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KC buzz is getting an early start

News, notes and quotes Monday following the Raiders 33-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks:

— A few more players ventured into the locker room than the normal Monday, figuring answering a few questions isn’t nearly as much of a chore when the topic of conversation is explaining the latest smashing victory.

The buzz was already starting about the upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could put the Raiders within a half game of first place in the AFC West.

“We haven’t experienced this in the last six, seven years around here,’’ left guard Robert Gallery said. “It’s supposed to be fun. We’re supposed to be in games like this. We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing the past two weeks and we have a shot to do some good stuff this year.’’

Coming as it did after the free and easy blowout of Denver, Gallery thinks the Raiders might be the better for having to pound away with the running game before watching it break in the second half against Seattle.

Oakland had 71 yards rushing on 21 carries at halftime, with 168 yards on 18 carries after halftime. Darren McFadden had 111 yards on 19 carries after gaining 29 yards on his first 12 attempts in the first half.

“That was probably good for us coming off last week when nothing could go wrong,’’ Gallery said. “ We came out in the first half and we couldn’t really move the ball that well running. That’s the way the running game is.

“You keep shoving it down their throat and at some point they’re going to break. We kept working them and they kind of wore down and that’s when you get those big chunk plays. Things kind of snow ball and that’s what happens.’’

Said McFadden: “It was just one of those things where you soften a defense up and soften them up then we finally hit a big one on them. After that it was like they just laid down for us.”

— It hardly makes up for a painful bit if history, but it was nice for the Raiders to get a bounce their way when Michael Bush would up with a 55-yard gain after what was initially as slant pass from Jason Campbell to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

“You’ve got guys out there making plays like Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception,’’ Seattle cornerback Roy Lewis said.

Television replays, as well as Bush swear the ball first hit Heyward-Bey in the knee and then glanced off the hands of Jacoby Ford.

“I saw the ball, hop off one of our receivers, and I was watching it, and I thought someone was going to intercept it, because usually when the ball is in the air that long somebody’s going to get it,’’ Bush said. “ Then I happened to see Jacoby reaching for it, and he bobbled it, and as I was running, he didn’t grab it, so I snatched and just took off. I guess it was a Halloween gift.’’

Ford maintains it was all an optical illusion.

“I was waiting on it to come and a defender it hit it,’’ Ford said. “It probably looked like it did tip my hands but it never got to me.’’

— Khalif Barnes was crowing about his 6-yard reception in the first quarter, his first since a 9-yard reception against Purdue in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

“Hue (Jackson) had said if we run this play there was a good chance you’d be open because of the coverages they run, so we did it and Jason saw me, and I guess he hit me, and there it was,’’ Barnes said.

Barnes looked at the down marker and at first believed he’d only gained a yard, forgetting there’d been a loss on the previous play.

He’s ready for the next assignment _ provided it isn’t too far downfield.

“Red zone and in, I’m your man,’’ Barnes said. “If it’s third-and-15, don’t look at me. I’ll help block it, though.’’

— Cable said cornerback Chris Johnson passed his concussion test Monday. Johnson was surprised to learn he hadn’t passed it before the game.

“I mean, I’ve had bigger hits,’’ Johnson said. “I felt fine, to be honest with you, but the test showed otherwise. They’re jus taking precautions with head injuries in the league right now, and I didn’t pass it.’’

Johnson described the test as `Basically memorization. They’ll send you through a sequence of things, and then you have to memorize at the end, and you have to going back and forth, showing numbers and stuff like that. I don’t think a normal person can pass it, to be honest with you. But that’s what they take you through.’’

The test is compared with the same test given in training camp, which is provided as a baseline.

Johnson’s presence will be needed if Nnamdi Asomugha is sidelined by an ankle sprain. Cable said Johnson and Stanford Routt would start if Asomugha can’t go, with Jeremy Ware as the nickel back.

— Heyward-Bey said Seattle’s focus on running back Darren McFadden helped loosen things up for the wide receivers.

“They wanted to stop Darren from running the ball,’’ Heyward-Bey said. “We had to throw the ball. You go into it with a game plan, but you have to understand that defenses are going to do what they have to do to stop what worked the week before. So, we ran the ball a lot last week and that’s what they wanted to stop. And the passing game opened and then because the passing game was working, Darren and Bush got some good runs.”

