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Raiders maintain slim lead in AFC West

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As it turned out, the Raiders needed today’s victory over the Chicago Bears just to remain one game ahead of the red-hot Denver Broncos in the AFC West.
The Broncos rallied for a 16-13 overtime victory against the San Diego Chargers, which moved the Broncos to 6-5, just behind the pacesetting Raiders at 7-4. The Chargers are all but done after dropping to 4-7.
Make no mistake, the Raiders beat the Bears today because of sparkling special teams play, namely in the form of six field goals by Sebastian Janikowski, an 80-yard punt by Shane Lechler, great play by the coverage units and a recovered on-side kick by rookie David Ausberry.
“That’s the reason why Shane Lechler and SeaBass are on this team,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. “Because those guys are phenomenal. They’re phenomenal at what they do, they’re the best in the league at what they do. We had to call on them today so many times, and they just kept answering the bell.”
Six times, Jackson summoned Janikowski. All six times, Janikowski delivered field goals — 40, 47, 42, 19, 37 and 44 yards.
The sixth one set a franchise record. Janikowski converted five field goals in a game three times during his 12-year NFL career. His sixth today came near the end of the third quarter.
“I always think that kickers and punters are important in this league,” Janikowski said. “It’s a field-changing position. You see Shane hit an 80-yarder today, and it flipped everything.”
Lechler said the 80-yarder came as a result of a gamble he took, with Bears return specialist Devin Hester creeping up in anticipation of a kick toward the sideline.
Instead, Lechler went for broke.
“We had angle punt left called,” Lechler said, “and that’s what we tried to do all night. … I caught Devin up close and I thought, ‘This is going to be all or nothing right here.’ And I caught it good.”
The Raiders sealed the game when Ausberry fell on a loose ball caused by a Bears defender knocking it loose from Matt Giordano just as the ball sailed the required 10 yards for it to be a legal on-side kick.,

FOR THE RECORDS
Janikowski now has a share of or owns two records from this season. In addition to the Raiders record for most field goals in one game, he tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal against the Denver Broncos in the regular-season opener.
“It means a lot,” Janikowski said of the six field goals. “There’s plenty more records to be broken.”
The one he wants most is the longest field goal in league history.
“I want 65, I want a 66-yarder,” Janikowski said. “I want to break the record.”
Lechler’s 80-yard punt early in the fourth quarter shattered the franchise record set by Wayne Crow (77 yards) in 1961 and equaled by Lechler earlier this year, also against the Broncos.
He said he knew he got all of the ball as soon as he made contact.
“Yes, as soon as it left my foot,” Lechler said. “It’s strange because sometimes you hit balls that feel real good and they don’t look good, but whenever you hit one perfect, you know it. And I hit it perfect. I’ve hit a lot of footballs in my life but that one’s probably top ten of ones I even hit in practice.”

HOME COOKING TASTES GOOD
The Raiders entered Sunday’s game on a two-game losing streak at home. They were 2-3 overall at the Coliseum and puzzled as to why they aren’t able to win as often here as on the road.
“It’s called confidence,” Jackson said. “There was two teams out there trying to bully each other, and they played hard. Credit to Chicago, they came in here, they don’t want to fall to 7-4, and we needed to get to 7-4. They played as well as they can play.”
The Raiders improved to 2-0 against NFC North teams, with games yet to play against the 11-0 Green Bay Packers and the 7-4 Detroit Lions in December.

THREE’S A CHARM
The Raiders notched their third straight victory Sunday. This marks only the second time the Raiders have won three straight games since 2002.
The other time came last season, when the Raiders rattled off victories over the Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs in going from 2-4 to 5-4.
In the process, the Raiders are three games over .500 for the first time since 2002.

THE DROUGHT IS OVER
When running back Michael Bush bulled across the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, that represented the first points scored by the Raiders in the fourth quarter since the Houston Texans game Oct. 9.
“We stopped a couple slides we had going,” Jackson said. “We’ve won at home now after losing two times (in a row) at home. We scored in the fourth quarter. OK, finally. So, we got a couple of things squared away.”

PENALTIES KEPT IN CHECK
Jackson has promised that he would get the penalties problem corrected at some point this season. On Sunday, the Raiders fared pretty well, with only six for 44 yards.
That’s far from perfect, but it’s also a far cry from the 10.3 they averaged the first 10 games for an average of 89.2 yards, both league-worst figures.
The Raiders have led the league in both categories from the first game. They had only one for 4 yards in the first half before slipping a tad in the final 30 minutes.
All in all, a marked improvement.
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said he and his teammates heeded Jackson’s urging about eliminating “the boneheaded penalties.”

