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Raiders live chat today at noon

Join Bay Area News Group writer Steve Corkran for a live chat today at noon as the Oakland Raiders prepare for their Saturday exhibition game against the Detroit Lions.

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  • DJ Johnny

    NFLN does this thing called “Prseason Live” which does live look ins on all the games.

    Seeing as NFLN is talking this game up alot, i imagine our game will get a lot of play.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Game is replayed on NFL Network on Sunday @ 8 PM….

  • DJ Johnny

    “Let’s look in at the Raiders and Lions where Darren McFadden has made alot of big runs but lets take a look at this interception from Carson Palmer…Palmer is 12-14 and 150 yds. but this interception was awful”.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Game is listed as on Raiders broadcast Network (Channel 58 in Sacramento and surrounding areas) @ 4 pm…but says it is subject to change….

    I wonder if it is blacked out if that channel will show it later on that same evening….according to the guide….doesn’t say.

  • DJ Johnny

    352.backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 24th, 2012 at 11:28 pm
    Game is replayed on NFL Network on Sunday @ 8 PM….

    Cool. Preseason or not, this is one i’d like to see a Raider W.

    The last 6 of 7 times the Raiders have taken the field and played a game where they are keeping score, they have lost.

    It’s not good for my psyche.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I was talking smack about Seymour today and was reminded about this play and I swelled up with pride…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1PhjFs18MA

    The best thing about this play was the lack of a response by everyone surrounding it…everyone turned a blind eye and didn’t mind that it happened….not even the QBs own lineman came to his aid…

  • purvisman

    Comcast has it listed live for me on 58. I’m 50-60 miles other side of Sactown from Oakland but still get screwed with regular season blackouts. Probably because feed is from Sac and gets within the 75 mile blackout radius.

  • purvisman

    I still don’t get how Comcast can target commercials to individual zip codes, but can’t tailor the NFL feed around the blackout radius.

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  • Twinkle

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 24th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I was talking smack about Seymour today and was reminded about this play and I swelled up with pride…
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’ve been talking up this ‘play’ for weeks as an example
    of his leadership(being an unabashed Seymour fanboy)…
    the refs started this one by not calling the offensive holds (obvious on every play) on Pittsburg but calling them on us.(Papa was going off).The result….they were wiping the floor with our a$$.Rapistberger crows in the wrong guys ear….POW…. have seat scumbag.
    Loved it nobody said or did sh!t….Backstage…that made me as proud as hell to be a RAIDER.

  • Twinkle

    Best part…he didn’t even turn his head to look….just threw his right palm over his left shoulder and damn near broke scumbags neck….wonder what discipline of the martial arts he practices?

  • Twinkle

    As far as laptops….you can get a Lenovo Thinkpad on Ebay for under $200 used…..As Backstage recommends buy from a reputable source and you can guarantee it will work.They have older Thinkpads that are upgradable to win 7 64 bit and the best service for driver updates etc.
    Run a Lenovo System update and it hooks your laptop to a server and downloads and installs all the software and latest device drivers while you sleep.Awesome.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    :)

  • Twinkle

    Backstage did you read any of the comments underneath that video?Guy from Buffalo asks….why does Scumbag Oakland even have an NFL team?
    Answer a$$hole…how do you spell Bills?….with four L’s of course.Or Bills…whatever was wrong with the original name…..your Buffalo Bison’s.Jack Kemp was damn
    good…shame the rest of the squad sucked.Bet OJ was sooo
    happy you drafted his a$$…and on and on.

  • Twinkle

    Can you spell Norwood boy’s and girl’s….I bet you can.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I just want Seymour to suit up for practice….maybe put his friggin helmet on and set an example….

    He wants to rest his knees…..I get it…but don’t punk the system….

    He gets paid and he needs to bring with that the responsibility of being the leader and setting an example for the young guys….

    That example IMO is not sitting out all week after his last play on the field was getting driven back 3 yards into the end zone….

    I will admit that nothing he does will satisfy me…but he can give a lil more than what I’ve been seein’

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    r8eray Says:
    August 24th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    Vegas,Dodgers closing on blockbuster deal to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett from Red Sox!!!!!!

    U gotta love that?

    No?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Gonzalez can hit.
    On the other hand Boston is kind of eager to get rid of Becket. They think he’s trouble in the clubhouse.

  • Twinkle

    I’m not even sure if it is his call.From what I see of the man….he leads by example and the kids on the squad
    (all 60 of em)have to be in awe of a guy with three rings and seven Pro Bowls.

    One video or a thousand words http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=12vY33lbq1M

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Poker Anyone?

