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By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 at 8:43 am in Oakland Raiders.

A few links to consider before the Raiders play the Dolphins this afternoon in a battle of 5-5 teams hoping to remain in the playoff chase:

– The story got held a few weeks for space considerations, but “Fade to Black” examines the problems the Raiders have dealing with an antiquated NFL blackout rule with a season ticket base of between 20,000 and 24,000.

When I put out a brief post asking for fans and their experiences at the Coliseum, the e-mail response was overwhelming. Given an approximately 900-word limit and all the issues involved, I wound up using very little in terms of fans quoted in the story. Rest assured, however, I read them all and it provided valuable perspective in framing the story.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to send an e-mail.

– Here’s my weekly NFL column and the questionable tactics utilized by the San Diego Chargers, who nonetheless are in good position for another strong finish and and AFC West title.

– My weekly NFL rankings have the New York Jets at No. 1 and the Raiders dropped to No. 18 after their loss to Pittsburgh.

– Beat writer Steve Corkran writes about Tom Cable’s quarterback sneak, a silent flip-flop from Jason Campbell to Bruce Gradkowski.

– Today’s Dolphins-Raiders game features two teams at 5-5 trying to atone for embarrassing losses in their previous game.

– We’re changing up the game-day chat format. For the past few Raiders home games, I’ve been doing in-game chats from kickoff to finish, and I’ve got a confession to make. I’m spending so much time interacting with readers and writing comments that I’m missing too much of the games I’m supposed to be covering. When I have chats on Tuesdays, I’ll get questions about plays I never saw because my face was in my computer screen.

So today, I’ll have a pre-game chat starting at noon and lasting until just before kickoff. I’m sure topics on the table will be the Gradkowski-for-Campbell switch, as well as how the Raiders will rebound from last week’s defeat against Pittsburgh.

I’ll check in with quarter updates here and on my Twitter page.

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  • YoungAmerican

    WR corps*

  • Raiderjambo

    ALWAYS ROOTING FOR YOUR OAKLAND RAIDERS, still better late than never, RAIDERS 54 phins 14! GO OUR BELOVED RAIDERS!

  • lefty12

    So i guess JLH is back to returning punts.

  • aig-raiders

    Kinda like beating on the boy in class that eats paste…sad and easy.

    ————–

    Actually JC was thought to be the man after the 3 game win streak. He was the class president in this blog during that span. I was one of the few who dared spoke up about JC the fraud while taking on the entire JC fan club in here. So get facts straight. You can’t handle the truth.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Yup, Asomugha being in the game is comforting…also, love hearing the announcers jack up his name. B@stards…

    Huff has gotta learn to jam the receiver off the line…looks like Stevie B. and Mitchell will see a lot of time on the field.

  • RaidingTexas

    Lowdown_in_Beijing Says:

    You actually keep score on right and wrong?

    ———————–

    Not only that, he keeps an archive of what people say on here so he can pull it out later. It’s juvenile crap.

    Aig is a total effin TOOL.

  • J Hill

    Everytime I watch another team play, I’m reminded how RIDICULOUS this QB discussion is.

    When the Oline doesn’t block, and WRs drop balls, all QBs look bad.

    See Eli Manning right now, and the last couple weeks.

    When the QB has time to throw and decent WRs, well you know the outcome.

    See winning teams right now, lol.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    AIG, think you missed my point.

    I agree with you.

    And yes, I have watched you beat on the JC fan club since the start. You have never wavered and you predictions have been right.

    Beating on the JC fan club kids, however, is as easy as beating on Jerry’s Kids: too easy.

    Unsure that qualifies me for not handling the truth…enjoy the game.

  • mistic1

    Lefty,

    i cant follow your post at all. It cant be about the qb, they have both struggled. The one constant this year is piss poor pass protection. Cable has had two years to upgrade the front and has failed miserably.

    Im not sure why you posted a list of qb’s i dont see what they have in common. Im not a fan of some of those guys at all.

    You are stuck on jc vs grad. I would rather look at the real issues, its not qb

  • J Hill

    So i guess JLH is back to returning punts.

    ——————————————————

    Miller has been terrible.

    Why we can’t just find a decent return guy who won’t field the ball at the 5, and can make an occasional 15 yd return is beyond me.

    I really don’t understand why Ford isn’t the PR guy actually.

  • YoungAmerican

    Is anyone else watching the Falcons-Packers game? Watch RG Harvey Dahl of the Falcons get down the field and block for his running back.

    I’m not sure who brought him up as a possible FA signing, but I’m glad they did. This guy looks like a big-time player, and would be a massive upgrade over Carlisle.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Texas,

    If he is a tool, then he is a consistent tool…reminds me of George W. in a way…

  • RaidingTexas

    I don’t even need to keep an archive for this one . . .

    Aig-Raiders Says:

    Well, it looks like things are going the way I wished for.

    ———————————

    The key word there is “wished”. You are not the just the messenger, as you just stated. You wanted the Raiders to fail while Jason was at quarterback. It’s right there in your own words for the entire world to see.

    Only a fraud of a fan would “wish” for his team’s failure because he hates the quarterback.

  • Raider 510

    163.RaidingTexas Says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    I don’t even need to keep an archive for this one . . .

    Aig-Raiders Says:

    Well, it looks like things are going the way I wished for.

    ———————————

    The key word there is “wished”. You are not the just the messenger, as you just stated. You wanted the Raiders to fail while Jason was at quarterback. It’s right there in your own words for the entire world to see.

    Only a fraud of a fan would “wish” for his team’s failure because he hates the quarterback.

    ———————
    LOL! ouch, exposed.

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