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Raiders 2011 schedule much rockier than road traveled last season

The NFL confirmed that it intends to release its schedule in mid-April or so, as usual, regardless where it stands in its battle against the players in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
Therefore, fans at least will have something to chew on in lieu of free agency and offseason workouts being on hold until a new deal is hammered out.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking an early look at the road the Raiders face if they are to end their eight-year string of missing the playoffs.
On the surface, it’s a much tougher path for the Raiders in 2011 than the one they traveled last season.
The Raiders played the four teams in the NFC West and AFC South last season, in addition to games against the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers. Next season, the Raiders get the NFC North and the AFC East, as well as conference games against the Texans and Cleveland Browns.
The Raiders have every right to feel confident about their six games against their AFC West foes: the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. After all, they beat all three teams twice last season, and none of those teams figures to be on many lists of Super Bowl contenders.
The problems lie in games against the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
The Packers are fresh from a Super Bowl victory over a Steelers team that whipped the Raiders. The Patriots went a league-best 14-2 in the regular season last year. The Jets lost a close game to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game. The Bears lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship game. And the Dolphins throttled the Raiders at the Coliseum last season.
Of more concern is the fact the Raiders lost to the Texans – minus star wide receiver Andre Johnson — at the Coliseum last season, and they have never beaten the Texans on the road.
Games against the Browns and Detroit Lions used to be the kind teams chalked up as easy victories. Not anymore. The Browns, who gave the Patriots one of their losses, and Lions showed signs of improvement last season and should be even better this season.
Yet, it’s obvious by now that it’s risky to place too much stock in results from the previous season. It’s not uncommon for Super Bowl teams to miss the playoffs the following season. And there’s a long list of teams that made the quantum leap from doormat to Super Bowl team in one season in recent years.
The Raiders are counting upon using an 8-8 season in 2010 as a springboard to the playoffs next season. Hence the reason, they have signed or offered contracts to most of their top players who are prospective free agents.
And, why not? The Raiders rattled off several impressive victories in 2009 and won more games last season than they had since 2002. The thinking goes that, another year’s experience for the younger players, keeping the core of the team intact and the promotion of Hue Jackson to coach will be enough to make the difference.
It might be easy to discount what the Raiders accomplished last season, given six of their victories came against teams in a division that won more games (31 combined) than only the AFC South (30, including four against the Raiders) and NFC West (25, including two against the Raiders), and their two other victories came against the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks in, by far, the weakest division.
The same can’t be said if the Raiders finish with a winning record or make the playoffs this season. There are few easy games – the three games against the Buffalo Bills and Broncos are the lone qualifiers, at this point — this time around on a scheduled littered with tough opponents from top to bottom.

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Steve Corkran

  • Sweep The Leg.

    1st.

  • 707raiders

    2nd, let’s beat the best

  • 707raiders

    The schedule is tougher, but so is our team, I look foward to us playing even better on offense and defense. If were really going go be takin seriously we got to beat the best

  • 1eyedpirate

    Last season gas nothing to do with this season coming up…. We should be better than last year and that all rides on the shoulders of Jason Campbell…. Can he compete with the quarterbacks of the afc east and NFC north… Brady, Rodgers, Sanchez, and Cutler… A very hard task but if he can beat half of em then we got a shot… But if he can’t compete with some of the big name quarterbacks then we will be 7-9 and looking for a new quarterback of the future…. Cuz that is the curse of this franchise for the last 30 years…. Not an ounce of luck at the position…. Stabler, Plunkett and that’s it!! Gannon can’t even be mentioned since he flopped….

  • phatcable

    We have not had a good center for a long time now so we need to go back to back centers in the draft and begin fixing the o-line we got rid of gallery now we need too finish by getting rid of bruce campbell,tom cable would not play him cause there was something he did not like,so here is how we do it R2: Stefen Wisniewski C from Penn State
    R3: Kristofer O’Dowd C from USC
    R4: campbell replacement etc etc

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    With all the new rule changes the NFL are bringing in for 2011, I think I’m gonna be spending more time watching the UFL and supporting the Las Vegas Locos.

    The game was being ruined before, but it’s officially ruined now.

    Check it out: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6223700&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

  • phatcable

    CLASSY MOVE
    Giants giving fans break on season tix
    The New York Giants are the only team in the NFL giving its fans the option of not paying for season tickets until the CBA is resolved. Other teams are collecting season ticket renewals at this time.