    You’re not sure if it’s his call?

    It is his call..who in the organization makes the dollars he does?

    No one.

    So, logic would tell you that no one who makes less money is going to tell him what to do…

    POINT BLANK…they (the coaches) don’t have the balls to confront him!

    It’s Richards way of showing he is the ALPHA….

    Maybe the Raiders should hire someone who they pay nothing to who can come in and just motivate him….cause sitting out practice at training camp isn’t cutting it….maybe that way the motivator (who has nothing to lose) can impress upon the man that he is simply being lazy?

    Tommy Kelly is a year younger…he doesn’t sit out of practice….although I’m sure he would like to….

    You want a video which says a thousand words…I’ve got one for ya:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVXKOb5EE7Y

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  • Twinkle

    Hey PommieRaider…(little colonial touch)…enjoyed your posts last night regarding socialism et al.Fact I enjoyed reading the entire blog.
    Wot’s this I hear about Andy being tested for enhancing implants….Nonsense…England wins a tennis gold every hundred years or so weather they need one or not.

    W.C.
    “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    “All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”

    =Baltasar Gracian=

  • Twinkle

    Backstage…I will defer to your knowledge but I still love the dude…reminds me some past spirits.Wimbley even calls him up which says a lot to me.He also got Kelly to lose weight and start playing to his abilities.

    I see your a big ‘Coolhand Luke’ fan.Did you ever get the “coolhand luke” comic books?Maybe a TV cartoon show also?They were really funny.

  • Twinkle

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 3:37 am

    “All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”

    =Baltasar Gracian=

    Never a truer word spoken.

  • Raider Riff

    Stay away from HP computers, or any electronics for that matter. HP is crap.

    Go with a Samsung. You can never go wrong with that brand.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Didn’t know there was a cartoon or a comic….probably beyond my time….but the movie hit home the first time I saw it….

    Good Talk Twinkl3….

    Good Morning ;)

  • Twinkle

    Riff….Enjoyed your posts last night…didn’t realize
    that this historical information was even available in the US.I can go a lot further than you touched on as far as 1930-1950 Europe but this forum is definitely not the place for that.
    As with you and I regarding Gannon I disagree with you as far as HP and Samsung are concerned.Some HP laptops from 2007-2010 (higher end larger display models)were some of the best.Lenovo make the best and Samsung in their many different persona’s are a hit and miss affair.
    By and large Lenovo is consistent quality and the others are mostly crap.

  • Twinkle

    Backstage good morning to you.
    This comic thing may well have been while I was living in Germany….the TV cartoon also but that may have been a memory hallucination.If so it’s damn real as I remember the voices and I remember them in English not German.Got something to waste some of Mr Gracian’s topic on…here I go googling.

  • Twinkle

    Robert Redford = some of the best movies ever made.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Klas has laptop that gets real hot. Computer would just shut down when blazing. I got one of those fans to plug into it and it works much better. Klas wanted to buy a Mac laptop but could not justify coughing up that much cheddar.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Maybe big Reggie can make a trade for Matt Flynn in the off season if Russel is the man in Seattle.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Twinkle Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Robert Redford = some of the best movies ever made.
    _____________________________________________________

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1hQuzJPRDA

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    I always liked Paul Newman better. The Hustler is great movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj5Egv0GYG4&feature=related

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Biggest mystery in the world is how hot women keep dating John Mayer. He is the douchiest of douches. He dumps Katy Perry? Really? He not even that good looking. Klas will never understand women.

  • Plunketthead

    As the Oakland Raiders’ defense prepare for their toughest test of the preseason against the Detroit Lions, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver wants to see the defense continue to show progression. As a first year defense coordinator in the NFL, Tarver is teaching his defense to a new team, but likes what he has seen with team work and process.

    “It’s all about process, it really is,” Tarver said. “It’s about teaching progression and processing. Putting everything together in categories so we can progress where we want to go. It’s great that they can see that because now they are putting those things together, going, ‘oh this looks like this. I see myself in this making plays.’ But now we’ve got to do it and we have to do it with 11 guys together.”

    Tarver broke into the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and spent 10 years with the team, most coming as a linebackers coach. Last season he jumped to Stanford to be the co-defensive coordinator and the Cardinal led the Pac 12 in six defense categories. After all he has a master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology helping him match wits against the offense.

    The first year Raiders’ defensive coordinator wants to utilize multiple defensive looks and schemes. He will be tasked with improving a defense that last season ranked 27th against both the run and the pass. He will use both man and zone coverages. One of the most important aspects Tarver wants to bring to the Raiders is pressure by dialing up blitzes.

