown catch by Zach Miller, with Louis Murphy throwing two key blocks. Read about it in my Web exclusive column.

– All the defensive pressure helped hold Eagles to a 2-for-16 performance on third-down conversions. Philadelphia also managed just 67 yards rushing, although at a respectable 4.3 yards per carry built primarily off one 25-yard run by Brian Westbrook.

Not bad for a Raiders team giving up 182 yards per game on the ground over their last four. Of course, it’s not like the Eagles are an impressive running team. They had 79, 93 and 76 yards in the games preceding the Raiders loss.

– The most impressive aspect of JaMarcus Russell’s game were flat passes, screens and circle routes which have often eluded him in terms of consistency. Fullback Gary Russell caught five passes for 55 yards and had three receptions for 50 yards in the fourth quarter when the Raiders needed first downs to work the clock.

There was more than a little I-told-you-so in his voice when Tom Cable was asked about that aspect JaMarcus Russell’s game.

“If you look at the last two weeks, he’s actually thrown the ball much, much better than prior to that,” Cable said. “So it was coming, it was actually coming. I know you don’t want to believe that but it’s true.”

Russell was 17 of 28 for 224 yards, the one touchdown to Zach Miller on an 86-yard touchdown play, and two interceptions. Both came on poor throws, one a high and outside pass to Louis Murphy which bounced into the hands of Asante Samuel, and the other a force to Miller down the middle.

Oakland’s defense was so stout neither mattered. Russell also showed off a nifty spin move on a 12-yard run.

– Wide receivers were a rumor other than as blockers. Todd Watkins caught one pass for four yards, Johnnie Lee Higgins one for two yards. Starters Darrius Heyward-Bey and Murphy failed to catch a pass. Heyward-Bey’s only opportunity hit hish ands but wasn’t a great throw. Murphy was targeted three times.

– Running back Justin Fargas had his biggest game since last season with 23 carries for 87 yards, and in so doing is probably no longer the third wheel behind Darren McFadden (when he returns) and Michael Bush.

“I think he and I have had a connection since I got here about running the ball and how you do it,” Cable said. “I thought he was really big for our football team today. I don’t know what his numbers were. But I thought it was very consistent.

“ I thought he was great in short yardage situations. That’s what you need. You need a guy who will go in there with his shoulders square and stick it up in there. That’s what he does.”

Said Fargas: “It felt good to just getting back to doing what we do, being who we are. It’s not always pretty, but we can run the ball and we can control the clock and obviously that will open up things in the play action game like we did today.”

In all, the Raiders rushed for 116 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per carry _ not great, but they controlled the ball well enough to have a 33:02 to 26:58 advantage in time of possession.

– For the most part, the Raiders downplayed comments by the Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce about last week’s 44-7 loss being “like a scrimmage” to New York. Murphy, however, said he took Pierce’s comments to heart and basically conceded he was right _ the Raiders had played an uninspired game with no passion and he used them as motivation.

The comments were posted in the Raiders locker room and near the special teams statistics board in a nearby hallway.

Seymour shrugged them off as inconsequential.

“I could care less about Pierce,” Seymour said. “They got what they deserved today anyway.”

What the Giants “deserved” was a 48-27 loss to unbeaten New Orleans, their first loss of the season after five wins.

– No telling when the Napa DA’s office will have a determination on whether Cable will be charged in the alleged attack on assistant coach Randy Hanson. Napa District attorney Gary Lieberstein said last week to check back Monday.

All that was missing in Cable’s only reference to the issue was a flag and apple pie.

“You know, you live in America for a reason; the process will take care of itself with that other stuff,” Cable said. “Enough said.”

– Punter Shane Lechler _ yawn _ had seven punts for a 51.1 yards average, a 42.2 net and received one of what will eventually be several game balls. Sebastian Janikowski converted both his field goal attempts from 29 and 46 yards and still hasn’t missed this season.

The Raiders coverage teams smothered the Eagles, but their own return game is still playing poorly. Higgins fumbled two punts, losing neither. Jonathan Holland averaged only 17 yards on two kick returns, one which he took a yard deep in the end zone and made it only to the 14.

– Cable may not be hear from the Napa DA today, but he’s sure to hear from the NFL after Stanford Routt’s interception and touchdown run was nullified on a debatable pass interference penalty.

“That’s a ridiculous call,” Cable said. “He went in the back door on the guy and caught it with two hands and scored a touchdown. He couldn’t have hooked him.”

The Raiders bench, presumably Cable, got a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for its protest on the sideline.

– Here’s the thing that was most impressive about the Raiders Sunday _ they won anyway.

