With a Wednesday trip to Dallas and a date with the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, there was little time for the Raiders to bask in the glory of their remarkable 20-17 win over the Bengals.
Who knows? Maybe the condensed week will alter whatever chemistry has caused the Raiders to face-plant after their previous two wins. Following a 13-10 win over Kansas City, the Raiders were non-competitive in a 23-3 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Then, after a stirring 13-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Tom Cable went out his way to refute the notion that the Raiders didn’t know how to handle success, fully expecting someting special against the New York Jets.
Final score: Jets 38, Raiders 0.
Combined score following wins: Opponents 61, Raiders 3.
“You know, it couldn’t hurt. If it’s something different, hopefully we can make it an advantage coming in,” defensive end Jay Richardson said. “I think it’ll be fine.”
Richardson was at a loss to explain the post-win flops.
“I don’t know the formula for that not happening,” Richradson said. “All I know is the bottom line is we have to have a quick turnaround this week. We’ve got Dallas in 72 hours, or whatever, we got to go there on Thanksgiving, and I don’t think we really have time to sit around relishing the victory.
`Today we’ve got a practice, which I know some guys aren’t thrilled about, but we’ve got to get ready to go.”
The Raiders haven’t played on Thanksigving since 1970 against the Detroit Lions. Playing on Thursday alters the normal routine players use to recover physically and be ready the following Sunday.
“You’re not quite back to where you want to be but really we take pretty good care of our bodies this week in practice,” tight end Zach Miller said. “We won’t be doing as much this week as we normally do. You’re pretty good by the time you get to game time. If you get any ding though that’s tough to get back from in such a short time.”
Most prominent among the “dinged” players is defensive end Richard Seymour, who left the Bengals game after the first series with a lower back strain and did not return.
“I just talked to him a little bit, he said he just tweaked something back there, so I’m hoping he’s ready to go,” Richardson said. “We know we need him, so hopefully he’ll be ready to roll. If not, I’ll do what I do.”
Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba , who also didn’t finish the game with a knee injury, said he was awaiting results of an MRI, but sounded optimistic.
More following Cable’s Monday press conference . . .