Raiders enjoy role reversal


It was the 100th meeting between the Raiders and Broncos, and to celebrate, it looked for a time as if the Raiders were looking to celebrate by scoring 100 points.

The Raiders experienced life on the other side Sunday, throwing the knockout punch instead of absorbing it as they have so often in the last seven years.

They liked being Foreman a lot better than playing Frazier.

“The offensive linemen, their eyes were like this,” defensive tackle Tommy Kelly told reporters, making huge circles with his fingers in the aftermath of an unfathomable 59-14 beat-down of the Broncos in Denver. “Big. I told Big Rich (Seymour), `If we score one more time, they’re going to quit.’ And that’s how it played out. It was 14-0.

“After the offense rolled down there and got that next touchdown, you could see it in their eyes. I’ve been on the other side, so trust me, I know what it looks like. They were like, `What the (bleep) is going on?’ And they didn’t recover. We kept our foot on the gas. I’m happy about that.”

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha concurred.

“Most guys looked like they were beaten,” Asomugha said. “In the fourth quarter, you could tell that we had imposed something on them that they had never seen before, and they weren’t used to. That’s good. There’s times in the pas where we’ve been on the other end of it and to see another team going through that made us feel like we’ve arrived.”

More news, notes, quotes (provided by the Broncos and those in attendance) and observations from the most remarkable Raiders win in recent memory:

— Raiders coach Tom Cable spoke directly to the fans when he arrived at the podium for his postgame press conference.

“Raider Nation, hear me, I hope you get this, we need you in those stands supporting us,” Cable said. “We need to have a great twelfth man from here on in because we’re doing our part and it’s coming together.”

There’s still that issue of not having won back-to-back games since the close of the 2008 season _ the only time in Cable’s 12-23 tenure that it’s happened _ but the coach vowed there won’t be a swoon of the sort that came in San Francisco after the win over San Diego.

“We’re not going to let down,” Cable said. “We learned a lot, we’ve been learning a lot, and we’re moving forward. We’re not going to let down. We’re going to go after this.”

— If the stock market ever had a three week period like Jason Campbell’s quarterback rating, people would have been jumping out of windows only to realize they would have been rich again the following week. Campbell completed 12 of 20 passes for 204 yards with no interceptions and a pair of touchdowns, a 43-yarder to Zach Miller against a blown Denver coverage and a 19-yard pass to Darren McFadden.

To review, Campbell had the second-highest rating of his career, 117.6 against San Diego, followed by the lowest of his career. 10.7, against the 49ers, followed by the highest of his career, 127.9 against the Broncos.

“Last week I came out playing extremely hard early on but sometimes things don’t go right because we got only field goals, and you start to press a little more, and you just can’t do that in the NFL,” Campbell said.

Regarding his sore left knee, Campbell said he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play Wednesday, had a slight improvement Thursday, then felt much better Friday.

— The last time McFadden broke into the clear as much as he did against Denver, he wound up tying up like a 400-meter runner, getting run down from behind and suffering from turf toe the rest of his rookie season.

Not so against the Bronco, as McFadden had a career-high 165 yards on 16 carries and scored four touchdowns, three on rushes one on a reception.

McFadden’s 57-yard touchdown run surpassed the 50-yard burst in his second game against Kansas City, when he rushed for 164 yards on 21 carries. He didn’t score on that run, however.

For the last two weeks, McFadden has ben out with a right hamstring injury, and on Wednesday, said he was 70-30 to play _ not exactly a sure thing when considering most players say they’re raring to go even when they’re aren’t.

“It’s something that you just try to block out of your mind and go out there and play ball,” McFadden said. “I just wanted to come in and pick up where I left off.”

Even with the two missed games, McFadden has a career-high 557 yards rushing after getting 499 last 357 last season and 499 as a rookie.

For any of you thinking of dropping me an e-mail for fantasy football advice, I offered the expert opinion this week to one fantasy site this week that McFadden would probably play a secondary role to Michael Bush, given that he has been out two weeks with a hamstring injury.

— Hue Jackson said Thursday his biggest issue with the game plan in the loss to the 49ers was execution, not play-calling.

Jackson got more execution that he could have imagined against Denver, but he also had a much more creative game plan. He called for reverses at the right time, implemented a read option series that was seen during minicamps but hasn’t been used extensively during the regular-season, and generally had the Broncos confused and off-balance all day.

