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Raiders will avoid scoreboard watching Sunday

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 4:05 pm in Oakland Raiders.

To know, or not to know?

At some point in the moments leading up to the kickoff of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Raiders will learn if they’re already out of the playoff race based on the Titans-Chiefs game in Tennessee.

Or still in it.

Raiders coach Tom Cable knows the information will be available but has no plans to mention it, even if the Chiefs lose.

“I wouldn’t bring it up one way or the other,’’ Cable said Wednesday at his weekly press briefing. “The focus needs to be on Indy.’’

Quarterback Jason Campbell won’t be watching the scoreboard.

“I wouldn’t want to know. It’s not going to make us play any harder or any less. This is the game, this is what we get paid to do,’’ Campbell said. “You should try to give it 100 percent regardless and just go out and play extremely hard.

“So, I don’t think it should matter to us either way or not. We just got to go out and play as hard as we can play.”

Shane Lechler recoiled when asked if he would avoid any news about the Chiefs.

“Hell no, I’m gonna’ watch. I watch every game on Sunday,’’ Lechler said before conceding it was a strange situation.

“That’s one thing we can’t control and we all know that,’’ Lechler said. “We wish we could, but we can’t. And I think it’s important. Whether if they win or lose, no matter what, if we can turn this around and win these last two, we’ll have swept the division, which I think is a big statement, big turning point for this organization heading into next season.’’

Cornerback Stanford Routt was ambivalent about hearing the Chiefs score.

“If somebody walked up to me before the game and said, hey, Stan, Kansas City did this or did that, I wouldn’t necessarily shun the information away, but I know it’s not going to have any effect on how we play on Sunday,’’ Routt said.

More news, notes and observations Wednesday:

– Right tackle Langston Walker (concussion), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) and punter Shane Lechler (hamstring) did not practice. Those who were limited were cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins, wide receiver Nick Miller (ankle) and cornerback Chris Johnson (groin). Safety Mike Mitchell was listed as having sore ribs, but practiced without limitations.

Walker’s situation will likely not be clear until Friday, with Mario Henderson starting if he can’t play. Cable said he was concerned about Seymour’s availability but noted, “It’s still early.’’

— Once upon a time (OK, it was Sept. 10, 2000), Raiders middle linebacker Greg Biekert deciphered the audible calls of Peyton Manning at halftime of a game Oakland trailed at halftime 24-7.

With Biekert taking to the chalkboard and tipping off the defense, the Raiders stuffed the Indianapolis offense, scored five consecutive touchdowns and left with a 38-31 win.

Biekert is now on staff as an assistant linebackers coach, ostensibly with some advice for rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain.

“Sure, it can be helpful, sharing that wisdom with Rolando and the rest of the players,’’ Cable said. “Ultimately, it will have to be us figuring it out and solving it as we go.’’

— Campbell was in agreement with Cable’s assessment Monday that it would be a mistake to go so run heavy because of the presence of Peyton Manning that the Raiders miss chances for big plays in the passing game.

“We have to run our offense. I think we’re a pretty good offense,’’ Campbell said. “We can’t get away from what we do really well to get us out of synch. We understand we’re facing a great quarterback, a guy that’s been in the league for a long time and has been a great quarterback for many years.

“But we can’t get so much into that where we keep ourselves from doing what we do best. It’s a situation where we’ve just got to, it’s going to come down to just playing football and protecting the ball.’’

— Practice squad punter Danny Baugher is preparing himself as if he’s Kyle Boller.

“I kind of picture myself as the backup quarterback preparing to play, as If I’m going into the game,’’ Baugher said. “But things are still to be determined at this point.’’

Baugher played for the Las Vegas Locomotives, which won the UFL championship under Jim Fassel, the father of Raiders special teams coordinator John Fassel.

— Cable spent three games in a Colts uniform as an offensive lineman in 1987 when the NFL used replacement players during the strike.

Cable was already starting his coaching career at Idaho but gave it one more shot.

“Most every one of us had been cut prior to that, so that kind of ended your hopes of being a professional football player,’’ Cable said. “The strike gave you one more opportunity.’’

— The NFL can go until next Tuesday before declaring a Sunday night game for Week 17. Chicago-Green Bay and Oakland-Kansas City could both be games that could be moved to the evening slot which is left vacant on the original schedule.

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  • PurpleDrank81

    Alot of people still believe in Clausen and I wouldnt be surprised if AJ Green gets picked with the 1st pick..

    I’d pick up Luck if I was them but who knows

  • Silver-and-black666

    Steve Smith from Carloina put his home on the market…

  • DKnight007

    200.17yearsold17yearfan Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 10:52 am
    On a side note did anybody see ESPN this morning Mel Kiper was asked if the Panthers should give up on Clauson and get Luck and Kiper was still defending Clauson it was hilarious

    Carolina would be stupid if they didn’t pick Luck.

    They can always trade Clausen for a pick or something.

