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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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  • The Big Banana

    #498 – only if DMAC gets healthy in time.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Villapiano

    The biggest disappointment will be if Raiders destroy the Chargers and still don’t get into the playoffs.

  • Chris in NY

    Get in.

    Get McFadden back.

    Go far.

  • The Big Banana

    All is forgotten if this team makes the playoffs. New season. Get healthy and play like we all know you can.

  • hwnrdr

    I hear ya, Thec…can’t work today for some reason…want to be in Oakland already celebrating with The Nation!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Hue is going to shake his crank on Sunday no doubt. Expect this dude to do anything…Pryor could line up as a WR, Bush could play Qb for a play, a dbl reverse flea flicker isn’t out the realm.

  • Thec07

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:48 am
    Hue is going to shake his crank on Sunday no doubt. Expect this dude to do anything…Pryor could line up as a WR, Bush could play Qb for a play, a dbl reverse flea flicker isn’t out the realm.

    ++++++

    hahahahaha….My man Brown…How are you Brethren?

  • Thec07

    ABP, make no mistake about it, we are going to the tournament…

  • Thec07

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:45 am
    #498 – only if DMAC gets healthy in time.

    +++++++++

    I will respectfully disagree.

    DHB, DMO, and JFORD open up the run game. No way you can stack the box when these 3 guys are playing.

    Mbush had his best game in SD, the passing game was clicking, the box could not be stacked. MBUSH had holes that I could have ran through for positive yards.

    The even bigger wildcard is TJONES….

    DMAC is our HR threat no doubt, he houses most of the runs from MBUSH and we would be that much more dangerous however, we are dangerous with our 3 best Wr playing in the same game…

  • Dakota

    WE.
    WILL.
    WIN.

    NOW PLEASE PASS ME THE KFC SLAW AND MCDONALD’S CHEESEBURGERS!

  • raiderinparadise

    Thec07 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    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

    ———

    I feel ya, BUT have you seen our defense?

  • R8ER MIKE

    If T. Pryor stayed in school and were to come out this year, do you think he would be a first round draft pick? and if so , do you think we could trade him for a first round pick ?

  • Dakota

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:02 am
    If T. Pryor stayed in school and were to come out this year, do you think he would be a first round draft pick? and if so , do you think we could trade him for a first round pick ?

    ++++++++++

    No and No….but, if Pryor gets some limited game time in the next couple of years and lights it up, we might find a sucker who would give us a first round pick for him based on that limited look.

  • HairyBush

    I was just looking at our season along with the win/loss pattern.

    This is how the season broke down:

    win/loss
    win/loss
    win win/loss loss
    win win win/ loss loss loss
    win/…

  • Dakota

    HairyBush Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:05 am
    I was just looking at our season along with the win/loss pattern.

    This is how the season broke down:

    win/loss
    win/loss
    win win/loss loss
    win win win/ loss loss loss
    win/…
    __________

    Hey, stop that schyznit!

  • HairyBush

    NOW PLEASE PASS ME THE KFC SLAW AND MCDONALD’S CHEESEBURGERS!
    ——————-
    I wish I had someone I could send on food runs!

  • Thec07

    I feel ya, BUT have you seen our defense?

    +++++++=

    Yes I have. I have been very critical of the defense. The game they played in KC was a prime example of what we could be, sans the last KC two drives. Bres has to do better, and the players have to do better focus and concentrate.

    We have not seen a complete game from this team however, I beleive as a primer we will see it on sunday, and expect to see it more going forward.

  • inonewordraider

    reading sam farmer la times picks:

    jets win, raiders win, denver win, cincy win. says with cincy ravens picked off dalton 3 times in balt yet only won by a td

  • MEX_GHOST

    Qodrn1,

    Great Raiders 34 – Little Sparks 27

    I wait for big plays in both offenses.

  • Thec07

    win/loss
    win/loss
    win win/loss loss
    win win win/ loss loss loss
    win/…

    ++++++++++

    based on that we give up our 1st roud draft pick in 2013.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    G’morn Thec, happy new year!

  • Thec07

    Happy new year to you to Brown!!! Hope you get all the prosperity you can handle in 2012.

  • raiderinparadise

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    In 4 career starts vs SD, Carson Palmer has completed 88 of 123 passes (71.5 percent) for 1,322 yards and 11 TDs with 2 INTs — 129.5 rating
    3 minutes ago

  • morilla

    the good thing about Pryor is we won’t see him for at least another two years.

  • inonewordraider

    random stat: Broncos have won 9 of 10 versus Chiefs in Denver

  • C2E

    Hue won’t risk an unproven product like Pryor in a tight game with SD. That said, if it’s a blowout in our favor, I could see a reverse or half back pass.

  • Thec07

    I gotta run

    DHB DMO JFORD <—– STOP THEM IF YOU CAN…

    1 NATION….RAIDER NATION

  • hwnrdr

    Well, Nation!!!
    hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! ANd for those of you that cannot make the game on Sunday, HAPPY FN NEW YEAR!!!
    For those that will be there, also! LOL…
    Happy New Year guys…getting let out early, so…have fun and be safe!

