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Waufle the key to Raiders beating Packers

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 2:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.

On the surface, the Raiders appear long-shots Sunday against the undefeated Green Bay Packers. However, the Raiders have a secret weapon in defensive line coach Mike Waufle.
Well, that’s the hope, anyway. It was Waufle who designed a game plan against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady that worked to perfection in the New York Giants victory over the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2007 season.
The plan consisted of devising a strategy where the Giants could generate enough pressure on Brady with four defensive linemen and a limited number of well-disguised blitzes. In the end, the Giants beat the Patriots.
Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said he is confident that the Raiders can pull off a similar performance against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“You have to get him off his rhythm,” Bresnahan said of Rodgers.
That’s easier said than done, of course. The key, Bresnahan said, is playing tight coverage on the favored short routes of the Packers and giving the defensive linemen more time to get to Rodgers.
Also, the chances of succeeding against Rodgers soar if the defensive linemen can get their hands on a handful of passes and force Rodgers to his left, where he is less dangerous.
“You’re not going to eliminate the plays in this game but you have to minimize them and keep it within a good realm of keeping in our offense in the game, and then we got to limit their series,” Bresnahan said. “The best way to keep guys like that out of the end zone is to keep them on the sideline.
“Again, that’s stuff that we have to be concerned with, getting off the field and not having 7-, 8-, 9-play drives. We got to get off the field in 3-, 4- 5(-play drives) and force them into punts and field-goal attempts.”
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said the Packers are the best team in the league right now. However, they also have weaknesses that can be exploited and aren’t unbeatable.
“Any team can be (beaten),” Jackson said. “It’s been proven. Nobody goes … to go 16-0 in the regular season is unbelievable, and if they can accomplish that goal, obviously they’d be considered one of the best that there’s been.
“But they’re playing the Raiders this week. We’re going to show up, and we’re going to be ready to play. They have a goal. We have a goal, too. We need to get back to winning. Something’s going to give, one way or the other. So it’s going to be fun to see.”

RODGERS VS. BRADY
Jackson and quarterback Carson Palmer rave about Rodgers, joining a chorus of people saying Rodgers is playing at a level never seen before.
Well, maybe, but not quite.
For comparison’s sake, we took the best season of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (2007) and stacked it up against Rodgers’ past 16 games, three playoff games and the Super Bowl from last season and the first 12 regular-season games this year.
Brady completed 398 of his 578 passes (68.9 percent) for 4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns, with only eight interceptions. Rodgers over his past 16 games has completed 378 of his 540 passes for 4,938 yards and 46 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions.
From here, it’s akin to splitting hairs. Let’s just say that Rodgers and Brady have legitimate claims to the best 16-game stretches in NFL history.
“It’s been second to none,” Palmer said of Rodgers this season. “He’s playing at a level that other guys haven’t ever played the position at before. You can look at his film, and us playing the NFC North this year, you see a lot of Packer games, and he’s doing something that nobody’s done before.”

CHRIS JOHNSON RETURNS
Cornerback Chris Johnson rejoined his teammates Thursday, three days after his sister Jennifer was shot and killed and his mother Della was shot by the same man.
Johnson was allowed his privacy during the media-access period, with the interaction limited to passing along our condolences.
Jackson said he and the rest of the Raiders organization is showering love and support upon Johnson as he grieves and copes with the unspeakable tragedy.
Part of Johnson’s coping is being around his teammates, whom Jackson called his “brothers.”
“Some people like to mourn in a different way,” Jackson said. “Some guys like to be around their teammates and practice playing football because it takes your mind away from that. It was great to see him here.”
Johnson practiced Thursday, and he is expected to play Sunday against the team that drafted him.
“I know he’s having a tough day, but the thing about him, he’s tough,” Jackson said. “He’s got his brothers here to lean on. The whole team, we’re going to wrap our arms around him, and take care of him, and love on him and get him to where he needs to be while he helps us attain our goal which is winning a football game.”