  • phatcable

    DALLAS DOES ACTING
    Colts’ Clark to appear on Criminal Minds
    With the NFL lockout now a reality, Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark has a side hustle. He’s acting. Clark will be playing a detective on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. The report at indystar.com says the episode will be airing on April 13. Clark says acting has always been a dream of his and it’s not money motivated. “This has nothing to do with money

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    3.707raiders Says:
    March 16th, 2011 at 11:01 pm
    The schedule is tougher, but so is our team, I look foward to us playing even better on offense and defense. If were really going go be takin seriously we got to beat the best

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Which cheerleader are you?
    “If were really going go be takin seriously we got to beat the best”

    Jeeeeeeze!¬

  • fingers

    Playing the best NFL teams will be a positive….and put fans in the seats ..the Raiders need
    to beat these teams anyway … If and when we go to the playoffs , were going with the mindset to win… One game and out isn’t exceptable…” Just Win”

  • oo

    I love when we play the Packers and Bears who cares how good they are now, this time we ready for em..its time to take back what is ours

  • Bobby Bushay

    With the lock out going on and morale down amongst NFL fans… gee, thanks for cheering us up, Steve!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    I know, GG…may as well put a flag on the players hips!

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

    Trade Jon Condo!

  • Nnamdi21

    Building a bully

  • RaiderfanNY

    Sure, it’s a tough schedule, but the highly paid superstar duo of Routt and Wimbley should be able to shut down any offense.

  • Plunketthead

    GOOD MORNING RAIDERWORLD!!

    Raiders 11-5 next year! You heard it here first!
    Pats and Packs will be easy wins!

    Hi ho hi ho its off to work I go!

  • Dakota

    GOOOOO LAKERS!

  • Kirk

    That is one tough schedule.

    But I am sure with our ability to stop the run, we should have no problem.

    Oh….wait….

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    The problems lie in games against the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
    ————————————-
    That’s 3 or 4 losses right there.

  • Buckeyeraider

    ‘Mornin fellas.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day Nation!

    Anybody knockin back the green beer yet?

    Along with the corned beef and cabbage.

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

    DMAC better not regress this year and return to his stumblng, fumbling, fragile-as-glass ways.

    He will sorely miss the man who rescued his career from the bust heap – Tom Cable.

  • bcz24

    Tom Cable was DMACs coach for all but 4 games of his professional career. Hue Jackson is the man responsible for recuing DMAC, Tom “sweep left with Seabass” Cable

  • Dakota

    Any volunteers to go pizz on the reactor in Japan? It would do about as much good as those helicopter drops.

    I think our elder commentators M Lonetree, Priest and KK should volunteer.

  • bcz24

    Kickoff from the 35? SeaBass and Billy Cundiff will be putting all their kickoffs into the bleachers.

  • SR Raider

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and have the Packers and Patriots early, since my guess is that the first 2-4 games are cancelled this year

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Geez, this IBA Blog is a Mickey Mouse operation. I guess the IT guys are on furlough too.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Loper gave up as many sacks as Gallery in 25% of the time, and Carlisle only gave up 3 sacks.

    40% of our sacks came from non-O line issues.

    What I have been saying for awhile. The O-line is adequate, our G’s are our two best O-lineman, and Veldheer really wasn’t all that good last year.

    Statistical FACTS

  • Just Fire Baby

    And Miller is a crappy blocker.

    I will go on record as saying he may be the worst blocking TE I ever seen in Silver and Black.

    Gets pushed around by blitzing nickle-DB’s.

  • YoungAmerican

    I just can’t wait until the draft, at least NFL Network and ESPN will have something else to talk about besides this depressing impasse between the owners and players.

    I’ll be hoping for Marcus Cannon, John Moffitt or Curtis Brown in the second round.

  • DKnight007

    Yep!

    The schedeule will be tougher in 2011. They need to get a strong and physical DT,RT/RG, a BEAST OLB to pair with Wimbley and McClain, add a vet WR as competition, and a BEAST blocking FB who can catch the ball from time to time.

    When playing the East Coast teams, they also need to wake their azzes up earlier in the morning the week of practice to prepare for the earlier start times vs East Coast the teams.