The play happened on the first play following Miller’s 86-yard touchdown reception from Russell, so the Coliseum was as loud as it’s been since Week 1 against San Diego. It could have been a deflating moment. The Raiders could have lost the game and had a whole week to complain about the officiating and their lot in life.

Not this time.

That’s called progress.

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  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Barnes should have been our RT from day one, but Cable was too busy being cute by pretending Barnes had a chance to start at LT.

    Arrest this man at once!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Oh, and for the record, Mr. Routt was robbed of an excellent interception and reurn TD!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    This is BS… I cant even do my 408 thing cuz this damn blog is all busted…

  • jhill

    Ok England, Thanks!

    I was wrong about that guy then. I had him as a check collector. He’s turned into a solid vet, and we need guys like him on the team.

    What about Kelly? Is he as vocal and fired up as Money on the sidelines? What type of effort do you see him giving that we can’t see on TV.

    I was glad to hear that DHB is one of the first guys on the field hours before the game working on his hands. That’s all you can ask out of these guys at this point.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Lynn from Snot Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Just wondering: How can a team with LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles be ranked 32nd in the league in rushing?

    _____________________

    Because I have Philip Rivers as my starting FFL QB (and Gates at TE)…yeah baby!

  • RaiderRetribution

    The effective blitzing will now keep opposing offenses from simply calculating what our plain defensive schemes are/will be.

    The Raiders have proven they can be effective with a man to man coverage and a blitzing-zone coverage defense,

    Jets won’t know what hit’em!

  • jhill

    I didn’t see Priest’s comment’s England but here’s my take on the blitz …

    You better have some damn good corners!

    and

    Pressure will bust a pipe!

    For the exact same reasons that some folks would consider it wise to blitz our QB, I bring the house at a guy like Mark Sanchez. Rookie QB, we can take away “This is Braylon”, and our LBs can account for Washington by playing a short zone.

    Following week against Rivers? You can’t let that guy sit back and have 4 or seconds to get the ball off. Again, I trust our corners against their WRs, and we should be able to keep Sproles in check by playing that zone.

    Now Brady or Manning in the shotgun? I might think twice about how I blitz. But we are NOT playing those type of guys every week, and every week that we don’t, bring the house!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I’d love to see how this group of players would play for a real NFL head coach.

  • DKnight007

    “The Raiders blitz less frequently than ANY team in the NFL at 13.1 percent.”

    ^^^^^^^Wow! That tells us something right there doesn’t?

    See what happens old man Al, Cable and Marshall when you actually do some stunts, move people around on the line, and mix up some blitzes more often??

    On offense….see what happens Cable and Tollner when you use the short passing game and use your RB’s as receivers out of the backfield and use your TE’s on the short stuff….instead of having a struggling QB force the ball downfield with LOW percentage throws to ROOKIE WR’s??

    You actually sustain drives, instead of kill drives! What a concept huh?

    The offensive still needs to score more TD’s. An example of the weird play calling is the end around reverse to DHB on a 3rd and 10 within the 30 yard line??

    Like to see the end around reverse finally with DHB, but on 3rd and 10?? Cable and Tollner….you run that type of play on 1st and 10 or 2nd and 8…..NOT on freakin 3rd and 10!

    Come on DAMMIT!

    Sheesh….

    Raiders football…..so easy a caveman can do it!

    And they did it yesterday! Go caveman football! Heyoooo…..LOL

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Lynn from Snot Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Just wondering: How can a team with LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles be ranked 32nd in the league in rushing?

    ===================

    quit copying peoples twitters at least give them credit when you cut and paste.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Speaking of Brady, how about New England piling it on in that game?!

    That was truly a pile of unnecessary.

    New England, and especially their head coach, need to get their just deserts.

  • BS Detector

    Dakota Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Hey “BS Detector” lol, why don’t you grow a pair and post a comment under your usual handle? Have a little self-respect.
    =======================================
    Sorry little girl, this is my one and only moniker.

    Nice way to avoid the truth though isn’t it you little b1tch?

    McFadden sucks and you wanted him. END OF STORY. Your football knowledge is quite limited and it frusrates the HELL OUT OF YOU. Understandable, I would be too if I was so clearly wrong about something taht you woudln’t shut up about.

    Did I mention that you are a moron. No wonder you are a lonely little kid with no life and never tasted pu$$y. Move out of mom’s basement once and for all and maybe, just maybe, you will get laid. Retards need love too. hahahahahahaha

  • BS Detector

    Dakota Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:24 pm
    I’d love to see how this group of players would play for a real NFL head coach.
    ==========================================
    Guess you didn’t watch the game yesterday then. Moron.