  • HairyBush

    Silver-and-black666 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Steve Smith from Carloina put his home on the market…
    I saw that as well, I’d take him in a heartbeat.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Luck is gonna have a terrible time in Carolina….They have a terrible O_Line….Steve Smith is gettin old and there run game is diminishing with Injuries

  • DutchRaider77

    Rod Woodson said that the Raiders are going to beat the Colts!

    -Vet WR
    love to see the angry little man wearing silver and Black

    Also could see the old man bring in Chad Johnson or Housh/Hue Jackson connection.

    Love to see the Raiders sign Kevin Boss, Bo Scaife or Mercedis Lewis.

    Also would people be more inclined to have Reece play more if he was labeled not as a fullback but the H-Back/F-Back type of position. Reece really does fit that description better than a Fullback.

  • DKnight007

    The Raiders need to concentrate of drafting O-Line and add a DT who is a strong athletic beast, who is about 310-320 pounds.

    They need to add a big target TE or WR who can run routes and has soft hands.

    They can draft the CB’s later in the draft to add more depth.

  • DKnight007

    205.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:10 am
    Luck is gonna have a terrible time in Carolina….They have a terrible O_Line….Steve Smith is gettin old and there run game is diminishing with Injuries

    Agreed. I feel sorry for whoever ends up being the coach over there in Carolina. They have a long way to go to be relevant again. Losing Smith will not help either.

  • DutchRaider77

    Is this one of the first years in memory where a lot of teams would be willing to offer some big time offers to get into the No. 1 draft spot. Carolina really could get a lot of players/draft picks for moving from the No. 1 pick.

  • PurpleDrank81

    I dont know about draftin o-line to early in the draft….This years draft isnt a very good class for O-Linemen…There alot of big DT’s available…. We picked up Veldheer in the 3rd and I believe he will be our starter for a long time….

  • DKnight007

    188.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 10:30 am
    All I know is Austin Pettis will be a great player


  • PurpleDrank81

    I weant Austin Pettis on this team so bad it’s not even funny….I think we can get a good right tackle in free agency

  • DKnight007

    210.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:16 am
    I dont know about draftin o-line to early in the draft….This years draft isnt a very good class for O-Linemen…There alot of big DT’s available…. We picked up Veldheer in the 3rd and I believe he will be our starter for a long time….

    C/G STEFAN WISNEWSKI is who they should target with that 2nd Round pick or trade the 2nd rounder and the 4th to move up to get him.

    Austin Pettis should be targeted also potentially.

    Jerrell Powe is a beast DT.

  • DKnight007

    194.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am
    You could grab Pettis up in the 3rd and Young will be a 4th or 5th round pick because of his size….5′9…

    Pettis should be there in Round 2….but not Round 3.

    Unless he runs a bad 40.

  • PurpleDrank81

    The only thind about Wisnewski is that he is alil small and has problem with big players

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I talked up Clausen too much and too long to give up on him. My pride won’t allow it! :)

    Seriously though, I do still believe in Clausen. Part of 1 season on a team that bad with a coach that doesn’t care and guys (other than Steve Smith) that make our WR corps look like Brown and Rice? C’mon, man. Can’t tear the kid down too badly for that.

    That said, Carolina is insane if they don’t take Luck. You can flip Clausen for a decent draft pick to another team.

  • PurpleDrank81

    There’s alot of available possesion recievers available around 2 and 3

  • DKnight007

    215.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:21 am
    The only thind about Wisnewski is that he is alil small and has problem with big players

    He not that small. He is around 305 pounds….be is bigger than Satele I believe.

    It’s in the blood with him. He will be solid.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Everything I’ve read on Wisniewski says he needs to add mass and strength to his lower body.

    Which is, you know, what NFL strength & conditioning coaches are for.

    Draft him if he’s there and don’t think twice about it.

  • Plunketthead

    Is anyone else getting the warm fuzzies about Scatarat blundering along in the D of C?

    Look at what Snyder had done there with a storied franchise.
    He has tried everyway possible to win. From hireing a great college to hiring a former Redskin coach who won three SB’s at the Dof C to hiring the greatest and most expensive coaching staff ever.

    They all failed. Theres no proven way to win the SB.
    Thats what makes Al Davis so great. He does it his way.

  • DKnight007

    The thing I love about Pettis is that he catches with his HANDS and he makes the tough catches!

    Reminds me of Fitzgerald in that regard.

  • PurpleDrank81

    We have the worst conditioning coach in the NFL and his name id Brad Roll

  • DKnight007

    222.PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 am
    We have the worst conditioning coach in the NFL and his name id Brad Roll

    I agree. Can you imagine if the Raiders had a solid conditioning coach?

    A conditioning coach like who the Pats and Steelers have?

  • raiderfankirk

    Not having Chaz on the field this season is the reason we have found out about Ford, so it is not all bad.

