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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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  • joetoronto

    I take it there’s no basketball webpage here. :)

  • Deja vu

    I could care less about Dmacs chronic foot problems. I believe we win at least the final 3 with or without him.

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

    What an idiot. Brandon Roy retires so Blazers don’t have to pay him out.

  • DMAC

    Don’t trip Laker fans.

    If you guys still want a PG we’ll gladly send you Jeremy Lin for Lamar Odom.

  • Dakota

    737.J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:28 am
    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!!!!!
    ++++++++++++++++++

    You are confusing issues and betting on pipe dreams.

    First, the Magic are not owned by the NBA like N.O. is, so no, they can’t stop the Howard trade from happening.

    Second, why would Orlando serve up Howard to the lakers, the team that stole Shaq away? The Lakers would have had to give away more than Bynum to get that deal done.

    Lakers, Just sign a decent PG who can defend with the mini-MLE and go out and win another couple of titles. Let Kobe and his albatross contract go in a couple of years and move on with the next superstar.

  • inonewordraider

    DMAC Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:41 am
    Don’t trip Laker fans.

    If you guys still want a PG we’ll gladly send you Jeremy Lin for Lamar Odom.

    ____________________
    i understand dub fans disliking the laker we’re the glamour team but i’ma enjoy the dubs this year, clippers gna be ballin too

  • DMAC

    Not that it really matters, but it looks like James Starks won’t be suiting up for the Pack.

  • J Hill

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

    —————————————————

    Ok, makes sense now.

  • inonewordraider

    why would Orlando serve up Howard to the lakers, the team that stole Shaq away? The Lakers would have had to give away more than Bynum to get that deal done.

    Lakers, Just sign a
    ________________________
    who would you prefer: Brooke Lopez and a couple picks that aren’t gna be worth a schit once Howards on the Nets and takes em to the playoffs or the 2nd best C in the league and being able to dump a horrible contract in Turkoglu? You’re dealing with emotion man the Lakers would have gotten Howard and if they didn’t they would have signed David West with the 20 mill they saved

  • Dakota

    If the Paul deal had included Okefor and/or Ariza, or a sign and tradee with West, AND a guarantee that Orlando would have traded us Howard for Bynum and some picks, then I would have felt okay about it…..but instead the Lakers were just getting worse.

  • inonewordraider

    by the way, Marc Gasol was working out at the Laker facility yesterday….

  • J Hill

    The only point that matters is where Howard will sign an extension, but I’m sure you know that already Dakota.

    If Howard lets it be known that he will walk as a free agent next year, who trades for him?

  • Dakota

    who would you prefer: Brooke Lopez and a couple picks that aren’t gna be worth a schit once Howards on the Nets and takes em to the playoffs or the 2nd best C in the league and being able to dump a horrible contract in Turkoglu? You’re dealing with emotion man the Lakers would have gotten Howard and if they didn’t they would have signed David West with the 20 mill they saved
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    lol, when you are $20 million over the cap, saving $20 million does not help you sign free agents. You still have no cap space.

    Understand?

  • inonewordraider

    but instead the Lakers were just getting worse.
    _______________
    have faith in the lakers organizatin my man, they’re right most of the time, remember Jim Buss drafted Bynum with what the 10th or 11th pick?

  • J Hill

    Okefor and/or Ariza

    ——————————————————-

    Why would we want to take on those lousy contracts?

    Why do we need Okefor and Howard???

  • Dakota

    762.J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:47 am
    The only point that matters is where Howard will sign an extension, but I’m sure you know that already Dakota.

    If Howard lets it be known that he will walk as a free agent next year, who trades for him?
    ++++++++++++

    He says he will go to NJ, so that means he would sign an extension there.

    Done deal.

  • inonewordraider

    when you are $20 million over the cap
    ______________________
    where does it say we’re 20 mill over? and you gotta know we were dumping some salaries on somebody during this trade, the “secondary pieces” as they put it were still in the works, gotta have faith

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

    Chris Paul is why I could live with a mediocre PF Dakota.

  • qodrn

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  • J Hill

    He says he will go to NJ, so that means he would sign an extension there.

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    Yeah, now that the CP3 trade was nixed.

    Stay tuned though!

  • DMAC

    Raiders 31
    Cheese heads 28

  • Dakota

    764.inonewordraider Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:50 am
    but instead the Lakers were just getting worse.
    _______________
    have faith in the lakers organizatin my man, they’re right most of the time, remember Jim Buss drafted Bynum with what the 10th or 11th pick?
    +++++++++++

    That is the one thing he got a little bit right…..though we are all still waiting for Bynum to stay healthy.

    Bynum and McFadden….damn the gods for giving them so much talent and such brittle bodies!

  • inonewordraider

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  • Dakota

    768.Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:52 am
    Chris Paul is why I could live with a mediocre PF Dakota.
    +++++++++++++++++

    Give me Bynum, Odom and Gasoft and trips to the finals over Chris Paul’s flashy in-season play and first round exits from the playoffs.