He even had an unbalanced line that had Miller essentially playing as an uncovered tackle.

The Raiders broke some of their own tendencies, running out of passing formations and vice-versa.

“They did a lot of things that were new for them this week,” Denver coach Josh McDaniels said.

The offensive coordinator learned a few lessons the hard way last week and aced his test today.

According to Campbell, Jackson also helped ease his mind with a phone call to his home Friday night.

“He said, `J, in order for this team to go where we want to go, you need to be great,” Campbell said. “Not just good, but great. But just play the game _ don’t worry about being perfect. Sometimes you feel like you’ve got to be perfect on every throw.

“Just let all that go and play the game. Let the game come to you and make some throws. Make some throws, miss some throws but don’t feel like you have to be perfect.”

— McDaniels was so complimentary to the Raiders all week came off as insincere and were used as motivation by the Raiders offensive line.

“Some of the comments their coach had made, he was trying to floff us up during the week about last year how physical we were,” left guard Robert Gallery said. “There was some sarcasm in some of those comments. We knew we had to come out, do our thing and show them. We did that.”

— Cable talked at length Friday about the Raiders’ problems with turnovers being a lack of aggression. Nickel back Chris Johnson responded in a positive manner immediately when he stole a Kyle Orton pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown for a 14-0 Raiders lead just eight seconds after the Raiders had scored on a 43-yard Jason Campbell to Miller pass on the opening drive.

It set the tone for the rest of the day.

“I saw Orton looking the whole time, I didn’t think he was really going to throw it and when he threw it, I said, `Well, this is going to be the first (touchdown) of my career,” so I jumped it and took it to the house,” Johnson said.

Said Johnson: “We feel that if we get up and press you, do what we need to do, there aren’t too many people that can mess with us. They have a great receiving corps and if you play off them and give them time, they’ll kill you. So we said at practice we were going to be aggressive with them. The D-line got a couple sacks and we got a pick so it all worked out for the best.”

— Oakland’s quick lead provided the spark the Raiders needed to follow through on a promise by the defense to take matters into their own hands.

“We didn’t want to let an offense dictate what we were going to do; we were going to dictate to them,” Mitchell said. “And I think we did that from teh very first snap to the last snap. We put pressure on the quarterback. We got hits on him. We didn’t let him get comfortable.”

Unlike Kelly and Asomugha, Mitchell said the Broncos didn’t cash it in.

“They never quit this entire game,’ Mitchell said. “We had a great game plan for them and we able to just pour it on them. But did they ever quit? No. (Knowshon) Moreno’s a hell of a running back and he kept going the entire game. You could see it, even at the end, trying to get touchdowns, trying to get yards. We had to keep it up the whole game.”

— Samson Satele left the the game with a concussion, which meant that Jared Veldheer, who helped open some gaping holes for McFadden, moved to the middle after starting at left tackle. Wide receiver Louis Murphy re-injured his clavicle, and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey started the game but didn’t play long because he was “ill,” according to Cable.

Return specialist Nick Miller got his first playing time as a wide receiver and snagged a perfectly thrown 32-yard pass from Campbell in the second half for his first professional reception _ just a yard shy of Heyward-Bey’s longest catch.

“It felt good, man. It felt good,” Miller said. “It’s unfortunate that guys had to go down but I had to step up and it felt good to be in there.”

— McDaniels seemed to realize the Broncos had lost more than just a game. It was a defeat of historical proportions in a 100-game rivalry.

“You get one chance a week to put our name on something for the three hours we play and coach on Sunday, and our name is going to forever be put on this game,” McDaniels said. “None of us are proud of it, but we’re a part of it, and those of us who are a part of the problem will have to be part of the solution.

McDaniels said, “I apologize to Pat (Bowlen), the organization, the fans, everybody else. That was awful.”

— The Raiders were 5-for-6 in the red zone after coming up empty twice last week against the 49ers. They also recovered their only fumble (they’ve had 17 fumbles this year and have lost only two _ must be that recovering-their-own-fumbles drill).

— I’ve long maintained that while penalties are annoying, they were never the difference when the Raiders were good. They’re only the difference when the Raiders are bad.

Submitted for evidence _ the Raiders had 10 penalties for 94 yards against the Broncos and won by 45 points. They lead the NFL in both penalties and penalty yards.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Why, again, did we care that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan?

