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Halftime: Bengals 14, Raiders 7

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 2:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Scoring

Cin_Carson Palmer 1-yard run (Shayne Graham kicks PAT), 7:12

Oak_Bruce Gradkowski 10-yard pass to Zach Miller (Sebastian Janikowski kicks PAT), :59

Notes:

– Bengals held to three-and-out, will punt with 35 seconds. Tom Cable calls over Janikowski, telling him to get ready for potential long FGA at end of half. Seabass gets two cracks at it from 57 yards after Gradkowski completes passes to Zach Miller and Darren McFadden to the 39 following Bengals punt.

He misses wide right, gets a second chance because Bengals call time. It doesn’t count. Then he misses slightly wide left. His second miss in a row.

– Raiders back in game at 14-7 after 10-yard scoring pass completes 9-play, 71-yard drive. Nice mixture of run and pass, Gradkowski’s first TD prodcued as Raiders quarterback.

Just before touchdown, Darrius Heyward-Bey replaced Chaz Schilens . . . perhaps Bengals rotated coverage to cover DHB . . .

– Lawton open in right flat for 6-yard gain at 2-minute warning, Raiders to the 29. Raiders get first down, fake toss Fargas, another pass to Lawton to the 22. Toss left to Fargas for 12 yards to the 10. First-and-goal.

– Gradkowski to Chaz Schilens 25-yard strike first play of drive. A real live, legtitimate passing play. Darren McFadden runs for 9 yards on sweep left. JaMarcus Russell greets McFadden with slap on the back when he comes off. (Raiders backs often come off the field after a good play).

Gradkowski converts on third-and-short with QB sneak.

– Johnnie Lee Higgins first punt return _ goes 35 to 40 yards to his left, gains 2 yards.

– Larry Johnson gets first carry as a Bengal. Jay Richardson drops him for a 3-yard loss. He gets eight on the next play, however. Carson Palmer drops center snap on third down, loses four, Bengals punt for first time.

– Raiders go three-and-out following Bengals second score. Darrius Heyward-Bey drops third down pass from Gradkowski and gets booed.

– Raiders offer little resistance as Bengals go from pass to run and go 68 yards in nine plays. Drive consumed 5:09. Andre Caldwell and Brian Leonard had 15 and 11-yard runs on back-to-back plays, the latter against a blitz with Thomas Howard running past the play.

On 9-yard run to the 11, Benard Scott beat Kirk Morrison to the corner then ran through Chris Johnson for three extra yards.

At conclusion of drive Bengals had run 30 plays to seven for Raiders, have 19:05 to 3:43 advantage in time of possession. Palmer 8-for-9, 129 yards.

– Raiders blow opportunity, fumbling ball back to Bengals when Gradkowski can’t handle center snap, Dhani Jones recovers.

Moments earlier, Tyvon Branch blitz recovered by Kirk Morrison, who is stripped, fumbles forward to Greg Ellis, with Raiders recovering at Cincinnati 34.

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  • TrueRaider

    DownTheBayMOG Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    I can’t wait until the Russell era is over to be honest because it’s hard for me to watch him flounder here when I know what he’s capable of.
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    Capable of what? Eating burgers and being over weight? or missing open Wrs?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    There is the Raiders’ problem, right there. Not Russell. Wasting plays. Forcing that deep ball that isn’t there.

  • Chaos

    hahahahahahahahahaha

  • PaleRaider

    DHB can’t even separate

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Taking Russell out gave us a more sane playbook.

    How about getting DHB out too

  • elguapo2010

    the only one that earns his paycheck is sea-bass

  • Canadian Raider

    the real MR go to bed useless tool

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    the deep pass attempt killed that drive. That’s what kills us. Playcalling. Did Gradkowski thread the needle on that play? No. This guy isn’t making any difference. It’s the same score with Russell in there.

  • Thec07

    Louis Murphy…. Sit DHB down for the rest of the year,,,

  • TrueRaider

    10 an answered pts, defense force a turnover now.

  • raidermarty

    Alright Seabass way to redeem yourself!!!

  • Coach_034

    Hey Elguapo2010 don’t forget Shane

  • PaleRaider

    MR – Dude, why are you riding JaManwhich’s jock so hard?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    go to bed useless tool! Wow. Great comeback. I’m owned.

  • RaiderNsuede

    We’re hanging in there its all about the D on this next possesion.

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    With Russell in there it is now 24-3.

  • TrueRaider

    MR

    Grad is moving the chains, if JR was in there this game we would have be over by now.

  • lefty12

    S&N-you have said all you wanted the rest of the year was for us to be competitive.this is a good game.why are you still doing nothing but complaining?

  • Canadian Raider

    The real mr. you are the stupidest person here the fat pig is the worst QB on the planet he couldnt play in Canadian footbal L

  • Thec07

    BRL has no toch on his passes. On the TD drive he would have either overshoot, undershoot, or got his WR’s killed… Black Ryan Leaf, was nice jnowing ya, no not really…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Russell was unfairly scapegoated. We’ve moved the chains today with plays that they don’t even call for Russell. And notice when we need the big pass, Gradkowski is useless. We’re running the ball for Gradkowski to take the load off of him. Russell was not afforded that advantage. The Raiders are a joke.