MCCLAIN LOSES PRIVILEGE
Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain had his gun permit renewed the morning he was involved in an incident that resulted in his arrest the next day.
As a result, his pistol permit is going to be revoked, according to the Decatur (Ala.) Daily. McClain was charged with four misdemeanors, including the illegal discharge of a firearm.
McClain allegedly held a gun to the head of a childhood friend, threatened to kill him and then fired the gun next to the person’s ear.
McClain’s lawyer said his client is innocent of the charges. McClain said “not at all,” when asked Monday if he had anything to say. Jackson said he is confident that McClain isn’t guilty of all the charges, though he stopped short of saying he is completely innocent.

MCCLAIN SAYS HE’S ‘DONE’
McClain declined another interview request from this reporter Thursday, saying “no,” when asked if he had anything to say.
Actually, he did have a little more to say.
“I’m done for the year,” McClain said, in reference to speaking with the media. “I’m done for the rest of my career. It was fun while it lasted.”
McClain and other NFL players are required to speak with the media. If he sticks to his guns, then he is at risk of being fined by the NFL every week.
For the record, McClain refused to speak with the media after the Dolphins game Sunday, a violation of league rules, as well as Monday and Thursday.

BRANCH A PRO BOWLER?
Add Bresnahan to the growing list of people who feel as if fourth-year strong safety Tyvon Branch is in the midst of a breakout season.
“Tyvon is a Pro Bowl player, without a doubt,” Bresnahan said. “This is a guy who every game he comes with his A game.”
Maybe so, but it’s tough for a player who hasn’t been selected to a Pro Bowl before to break through for the first time. Bresnahan admitted that interceptions play a big part in defensive backs getting tabbed for the Pro Bowl.
Branch has only one interception in 12 games. Yet, his overall play screams Pro Bowl, Bresnahan and Jackson say.
“His peers know,” Bresnahan said. “The guys that watch him play or play against him every Sunday know what Tyvon Branch does. It clearly shows on film. Anybody that knows football, sees the impact that he has on a game.”
Fans get one-third of the vote, as do players and coaches.
Branch said he is more concerned about helping the Raiders making the playoffs than his first Pro Bowl.
“Man, I just want to get to the playoffs,” Branch said. “That’s what I tell people. I’m doing my part to try to get us to the playoffs. And whatever comes of that, it just happens.”

INJURIES UPDATE
If running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones and wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are going to play Sunday, they likely would need to practice Friday, Jackson said.
Jackson prefers that he get a look at players in practice before committing to playing them in a game, sight unseen, untested and unsure of the game plan.
Therefore, those players are down to one more chance to get back on the field, or else their thoughts are free to shift toward the Detroit Lions and a potential return Dec. 18.
Moore said he agrees with Jackson in that there’s only so much a player can get out of meetings and studying. At some point, taking part in practice is invaluable and almost mandatory for most players.

CAMPBELL BEHIND SCHEDULE?
When quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a broken right collarbone, his return was placed at six-to-eight weeks. Campbell is in his eighth week since he underwent surgery to repair the damage.
“I have a plan for Jason, and we’ll just continue to exercise that,” Jackson said. “I knew it could be a little bit longer than what everybody thought, and it has taken some time, but that’s OK. We’re in pretty good shape as far as that’s concerned, so we’ll just continue to move forward and stick with the plan that way.”
Jackson wouldn’t elaborate on that plan.
“Every time I guess on where I think a guy is, it ends up not being correct,” Jackson said. “When they get back out here, they get back out there. So, that’s all we can do and all I’m going to worry about.”

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

    IR Darren already damn! Kid is useless.

  • inonewordraider

    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    John Henderson comes out late to join teammates. Not in a jersey, sitting & watching others on the d-line #Raiders @957thegame

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Running back Taiwan Jones misses practice for third straight day. Can’t imagine him playing Sunday. He’s not even on the field right now.
    55 seconds ago

  • joetoronto

    Henderson is old school.

    If there’s any way he can play, he will.

  • joetoronto

    “Building a bully.”

    More like “Building a wimp.”