— Cable said Louis Murphy would probably be out another week with a bruised lung.

“I was coughing up blood after the hit in Denver,’’ Murphy said. “They held me out even though I felt fine and my chest felt fine. With coughing up blood and internal bleeding, they didn’t want to take any chances with that.’’

Murphy said it was the first football game he had ever missed, dating back to his days in youth football.

He was pleased to see Heyward-Bey have his breakout game with five catches for 105 yards and a 69-yard touchdown reception.

“Man, it was great to see him have a big game. It was awesome,’’ Murphy said. “He is well deserving of it. He’s been working really hard. I just hate that I wasn’t able to be out there with him.’’

— The eight sacks against Seattle gives the Raiders 22 at the midway point of the season. Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and nickel end Kamerion Wimbley have five each, Richard Seymour has 4.5 and Tommy Kelly _ who had one sack last year _ had 3.5.

Kelly said the Raiders are getting a little tired of hearing defensive line coach Mike Waufle wax poetic on his days with the Giants defensive line.

“Waufle, you know, he’s on us because he was in New York and Osi (Umenyiora) and Michael Strahan, they had 12 sacks in one game so we get tired of hearing that in the D-line room,’’ Kelly said with a laugh. “So we just want to get him to shut up about New York.

` ` ‘You’re here with Oakland; that don’t matter what you did in New York. That’s the past.’’

– Cable may not have ruled out the signing of Randy Moss, but chances are, based on his two-year stint here, that Moss probably would rule out the Raiders.

And that’s a good thing for both sides.

More to come . . .

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  • Thec07

    1 NATION….

  • 89052RAIDER

    About time a meaningful game in November..We need murphy back and Schillens to IR.

  • Chef Sac

    Moss back in Silver and Black?

    Please no…

  • HairyBush

    yo

  • EMRaiders

    5-4 at the bye!

  • crister

    just read the singletary/shell article posted earlier. good read. man, were those dark days in oakland. the fact that we even had to go through that entire painful experience in order to just get in position to draft russell makes it that much more a difficult memory to live with.

    4-4′s not world beating material, but oh it feels so good.

  • RaiderRockstar

    AIG,

    I have sent you a trade proposal in FF

    please review.

    accept, decline or make a counter offer

  • 100PercentRaider

    From a foIotball perspective, Moss would be a perfect fit on our team. But we all know that its not just about the football perspective with Moss. This team is full of young, impressionable players and veterans that are postive influences. Moss does not qualify in either category, and I think it could do alot of damage to the attitude of the locker room that Cable has been building for 2 years

  • 89052RAIDER

    Moss would have to take snaps from Al’s boy, DHB.Not going to happen.

  • mistic1

    # 89052RAIDER Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Mistic,
    Are you Special Ed? DHB pro bowl? Ever? NO!!! HE only starts because Al says. Even a blind squirrel catches a nut once in a while. That is what happened Sunday. That same blind squirrel look like he is fighting off a swarm of bees each time he is targeted. Roll the tape. He is one of the worst in the league in terms of catching the ball when he is targeted.
    ===========================================================

    Special Ed? Today i am, because “i got it made”.

    You say he only starts because Al wants him too. I disagree, but I will humor you. During his starts this year, he has demonstrated major growth, he is on an uptrend. he had 6 catches in one game 5 in another. He has had big catches in the fourth quarter in two games, one of which we won, another we could have won.

    He is the reason z miller sees single coverage, and why our backs get so open underneath. i will not make any claims about how he compares to other wides in the league other than to say young guys often struggle, as we saw with butler in the hawks game.

    You say he was lucky, I say his hard work is paying off, good fortune favors the prepared mind.

    If it is Al ordering the coaches to play him ( which it is not ) good for Al. he knows better than you do.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Favre just texted me this image of Brad Childress. It was taken after Moss’ press conference yesterday:

    http://images.wikia.com/muppet/images/d/d4/Mrnoodlebrother.jpg

  • inonewordraider

    Don’t know why Ware getting more run than Mcfadden, Huff gonna see alot of corner w/ Nnamdi out meaning Branch gonna see alot of FS and that worries me. Also this game is the real proof as to whether or not we can stop the run

  • 100PercentRaider

    i think this is the best possible weekend for Nnamdi to be hurt. If we move TBranch to FS, Huff to corner and start Mitchell at SS, our backfield will be very strong against the run. The Chiefs are weak at reciever and if we can get pressure on Cassel the pass defense should be good enough too

  • Plunketthead

    All the talking heads are giving us props, building up the game.
    They say the team is taking on the personality of their coach, Tom “Pimp Hand” Cable.