  • DKnight007

    The thing I love about Austin Pettis is that he catches with his HANDS and he makes the tough catches!

    Reminds me of Fitzgerald in that regard!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Wiz stack has dropped but I think it could be just the fact that he has switched positions a couple of times. Find a home and leave him there.

  • ppleschamp030

    Im going to my first game suday vs the colts and i am ridding bart any tips or heads up about anything? thanks

  • PurpleDrank81

    If we could pick up Wiz,Pettis and Kaepernick I would wet myself

  • Plunketthead

    No way is Al thinking about Cam Newton.
    He is probaly set on giving Jason another year. He might look at Orten or Palmer or someone else who has been around for his QB.

    If Al trades up it will be to get some help for his defense. I would not be suprised to see Al and Cheating Bill make another deal.
    Al loves to trade up for fast backfield players

  • Plunketthead

    I would say education but I bet its too late

  • PurpleDrank81

    Theres not to many oustanding defensive backs in the 1st round so why would he trade up for 1….

  • PurpleDrank81

    I could see Al goin for Curtis Brown from Texas in the 2nd.. He’s fast and big

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The good thing about corers is you can find them late in the draft, yo dont need to take one high unles its a cant miss guy like prime, how often do those guys come around?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Last year……Joe Haden will be amazing

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    # PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Last year……Joe Haden will be amazing

    Not bad but we dont need a star, just a reliable solid guy

  • PurpleDrank81

    Haha yea I feel it but man Hadens looks real good

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Actually I think ware will be fine i dont think it was smart to shut him down. They did it because we are still technically alive for the post season, and wanted to get the vets in, i think it was a mistake. get him on the field let him take his lumps, and hit the ground running next year. This team doesnt deserve a play foo spot, nor will they go anywhere if they do sneak in by miracle.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    play off spot*

  • SilverNBlackPA

    When it comes to corners this year, there’s Patrick Petersen and Prince Amukamara and then there’s everyone else. Both are probably top 10 picks.

    Amukamara is basically Al’s wet dream of a corner, but he’ll be looooonnngggg gone.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    What if Jc and the raiders beat indy, and jc plays well. will he get respect in here then? it wouldnt change my opinion, you already know what i think.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 11:33 am
    If we could pick up Wiz,Pettis and Kaepernick I would wet myself


    That’d be pretty sick. As long as everyone understands Kaepernick is gonna need to sit at least a year.

  • Nnamdi21

    Colt RB Joseph Addai expects to play against us…

  • PurpleDrank81

    Yea Kaepernick is gonna have to sit but what I think is interesting is he has the same throwing motion that Flacco had…. I like Kaepernick sitting behing Campbell and letting Hue coach him up

  • SilverNBlackPA


    I could deal with that.

    And good call on Curtis Brown, by the way. Fast and great in man coverage. Likes to lay the wood too. Should be there in the second round. Might have to trade up in the round.

  • Nnamdi21

    Gates is out rest of regular season and Chargers expect to go to play offs. Loathe them!!!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Rite on…. Yea Curtis Brown is Interesting…Seems like he was made for the Raiders

  • St. Jimmy

    Anyone interested in Carson Palmer? Chances are he won’t be back with Cinncy next year.. Could be one of those classic Raider vet signings.. I would very much like it!!!

  • Nnamdi21

    Colt injuries.

    Austin Collie WR, Kelvin Hayden CB, Charlie Johnson T, Fili Moala DT, Jamey Richard G, Mike Hart RB, Joseph Addai RB, Clint Session LB, Jacob Tamme TE, Jaimie Thomas G, Bob Sanders S, Jerraud Powers CB, Cody Glenn LB, Chip Vaughn S, Anthony Gonzalez WR, Dallas Clark TE, Brandon King CB, Devin Moore RB, Melvin Bullitt S, Jordan Hemby CB, Kevin Thomas CB, Tom Santi TE, David Caldwell S, Jamie Silva S, Brett Swenson K

    Indy stopped Jacksonvilles #1 ranked rushing attack last week end.

    With so many dinged in the secondary we have to go air to win this…

  • 2romes

    This is a Silver&Black playoff run. The Raiders losing seasons can also come to an end on sunday.Keys to a Raider win:
    1)The corners must play aggressive on passing and running plays.
    2)Pressure on Payton, Seymour will get doubled so L. Houston should make them pay. L.Houston has played extremely well as a rookie. I hope sunday will be one of his better days.
    3)Great special teams with the absence of JLH. Johnny Lee Dearth Higgins does not belong on any special teams unit in the NFL with the exception of the Denver Broncos.Sabatage would be the reasoning for a JLH and Denver Bronco joint venture.
    4)Plays to quickly get the ball out of Jason’s hands. Hue has done a fantastic job so far. I know he will try something to ease the pass rush pressure. Receivers get ready to block!!! The Raiders will need all 11 to win this one.

    Raiders Be With You

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im not a fan of Carson being on this team