    Let me guess, you would be a better coach? The guy that sucked on McFadden’s dik so long that his lips are chapped? The guy that wanted to draft a BUST of a RB when the Raiders CLEARLY needed help on both lines?

    Imbecile.

  • DMAC

    “Maybe he’ll see that it actually works, and we’ll stick on it. He said that he might get yelled at for it, but he’ll keep it going.”

    Does this mean Al makes all the defensive calls? And Marshall finally got to do what he wanted?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Well, I’m off for fish and chips to be followed by my just deserts at the pub.

    All that fish eating is why people on this island are so smart.

    Hell, they even talked the DANES into giving up their navy! Right LMN?!

    Remember folks, we’re the RAIDER NATION

    and it’s RAIDERS UBER ALLES!!!

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    wow… There’s some nanny nanny ish going on in here….

  • BS Detector

    Dakota Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    Lynn from Snot Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Just wondering: How can a team with LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles be ranked 32nd in the league in rushing?

    _____________________

    Because I have Philip Rivers as my starting FFL QB (and Gates at TE)…yeah baby!
    ————————————–
    This explains a lot. You are a Charger fan, no wonder you are such a B!TCH!

    Kiss the rings you pathetic woman!

  • DMAC

    Damn, maybe Routt read my blogs where i would talk chit about him. He finally showed up to play yesterday.

  • BS Detector

    Dakota is a Charger fan, no wonder he is always hating on the Raiders. An idiot in sheeps clothing.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    BSD

    Dakota isn’t a discharger fan… He’s Just mad cuz McFumble is a poor mans Fargas….

  • DirtyBathWater

    Lol

  • BS Detector

    408RAIDER Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:44 pm
    BSD

    Dakota isn’t a discharger fan… He’s Just mad cuz McFumble is a poor mans Fargas….
    ————————————-
    Oh he’s a Charger fan all right. It all makes sense now. Don’t let him fool you.

    McFumble can’t even carry Fargas’ jock.

  • http://www.elvis.com Lucifer-666

    So now that we all know what this team is capable of who is going to hold them to this level of play every Sunday?

  • DMAC

    Who wants to buy an authentic Nnamdi Asomugha jersey for $100? (Size 48, fits me too small)

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Fargas use 2 have a fumble issue 2….

  • http://www.elvis.com Lucifer-666

    It is disappointing how weak and worthless McFadden is. What a waste of a draft pick!

  • DMAC

    Looks like we finally found a FB w/ Russell. Had a good game yesterday.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    Great to see the team found it’s spine yesterday. Man was I wrong, thought for sure Philly would pimp slap us around.

    Murphy lifted the whole team with his effort on the Miller TD.

    Props to Fargas, and the O-line ..

    Defense was effin people up all day…

    Gary Russell is a FOOTBALL player, Lawton better stay on the pine….

    Al, sign that pigoen to a three year deal!!!!!

  • BS Detector

    408RAIDER Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:51 pm
    Fargas use 2 have a fumble issue 2….
    —————————————
    That may be true, but he doesn’t fall over when the wind blows and gets turf toe.

    Fargas = Tough MF-er
    McFumbles = Paper Tiger

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    yo 909… You stayin dry down there? It wasn’t the 27-17 raiders game I predicted but I’ll take it…

  • BS Detector

    There’s a reason Dakota isn’t disputing anything that I am saying. He is a Charger fan that knew if the Raiders drafted McFumbles that we would be drafting a BUST.

  • DMAC

    Anyone have the status on Nnamdi’s injury???

  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    Barnes should have been our RT from day one, but Cable was too busy being cute by pretending Barnes had a chance to start at LT.

    ^^^^^^^^Agreed!

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    Oh, and for the record, Mr. Routt was robbed of an excellent interception and reurn TD!

    ^^^^^^^Agreed!

  • BS Detector

    I’m off to a Charger blog to flush Dakota out, fukkin rat.

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    heres some good news for our o-line this week

    Adam_Schefter Filed to ESPN – Jets NT Kris Jenkins tore his ACL. Out for year. Crushing blow to Jets defense.

  • king and crenshaw

    Great win yesterday…

    I just got finished praying to the football gods that when the A.D. Football braintrust breaks down the tape of the game yesterday that they can see that…

    A defensive gameplan with more blitzes, line stunts, and zone coverages does work as opposed to an almost exclusive cover 1 style.

    Using short to intermediate pass game more often a showing alittle more committment to the run is alot more user friendly for a struggling offense with a patchwork O-Line than the “Go Deep/Big Play or Bust” scheme we had seen in the previous losses.