MURPHY RESURFACES
Louis Murphy led all Raiders wide receivers in receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons. He entered Sunday’s game with one reception for 23 yards.
That seemed like a distant memory when Murphy ran under a Carson Palmer pass late in the game and turned it into a 47-yard catch-and-run play.
Bush scored one play later to give the Raiders an insurmountable 25-13 lead. Murphy caught two passes for 53 yards overall.
“Oh, yeah, man, it felt really good,” Murphy said. “Felt good to get out there and make some plays, man, and help the team win. Been a long road coming this season, and just good to be back out there.”
Credit Jackson for calling a pass play on a third-and-four play late in the game, when the Raiders were trying to run out the clock.
Palmer said the Raiders set up the play with back-to-back runs to Bush, and the play was something that was installed earlier in the week.
“First and foremost, great call,” Palmer said. “Coach (Al) Saunders, coach Jackson, the timing of it. The looks we set up to get it were great. At that point in the game, just a great, ballsy call to pull out. Louis hasn’t had a bunch of catches all year. He knew that was something special for him in the package. He did a great job executing it.”

HESTER A NON-FACTOR
For the second straight time, the Raiders kicked to Hester a handful of times and lived to tell about it afterward.
Hester averaged only 2.3 yards on six punt returns and 17 yards on two kick returns when these teams last met in 2007. On Sunday, Hester managed 3.5 yards on two punt returns and 19.5 on two kick returns.
Johnny Knox posted the lone blemish on the Raiders coverage teams, when he busted loose on a kick he bobbled and rambled 56 yards.
Overall, the Raiders did an impressive job of outplaying the Bears special teams all the way around.

ODDS AND ENDS
Fullback Marcel Reece led the Raiders with five receptions for 92 yards. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens added four for 58 and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey tacked on four for 42.
Reece, Muphy and Schilens were called upon more than often because starting wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford were sidelined with foot injuries.
Safety Tyvon Branch, linebackers Kamerion Wimbley and Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Richard Seymour recorded sacks of Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie.
Wimbley, Stanford Routt and safety Michael Huff notched interceptions. Wimbley’s came off a pass tipped by linebacker Aaron Curry. Wimbley returned the ball 73 yards and set up one of Janikowski’s field goals.

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  • I got post 900!

  • RaiderRockstar

    we could have traded Kyle Boller, Nick Miller or Hiram Eugene for Tim Tebow during the offseason when he was 4th on their QB depth chart.

    now?

    two 1st rounders

    I’m not upset though, because I think Carson Palmer is gonna land us a Lombardi!

  • Seymour Bush

    DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    We going to get a new post before Thursday?
    ==========================================

    Don’t count on it. But maybe Jamista can enlighten us on how he turned Drew Brees into the ProBowler by yelling at the TV at the St. Vincent DePaul.

  • Method To My Madness

    900.Cole Ford Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    I saw Method at a game recently, he was with this fat lady who farted on his nachos every time the Raiders scored. The sad thing is, he ate the nachos anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO It was pricelss

    ***************

    MR…maybe you should try being with a woman….any woman

  • raiderjhawk

    Overall Tebow sucks. Bronco’s D is playing really well.

    What we’ve learned: Don’t let the Bronco’s hang around until the end of the game or they will beat you.

  • Peymour, you’re a little embarrassed after saying Lechler isnt a “placement” guy. I get that! You were wrong , as usual. But do you have to hate on me getting SeaBass straightened out after that Arizona game last year ?

    If I can get R Seymour to show up 1 more game in his career that might make the difference us winng the division or not….

    Step aside loser I have work to do!

    😀

  • Method To My Madness Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    900.Cole Ford Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    I saw Method at a game recently, he was with this fat lady who farted on his nachos every time the Raiders scored. The sad thing is, he ate the nachos anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO It was pricelss

    ***************

    MR…maybe you should try being with a woman….any woman
    ________
    So true!!!! LMAO MR seems like a total tool.

  • Method To My Madness

    872.RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    Palmer passes for 300+ without Moore, Ford & McFadden?

    DANG!

    ROG’s boy Reece has been a HUGE factor in the past two wins

    ****************

    LOL

  • F’k tebow. Seriously tho. Y are we mentioning him on a raider blog.

  • anyone want to see a picture of my cock?