    These mofo’s need to toughen up and fast.

  • Dakota

    Orlando accusing NJ of tampering…..maybe that will grease the wheels to get Howard to LA?

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Bryan McCann is fielding punts. He might pull double duty Sunday — punt and kick returns. The modern day Double Duty Radcliffe.

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are at practice, but twork is limited to drills with team trainers. Both running in short bursts right now.

  • inonewordraider

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    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    Looks like w/Ford & Moore at least that they are gearing up for a final 3 week run after this Sunday’s game #Raiders

  • ElkGRaider

    808.inonewordraider Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:28 am
    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are at practice, but twork is limited to drills with team trainers. Both running in short bursts right now.
    ==============================

    Man…one of em cant suck it up? Just need one…

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford running without difficulty. Would not rule out either for Sunday just yet. Not testing out wheels for nothing
    1 minute ago

  • Dakota

    Why risk bringing back any of our injured players for the Packers game? What is the point? Will it matter?

    Get healthy for the final 3 games.

  • Silverandblack666

    Here we are in the middle of football season and finally we are close to making the playoffs and we have a HUGE game on Sunday and all of you jagaloona can talk about is freaking basketball!

    WTF!!!!

    I am guessing there is no Lakers blog?

    Pull your heads out people this is Raider territory not Laker land!

  • LA to TheBay

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Darren McFadden arrested in Arkansas after incident involving gun. Attempted to flee police but sprained foot, taken down by middle aged, fat cop.
    1 minute ago

  • Silverandblack666

    jagaloons……from Step Brothers movie

  • joetoronto

    Dakota Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Why risk bringing back any of our injured players for the Packers game? What is the point? Will it matter?

    Get healthy for the final 3 games.
    *********************************
    Huh, you can’t go into ANY game thinking you’re going to lose.

  • inonewordraider

    Why risk bringing back any of our injured players for the Packers game?
    _____________________
    if they can play without reinjuring themselves by doing so, then play. U see Big Ben yesterday? We’re gonna play much better and we’re a good team one of them could make the difference of a W or an L

  • aig-raiders

    DMAC Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    No CP3!
    LMAO

    Thats great!

    I’m tired of seeing the same ass 5 competitive teams playing for a championship every year.
    ——————–

    THANK YOU. This W’s fan is so happy that the Lakers got punked by Mark Cuban. The NFL is great because small market teams can be competitive. You can’t build a league on 5 super teams. The league will be financially better when small market teams can contend for a championship.

  • ElkGRaider

    814.LA to TheBay Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:32 am
    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Darren McFadden arrested in Arkansas after incident involving gun. Attempted to flee police but sprained foot, taken down by middle aged, fat cop.
    1 minute ago
    =============================

    A fat cop with 2 bad knees…

    DMAC just got tripped up…

  • aig-raiders

    Attempted to flee police but sprained foot, taken down by middle aged, fat cop.
    1 minute ago
    ——

    surprised he even attempted to flee at all. I thought he just falls down whenever his foot is not feeling well.

  • ElkGRaider

    812.Dakota Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:30 am
    Why risk bringing back any of our injured players for the Packers game? What is the point? Will it matter?

    Get healthy for the final 3 games.
    ========================

    How a loser would think…

  • Silverandblack666

    Raiders 38

    Packers 35

  • inonewordraider

    You can’t build a league on 5 super teams. The league will be financially better when small market teams can contend for a championship.
    ________________
    can’t happen in the NBA where you only need two or three great players to win it the stars will always want to go to the big markets because of all the $ they make marketing themselves and the allure of a big city. Look at where CP and Howard end up, it’ll be a big market

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

    Lol @ fat cop…

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

    Dakota keep your Cubs mentality away from the Raiders!

  • hwnrdr

    Hue should show that tape of last nights game and show Big Ben coming back AFTER a high anle sprain…AFTER getting carted out to the locker room!!!

  • autopalm77

    From a public relations standpoint the DMAC injury has been handled very badly…Instead of the weekly snippet from Hue, he’s nicked, he’s close, etc, etc…Why didn’t they just have a member of the medical staff come out and explain the injury, the treatments being given and the best case, worst case scenario….