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

    Darren McBynum? lmao

  • inonewordraider

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    by CorkOnTheNFL
    Not that we condone this use of photoshop … @Deadspin: Your Rolando McClain Perp Walk Grin Photoshop Roundup http://deadspin.com/5866380//gallery/”

    don’t know if you guys have seen this but it’s pretty hilarious

  • Dakota

    770.J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:53 am
    He says he will go to NJ, so that means he would sign an extension there.

    —————————————————-

    Yeah, now that the CP3 trade was nixed.

    Stay tuned though!
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    I hope you are right, I would give up my left nut to see Howard and Paul both on the Lakers.

  • inonewordraider

    now gasol is “devastated” and Odom doesn’t even want to practice

  • Dakota

    Even the best PG’s in History…Magic and the Big O, needed Kareem to with titles.

    PG’s can’t carry teams to titles alone, and that would be the Lakers with just CP3 and old ass Kobe and injury prone Bynum.

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

    They didn’t get us a trip to the finals last year…why would they now with no Phil?

    Stop ostriching.

  • Deja vu

    Got my fingers and toes crossed!

    Raiders 34

    GB 31

  • Dakota

    780.Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:00 am
    They didn’t get us a trip to the finals last year…why would they now with no Phil?

    Stop ostriching.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Teams can’t win every year. Dallas caught fire and took out everyone. Doesn’t mean you start over. Keep the core together, add a decent defensive PG and get back to winning titles.

  • ElkGRaider

    Man…cmon Q!! How many times I have to do this?

    Oaktown 31 Dontchaknows 30

    Couple of takeaways…a DHB reverse…Micheal Bush screen…

    IT WILL HAPPEN!!

  • LA to TheBay

    inonewordraider Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:57 am
    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    by CorkOnTheNFL
    Not that we condone this use of photoshop … @Deadspin: Your Rolando McClain Perp Walk Grin Photoshop Roundup http://deadspin.com/5866380//gallery/”

    don’t know if you guys have seen this but it’s pretty hilarious

    ————–

    LMAO!

  • GoodOle00

    HUE!!!!

    If DMC is out play Lamarr Houston at RB!!!

    Pull out all the stops!!!

  • Dakota
  • hwnrdr

    761.inonewordraider Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:46 am
    by the way, Marc Gasol was working out at the Laker facility yesterday….

    LOL…Really? Could be that he was hanging with his brother…

  • Raider-in-PA

    #784… Thats some good sh!t, LA…

  • ElkGRaider

    785.GoodOle00 Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:12 am
    HUE!!!!

    If DMC is out play Lamarr Houston at RB!!!

    Pull out all the stops!!!
    ———————-

    LOL…that would be crazy. But we do need to get Reece more involved. He should literally be in on every play. Line him up like a TE some downs…

  • hwnrdr

    I guess that makes sense, Dakota!

  • Dakota

    787.hwnrdr Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:14 am
    761.inonewordraider Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:46 am
    by the way, Marc Gasol was working out at the Laker facility yesterday….

    LOL…Really? Could be that he was hanging with his brother…
    +++++++++++

    Marc Gasol is a restricted free agent….no way the Lakers could offer him anything that the Grizz wouldn’t match.

    Now a sign and trade of Bynum to Memphis for M. Gasol and one of their young pgs…..now we are talkin.

  • ElkGRaider

    Gonna be interesting to watch the Lakers this year. With no triangle does Kobe go into full ballhog mode? Do the disgruntled trade pieces lose interest?

    Lakers fall back to earth. My Kings gain ground…

  • inonewordraider

    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    No Darren McFadden at #Raiders practice @957thegame

  • Dstomp

    no DMAC at practice

  • LA to TheBay

    Raider-In-PA,

    some of those are just classic.

    Can’t take credit for posting though, that would be inonewordraider.

  • inonewordraider

    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    Jacoby Ford & Denarius Moore not practicing but doing agility drills off to the side #Raiders. Good sign for next week perhaps @957thegame

  • ElkGRaider

    793.inonewordraider Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    No Darren McFadden at #Raiders practice @957thegame
    ==========================

    People thinking he would magically show up on friday? Most likely out next week too. No reporters see him at the facility? What is up with this?

  • GoodOle00

    789. Houston attended Thomas B. Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He played linebacker and running back. He finished his career with 3,325 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns as a running back and 239 tackles and 13 sacks as a linebacker.

    ——-

    PLAY LAMARR AT RB!!!

  • inonewordraider

    JDJohnDickinson John Dickinson
    No Taiwan Jones at #Raiders practice. Looks as if it will be Michael Bush & Rock Cartwright again 1&2 on RB depth chart this wk @957thegame

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Big John Henderson not practicing today. He practice Thursday but not Wednesday.
    30 seconds ago