Could be a sloppy track Sunday


Local television weather reports are forecasting a “major weather event” for the weekend.

Apparently it could rain hard Friday and Saturday and in to Sunday, meaning the Broncos-Raiders game could be played in the most slop since the 2002 season finale against Kansas City.

A few things worth noting:

— Might be a better rushing day for Michael Bush than Darren McFadden, considering McFadden has likely played on mostly artificial surfaces as a Southeastern Conference star. Bush is more nimble than he looks, but might better play the role of the heavy-footed plodder.

— A slightly wet field is good for the passing game since the receivers know where they’re going and defenders are reacting. If it’s really bad, it might mean a heavy dose of Tim Tebow as a running quarterback. Interim coach Eric Studesville has already committed to Kyle Orton as the starter against Oakland.

— A forecast of heavy rain makes it a virtual slam dunk there will be no local television (although that dunk probably has already been slammed).

— Regardless of how the weather changes strategies, it shouldn’t have much of an effect on the end result. The Broncos have been off-the-charts awful for the last two weeks and I’m guessing the Raiders will be suitably angered by the one that just got away.

— Loved an honest response by Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio, who told Jaguars beat writers about Mike Mitchell’s extra-curricular activities with Kasim Osgood, but when asked if that was exactly the kind of football he would have cheered as a Raiders fan in his youth, said, “That’s very true. I’ve been a player and had that stuff happen. So I understand that stuff.”

Osgood is one of the league’s better special teams players, and one of the real treats about watching a game in person is watching how players of his caliber are attacked on special teams.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jackson 2 DUI arrests mean he’ll be suspended for an entire year next time he gets in trouble.


    Minnesota seems pretty content with Jared Allen at DE!

    he was traded there from KC under the same circumstances and immediately sold his bar in Kansas City (and grew a mullet)

  • J Hill

    please don’t mention Barnes or Henderson for the RT spot!



    Sorry, but you know I think my boy Barnes should be starting at RT.

    I’ll take Walker at RG and Barnes at RT right now ALL DAY LONG!

  • McRaider5150

    DMAC Says:
    I’ll take a Sidney Rice all day over V.Jax

    Rice won’t be a free agent will he??

  • BigLefty

    Jared Allen grew big horse teeth too!

  • RaiderWill

    The whole O line with the exception of Gallery & Valdheer needs to go packing along with the CABLE. This Cable expirement has gone for way too long.

  • Nnamdi21

    395. For whatever reasons, the Raiders don’t seem to like him or use him very much.

    This is a contract year and he’s shown flashes of what he can do.

    Pass blocking has improved immensely

  • DMAC

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    December 15th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I thought Rice wasn’t a free agent until 2012?
    Rice won’t be a free agent will he??

  • SilverNBlackPA

    According to Vittorio Tafur on Twitter, the Bills have signed Kellen Heard off Oakland’s practice squad.

    Not really a big deal, but there’s some news

  • Nnamdi21

    401. This ones for KK. Yeah, but Allen’s white…:)

  • Nnamdi21

    408. Kind of a big deal. I like Kellen. Got a bad rep for mangling Colt but again, kinda liked that.

    Could’ve been a Raider maybe.

    Oh well…I do think we need DT depth. Seymour’s not going to play forver.

  • ohioraider

    Al gonna have sloppy Depends on Sunday too. Amy gonna be miserable!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’ll take Walker at RG and Barnes at RT right now ALL DAY LONG!


    RG’s in the zbs are required to pull a lot, aren’t they?

    Big Langston is 6’8″ 365 lbs!

    can you imagine DMAC waiting 5 seconds for him to move his fat butt and open up a hole for him?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Also, Raiders sign DT David Howard, a 7th round pick of the Titans this year who apparently didn’t make the team, to replace Heard on the practice squad.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • tzook

    I have criticized JC too, but heres an interesting fact. Dating back to his days at Auburn he has changed offenses 9 times in the last 10 years. I say give him a few seasons with Hue unless a rare rookie or a far better veteran comes available.