Playing Packers in season-opener would be a good thing



Note: My esteemed colleague, Jerry McDonald, is on a well-deserved vacation this week. As usual, I will do my best to fill the considerable void during his absence.

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy told fans Tuesday that he and his team are “excited” about the prospect of hosting the 2011 regular-season opener at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, Sept. 8.
He can be certain of that taking place, given the honor is bestowed upon the defending Super Bowl champion. The opponent has yet to be determined, yet you could almost hear conspiracy theorists getting to work on how the Raiders will be the sacrificial lambs.
It has happened before. The Raiders played the host New England Patriots in the regular-season opener in 2005, with the Patriots fresh from another Super Bowl victory. Raiders managing general partner Al Davis criticized the matchup soon after it was announced.
The question is, why? The Raiders knew they had to play the Patriots that season, and they knew it was going to be on the road.
Why not play the Patriots in the opener, when there’s little chance of snow or cold weather – can you say, Tuck Rule Game? – the Patriots likely aren’t in synch yet and the game is nationally televised?
Lo and behold, the Raiders played well against the Patriots and came close to winning the game.
The same line of thinking should be applied in this case. The Raiders should welcome a season-opening matchup against the Packers.
Everyone will be watching, and it’s a perfect opportunity for the Raiders to show that they are back to their old ways, as new coach Hue Jackson promised several times since he was promoted as the replacement for Tom Cable.
Even better, the Packers won’t have the advantage of getting into a rhythm, unless you subscribe to the theory that exhibition games actually help a team get ready for regular-season games.
The Raiders last played the Packers in 2007, on Dec. 9. It was cold, cold, cold that day, and the Packers cruised to a 38-7 victory. It says here that the Raiders would be far better off taking their chances against the Packers in early September this time around.
Jackson has said numerous times that he wants to build a bully in Oakland. Well, bullies don’t back down from a fight, regardless where it takes place. What better place to take the fight to the defending Super Bowl champs than in their own yard.
The NFL will release the schedule sometime later this month. At that point, we’ll find out whether the conspiracy theorist are correct in thinking that the Raiders will get the Packers in the opener. Soon thereafter, we just might hear whether Davis has changed his tune on whether such a matchup is a good thing for this year’s Raiders.


Steve Corkran

  • fingers

    JaMarcus Russell was like a Bad Toothache.. Even after the tooth is gone you still remember the Pain….

  • bcz24

    I agree with you on Hue Jax Mistic, the difference he made in our offense last year was overwhelmingly obvious over the previous year with Tim Crable… You would have to be delusional not to recognize that.

  • irjonny

    Gust if you do not understand Xs and Os then you can’t have an opinion on who’s playbook we are using. what you are talking about is offensive philosophy “westcoast” “vertical” etc. every playbook in the NFL has a “westcoast” play in it. mistic is right about who brought the fire to the raiders in 2010 and you are clearly inept regarding this game. please follow gallery to seattle, then you both could share pillow time with coach cable. wait a minute!! Gust= Robert Gallery ?!??

  • RaiderRockstar

    Campbell may have a leg up with Al’s new Al because they;’ve worked to gether before in Washington.



    JCamp doesn’t have to impress Al Saunders. Hue Jackson is the Head Coach and play caller. the same guy that benched him 3 times last season for some injury prone scrub with a noodle arm

    If Al Davis wanted to bring back all of Jason Campbell’s old buddies he should have signed Mark Brunell to be the #3 QB, hired Jim Zorn as QB Coach and went after FA’s Clinton Portis & Santana Moss

    We currently don’t have a 3rd QB or QB Coach. Portis & Moss are better than Michael Bennett & Nick Miller

  • Bauce Madness

    Gust aka MR doesnt know a DAMN THING ABOUT OFFENSE

  • RaiderRockstar

    comment #104 was posted at 4:44pm Central (2:44 PST)

  • Bauce Madness

    99.Gust372 Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    Mistic, you can sit there and splice the definitions and details of schemes all you want to. I can just watch the games and clearly see we’ve been running Kiffin’s offense since 2007. Right up to last year. Heck, we’ll probably use it next year, too. I’ll know when I see something different. Save your hair splitting x and o lectures.


    LOL MR is lying peiople. I already embarrassed him on this topic two months ago with relative ease. Kiffin admitted when he first got to Oakland that he was running same scheme as Gruden. So if that is true then there is no way Kiffin’s scheme was used last year when you consider the number of times we went up the field and had routes such a deep ins and deep outs…and dont forget aboutr the PA fakes to try and go deep. Sorry Gruden and Kiffin rarely did that

  • Bauce Madness

    And, we’ve been running Lane Kiffin’s zone blocking, ball control offense since he left.


    HAAAAAAAAAAAA MR you are too much….I’m starting to think you really believe your own lies…..you need help……I never knew Kiffin was known as a OL guru….learn something new everyday I guess lol

  • GoodOle00

    71.Gust372 Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 11:37 am
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Jackson has said numerous times that he wants to build a bully in Oakland. Well, bullies don’t back down from a fight


    Actually, bullies do back down from fights. That’s what bullies do, pick on smaller, weaker people, then run for it when they meet their match. So, you could say the Raiders have already been the bullies of the NFL for some time. Either Hue doesn’t know what a bully is, or he just gave a Fruedian slip and admitted we’ll be the same old Raiders.


    Ha ha ha! TROLL and you can all guess exactly who this fool is.

    Guess whos back and completely unmissed?

    Will totally ignore you now. Thanks for revealing yourself with the standard issue baiting and hating. Yaaawn….

  • GoodOle00

    Seems like Kapernick is a fake out. Know why?

    Al Saunders.

    His 600+ page play book has been ridiculed and it might take a 2-3rd rnd developmental QB 2-3 seasons to function as a full on Saunders QB but considering Saunders slide, I’m not sure he’s going to get 3-4 yrs if he doesn’t make something happen with Campbell.

    BTW, Campbell may have a leg up with Al’s new Al because they;’ve worked to gether before in Washington.

  • joker94583

    I think the Raiders will be a sacrificial lamb to a lot of teams this year… As far as Kapernick goes, well we all know how horrible the Raiders are at developing QB’s. They did develop Stabler, but not until he quit and left the team. Luckily his team mates talked him into coming back and he finally got his shot. I like Kapernick, but I think he will be wasted in Oakland. Al always signs veteran QB’s that someone else has already developed.

  • RaiderSam

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 5th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    It will probably be hot as hell in Green Bay in Sept, and the conspiracy nut’s will blame Mother Nature for “undermining” Al Davis.
    Being a Raider fan is great…how cool is it to diss yourself and other fans, then claim to be a REAL Raider fan?

    @Joker94583, remember, the years the Raiders came into contention 89-91 L.A. – Shroeder then ultimately Hostetler (veterans), Gannon 99-2002 (veteran), so..Campbell (2011-???). It was always a veteran team, a couple of decent rookies and picks and primarily journeymen. the 2010 class was one of the first effective ones and mind you, Bruce Campbell didnt even play. Why would the Raiders be a sacrificial lamb when every team will be “behind schedule” due to the lockout/work stoppage?