  • raiderjhawk

    Oh, we also learned that: the Chargers are DONE.

  • inonewordraider

    any Tebow haters left?

    ________________
    fu#k tim tebow

  • Method To My Madness

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Peymour, you’re a little embarrassed after saying Lechler isnt a “placement” guy. I get that! You were wrong , as usual. But do you have to hate on me getting SeaBass straightened out after that Arizona game last year ?

    If I can get R Seymour to show up 1 more game in his career that might make the difference us winng the division or not….

    Step aside loser I have work to do!

    *****************

    Seymour prolly gonna make an impact in January

  • raiderjhawk

    R8dercain,

    Because someone said that we as raider fans should show respect and that is dumb.

  • Cole Ford Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    anyone want to see a picture of my cock?
    __________
    this one is for all you pervs who like to look at big cocks:

    http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/cardamomo/cardamomo0910/cardamomo091000006/5671393-a-big-rooster-looking-for-food.jpg

  • raiderjhawk

    Hasn’t Miami had our number in recent years? This game is a must win!

  • Wow MR=Cole ford.

    Another puppet MR?
    What your prediction of a loss made you change socks?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cole Ford belongs at Betty Ford.

    print that

  • Blackmamba_20

    dawg..come on mayn no boby wants to see , hear or read about that parsnip !!

  • Method To My Madness

    912.raiderjhawk Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    Oh, we also learned that: the Chargers are DONE.

    *****************

    They were done when we beat em….that ended the chargers

  • Raider-in-PA

    raiderjhawk Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Overall Tebow sucks. Bronco’s D is playing really well.

    What we’ve learned: Don’t let the Bronco’s hang around until the end of the game or they will beat you.
    _______________________

    Amen brother…. F@CK TE-BLOW and his inability to throw a decent pass!!

  • Method To My Madness

    917.raiderjhawk Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Hasn’t Miami had our number in recent years? This game is a must win!

    *********************

    Yep…beat us in 2008 and 2010….we last beat them in Miami tho…Daunte Culpepper day lol

  • Method To My Madness

    919.RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Cole Ford belongs at Betty Ford.

    print that

    ******************

    already on it

  • inonewordraider

    Before the game, a Bears assistant coach mentioned to an acquaintance that the Bears thought the Raiders’ linebackers could be worked, because (he said) they just don’t run that well. It’s not that they lack speed, but they simply don’t move well in space. Supposedly

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/27/SPJ01M4RTU.DTL#ixzz1f2G0t5MB

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Cole Ford belongs at Betty Ford.

    print that
    __________
    LOL you are wright about one thing. I got a bit of drinking problem 🙁

  • Blackmamba_20

    i feel as though tebow and his passing has got worse, if not fro decker making great catches he would of had 2 passes again..

  • Silverandblack666

    RR

    I like you dude but I cant pay respect to any Bronco!

  • I’m eating paper towels! LMAO

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Peymour, you’re a little embarrassed after saying Lechler isnt a “placement” guy
    ========================================

    Don’t be even MORE of an idiot. Lechler has never been a placement kicker altho he has improved on that the last three years. Is that because of you?? Did you teach Lechler how to place his punts?? Hahahahahahaha. Jamista, since you have such amazing super powers why didn’t you just post a few posts on this blog and change the Raiders into winners the last few years?? That should have been easy for you!

  • inonewordraider

    “The interesting thing about that” intercepted screen pass, Curry said, “is that from watching film, I saw the play before. They ran the exact play, same formation, after a motion (penalty) against Tampa Bay in London. It was right before the half, they wanted to get a touchdown going into halftime, and they ran the same exact play.

    “I’ll never forget seeing it on film and saying, ‘That’s their go-to play. If they need these points, that’s their play.’ Then I saw the formation on the field and I was like, ‘This is easy, I’m just going to wait for them to throw it to me.’ ”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/27/SPJ01M4RTU.DTL#ixzz1f2GKhuMO

  • Silverandblack666 Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    RR

    I like you dude but I cant pay respect to any Bronco!
    ______
    why dont you marry himhomo!

  • BTW who won the rally of the squirels this week

  • RaiderRockstar

    Can the Raiders shut down Reggie Bush & Daniel Thomas?

    yes …

    If we do that, we win the game. PERIOD!

  • Blackmamba_20

    hows the phins D been playing, Wake & Dansby.. got those 2 corners who claim to be the top tandem in the league…claim !!!