  • The Real Al DavisRaider Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Islamic terrorists are at war with Israel. The United States chose to get involved.


    More like Israel told us to get involved. Only one tool in that relationship.

  • 100PercentRaider

    If the hitting rules played a factor, thats great for us, because those rules arent going away any time soon

  • Richochet, did you pull your piece out when KoolKell was lurking outside you house?

  • I don’t know much about Russia/Afghanistan, Bo, but if the movie Charlie Wilson’s War is remotely fact based, it’s obvious a wealthy Texas oilwoman didn’t want Russians in that region of the world, for whatever reason.

  • mistic1

    One thing i love about growing up in the dirty 30’s in rough and tumble east Oakland, it gave me tough skin. i know what its like to get my a$$ whooped, and jumped, and i learned how to fight back and win. These suburban imported out of towner fans are Just like i suspected, soft as twinkie cream. Where are all the stats about how bad the tam has been over the recent stretch of 7 years? Where are all of the stats claiming Campbell passing ability is a “myth”? Where are all of the folks that said hu jack is vanilla and doesnt call games correctly? Where are the fools thats say davis style foot ball cant win in todays nfl? What happened to the Romac/ mitchell/ and dmac hate club? Where is the heart of a lion club?

    Stop fondling one another, hiding out under alias handles and make your case! Either defend your position, or concede and kneel before the greatness that is the Oakland Raiders.

  • PassTheCheetos

    # The Real Al DavisRaider Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Mostly Denver mistakes, Cheeto. Nobody ever puts up 31 by the early second quarter. Not even the best teams in the league, when they play the worst teams in the league. Yesterday was either a revelation that the Raiders are the best team in the NFL, by a long shot (not likely), or a fluke (likely). It was our game to lose. We just got some bizarre circumstances to go our way early and we really made a statement.
    Id have to agree. It still feels good. Only times ive seen games like that is on saturdays not sundays. However im not looking past it, hopefully it goes down as a huge boost of confidence to our team. Sundays game is the bigger test.

  • Dub77

    Lets see two or no three wins in a row now! DMC is a beast, highest avg yards per game this year for a back. Lmao at all these guys with crushes on this or that QB. 10.7 to erect a statue for you to worship. Go back to the 9ers we don’t need ya. You know who you are….

  • Mystic, can Campbell pick up blitzes?

  • 1. 847.Raider O Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    Those radical bastards are killing Muslims in Egypt, India, Lebanon, Jordan, Etc…. Hard to get rid of them when you helped so much in the 70’s & 80’s. You did a great job! They are well armed & military trained.
    Aren’t the Egyptian and Jordanian armies militarily trained? And even with your first hand intelligence on the radicals, you still can’t handle the job? Then tell your brothers in Pakist@n to stop holding out and let us in to finish the job…everyone knows Pakist@n is just using them as leverage to try and get us on their side in their fight with India, and that just is not going to happen. Well, it might happen under Ob@ma, but long-term, that isn’t going to happen lol. 2012!

  • PassTheCheetos

    Our runningbacks will win us more games than our qbs.

  • U.S. loved Russia being in Afghanistan because they wanted it to be their Vietnam. The enemy of your enemy is your friend.

  • mistic1

    Is there any doubt at this point that Hu jack is the difference? he had the offense fired up in a way we have never seen cable do. How many times have we seen this team stink it up one week and then follow that up with an equally bad performance. Not this time! Hu jack kicked them in the pants and they smoked the donkeys and made jack assess out of some of you in the process. Power running, and vertical passing, Davis football!

  • You can either follow the money trail or you can believe politicians. Your choice.

  • Mistic, do you go to sideshows?

  • # RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Seattle is much like San Fran imo

    running game with Lynch/Forsett should be the focus

    passing game of Hasselbeck/Williams/Butler/Carlson doesn’t scare me.

    Orton/Lloyd/Gaffney/Royal/Thomas managed next to nothing!

    Seahacks defense is very good though …
    Their rushing D is like 2nd or 3rd in the league. If the rushing game is shut down, and it falls on Campbell to make up for it in the air?
    Dicey..especially at home before a crowd that is hungry for a repeat performance of yesterday

  • Mistic, was yesterday our fourth or fifth Super Bowl win in a row? I can’t recall…

  • priesttj


    I think you’re reaching, because I cannot recall many times when Cable has thrown players under the bus. Outside of Russell I just don’t remmber anyone, I think every coach is under pressure to win. Especially the Raider coach and this thing with the QB’s is a real problem thye neeed to settle on one as the permanent starter.