  • Thec07

    inonewordraider Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am
    random stat: Broncos have won 9 of 10 versus Chiefs in Denver

    +++++++++

    Random stat: denver is 0-2 since von miller has had his thumb injury. He has 1 ackle in each of the last 2 games, with zero sacks.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    It all falls on the shoulders of K Orton.

    :(
    _____

    Thec07 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    ABP, make no mistake about it, we are going to the tournament…

  • MEX_GHOST

    515.Dakota Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:06 am
    HairyBush Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:05 am
    I was just looking at our season along with the win/loss pattern.

    This is how the season broke down:

    win/loss
    win/loss
    win win/loss loss
    win win win/ loss loss loss
    win/…
    __________

    Hey, stop that schyznit!
    _________________________________

    Don´t stop it, this is how ends:
    win/loss
    win/loss
    win win/loss loss
    win win win/ loss loss loss
    win win win win/AFCC SB Wk1 Wk2.
    Hope in the AFC Championship game then stop the schyznit!

    Right???

  • beach

    525. Denver also had won their last 11 season home openers until this year!

  • inonewordraider

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    For his career, Philip Rivers is 25-3 as a starter in December and January. That’s pretty good
    15 minutes ago

  • boss01

    inonewordraider Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am
    random stat: Broncos have won 9 of 10 versus Chiefs in Denver

    +++++++++

    Random stat: denver is 0-2 since von miller has had his thumb injury. He has 1 ackle in each of the last 2 games, with zero sacks.

    +++++++++

    Random stat: denver 0-2 last two games, after defenses started playing more man coverage vs teblow and started stacking the box. Teams now have a blueprint on how to stop him. On the flip side, their defense has gotten rolled, B dawkins might be a no go, chump bailey will get toasted by bowe

  • inonewordraider

    I wonder what the lifespan of a Raider fan is compared to other sports fans?

  • LA to TheBay

    Stats mean nada.

    Throw em out the window.

  • Dakota

    inonewordraider Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am
    I wonder what the lifespan of a Raider fan is compared to other sports fans?

    ++++++++++++

    I am 35 and thought I was going to stroke out watching the KC game last week.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Happy New Year Raider Nation, we are in the playoffs!

  • HairyBush

    Thec07 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:10 am
    win/loss
    win/loss
    win win/loss loss
    win win win/ loss loss loss
    win/…

    ++++++++++

    based on that we give up our 1st roud draft pick in 2013.
    —————–
    Sounds good to me

  • C2E

    535.inonewordraider Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am
    I wonder what the lifespan of a Raider fan is compared to other sports fans?


    I don’t want to know :)

  • HairyBush

    What was the scenario for us to have the wild card?
    We win and cincy loses then what?

  • HairyBush

    C2E Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:24 am
    535.inonewordraider Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am
    I wonder what the lifespan of a Raider fan is compared to other sports fans?


    I don’t want to know
    ——————
    I don’t know much, But it’s not good for the blood pressure being a Raider fan!

  • bcz24

    541.HairyBush Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    What was the scenario for us to have the wild card?
    We win and cincy loses then what?
    **************
    Cin and TEN need to lose.

  • Dakota

    HairyBush Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    What was the scenario for us to have the wild card?
    We win and cincy loses then what?
    ____________

    Tenn loses or Jets win….I think.

  • C2E

    541.HairyBush Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    What was the scenario for us to have the wild card?
    We win and cincy loses then what?

    Cool link:
    http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/AFC_playoff_seeding_2011.jpg

  • bcz24

    If Tenn wins then we need the jets to win. We win a 4 way tie between us cin ten nyj, but lose a 3 way tie between cin and ten

  • Just Win Baby

    Do people really think that if McFadden could play that he would make that much of a difference right away? Dude hasn’t played in 2 months, he’s still not even healthy enough to practice, if he did play he wouldn’t be at 100 percent and would risk re-injuring his foot. I honestly think that we would be better off with Bush at 100 percent than McFadden still recovering and with 2 months of rust and inactivity to break through. If you’re looking forward to seing DMC playing, you are already looking forward to next season.

  • HairyBush

    I was hoping the Balt/Cin and Den/KC game were the early games But I suppose it is better this way.

  • HairyBush

    bcz24 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:28 am
    If Tenn wins then we need the jets to win. We win a 4 way tie between us cin ten nyj, but lose a 3 way tie between cin and ten
    ——————-
    enough to make your head spin

  • Dakota

    bcz24 Says:
    December 30th, 2011 at 11:28 am
    If Tenn wins then we need the jets to win. We win a 4 way tie between us cin ten nyj, but lose a 3 way tie between cin and ten

    ++++++++++++++++++

    But we do not lose a three way tie between us, Cincy and the Jets correct?