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Seymour, Palmer taking lead on heels of must-win game

Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour is no stranger to big games. He played in four Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, after all.
Therefore, the numerous players on the Raiders who haven’t played in a so-called big game would do wise to listen to Seymour when it comes to knowing what to expect and how to act Sunday against the Chargers.
He said he doesn’t shy away from making a big deal of the upcoming game, even at the risk of a player placing more pressure upon himself to perform.
“You have to, obviously, it is a big game,” Seymour said. “So, you can’t deny that fact but, as a competitor, as a player, you have to embrace these moments because they don’t come around often. And that’s something that I’ve always done throughout my career. You want to play your best football in the biggest games. And, as a competitor, you have to want that. But you have to enjoy it. It’s a fun time.”
Quarterback Carson Palmer said he cautions players to treat such games the same way they did the Thursday night game against the Chargers on Nov. 10, when the Raiders played before a national audience, in prime time.
“I don’t think you make too big of a deal of it,” Palmer said. “It’s another game. All games are important, all games we need to win. Especially with young guys who don’t have a lot of experience, you don’t want to freak anyone out or make people think you need to play differently or make a spectacular play or do anything out of the ordinary.
“You just need to do your job and go through your footwork, where your eyes should be, where your hands should be and all those little things and not put too much emphasis on, ‘We have to win, , we have to win, we have to win.’ Guys just need to go out and play and do their jobs.”

EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Sunday’s game is sold out, meaning it will be televised locally and the Raiders sold out all eight of their regular-season home games.
The Raiders failed to sell out more than six games in any of the previous 16 seasons since their relocation to Oakland. Jackson said he expects the fans to be off the hook Sunday.
“If I know our fans and the way they’ve been for us all year, it’s going to be unbelievable,” Jackson said. “They’ll be on the edge of their seats. They’ll bring the noise and the passion, and they’ll give us extra energy. We need them, and I expect them to be as loud as they’ve ever been, and we need a true 12th man this week.”
Jackson feels as if the only way he and his players can repay the fans for their loyalty, passion and commitment is to win more games at home, in addition to making the playoffs.
The Raiders are 5-3 on the road this season but only 3-4 at the Coliseum.
“We’re making progress, and I’m happy and my hat goes out to our fans for supporting us,” Jackson said. “What we have to do is give back to them, like I’ve always said, and how we give back is by winning. For some reason, we’re much different than what we were a year ago. We were winning in our division at home and on the road. This year has been on the road and not at home. We’ve got to get that trend changed. We need to win at home.”

CHARGERS GOING TO MAIL IT IN?
Jackson made a point Wednesday of saying there’s no way the Chargers are going to go through the motions Sunday, that the Chargers are going to be motivated to beat the Raiders.
Earlier this month, Jackson said teams such as the Chargers in a situation where they are out of playoff contention tend to shut it down if the opponent can succeed in the run.
The thinking goes, it’s easier to break a team’s spirit if you keep pounding away and make it a more physical game than usual.
Here’s Jackson’s take Dec. 9, two days before the Raiders played the Green Bay Packers.
“Toward the end of the year, people really start to run it (more),” Jackson said. “People kind of know where they stand, probably, with the chances of playoffs and everything else. The games we play, they’re going to be very competitive games down the stretch here.
“Every game counts for us, but the teams that know they don’t have a chance, normally teams that play those teams run the ball against them because eventually those guys say, ‘OK, I’ve had enough.’ They make a business decision to take the game off. That’s my opinion. That’s what I’ve seen over the years.”
In other words, look for the Raiders to go with a heavy dose of Michael Bush and Taiwan Jones and see if they can’t get the Chargers to roll over.

STAT OF THE YEAR
Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt has committed 16 penalties in 15 games this season. To put that into perspective, that’s one more than the entire Green Bay Packers defense.
Tough to comprehend, at the least.

FORD PRIMED TO ROLL
Wide receiver Jacoby Ford rebounded from Wednesday’s practice without any setbacks or lingering effects from his first action in seven weeks.
That gives Jackson even more confidence that Ford will be full go Sunday against the Chargers after missing the past six games.
“I was really happy with the way he practiced today,” Jackson said. “He’s getting better, and it’s good to have him back out there. It’s a testament to our medical staff. They have done a great job. Like I told (everyone), I’ve kind of stayed away from it and when guys are ready to play, when they put them back out there, they’ve been ready.”
Jackson isn’t quite as confident in regard to running back Taiwan Jones, who just returned from a hamstring injury.
Jones is making steady progress, yet he still hasn’t shown Jackson what Jackson wants to see before he can count upon Jones in a game.
“He’s getting better,” Jackson said, “but, again, I still haven’t seen him just turn it loose yet, and that’s kind of what you need to see. He’s real close. I asked him today, ‘How are you feeling?’ He said, ‘Coach, much better. I’m practically there.’
“But, still, to say he’s exactly where he needs to be to play at high level, I’m gonna see it, and that’s just where I am. I need to see it in order for a guy to do it, because if the guy shows you in practice, he’s going to do it in a game.”

