By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 4:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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 . . .