    I think the work he’s been doing on the Oline is starting to show results. What I like about Cable more than anything is that there is NO DRAMA he doesn’t have aspirations to go anywhere else he’s not looking for more power and he’s not a self promoter.

    This team just needed a few quality wins so they could start believing in what he’s selling. They have that now I think they can run off 4-5 straight wins and if they do they’ll seise contrl of the division. nce they do it’s over they will be a very tough out for any team. The speed on this team is phenomenal.

    If campbell had playeed decent from week1 we would have a 5-2 record. But that is not due to coaching that’s due to newness of the QB which as you saw he is starting to settle in with this new offense which is scary. I think we can average 30 points a game for the rrest of the year if we stay relatively healthy.

  • aig-raiders


    I gotta give it to you. How you make all your claims and keep a straight face is beyond me. Bravo dude.

  • priest, campbell didn’t even play decent yesterday. Our running game opened it up. Campbell could not pick up their blitzes even early in the game, when they were only down by 31…

  • PassTheCheetos

    How bout zach miller stepping in at left tackle, scary but was still dope to see.

  • 852.Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    Why, again, did we care that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan?

    To prevent the USSR from taking a step closer to having a warm water naval port…and just because they were the Russians.

  • mistic1

    # The Real Al DavisRaider Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Mystic, can Campbell pick up blitzes?
    Campbell beat the blitz, he beat coverage, zone and man to man. He threw deep, he improvised, he threw short, he did it all. he stepped up in the pocket, he broke out of the pocket, he stood tall, and he threw on the run. Most of all he displayed what the haters said he didnt have, the ability to be tough and lead. Bouncing back and setting the tone for the entire team. The first drive was all Campbell, the team fed off of his performance. It wasnt about the numbers which were outstanding for the record, it was about that thing that the heart of lion club wants to deny him. The intangibles.

  • LA to TheBay

    I’m convinced Mistic1 is 15 years old.

    I mean I guess the Nick Miller pass and the PI call were vertical throws, but this win was attributed to anti-Davis offensive philosophy. Go watch it again.

    Just cause we ran the ball for a bunch of yards means it was Davis Ball.

    Don’t get me wrong, I back up Al more than I should, but you are just too funny.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Dakota Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    771.LA to TheBay Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    Where’s the Cable Turn the Corner update, Jerry?

    I said I wouldn’t bash Cable this week, but I think this observation doesn’t go too far…..Cable is under a ton of pressure the next couple of weeks. The team just demonstrated how great they can be and Al Davis saw it all….now Cable has no more excuses…
    Yeah, I have to agree with this one. Not only did Al Davis see it, but the players and fans saw it to.

    I think people are going to expect this team to COMPETE week in and week out. Those blowouts, hopefully of the past, are no longer going to be accepted.

    This team has to be razor focused this week. Seattle is a good team.

    Now, who start as QB this week?

  • PassTheCheetos

    I was impressed with the touch campbell displayed on the deep sideline ball to nick miller. Equally as impressed with the catch.

  • LA to TheBay

    Most of all he displayed what the haters said he didnt have, the ability to be tough and lead. Bouncing back and setting the tone for the entire team.
    This I agree with

    The first drive was all Campbell
    This is just stupid. I think the first drive was all O Line and scheme. Zack ran a drag and then cut up the field WIDE OPEN on the sideline and Campbell still managed to underthrow it.

  • LA to TheBay

    New Post.

  • priesttj


    Come now man, you know as well as I do that these guy’s will NEVER EVER man up and give Mr Davis his due. They use the Al Davis be damned phrase now to indicate that the coaches somehow went against Mr Davis and THAT”S why we won. They are so full of crap it leaves a stinky trail, on one hand the team cannot win because they play his style then all of a sudden they don’t. LOL

    They’re a bunch of gutless cowards who only come out when the sun is shinning. They know he biult the team and hired the coaches but then he’s too dumb to know what offense or defense they run. If he didn’t want what they do he would never hire them. He hried them for the schemes that they run and he signs off on all schemes before the season even starts. But they want to tell a different story because that way he gets zero credit.

    They are a bunch freaking frauds……………….period

  • I have a McFadden rookie card. Need about 10 years worth of games like yesterday. lol