HUFF A KEY COMPONENT
The Raiders get back starting free safety Michael Huff on Sunday after playing the past two games without one of their most consistent players.
Jackson and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said Huff’s presence makes a huge difference in the overall performance of the Raiders defense.
“He gives you another outstanding competitor and another outstanding football player,” Bresnahan said. “We’ll see where he’s at and judge it as the week goes on.”
Bresnahan added that Huff has been champing at the bit to get back in the fold. Huff has missed four games this season after not missing any his first five NFL seasons.
“This is a guy that has been sitting back and pulling his hair out,” Bresnahan said. “He is a competitor and wants to be out on the field. Anything that Michael can give us is going to be a huge plus, and we’re excited to have him back on the football field.”

JANIKOWSKI SPEAKS
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is headed to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his 12 NFL seasons. The man of few words broke from the norm and shared some of his thoughts with the media Thursday.
“It’s very sweet,” Janikowski said. “I’m excited about it. If you asked me that question 10 years ago, I would say I’d be there five times already. I’m excited. I can’t wait.”
Making it even sweeter for Janikowski is the fact that he will be joined by punter Shane Lechler, a veteran of six Pro Bowls — he was selected for the seventh time Tuesday.
“It’s awesome,” Janikowski said. “I’ve been waiting for 12 years. Especially (nice) that Shane will be there. He’ll show me the ropes, I guess.”
Lechler said he intends to set up a round of golf or two so that he and Janikowski can take down the 49ers kicking tandem of Andy Lee and David Akers.

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  • Raider Dell

    I was asked the other day what impact Rod Woodson had on our DB’S.

    My response is look at the penaltys the DB’s are getting called on them, very agressive in coverage and fighting like arm punching while the ball almost lands in the opposing players arms. Those trademarks of Woodson. The rules have changed for the agressive nature on how you tackle, but not while the ball is in the air, and I see the mentality of it’s your ball also, so go and get it.

  • Seymour Bush

    We’ll take care of bizness in the Coliseum on Sunday. The blueprint has been laid on how to take care of Teblow and his High School option offense. See you guys in the playoffs.

  • Dakota

    Well, if Hue wins and goes 9-7 I don’t think they can fire him. If he goes 8-8 with a 1-4 finish to the season they would be justified in firing him.

    Either way, Chucky B has to go and Hue needs to be replaced as GM….even if we make the playoffs.

  • Method To My Madness

    MR you obviously don’t know a damn thing…you don’t have anyone watch your child!…ur such a btch…I wish you could meet me in the lot. Cain is a Raider and you arent

  • Raider Dell

    Dakota,
    The only immediate firing is some dude coaching the lakers, and his style sucks big time.

  • ghostraiders

    That play last week… vs k.c. .. the fake field goal toss to the tight end was awesome. .. unfortunately we didn’t score.. but we could have definitely used that great play vs s.d…. the cat is outta the bag there.. but I loved that play!!

  • hwnrdr

    455.Raider Dell Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:35 am
    Dakota,
    The only immediate firing is some dude coaching the lakers, and his style sucks big time.

    OUCH! But hard not to agree…but i will wait and give it time!

  • HairyBush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:22 am
    plz make me a believer. What am I missing?

    ***

    HB,

    roll some Youtube highlights. that was enough to make Al Davis and YOU PEOPLE fans of Mike Mitchell!
    —————————-
    I’m not one of the people who get’s excited over some youtube highlights. I look at the big picture and the person’s whole game. Just sayin. Perhaps this offseason when we are searching for topics you can enlighten me as to why you think he can be a franchise guy and not just a gimmick QB. (And No, Directing me to youtube will not be a satisfactory answer.)

  • ghostraiders

    454… good advice… don’t let anyone watch your child!!.. call me paranoid. .. I wont let my kid stay with anyone.. fvck that!!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:34 am
    MR you obviously don’t know a damn thing…you don’t have anyone watch your child!…ur such a btch…I wish you could meet me in the lot. Cain is a Raider and you arent
    ——-
    B@uce would probably just drop his kid off at a local Starbucks and pick him up when the game is over.