    The team will come out and punch Kansas Chitty in the face and beat them down all day long

    CABLE BOMAYE!!!!!!

  • SharkCatcher

    Raiders have some nice home grown talent.

  • mistic1

    I think its kind of cool that jerry reads our post, he keeps his finger on the temp of the fan base. At least the local media knows how we feel about our beloved silver and black.

  • big pep

    we dont need to sign anybody. no moss no nobody. seems we are starting to click on offense and the D is playing better. coaches look like they might know what there doing, and all has been good for the last 2 weeks. at this point, keep there minds on the next game should be there only objective this week. that said we dont even need schilens back let his broke down sorry asss stay on the sideline.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Raiders have the #8 Offense in the NFL, I’ll be damned.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Jerry steals his best ideas from the bloggers.

  • Plunketthead

    Gallery said

    “You keep shoving it down their throat and at some point they’re going to break. We kept working them and they kind of wore down and that’s when you get those big chunk plays. Things kind of snow ball and that’s what happens.’’

  • Just Fire Baby

    Johnson described the test as `Basically memorization. They’ll send you through a sequence of things, and then you have to memorize at the end, and you have to going back and forth, showing numbers and stuff like that. I don’t think a normal person can pass it, to be honest with you.

    ***************************************

    I’m guessing CJ37 was not an academic all-american.

  • Plunketthead

    Said McFadden: “It was just one of those things where you soften a defense up and soften them up then we finally hit a big one on them. After that it was like they just laid down for us.”

  • 100PercentRaider

    Plunketthead-
    Gotta love the new mentality of this team dont you?

  • mistic1

    Actually huff and branch have shut me up the last two weeks. i blasted them earlier, but the guys are making plays. Huff also looked good at corner, i still think he would be better there. we dont have any one who could take his safety spot though. If it aint broke dont fix it. I am so glad that we ditched that zone crap. Our dbs cover the wides like snot on kleenex.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    The Raiders are “Physical” on both sides of the line, all of a sudden. I’ll be damned.

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    – Cable may not have ruled out the signing of Randy Moss, but chances are, based on his two-year stint here, that Moss probably would rule out the Raiders.
    ———————-
    KK in the safeway parking lot = No Mas.

  • mistic1

    I have always contended dmac must eat. Its not the first 10 carries, its carries 10-20 where he will punish you. In college that was his game. Most people zeroed in on his speed, rightly so, but this dude is a hammer.

    Dmac bush and reece, best back field in football hands down.

  • mistic1

    # KoolKell Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    The Raiders are “Physical” on both sides of the line, all of a sudden. I’ll be damned.
    ===========================================================

    Cmon kk, give us a way to go uncle Al, just one. LOL

  • EMRaiders

    “And the crowd was feeling it, uttering in unison the serenade rarely heard in recent years: Raaayyyders & Raaayyyders & Raaayyyders.”

    talking about the crowd in yesterday’s game. We need 50K+ this week. Make it happen.

    Oh, and VOTE YES ON PROP 19!

  • Oakland_raiders

    Would Moss add something to this off? Yes
    How much would Moss cost the team? Nothing
    If Moss starts acting up he will be a distraction, cut him.

    Does Moss put the Raiders over the top in the AFC West, maybe.

    Should they make the move?

    Yes.

  • mistic1

    Welcome back to the nfl Raider fans, we have finally reached that oh so lofty status of decency. Slightly better than ok, but not quite yet good. Better than ok because we now have won two games that were winnable. The next level isnt the queefs, this is another winnable game, although not a gimmie.

    The real measuring stick will be pitt miami and the likes. teams that beat the hell out of your o-line.

    Lets not get crazy, 6-7 wins was my prediction, I may even go 8 based on the last two weeks. The pay off will come over the next few years, we are opening a window that we couldnt even reach before this year.