  • Method To My Madness

    931.inonewordraider Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    “The interesting thing about that” intercepted screen pass, Curry said, “is that from watching film, I saw the play before. They ran the exact play, same formation, after a motion (penalty) against Tampa Bay in London. It was right before the half, they wanted to get a touchdown going into halftime, and they ran the same exact play.

    “I’ll never forget seeing it on film and saying, ‘That’s their go-to play. If they need these points, that’s their play.’ Then I saw the formation on the field and I was like, ‘This is easy, I’m just going to wait for them to throw it to me.’ ”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/27/SPJ01M4RTU.DTL#ixzz1f2GKhuMO

    ******************

    Wonderful film studying and memory there

  • inonewordraider

    Even so, the linebackers don’t seem to have much of a collective shoulder-chip. Told that the Bears thought they could exploit the Raiders’ linebackers, Wimbley and Curry shrugged (Rolando McLain declined comment).

    “I doubt we earned any respect today,” Curry said. “Who cares? We’re 7-and-4, that’s a good record for me. Whether they want to respect us or not, who cares?”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/27/SPJ01M4RTU.DTL#ixzz1f2Go8lIj

  • Seymour Bush

    Jamista, you are wasting your enormous talents here on this blog. I will personally fly you to Washington DC, or better yet, I will fly you to Mumbai India where you can just wave your hands over the crowds and heal them and spur them all to greatness! hahahahahahaha

  • Method To My Madness

    934.RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    Can the Raiders shut down Reggie Bush & Daniel Thomas?

    yes …

    If we do that, we win the game. PERIOD!

    ***********************

    Yep….Hendu taking up double teams allowing LBs to clean up and houston and bryant holding the edges

  • Method To My Madness

    937.inonewordraider Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    Even so, the linebackers don’t seem to have much of a collective shoulder-chip. Told that the Bears thought they could exploit the Raiders’ linebackers, Wimbley and Curry shrugged (Rolando McLain declined comment).

    “I doubt we earned any respect today,” Curry said. “Who cares? We’re 7-and-4, that’s a good record for me. Whether they want to respect us or not, who cares?”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/27/SPJ01M4RTU.DTL#ixzz1f2Go8lIj

    ************************

    Oh man….Code black is in effect….these guys have eyes on a bigger prize

  • Peymour, you’re a cross posting troll. Everybody here knows this and yet you keep denying it over & over, funny!

    At least you do attempt to talk Raider football, albeit you are dimwitted as you can be. Where I come from you never get on a guy for trying.

    Go outside now before you wet your pj’s

  • hwnrdr

    CODE BLACK, BABY! Looks nice over
    JUST WIN, BABY!

  • Jack and pepto bismo is pretty good

  • I can’t this week my calendar is booked.

    Talk to my secretary and see what she can do…
    _____

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Jamista, you are wasting your enormous talents here on this blog. I will personally fly you to Washington DC, or better yet, I will fly you to Mumbai India where you can just wave your hands over the crowds and heal them and spur them all to greatness! hahahahahahaha

  • RaiderRockstar

    got those 2 corners who claim to be the top tandem in the league…claim !!!

    ***

    BM20,

    Fins secondary is trash, just like the Vikings

    even so, look for the Raiders to play our game and establish the run. King Darrius will be ballin’ against those young CB’s

  • Method To My Madness

    Mista vs Glenn battle will never end LMAO…..great for the blog

  • MistaBrown Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Peymour, you’re a cross posting troll. Everybody here knows this and yet you keep denying it over & over, funny!

    At least you do attempt to talk Raider football, albeit you are dimwitted as you can be. Where I come from you never get on a guy for trying.

    Go outside now before you wet your pj’s
    ==================================
    Shut up moron. I’m DONE with you.

  • Method To My Madness

    Talking with Armchair GM last week aand we agree….BHP come back OG…we miss your posts….who cares if people are on ya 24/7….we love ya Old School Raider schit!

  • RaiderRockstar

    back 2 work. later gents!

  • Blackmamba_20

    945.RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 28th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    got those 2 corners who claim to be the top tandem in the league…claim !!!

    ***

    BM20,

    Fins secondary is trash, just like the Vikings

    even so, look for the Raiders to play our game and establish the run. King Darrius will be ballin’ against those young CB’s

    Yeah good looking @rockstar i hope DHB explodes too..i think we can run some TD’s on these mammels

  • PeymourGlen,
    Lechler has been a outstanding placement punter since he’s been a Raider. I dont know what you are looking at and either do you thats why we are having this conversation.