  • RaiderRockstar

    According to http://www.profootballweekly.com/players/ when you go to the Raiders roster and look at each O-Line guy, it totals 25 sacks allowed:

    Veldheer 7.5
    Walker 5
    Henderson 3.5
    Carlisle 3
    Gallery 2
    Loper 2
    Satele 1
    Barnes 1

    Bruce Campbell is the only guy who didn’t give up a sack! (LOL)

    so either those stats are wrong, or the RB’s, FB’s & TE’s gave up the other 19 sacks. According to NFL.com the Raiders as a team surrendered 44

    thoughts ???

    Are Miller, Myers, McFadden, Bush & Reece responsible for 19 sacks allowed?

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Just got in Vegas last night…same ish, nothin changed!
    Gonna go hit up Freemont Street later and drink me some “GREEN” beer!
    Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  • DKnight007

    Yep!!

    The schedeule will be tougher in 2011.

    The Raiders need to get a strong and physical DT, RT/RG, a physical BEAST OLB (not small) to pair with Wimbley and McClain, add a vet WR as competition, and a BEAST blocking FB who can catch the ball from time to time.

    When playing the East Coast teams, they also need to wake their azzes up earlier in the morning the week of practice to prepare for the earlier start times vs East Coast the teams.

  • DKnight007

    5.phatcable Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:11 am
    We have not had a good center for a long time now so we need to go back to back centers in the draft and begin fixing the o-line we got rid of gallery now we need too finish by getting rid of bruce campbell,tom cable would not play him cause there was something he did not like,so here is how we do it R2: Stefen Wisniewski C from Penn State
    R3: Kristofer O’Dowd C from USC
    R4: campbell replacement etc etc

    ^^^^^^^^
    Wiz or Kirkpatrick for me.

    I’m not high on O’Dowd. He gets beat too many times and has a history of injuries.

  • YoungAmerican

    test

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    How to run a business – Communist Party-style

    Some of you may not believe this, given my UC Berkeley education, lefty political orientation and recently expressed views on the NFL labor standoff, but I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Communist Party.

    However, I can think of 32 extremely wealthy individuals for whom such a statement might increasingly appear to be a stretch.

    In defending the NFL owners’ decision to lock out the league’s players last week, many pro-management readers asked derisively if I understood capitalism. The owners, they argued, assume all the risks – and are thus entitled to extract whatever concessions from their employees they felt were necessary to increase the profitability of their respective businesses.

    Well, I’m not sure if I understand capitalism in quite that way, but I do have a basic comprehension of communism. And I’m here to tell you that there are many similarities between the people running NFL teams and the folks in charge of Soviet-bloc governments between World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    The first and most obvious parallel is that the NFL’s 32 franchises equally distribute a large portion of their revenues, most glaringly the multi-billion-dollar TV-rights deals that are the lifeblood of the league, but also national sponsorships and licensing fees, and a percentage of gate receipts.

    There is also a de facto cost-control mechanism via the presence of a salary cap, which annually mandates minimum and maximum spending figures for player compensation. With apologies to Adam Smith, there is no “invisible hand” regulating the NFL economy; rather, it’s more like a hand making a clenched-fist salute you might have seen in Red Square in the 1950s.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-how_to_run_a_business_communist_party_style_031711

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Radiation Skin Damage is awful, I feel so bad for the Japanese people people. Look.

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/ap/1e/fullj.1a3bf953b08c86f51091f98963627798/ap-03b32c63fbeb4392a30e4f6f9dea7f38.jpg

  • kvnbntly

    have to agree with jfb to some extent, miller did miss a few blocks badly, lvoe what he does in the passing game though

  • DKnight007

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    the Raiders will use the entire draft trying to replace Nnamdi Asomugha & Michael Huff imo

    ^^^^^^^^
    If they do that wasting picks during the draft reaching for next Nnamdi or Huff and PRAYING those players can fill in admirably or be better than those two….then that draft strategy would be STUPID and IDIOTIC!

  • dickv

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 9:48 am
    According to http://www.profootballweekly.com/players/ when you go to the Raiders roster and look at each O-Line guy, it totals 25 sacks allowed:

    Veldheer 7.5
    Walker 5
    Henderson 3.5
    Carlisle 3
    Gallery 2
    Loper 2
    Satele 1
    Barnes 1

    Bruce Campbell is the only guy who didn’t give up a sack! (LOL)

    so either those stats are wrong, or the RB’s, FB’s & TE’s gave up the other 19 sacks. According to NFL.com the Raiders as a team surrendered 44

    thoughts ???