  • Dakota

    Raider Dell Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:35 am
    Dakota,
    The only immediate firing is some dude coaching the lakers, and his style sucks big time.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    I don’t know Dell, Mike Brown is starting to look a little better now….I like the defensive effort….

  • C2E

    MM = Disappointment

  • Raider Dell

    hwnrdr Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Dell, what’s up man…
    Not sure if you responded to my comment the other day but…
    When I get in the lot, I always text B, DMAC, and others to my location, then in about an hour, they find me! Dirt Lot always calls when he walks over to find me! Hope to see you there, bro!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I’m not sure when I’ll arrive, got to go to some dam party, but I’ll call B, when and if I can meet you all in the lot.

  • Method To My Madness

    I’m out…I’m ready to murder MR…see y’all later

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    315.Sullivan44 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 2:20 am
    Sullivan44 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 2:18 am

    If it weren’t for Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders would be as homogenized and steralized as all the other 31 teams.

    ……….

    I don’t know if I understand that, but I do recall that the Oakland Raiders were one of the worst teams in football in the final decade of Al Davis’s life.

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

    Forget who you were cloning on this one?

    Hurting fool.

  • LA to TheBay

    Mitchel is good at shutting down TEs. Shouldn’t be asked to do a whole lot else at this point in his career.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    B@uce, keep it real biotch!

  • ghostraiders

    Lakers playing some boring asss basketball. . But I do like the defensive play… n.y. Knicks stink.. the staples center crowd looked like sleeping zombies last night.. no energy!!

  • Dakota

    C2E Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:40 am
    MM = Disappointment
    +++++++++++

    Can’t be a disapointment if there were no expectations. Only Al expected anything much out of him.

  • Raider Dell

    ghostraiders Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:43 am
    Lakers playing some boring asss basketball. . But I do like the defensive play… n.y. Knicks stink.. the staples center crowd looked like sleeping zombies last night.. no energy!!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    GREAT COMMENT, EXACTLY

  • hwnrdr

    463.Raider Dell Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:40 am
    hwnrdr Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Dell, what’s up man…
    Not sure if you responded to my comment the other day but…
    When I get in the lot, I always text B, DMAC, and others to my location, then in about an hour, they find me! Dirt Lot always calls when he walks over to find me! Hope to see you there, bro!

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I’m not sure when I’ll arrive, got to go to some dam party, but I’ll call B, when and if I can meet you all in the lot.

    No worries brah!

  • zopi

    Enough has been said and written already.

    Seymour and Palmer are the veteran leaders and highest paid players in the team. They must set a positive tone from the get go.

    No INTs for Carson and no stupid penalties for Big Rich. These two need to show mental toughness throughout the game, and get this toughness spread out through the team.

    There has to be one full game, coached and played, left on this team, no more 4th quarter meltdowns, no more early jitters. The Raiders must have the attitude to blow up the doltz at all phases of the game, from the opening kickoff to the final gun.

    This is what has been promised all season, no more excuses, either get it done or git da fok out of Oaktown.

  • djohnnyg

    If there is any truth to NFL conspiracies THIS is the week you’ll see it.

    The league and the networks would loooove to have Tebow in the playoffs; it means big $$$ and ratings.

    I was told long ago, whenever you have a question about why something happened, follow the money.

    Believe me, the refs will be watching the Raiders very closely this Sunday.

    Look for some weird calls; lots of “holds”, PI’s, etc. etc. etc.

    The Chargers aren’t the only thing the Raiders will be battling come Sunday imo.

  • hwnrdr

    Yes, but great Raider teams of the past have beaten the team in front of them and the refs! What team will show up Sunday?

  • djohnnyg

    It’s neither here nor there, but it bugs me that people throw the “Holy Roller” game as an example of it being an even playing field when it comes to conspiracies.

    RIDICULOUS.

    They wanna compare AFC championship games and the ‘Tuck Rule’ to a early in the year REGULAR SEASON GAME.

    And when Ray Hamilton hits Stabler in the head with a forearm…THAT is a personal foul and automatic first down in any era.

    Idiots. Nobody has answer for that.

  • djohnnyg

    Holy Roller call one of the best in history though.

    “The Oakland Raiders have just won on the most unseemly, unbelievable dream of a play. Madden’s on the field is on the field. He wants to know if it’s real. They tell it is, and get your big butt outta here. He does”.

  • djohnnyg

    Well, enuff nostalgia for one day.

    Just win baby.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    R Seymour taking the lead…

    Hey Rich where were you in the NE game? Mia ? Denver? Buff?

