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Waufle the key to Raiders beating Packers

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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  • LA to TheBay

    So the owners nixed the trade that would have sent just Paul, but now the NBA owners would be okay if we took Paul, Ariza and Okefor?

    lmao…that’s rich!

    ———-

    No, apparently, that was the deal initially in place.

    NO wanted to dump Okefor’s salary and unload him with Paul, Ariza might have been included…. this was not confirmed though.

    I guess to make it a smoother trade, it was then just Paul going to LA with Odom to NO and Pau to Houston. Houston would have sent Skola, Kenyon Martin and a couple other guys to NO and a 1st rounder.

    NO would have come out pretty good in this deal as opposed to being told to keep a disgruntled player the whole year and get nothing for him in the Summer.

    League is apparently looking out for small market teams being taken advantage of.

    Obviously, that’s not the case.

    The Association just didn’t want a superstar in LA…. OR they don’t want to reward guy who wanted out with one year left on the deal.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    what in the hell is this laker talk? the NBA is irrelevant until the playoffs, in the mean time keep that second class diversion off this blog…

    nfl.com thinks Palmer is a good fantasy play vs. GB. is jacoby ford coming back? DHB, Smurph, & Glass aint cutting it.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Seymore should not call out the injured. he is the leader of one of the worst Ds in the league, plus every week does a bonehead penalty that hurts the team.

    let janikowski call ot DMAC, Jano has been the best Kicker in the league, injured hammy and all.

  • joetoronto

    Anybody know what time practice is?

  • Raiderbuck

    I miss the used car salesman when he doesn’t do press conferences,….

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    better pressers? “wife beatin” Cable or “irish coffee” Hue.

  • joetoronto

    The wife beater for sure.

    At least he was kinda honest, Hue talks allot, but says absolutely nothing.

  • hwnrdr

    Stern is a DI*K!

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Phenomenal article Steve. To CJ….my prayers have been sent to you and your family, stay strong Man. I still don’t like Brady or Rodgers. I’m not sure if we can pull off a victory against the Packers, However I hope our Raiders at least put up a nasty fight trying to win. Absolutely we have the talent to defeat the Packers but who knows? the Packers could be cheating just like the Patriots or some of the Packers players including Aaron Rodgers could be on HGH(which is undetectable). Something is fishy about the Packers…How did they become this phenomenal team over 1 season? Makes a Man wonder.

  • YoungAmerican

    Jackson’s been doing the right thing. To the media, he takes the blame. Privately, he has told the team if they can’t get it done he’ll go out and find a player who can.

    Let’s hope Jackson does exactly that in the offseason.

  • YoungAmerican

    DMac is a luxury this team can no longer afford. In the offseason they need to focus on trying to acquire a 1st or 2nd and a 3rd round pick, and ship McFadden off to a team that CAN afford the luxury of a game-changing back who only has the opportunity to change eight or so games a season.

  • Dakota

    Jim Buss is hell-bent on making his mark on the Lakers, but he is no Dr. Buss that’s for sure.

    Jeanie Buss should be running the Lakers, instead of letting Jim Buss run the team into the ground.

    Jim Buss was the mastermind of the 2004 fiasco and history is just repeating itself.

    Mike Brown as HC lol

    Trade big for small lol

    When is Dr. Buss going to realize his son is a tard?

  • DMAC

    Good morning/afternoon peoples!

  • hwnrdr

    Whats up DMAC?

  • DMAC

    No CP3!
    LMAO

    Thats great!

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

  • DMAC

    Wassup Hwnrdr
    Hope your not a Laker fan.
    lol

  • Deja vu

    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??

    ———————-

    He was also showing Baltimore that they’re still in this mthr fkr and not laying down because of an injury… that’s december ball!

    We shall see what kind of statment we make this weekend with Dmac on the sideline.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Worth repeating:
    Deja vu Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 6:47 am
    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!!!!!!!!!

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

    Dakota,
    Gasol and Odom only LOOK big. Play like weaklings. The cap savings would have allowed the team to go get actual big men…

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

    Good Morning Raider Nation Morning Crew!

  • DutchRaider77

    Dakota,
    Gasol and Odom only LOOK big. Play like weaklings. The cap savings would have allowed the team to go get actual big men…

    _______________________________________________________

    Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane…

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

    And DMAC has been outed. Only BSJ saw this years ago.

    DMAC = anti-Otto.

  • DMAC

    What up R8e

  • DutchRaider77

    And DMAC has been outed. Only BSJ saw this years ago.

    DMAC = anti-Otto.

    _____________________________________________

    The whole arknsas backfield: DMAC, Felix and Paris Hillis…

  • LA to TheBay

    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.

    ————-

    I’m tired of an NBA that has 4-6 too many teams and 10 too many games and sh;tty officiating to boot.

  • DMAC

    Everyone crying for DMAC to play and ? his toughness need to take a chill pill.

