Jared Veldheer takes care of Jared Allen


Last time I can remember a Raiders’ tackle having such a decisive win over a dominant pass rusher was 2001, when right tackle Lincoln Kennedy made Michael Strahan disappear into the Meadowlands in a 28-10 win over the Giants.

Jared Veldheer took care of Vikings pass rusher Jared Allen, stopping his streak of games with at least a half sack in the first nine games of the season. Veldheer did get one holding call, but it prevented Allen getting to Carson Palmer, so it was more than worth it.

“That was one of my goals, not just to keep sacks off the board but to keep him out of there, in general,” Veldheer told reporters afterwards. “You’re not allowed to put any pressure on the quartergback or let alone touch the guy. That was my mindset going in.”

Some more notes and observations from the comfort of my home while Steve Corkran takes care of the print stuff today:

— Twelve more penalties for 117 yards, and judging from the amount of time devoted to the topic on today’s on-line chat, fans are livid. Livid with the Raiders for the penalties. Livid with the officials for calling them. Livid with Hue Jackson for not being able to stop them.

Jackson took a different post-game tact, going on the offensive and saying he would talk to the league rather than having his own team accept full responsibility. Most Raiders coaches drift into that realm from time to time, the victims of frustration and what they feel is an uneven playing field.

Makes sense in that Jackson should stick up for his guys, as long as he keeps in mind most of the Raiders problems with penalties are of their own making.

The Raiders are runaway leaders in both penalties (103) and penalty yards (892) through 10 games.

— Hard to fathom the Raiders had a 27-7 lead, Adrian Peterson out of the game, Allen under control and the game squarely in the hands of Christian Ponder _ and then had to hold on by their fingernails.

The penalties, a costly fumble by Michael Bush, the inability to keep Ponder in the pocket and other miscues all played a role. It will look like 6-4 in the standings, however.

— Some big time performances today from backup tight end Brandon Myers, who forced a fumble on a kickoff with a big hit, and made spectacular catch for a 21-yard gain on Carson Palmer’s longest pass play of the game.

— An even, measured no-turnover game from Palmer. Vikings patchwork secondary actually held up fairly well, forcing Palmer to throw short to medium depth routes instead of striking deep. Gorgeous throw to Chaz Schillens on the 11-hyard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

— It’s been a breakout year for Tyvon Branch, whose special teams play cost the Vikings a shot at a field goal and who covered exceptionally well. Keep in mind Branch was beaten often last season either through his own coverage issues or miscommunication problems with teammates. It’s a distant memory at this point. He might be the Raiders’ best defensive player at this point.

— The 124 yards rushing and 5.2 yards per carry average against the Vikings was deceiving with Ponder getting 71 yards on scrambles. Peterson, before he was hurt, and Toby Gerhart gained 44 yards on 13 carries (3.4 yards per carry).

— It used to be the Raiders blackouts were on local television. Now they’re in the fourth quarter. The Raiders scored their last points in the fourth quarter with 10 minutes to go against Houston on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

That was 85 minutes ago _ the last 10 minutes against the Texans and five consecutive goose eggs against Cleveland, Kansas City, Denver, San Diego and Minnesota.

— Center Samson Satele didn’t finish the game with a concussion, with Stefen Wisniewski moving over from left guard and Stephon Heyer taking over for Wisniewski.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • cottovic Victor Cotto
    Cutler broke thumb on his right (throwing) hand… ESPNChicago has reported he’ll be out remainder of year #Raiders will face Caleb Hanie.

  • RaiderintheRockies

    according to NFL.com:

    ‘Caleb Hanie would likely get the start against the Oakland Raiders if Cutler can’t play in Week 12. Nathan Enderle is the Bears’ third-string quarterback.’

    I remember VY being Option B if the Palmer trade was a no-go, I’m glad we didn’t have to go that route, IMO VY has nothing & I’m not basing that off of tonight’s performance thus far…

  • Gerard

    298.mcfadden20. Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    Sully doing his thing begging attention from a group he doesn’t belong in lol

    The POS can hang with his fellow niner fans somewhere else as far as i’m concerned.

    He’s just a bad guy..period.

  • joshh1174

    What does our injury situation look like going into the Bears game? I’d like to be close to full strength

  • joker94583

    Bottom line is that Hue gets outcoached in the 2nd half. Opponents coaches make the adjustments and it seems Hue just sticks with the same plan. Big ego and he’s over his head.

  • ravenaider

    Hold on Raider Nation….that Caleb Hanie reminds me of Fran Tarkenton.We couldnt contain Teblow and we were Ponder-ing all game about how to stop Christian.I am definately not afraid of the guy but his scramble ability should be a concern next Sunday

  • ravenaider

    4th Quarter drought is due to the fact that we get a big lead at halftime,then sit on it.Coach Hue gets all conservative instead of going for the jugular…we have seen it all year long.

    We need another kicker.You cannot keep giving teams field position with these short kick-offs.Something has to give because SeaBass is still ailing

  • ravenaider

    Raider Nation,

    I know you guys hate the Niners.The same way I hate the Redskins.It’s a local rivalry but for playoff seedings’ sakes,I would much rather have Baltimore with that wildcard than the Steelers in a first round matchup.I am rooting for the Niners this Thursday nite!

  • gtown1_sj

    Defensive Schemes SUXXXXXX.. BresnaCRAP gets out-coached EVERY second half. The RAIDERS will need to continue long drives or scoring to win games. Hue Jackson needs to wake up and realize that he CANNOT play 3 and outs and expect his defense to hold unless he is looking for a reaosn to FIRE BresnaCrap, then I’ll all for it..