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    EMRaiders Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    “And the crowd was feeling it, uttering in unison the serenade rarely heard in recent years: Raaayyyders & Raaayyyders & Raaayyyders.”
    ——————-
    When Aso was laying on the ground the chant changed to “Nnamdi, Nnamdi Nnamdi. Dude was getting a lot of love.
    As it was going on, all I could think about was Mr Br0wn sitting in his seat seething.

  • GaterRaider

    the team is lookin real good out there, well as far as i can tell from the redzone channel and highlights. lets fill this stadium up on sunday and let everyone see that raider domination!!!!!!!!

  • JLofty

    thanks mistic.

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    new post

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Five and Four!!

  • SnB Production

    “Coming as it did after the free and easy blowout of Denver, Gallery thinks the Raiders might be the better for having to pound away with the running game before watching it break in the second half against Seattle.”

    =======================================================
    Playing great defense and keeping the opponent out of the game allows the defense to stay within its gameplan.

    Make no mistake, BAUCE defense allows the offense to do its thing.

    Because the defense shut down Seattle, the Raiders could afford to keep pounding the rock, afford to take a shot on 4th and 1…absorb a missed field goal and other things.

    Same last week. When you keep the opponent down the offensive game plan can stay wide open.

    Good job defense….good job offense!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    A.B. Paine, in your little world of dreams, yes Jerry does visit HIS SITE, But I have found him to be evocative and remonstitive to applying his talents to covering our RAIDER team! He dishes the good, he’s fair with the bad, and see’s between the lines, and reports these things to us responsibly. Think about this, If it wasn’t for Jerry, you wouldn’t be here now! And neither would Kell!

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great week to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    DHB’s coming-out is a few weeks late…get him the ball, and he’ll catch it 8 out of 10 times. He is a much-improved WR this year — worthy of his #1 selection of late. Just keep getting him the ball.

    Speaking of getting DHB the ball…JCampbell is playing good football right now, and his recognition (and reactions to) of Defenses has been much improved the past few weeks. HOWEVER…he continues to throw the ball late when going downfield, and must find a way to earlier recognize the receivers’ separation from the DB’s.

    That said…JCampell’s throw on 4th down was not wise when he let it go through that coverage…but it was one of the most perfectly-thrown balls we’ll ever see in the NFL. That was a spectacular throw, and JCampbell didn’t have the ball$ to let that throw go a few weeks ago.

    If JCampbell (and the team) plays this well next week, I don’t think Cable can change QB’s…even with the bye week. You do not (wisely) mess with a formula that is working this well…even though I’m virtually positive the Offensive production would not go down with Grads in there. We are extremely fortunate to have both those QB’s playing well.

    Richard Seymour…welcome (once again) to your role as leader of this YOUNG DL. Play after play, never letting down (or disappearing). Lift this Defense to greatness, and you’ll be on the fast-track to the HOF. It’s not there yet, but this Defense can be a great one for a long time. Oh, and Rich…thanks for showing us how good Tommy Kelly can be — something that mouth-with-legs Warren Sapp could never do.

    What a great atmosphere, feeling and watching this team improve. 5-4 by the Bye…make it happen, Raiders!

  • r8rwill

    what we need in oskland sunday is a “BLACK OUT”!! every seat with a fan wearing nothing but black..i know the fans in the black hole will be!!

  • olinesux

    the raider nation

  • RaiderReggie

    I am a big Bruce Gradkowski supporter but Tom Cable need to ride with Jason Campbell until he start going back into that shell. I work in Washington DC and watched Jason go through a different offensive coordinator every year he was with the Redskins. Under the circumstances he did a good job. As in baseball I look at Jason Campbell as a starting pitcher and Bruce Gradkowski as a relief pitcher or closer. Cable can break tradition by playing both of them.

  • sirsickness

    We have to be the worst fans in the league. We can’t even get enough people into the stadium to lift the blackout? Raider fans are the most loudmouthed in the country, yet we don’t back it up. lame lame lame

  • joker94583

    Moss is a joke, an insult to the game. Any knowledgeable Raiders fan knows better than to want that piece of s**t back in Oakland. How did his first stay in Oakland work out? Exactly. Climb down off the short-bus! Besides the Rams will get him.