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    The defense is playing well because they can see an offense that can do something besides give turnovers away.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Thec you don’t even know what you’re talking about. This conversation is above you. Men are talking. Run along.

  • Canadian Raider

    Finally the D gets some rest

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 2:58 pm
    Russell was unfairly scapegoated. We’ve moved the chains today with plays that they don’t even call for Russell. And notice when we need the big pass, Gradkowski is useless. We’re running the ball for Gradkowski to take the load off of him. Russell was not afforded that advantage. The Raiders are a joke.

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    The reason they give Grad those plays and not Russell is because Russell cannot comprehend most of the playbook.

  • TrueRaider

    MR

    Bro, JR killed the spirit of the team with his silly mistake, he is not a scapegoat, he is the black sheep, Grad already had the big play scored a TD which Russell hasnt been doing, Russell was given all the chance now is time to move on from that bum

  • Terrapin

    If you all want to be fair about things, Grads has already gotten away with what would’ve been 2 picks in the endzone. 2INTs.

    But to the untrained eye you would think he’s doing thing better. Doubt it. Somehow Lawton remembers how to put his hand together and catch a damn ball. I’m telling you this guy dropped every damn thing in sight.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    YEH, TEXGUY, THE DEFENSE WAS REALLY INSPIRED THERE BY GRADKOWSKI’S MVP PERFORMANCE! THEY REALLY STUFFED SCOTT ON THAT PLAY!!

  • raidermarty

    Wow that was embarrassing

  • Canadian Raider

    The real MR is JRs twin brother

  • TrueRaider

    Damn why every rookie RB has a big day on us

  • TrueRaider

    stop them to field goal and we have a chance

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    True Raider, yeh, it’s Russell’s fault. As you can see, we’re just clicking on all cylinders without Russell right now, especially the way our defense just swarmed around Scott on that play. You are too stupid to even talk football.

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    MR why are you using all caps. Is that the blog version of CRYING!!!!!?

  • Coach_034

    Rout……

  • TrueRaider

    Come on Referee NFL stop cheating

  • Terrapin

    Grads pass to Murphy in the endzone should’ve been a pick + his pass to DHB in the endzone should’ve been another pick …if you want to be equally as critical as you all have been with Russell.

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    Way to go D!!!!

    MR… suck it!!!!

  • Canadian Raider

    Terrapin they were no picked thats the diff

  • aig

    wow. c’mon Raiders. this is actually fun today.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    This blitzing won’t last, guys. Remember, we blitzed against the eagles and it was non existent the following week. Al can’t stand this style of defense. He believes in one on one domination, not deception or blitzing. Enjoy this kind of defense while it lasts.

  • raidermarty

    Love that miss!!! C’mon offense let’s go!!!!!

  • Plunketthead

    ATTENTION JERRY CALL 911
    MR NEEDS A WAHMBULANCE

  • TrueRaider

    MR

    Hey watch your mouth you moron, I never disrespected in any form, just stated my opinion like a grown arse man now if you got something to say to me on my face, lets meet up and I wanna hear you say stupid in my face. When I am talking to you like a man, talk like man back to me dont disrespect me like you know me. Otherwise, I am down to see you anywhere u wanna meet chump

  • Thec07

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Thec you don’t even know what you’re talking about. This conversation is above you. Men are talking. Run along.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Good joke, put the alchol down then mayne you couls see me in ANY conversation, ANY topic…. You are a blow hard wanna be a blog professional, but nobody likes you… Never have never will. You hate Mr. Davis and you let that blind you to the facts. You are the Blogs B!TCH whipping boy…

  • http://www.us.army.mil/ texguy

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 3:01 pm
    YEH, TEXGUY, THE DEFENSE WAS REALLY INSPIRED THERE BY GRADKOWSKI’S MVP PERFORMANCE! THEY REALLY STUFFED SCOTT ON THAT PLAY!!

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    This blitzing won’t last, guys. Remember, we blitzed against the eagles and it was non existent the following week. Al can’t stand this style of defense. He believes in one on one domination, not deception or blitzing. Enjoy this kind of defense while it lasts.

    MR – You have got to pick which argument you are going for… Either the defense sucks today, or it doesn’t. Quit being two-faced.

  • Timmah

    Man, just think if Seymour was still in…

  • Canadian Raider

    MR quit shagging your dog and pay attention to the games

  • Thec07

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    This blitzing won’t last, guys. Remember, we blitzed against the eagles and it was non existent the following week. Al can’t stand this style of defense. He believes in one on one domination, not deception or blitzing. Enjoy this kind of defense while it lasts.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    Here we go the professional Blog B!TCH at it again, spewing waste and drivel….. So called professional blogger that no one on this board respects…. Ahole glutton for punishment, with weak A@@ lines….

  • aig

    dhb best play of the year bro.