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/ r8eray

    I believe Kevin Boss is the most underutilized TE in the NFL!

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/ r8eray

    Hwnrdr Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Hue should show that tape of last nights game and show Big Ben coming back AFTER a high anle sprain…AFTER getting carted out to the locker room!!!

    ======

    Hit the nail on the head!

    ;)

  • Raider-in-PA

    Again:

    Did anyone else watch Big Ben sacrificing his body last night after getting his ankle rolled over? Doing whatever it takes to win and fight for his team with a high ankle sprain.

    Uh hem! Mcfadden, you watching this?!
    —————————–
    Yeah I saw the big Oaf… Its one thing to be a tough guy and suck it up for the team, but its another to come back in when youre not 100% and f@ck things up for the rest of the team… If he didnt have the fast young receivers to bail his a$$ out with YAC, he wouldve looked pretty stupid limping back into the game. Charlie Batch is a serviceable back-up, Ben just wanted everyone to say how tough he is… Did you see him limping up and down the sideline where nobody else was standing, just so the crowd could see him limp??

    F@ck him and the rest of the Queer-lers!!!

    Yes, I’m still salty over the Immaculant DE-ception!!… always will be…

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  • raiderinparadise

    WITH FORD AND MOORE LOOKING LIKE THEY WILL PLAY … I HAVE A TOTALLY NEW CONFIDENCE IN THIS GAME.

    raiders can win.

  • ElkGRaider

    831.raiderinparadise Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:50 am
    WITH FORD AND MOORE LOOKING LIKE THEY WILL PLAY … I HAVE A TOTALLY NEW CONFIDENCE IN THIS GAME.

    raiders can win.
    ======================

    If they do play man…it will be a show

  • raiderinparadise

    Yup, Ford is an absoloute game changer and with Moore getting looks too, that pack D will be getting turned around all over. We will have to score with them, no matter how well we run the ball GB will still score and get their points aroudn 30 of em. we need to keep up.

  • Davy Jones

    645.Gerard Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 6:51 am
    Raiders are always gonna have those fluke games where they get blown out no matter how good they are, or what their record is. The SB year of 76-77 the one loss they had was a 41-17 thrashing at NE. It happens, but what disturbed me the most about Miami is Raiders LOOKED like the underdog coming in. The way they carried themselves, the confused, tentative, shaky look on Palmers face, along with everybody not looking confident at all.

    Miami on the other hand from the opening whistle looked confident, energized and ready to play. If I did not know the records and just flipped on the tv I would’ve guessed the records were reversed and it was Miami who had everything to play for.

    Raiders should have come out with the attitude of “we’re 7-4. You are 3-8. We’re the Raiders and we’re gonna beat your azz”. Instead, they looked scared and confused which I just don’t understand.

    I wonder if this team really does believe in itself or they feel deep down they’ve just been lucky or whatever.

    Why the heck be scared playing Miami and play like you have zero confidence?

    I don’t get that at all, and am sick of seeing that kind of letdown.

    =================================

    Because the Raiders still have a share of the AFC West lead, it’s easy to overlook just how many disasters the team has had to overcome to get to 7-5.

    - The loss of Nnamdi, Gallery and Miller.
    - The death of Al Davis
    - Serious injuries to the ALL the offensive skill positions
    - Season ending injury for Shaughnessy
    - Injuries to
    - 1st year with a new head coach
    - Lag time for Palmer to get in shape/learn the offense

    and lest we forget . . .

    - Truncated offseason

    I think that it’s remarkable that they’ve done as well as they have. Seems newsworthy, in fact. But the media would rather talk about Tebow.

    Anyway, given all they’ve faced this year, the team has overachieved, and it seems inevitible that the loss of ALL the starters at the skill positions would catch up to them.

  • raiderinparadise

    MaGahhee questionable…. that Denver run game is going to drop-off if lance ball is only RB.

  • qodrn

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