    _______________________________________________________

    Veldaheer is solid… switching a division 2 rookie from center to LT just defies all logic and sound reasoning, but the kid held up surprisingly well all though he got his lunch handed to him by tamba Hali, cameron Wake, and Dwight Freeney… but so do most LTs’ in the league.

    Walker will be back. Al davis drafted him high and he is a big imposing body that clears the way for DMAC… 5 sacks is way better than I thought he did. I don’t think the raiders were too worried about loosing him to FA.

    Mario Henderson will battle Walker for RT. He is a better pass blocker, but is suspect in the run game.

    I like satele.

    That leaves Loper, Campbell, and some rookies battling it out over the guard spot where it is very common to see 2-5 round picks do well year one. All the nay sayers can say the sky is falling, but I feel strongly that the Raiders have evaluated/ diagnosed/ executed about as well as they could have getting ready for 2011.

  • dickv

    the Raiders will use the entire draft trying to replace Nnamdi Asomugha & Michael Huff imo

    we’ll probably waste some late round picks to TRADE UP and grab whatever speedy DB’s Al Davis has his eyes set upon, reach or not.

    ____________________________________________________

    A year or two ago I would have agreed with you, but I have been surprised by the good judgement the raiders used last year. I really have a wait and see attitude to this years draft. I think the trade for our 1st for Seymour is already a win because he is a vet that knows what it takes to win, and he is still dominant.

    After that the Raiders were the clear winner of the draft last year. The only team that did better in improving their team through the draft last season( arguably) was KC and the Raiders physical beat down in Arrowhead just exposed that team as having a lot more needs.

    That CNN/ SI article by Don Banks had Veldaheer, Ford, Houston, and Mclain all as first round picks. All those kids came in an showed out. In years past we would have been speculating about the top half of the draft the way we have to now about: Walt Mcfadden, Jeremy Ware, Goethel, Stevie Brown, and Bruce Campbell. All of those young fellas will have a chance to be starters this year because they all are legitimate pro prospects that the Raiders have an oppertunity to develop.

    We have a chance to bring in another 5-6 players like that; that is exciting stuff.

  • DKnight007

    ^^^^^^^^
    If they do that then they would be wasting picks during the draft REACHING for the next Nnamdi or Huff and PRAYING those players can fill in admirably or be better than those two…..then that draft strategy would be STUPID and IDIOTIC!

  • Mistabr0wn

    KK, why are you here?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Loper gave up as many sacks as Gallery in 25% of the time, and Carlisle only gave up 3 sacks.

    40% of our sacks came from non-O line issues.

    What I have been saying for awhile. The O-line is adequate, our G’s are our two best O-lineman, and Veldheer really wasn’t all that good last year.

    Statistical FACTS

    And Miller is a crappy blocker.

    I will go on record as saying he may be the worst blocking TE I ever seen in Silver and Black.

    Gets pushed around by blitzing nickle-DB’s.

    ***

    JFB,

    you mean you’re not PUMPED about Loper & Campbell as starting guards plus whoever they sign, re-sign or draft to play RT?

    Henderson = RFA (was he tendered?)
    Walker = UFA
    Barnes = UFA

    Zmiller is a Pro Bowler. Get over it!

  • Mistabr0wn

    DK, who cares what Mario did lastnight!

    Pres O screws up every time he gets of bed or his teleprompter fails. Post those links..

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Raiders need to get a strong and physical DT, RT/RG, a physical BEAST OLB (not small) to pair with Wimbley and McClain, add a vet WR as competition, and a BEAST blocking FB who can catch the ball from time to time.

    ***

    DK007,

    Reece = Fullback
    Groves/Goethel = WLB
    Seymour & Kelly = DT’s
    DHB, Murphy, Ford, Schilens & Nmiller = WR Corps

    Print That!

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Raiders will use the entire draft trying to replace Nnamdi Asomugha & Michael Huff imo

    we’ll probably waste some late round picks to TRADE UP and grab whatever speedy DB’s Al Davis has his eyes set upon, reach or not.

    Then we’ll draft some depth for the O-Line because I don’t see Walker, Carlisle, Gallery or Henderson sticking. Alex Parsons & Roy Schuening are scrubs

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    Coach Davis will draft o & d lines. He will keep Aso and all the other pieces are in place, and the Raiders are poised for Victory.