    Dear Al,
    There is more than one way to skin a cat…

    Go Raiders

  • DMAC

    I agree king

  • DMAC

    Don’t want to get to excited, but things are looking a little promising for the Raiders. Especially when we get back Gallery, Schilins, and now a decent fullback. Could it be that Marshall finally got to make his own calls on the D????????

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    i don’t know but the kool-aid is tasting good today.

    i’m in the sand diego area i went to oak. for the monday night game and up until sunday was 100 percent sure i wasn’t going to go to the game here in a few week’s i can’t stand the f ing charger fans. but i’m begining to reconsider- chaz, gallery, a right tackle that can block. i sure would like to be there when the raiduhs whip san diego’s A$$.

  • morilla

    UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER….

    I am in San Diego as well and have never met such arrogant, delusional and blind fans than Charger fans. They are the worst. I really hope the Raiders can swing it around and blow the Chargers doors off down here.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    BS Detector Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 12:58 pm
    There’s a reason Dakota isn’t disputing anything that I am saying. He is a Charger fan that knew if the Raiders drafted McFumbles that we would be drafting a BUST.
    _________________________

    lmfao

    Ever heard of a lunch break? Dumbazz. Now start commenting with your usual handle, and maybe then some of your self respect will return….but I doubt it.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Jerrymcd Starting to sound as if Gallery won’t be available until after bye . . . won’t face Jets, Chargers sounds like long shot.
    5 minutes ago from web

  • JB

    Dakota: What did you do to BS Detector? Screw his old lady or something? He’s got a big stiff one out for you, LOL. Defend yourself in true Dakota fashion. One would think, based on BS’s assertions that you were personally responsible for DMac’s woes. DMac could be a real bonus for us if only the coaching staff played him at the right position – slot WR. He’s not built to be an NFL level RB – a between the tackles type. He’s built for speed not bashing. Leave that job to Bush, Fargas and Rankin, if they ever get him back. Let DMac line up in the slot and do crossing routes against safeties, nickle backs and LB’s. He’ll kill them assuming JR can get the ball to him. It’s all a matter of putting the right guy in the right place.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    JB,

    That guy is a joke, he is just someone that is too scared to stand by his statements under his normal handle, so once in a while he comes in with the “BS” moniker, lol. What a chickensheeet.

    Hey, I was very outspoken about drafting McFadden and he hasn’t shown it yet, but he will…and I will be here to rub it in a lot of faces when he explodes under a legit NFL head coach next year (fingers crossed hoping Al can hire a decent HC).

  • JB

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: One of our best all-time receivers was a converted RB. All those who remember Todd Christensen please raise your hand. DMac could easily make a transition to WR and I predict he’d be great at the job. Running reverses from lining up at the WR position would work also. I can just picture a reverse or fake reverse. The defenses wouldn’t know whether to schit or go blind. The possibilities are endless.

  • DKnight007

    Hey here is another caveman football concept that Cable and Tollner should use next week against Jets.

    Since the FB swing flat plass to Russell worked so well vs the Eagles…..how this…..instead of running the same play with Russell again (since the Jets will see film of that play and be ready for it) how about just putting Bush as the FB on that play with Fargas as the RB…..and then throw the ball to Bush instead of Russell?

    Heyyy! Simple concept, but it’s better than doing something predictably caveman like Cable and Tollner would do….thinking their opponent will not study film.

    By putting in Bush on that play instead of Russell, it will confuse the Jets just enough to work again!

  • JB

    Somehow I dropped out a line in my last post. It should read:

    Running reverses from lining up at the WR position would work also. I can just picture a reverse or fake reverse with Dmac on one side and Bey on the other. The defenses wouldn’t know whether to schit or go blind. The possibilities are endless.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    408…

    All good down here bro. Even my hangover is a “good” one today after a WIN!….lol

  • DKnight007

    JB Says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: One of our best all-time receivers was a converted RB. All those who remember Todd Christensen please raise your hand. DMac could easily make a transition to WR and I predict he’d be great at the job. Running reverses from lining up at the WR position would work also. I can just picture a reverse or fake reverse. The defenses wouldn’t know whether to schit or go blind. The possibilities are endless.

    ^^^^^^^Handing the ball off to DMC 25-30 times a game is not the best way to use DMC.

    Making sure he gets a MIX of 15-20 touches a game from the tailback position and as a WR IS the way to use him effectively!

  • Frank YoooooooLLL

    BS Detector and Dakota yer both a couple of marooooons