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Bye weekend as good as it gets

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 9:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.

About the only way the bye weekend could get any better for the Raiders is if Nnamdi Asomugha and Zach Miller show up for work Monday morning ready to run wind sprints.

The Kansas City Chiefs had a start in Denver similar to the one the Broncos had against the Raiders and fell 49-29, giving both teams 5-4 records but Oakland having a commanding lead in terms of their division record at 3-0 (the Chiefs are 1-2) should the two teams end the season tied for first place.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland’s next opponent, got worked over by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 39-26. The Raiders have nothing approximating Brady at quarterback, but the Steelers looked vulnerable in that their offensive line is in shambles, wide receiver Hines Ward (neck) and linebacker Lawrence Timmons (hip) left with injuries of undetermined severity and linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu were curiously absent in terms of playmaking.

The Miami Dolphins, the Raiders opponent when they return home Nov. 28, scored a remarkable 29-17 win over Tennessee but finished the game with starting quarterback Chad Pennington out with a shoulder injury that could end his career and with Chad Henne on crutches. Miami finished the game with Tyler Thigpen, a former Chiefs castoff, at quarterback. The Dolphins started Pennington in front of Henne for the first time this season Sunday.

The Raiders scheduled player availability for 11:30 a.m. Monday, with coach Tom Cable’s press briefing at 2 p.m.

The status of Asomugha (ankle) and Miller (arch) probably won’t be any more clear regarding the Steelers game until Wednesday. Oakland is also hoping to get defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee) on to the practice field, but chances are that both have missed so much time that they wouldn’t be ready to play right away.

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  • Silver-and-black666

    RR thats funny

  • RaiderRockstar

    it seems to me that the better the Raiders do the more hate you seem to have. KK as well… Why is that?

    ***

    Really NMD?

    what do you have to base that off of?

    2 of my last 10,000 comments?

    pass around a sign-up sheet and if you can find 50 other bloggers (semi pro or not) that agree, I’ll never mention NBA or politics again

    If you’ve been here longer than 2 seconds and think I’m a Raider hater you need a mental eval

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Farve is sending MRI to Dr. James Andrews. Might be preparing to shutting it down after G.B. If I was him, I’d tell Chilly to F.O.. He does not need the grief. Time to get on the tractor in Mississippi.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I lobbied for Troy Smith when the Raven’s were messing with him. No one wanted him.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Raiders! First place and on the hottest streak in the AFC!
    Tom Cable = COY!

  • M Lonetree

    Rockstar,

    for some people to receive a mental evaluation they need to see a proctologist.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I thought Troy Smith would be a better fit than J.C. Now try to make that statement into a race debate.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tom Cable = COY!

    ***

    Cable Bumaye!

  • mistic1

    The bay is on fire right now, im in football heaven. Two of my favorite players in college are now pros and destroying the nfl.

    Jason Campbell, and Trot Smith own the nfl of the last two weeks. These guys are getting it done with the long ball, coming from behind to win!

    They look, like they looked in college, and we here in the bay are in for a treat.

    They are not running qb’s, but they are terrific scramblers, that can make huge plays from the pocket or on the move. They both can deliver the ball with deadly accuracy.

    Both were big time winners in college, and leaders on their teams. both have ascended to a leadership position for their new teams. Traded and waived both were cast offs that have battled back to dazzle the opponents with last second comic book heroics.

    Smith is a little more flashy, and a real in your face leader, fiery and in your face intensity. This makes him a perfect extension for singletary.

    Campbell is more stoic and cerebral, more of a calculated risk minimizing style, that can uncork the rocket shot when he needs it.

    bay area football fans, we have something special going on, get your tickets and enjoy the show.

  • RaiderRockstar

    for some people to receive a mental evaluation they need to see a proctologist.

    ***

    Agreed!

    how was your weekend, M?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mistic,

    too bad the trade deadline has passed …

    we could trade your boy Bruce to the Miami Dolphins!

  • Jimbo

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/…ey-chris-simms/

    Add more names to the list for backup Miami QB. Mort says it’s up to Simms, Russell, or Ramsey.

    LOL

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    pass around a sign-up sheet and if you can find 50 other bloggers (semi pro or not) that agree, I’ll never mention NBA or politics again

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    49 to go!

  • bcz24

    I lobbied for Troy Smith too. Many in here told me I was a few french fries short of a happy meal.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade Jon Condo for Trot Smith!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I thought Troy Smith would be a better fit than J.C. Now try to make that statement into a race debate.

    ***

    Exla,

    thats easy.

    Hue Jax wanted Boller over Smith & Gradkowski over Campbell

    Russell was working out hard with a babysitter and looked like the sharpest of all QB’s for the first week of OTA’s … only to be cut a few short weeks later

    Hue probably hated Doug Williams too!

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

    Carson Palmer is due $11.5 million in 2011. Marvin Lewis’ contract expires this offseason, so if the Bengals bring in a new regime, they may want to draft their own franchise quarterback.
    Meaning….Carson Palmer might be available!

  • No Mas Diamante

    RR It just seems to me that you have more negative things to say. You have to admit that you have a serious dislike for several players on the current roster but you talk up others who are are seriously underperforming and I’m not sure why. You’re a smart football guy usually. I am not and I admit that. I have a business and a family to support but I love the Raiders and I love to come to this site and read the comments.
    BTW – been around here for a few years now as No More Infield and now as No mas Diamante since the big computer crash of 09. Just don’t linger on here all day like some. Wish I could because it’s funny and insightful. You will never here me insult any one here except the trolls. Richochet was my favorite target..

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post ladies!

  • mistic1

    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 15th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I lobbied for Troy Smith when the Raven’s were messing with him. No one wanted him.
    ============================================================

    You were right I followed him since college, he has always been way under rated.

    Every one wants to know what a “Campkowski” would look like? Well he play for the niners.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    DHB needs to step up or step off!
    Even uncle al has to start getting skeptical about the kid at this point.
    I love the work ethic, but at some point, ya’ gotta get production on the field.
    It is time to start showing more than just glimpses.

    Watch Shillinzerella pyridoxine DHB in just 6 games.

  • BigLefty

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 15th, 2010 at 9:57 am
    Michael Huff has 20 more solo tackles than Rolando McClain. also has 1.5 more sacks and 3 more forced fumbles

    any more haters in here ???

    The only reason the defense is doing well is the DLine and the Safetys

    IT IS NOT THE LB’s