    I’ll get off you when you get off your Ass and show up game after game, deal?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Pryor is NOT the future, another pet project that needs years to develop. Maybe in 5 years if he works his butt off, I will give him a chance

    ***

    Boss,

    you’ve officially been added to the RUE THE DAY Terrelle Pryor list. I’ve got a dunce cap with your name on it and a chair in the corner waiting for ya

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Hwn, good morning!

    Didn’t know your a Laker fan Ima give you a pass…GSW is no joke though we play defense now.

  • hwnrdr

    And when Ray Hamilton hits Stabler in the head with a forearm…THAT is a personal foul and automatic first down in any era.

    That is true…

  • hwnrdr

    480.MistaBrown Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:09 am
    Hwn, good morning!

    Didn’t know your a Laker fan Ima give you a pass…GSW is no joke though we play defense now.

    That is true, Mista…they’re looking good this year so far! And no worries…my only non Bay Area team, lol!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Hwn, get off that Laker krap and keep all your teams in the Bay. Complete yourself before it’s too late!

    ;)

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    G’morn Dmac

  • hwnrdr

    Lol…sorry, been a fan of The Lakers since the real Showtime back in 79…almost as long as I was a Raider and A’s fan! I do always like to see GSW do good though, and love going to their games! It was always fun to go to!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I know one thing…. Pryor is and will be a much better qb than tebow. … I don’t understand why people are down on this kid.. he is super athletic.. runs like the wind.. stays in great shape.. just wait.. he’s going to surprise many of you.. the only reason the media didn’t gush all over him was because he was picked by al davis..

    ***

    Ghost = semi pro blogger!

  • RaiderRockstar

    if we had a d-coordinator like the dude in Pitt, MM can be similar to Polamalu

    ***

    Dell,

    Dick LeBeau for GM ???

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Apology accepted.
    ____

    Hwnrdr Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Lol…sorry,

  • hwnrdr

    Unless he is only the GM responsible for Defense…

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    R Seymour, if you show up BIG Sunday and Den loses I will leave you alone. Do we have a deal you FK’ng slacker?

    And no melt downs!

  • Raider Dell

    Dell,

    Dick LeBeau for GM ???

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LeBeau, will never leave Pitt, he’ll retire first.

    My question to you, is this. Do you think Rod Woodson can become a defensive coordinator for the raiders.

    Many positives and negatives, but one that I can’t see is not enough experience as a coach. that is hog wash, Woodson knows how to game plan and has the smarts to define his strengths and knows what he needs help with. So before you answer, Woodson can find a savvy veteran coach to help out with some finer details, but I want him to implement his style, that he learned from Lebeau, Ryan, and others.

  • hwnrdr

    490.MistaBrown Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    R Seymour, if you show up BIG Sunday and Den loses I will leave you alone. Do we have a deal you FK’ng slacker?

    And no melt downs!

    Seymour has to come up big this Sunday!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hue is saving Pryor for the playoffs. He is our secret weapon

    ***

    ABP might be on to something here!

  • Chris in NY

    I understand the thought that it would be nice if we get in as the 6th seed and go to Houston rather than host Pitt or Baltimore, but I’ve come to the opinion that it would be better to win the division and host a first-round game.

    Raiders-Steelers at the Coliseum after a 9-year playoff drought. In the season of Al’s passing. Come on, does it get better than that?

    Bottom line: I’ll be happy no matter what happens as long as we get in. I just think Raiders-Steelers in Oakland would be more fun than Raiders-Texans in Houston.

  • Thec07

    What up RAIDER Nation?

  • hwnrdr

    What’s up, Thec?

  • Chris in NY

    I’d be in favor of Rod as DC. The guy’s a winner, bottom line.

    He’s respected. He’s a guy you’d want to play for.

    He knows the game. He was a smart, skilled player for over a decade who played under some great coordinators.

    The way to make that move feasible is to have a veteran DC with no ambition for the DC job serving as an advisor, helping Rod grow into the role. Somebody who knows the ropes but would clearly not be in a position to challenge the perceived chain of command. Can’t think of a great example of who’s out there that would fit this profile, but I’m sure there are plenty of options available.

  • Thec07

    This much I know;

    1. Raiders will get into the tournament.

    2. Raiders will host a PO game next week.

    3. Raiders will have the most potent O in the AFC PO’s

    4. Raiders will be the most dangerous team in the PO’s

  • Thec07

    Hwnrdr, whats good Brethren? Hope all is well. I have been psyched for this game for 2 weeks. Wish it was sunday 4:00pm as we all will be celebrating our ascension to our rightfull place in the NFL. AFC West Champions…

  • Thec07

    We take care of the football and this game on sunday should not be close…