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First quarter: Browns 10, Raiders 3

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 27th, 2009 at 10:45 am in Oakland Raiders.

Notes and observations from the first quarter of the Raiders-Browns game:

– Johnnie Lee Higgins wants no part of Charlie Frye pass with defenders approaching. Frye escaped, rolled right. Raiders also get a a false start penalty. Waste the possession in terms of points, but pin Browns at the 9 at the end of the quarter on Shane Lechler punt.

– Raiders squib kick to negate Joshua Cribbs _ Hiram Eugene nearly recovers it. Jerome Harrison dives on ball and is injured. Cribbs loses yard on first Wildcat run, with Matt Shaughnessy making tackle.

Gerard Warren pushes Derek Anderson out of pocket, Raiders force punt. Raiders will open near midfield after 3-yard return by JLH after short punt.

– Raiders rolling on third possession. Nice 15-yard screen to McFadden, 16-yard strike to Chaz Schilens, 14-yard run by Michael Bush. Cornell Green hold hold/takedown negates first-down red zone pass to the 2 to Louis Murphy.

Schilens can’t hold third-and-14 pass _ should have caught it. Sebastian Janikowski converts 44-yard field goal to trail 10-3 with 2:48 left in the quarter.

– Matt Shaughnessy sack leads to second-and-18 _ and Raiders promptly give up first down pass, Anderson to Evan Moore, 19 yards. Harrison has consecutive runs of 9 and 10 yards, stepping out of ankle tackles by Kirk Morrison each time.

Harrison has a quick 40 yards rushing, and Raiders interior line _ Gerard Warren in particular _ is being dominated.

Phil Dawson converts 42-yard field goal attempt for 10-0 lead.

– Raiders second series _ attacking deep ineffectively. Two incompletions to Schilens, an overthrow and catch out of bounds. Short McFadden run, and punt.

– Awful start for Frye. First pass directly to David Bowens. Supposed to be a slant to McFadden. It leads to a 17-yard scoring run by Harrison. Left side of Raiders line is caved in.

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  • raidermarty

    primero

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Great post, Jerry!

  • SC

    Run the bliping ball cable!

  • RaidingTexas

    I’m ready to see me some Losman. How about you guys?

  • Tonio

    YEah boy

  • Plunketthead

    Nice punt, Shane.

  • Raiders4eve

    Man, I don’t sense energy with the offense the defense is playing good. Come on pound it with Bush

  • raidermarty

    Great D!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Raiders suck.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    The Raiders find ways to lose, and they’ll do no different today.

  • SC

    Run the ball!

  • GForce21

    You are just mad that JaMarcus won’t be the one to lead us to that loss.

  • raidermarty

    Nice job Miller

  • Florida Pete

    jesus h christ…

    did bush break his leg???

  • Mike Davis 36

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    The Raiders find ways to lose, and they’ll do no different today.
    *********************************************

    Didn’t you say the same thing during the KC, Eagles, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Denver games?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Way to pick up the blitz, Russell.

  • raidermarty

    Yeah what’s up with lack of Bush??He played so well last week thought he would be big today

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Mike Davis don’t come here to start fights. Talk football.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Marty, you’re killing me.

  • GForce21

    Would have been a sack, strip AND fumble if JaMarcus was in.

  • Tonio

    Kicking game is the only consistent thing we have.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    We should be giving it to bush all day long…

  • raidermarty

    More Bush!!!!!!!!!!

  • GForce21

    I mean, if he hadn’t thrown an interception prior to the sack, strip and fumble

  • Florida Pete

    bush today = 4 carries, 27 yards…

  • Florida Pete

    it’s just not good enough…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Yeh, you’re right, GForce. Frye looks great…

  • Tonio

    wooops…lol

  • RaidingTexas

    Well, had it been Russell and not Frye, the ball would’ve been fumbled and there wouldn’t even be a chance for a FG.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    True, Raiding Texas. We’re so lucky we have Frye in there. We’re just picking them apart.

  • Mike Davis 36

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Mike Davis don’t come here to start fights. Talk football.
    ************************************

    I was simply responding to your prediction.

  • GForce21

    None of our backups will ever be great, make no mistake. They will only be better than Russell.

    Hopefully dude will wake up during the offseason and put in the work, but the call of the big mac might be too much for him.

    What is with your emotional attachment with Russell anyway? Did he save you from a fire? Did he give you a cheeseburger at 3am coming out the club? Did he sign a football for your nephew?

    I have never seen someone this obsessed with someone as apathetic as Russell.

  • RaidingTexas

    Don’t get all pissy with me, azzwipe. I’m not defending Frye as a great QB. But Russell is a fkn loser. He will never be an NFL-caliber QB. You need to get the fk over it already. It was a wasted draft pick. Only a few idiots out there still believe otherwise.

  • Tonio

    is it me…or does JLH look scared all the time?

  • Mike Davis 36

    It’s not just you — he IS scared all the time anymore.

  • Florida Pete

    keep pounding it…

    the football…

  • Tonio

    Bush…Bush… Bush

  • raidermarty

    Yeah Zack

  • Ghost to the Post

    Frye is setteling down now. We are going to start balling.

  • Florida Pete

    BUSH !!!!

  • raidermarty

    You know it Tonio

  • Raiders4eve

    I just think play calling is terrible. We can’t win if this playcalling continues,

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Nice pocket presence, G Force. Frye’s settled down, alright. Right into the mud.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Oh, now it’s the playcalling…

    And when Russell was in the lineup, we were calling plays like Sean Payton…

  • Thec07

    I see the semi professionals are on the blog hot and heavy….

  • Tonio

    automatic first down?!?

  • Thec07

    FloridaPete, whats happening Mr. Wizard of Draftlogy?

    Pete, post your big Draft board Bruh, so that i will know all the good players we wont be taken, due to the ineptness of our “player personnel dept”….

  • Tonio

    now for nnamdi’s pick 6

  • DirtyBathWater

    people people whats up?!?1 anyone have a link to the game online?

  • Plunketthead

    Darn it 17 yards
    We had the ball back in our greedy paws