    Unless your Hue or work for the organization, you don’t know what type on injury he has or how severe it is. Everything is hear say.

    I don’t give a FK!

    I got DMAC’s back!

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

    DMAC, what’s crackin?

    Wonder who will be coming back to practice today?

  • LA to TheBay

    I don’t question DMC’s toughness at all. You see how he runs. He punishes people. He’s more physical than twinkle toes Bush.

    He just gets hurt too much and heals slowly.

  • DMAC

    r8eray Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    DMAC, what’s crackin?

    Wonder who will be coming back to practice today?
    ======

    I’m counting on at least Ford or Moore to be back.
    We’ll see.

  • hwnrdr

    Sorry DMAC…I am and have been since 79 (When Magic came into the NBA). Living in Hawaii, I had no clue where Golden State was… :)

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Jim Buss is a f*cken idiot. He would have said the trade of Herschel Walker to the Vikings was a steal for Minnesota. Babe Ruth to the Yankees great deal for Boston.

  • hwnrdr

    That is my only non Bay Area team…

  • DMAC

    LA to TheBay Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I don’t question DMC’s toughness at all. You see how he runs. He punishes people. He’s more physical than twinkle toes Bush.

    He just gets hurt too much and heals slowly.
    ======

    LA,
    It wasn’t a post directed at you. Just for those who feel that way.
    DMAC was ready to come back in the KC game.

  • Silverandblack666

    “Wonder who will be coming back to practice today?”

    Good point its like a MASH unit at Raiders practice.

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

    U got DMAC’s back? Ish…

    It ain’t hearsay that the guy has malingered his whole career. Al Davis himself had stronger legs.

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Sorry DMAC…I am and have been since 79 (When Magic came into the NBA). Living in Hawaii, I had no clue where Golden State was… :)
    =========

    Yeah I hear you.
    I fk’n hate that name. (golden state)
    As if their ashamed to name it Oakland. WTF?
    I remember back in the days I told a cousin on mine in LA that we had a team up here in the bay and he didn’t believe me.
    lol

  • J Hill

    Are you serious, Dakota????

    Dwight Howard was right behind CP3, so there was no trading big to small.

    NBA owners colluding to keep this from happening is ridiculous!

    The Lakers were not breaking ANY rules.

    I want to see how the owners allow Howard to go to the Nets for Brook Lopez, lol!!!!!

  • inonewordraider

    jim buss isn’t dumb, the deal would have freed up 20 mill is what they’re saying the more i’ve read about it, that would have made the team look like this: CP3 Kobe Artest West Bynum or Cp3 Kobe Artest Turkoglu Howard

  • fingers

    I think if McFadden was able to play he would…it’s frustrating because we don’t really know what’s up with his injury… But I don’t buy that he doesn’t want to play of lacks heart…

  • DMAC

    Go Dubs!

  • J Hill

    Now I will say that Buss Jr should have secured Howard first in all of this.

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

    Trade DMAC for Metta Hoecake!!

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

    Lump it guys. Facts show Darren lacks heart.

  • DMAC

    Trade Bo for CB4!

  • inonewordraider

    want to see how the owners allow Howard to go to the Nets for Brook Lopez,
    _________________
    that’d be dumb of orlando, the nj picks woudn’t be any good once howards there they’ll be in the playoffs, Bynum a much better deal he’s easily the 2nd best c in the NBA and the Lakers would take on Turkoglu or maybe Arenas salary with the CP3 trade

  • J Hill

    Not really mad about this though, Dakota.

    Lakers still have the best roster in the West.

    Look for Walton to retire and Peace to be amnesty’d.

  • inonewordraider

    J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Now I will say that Buss Jr should have secured Howard first in all of this.

    __________________
    had to free up the 20 mill with the cp3 trade to take on turkoglu

  • LA to TheBay

    LA,
    It wasn’t a post directed at you. Just for those who feel that way.
    DMAC was ready to come back in the KC game.

    ———-

    I know, all good. Just tossing in my two cents.

  • Dakota

    719.Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:14 am
    Dakota,
    Gasol and Odom only LOOK big. Play like weaklings. The cap savings would have allowed the team to go get actual big men…
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Cap savings? We would still be over the cap and only have the MLE to use to get a PF.

    Actual big men? Like who, Greg Oden? There is no such thing.

    Odom can go as far as I am concerned…but Gasol is not easily replaced. Soft hands, good passer, decent rebounder, changes shots, very good offensive moves.

    There is a reason we became perennial contenders once he arrived.

    I find it strange that you want to go back to big stiffs who play tough but have no skill…..heard Kwame Brown is a free agent, guess that might make you happy?

  • inonewordraider

    Cap savings? We would still be over the cap and only have the MLE to use to get a PF.
    ___________
    the trade would have saved us 20 mill what don’t you get about that?