    “There’s good pressure at times,” Tarver said. “More encouraged is the guys working together and the mindset. It’s about mindset, it’s about I know where I’m going and you’ve got to deal with me.”

    There has been much chatter from players like Michael Huff and Richard Seymour that this Raiders defense under Tarver has a chance to be top five. The players love the system because it allows them to be aggressive and make plays. As far as being a top five defense when 2012 is done, Tarver defines good defense in his terms.

    “How do you rank a top-five defense” Tarver said. “There’s a lot of ways, but the biggest one is getting the heck off the field and getting the ball to Carson and the guys. That’s the biggest one, that’s what we want to do. The other stats with that, that’s a result of controlling how we get off the field. Third down percentage, red zone touchdown percentage, those are a couple that are good markers.

    With the third NFL preseason game widely regarded as the closest to a regular season game as far as starters playing more time and game planning for a specific opponent, Tarver sees the Detroit Lions as a significant challenge. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and company will give the Raiders defense their best test of the offseason.

    “It’s a good order for us,” Tarver said. “You got Dallas that can throw it, and wants to run [the ball] downhill at you. You have Arizona who shifts a little bit and still runs downhill at you, and of course as a good wide receiver. And then you have Detroit that runs it more than most people think they do, but it is a little bit more spread out and they try to get match-ups for their good players. Of course we know the guy with the nickname who is on the cover of ESPN The Magazine this week. But they have other players, and that quarterback he gets it out. It’s kind of a nice progression for us. Facing those three, two styles, and a little slightly different style, with slightly different personnel groups. So we can learn how to use our rules for all our different defenses.”

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Minnesota Fats (Gleason) steals the show in the best scene in that movie IMO:

    Getting his butt kicked (at the beginning of the movie) and heads to the bathroom to wash his hands….Starts over like he is beginning a whole new day….all in a singular moment….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GLB3sg_OXo&feature=related

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Paul Newman also makes a hell of a pasta sauce.

  • Plunketthead

    NAPA — It’s at the most basic level of the game and yet, the Raiders spent much of training camp working on perfecting the art of tackling.

    Yes, it’s all about desire, but there’s technique involved as well, obviously.

    “As a coach you want to help players get better, so you want to put them in positions, No. 1, where they’re not going to hurt themselves, and this is from teaching little kids to NFL players — you’ve got to teach them how to tackle,” said first-year defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. “You’ve got to teach them to keep their hips down and their eyes up and their feet moving and the correct leverage and know where their help is. So we drill it…we emphasize it in the team period. We talk about, for example, if you and I are going to make a tackle and I’m on the outside of you, I’d say, Outside, outside, outside.

    “That lets those players know that I’m on his outside. Those little things and knowing where your help is, makes you a better team, makes you a better tackling team. And then, the body position. So knowing where your help is, and the body position on contact are things we’ve emphasized since Day 1. And you can do that without pads on.”

    Strong safety Mike Mitchell came into the NFL with a reputation as a hard hitter and has taken Tarver’s lessons to heart, calling him a “baby genius” earlier in camp.

    “Tackling is a mentality,” Mitchell said. “I remember a long time ago, a defensive coordinator I had in college was telling us about Vince Lombardi, and he said, ‘Imagine that someone just took everything that you had…and you had to get it back. That’s tackling.’

    “It’s more of a mentality and a desire to want to tackle. We can practice it as much as you want, but there’s that moment in the game, and the guy’s got the ball, you got to have that intent and desire to get him down. We’re all professionals, too, I’ve been playing since I was six, but you know how to tackle, you know how to tackle.”

    One of the bigger criticisms of middle linebacker Rolando McClain through his first two seasons in the NFL was his tackling, or lack thereof.

    Against Dallas in each team’s exhibition opener on Aug. 13, McClain blasted Cowboys tight end Jason Witten hard enough to lacerate his spleen. But he did not tackle him, per se.

    “As he was coming off the field, I said that was a great job on a bootleg, like we’ve been working all camp, now wrap him up,” Tarver said, recalling his brief conversation with McClain. “That’s exactly what I told him.”

    And that’s exactly what Tarver preached to his defense all camp.

  • Plunketthead

    NAPA — Richard Seymour has not practiced since Friday night’s exhibition at Arizona, sitting out the last three practices, and while the Raiders defensive tackle has had what’s been described as a troublesome knee early in camp, Seymour sitting out is more a courtesy extended a veteran than anything else.

    “It’s not an injury,” said Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen. “He’s an older veteran guy and his knees get a little sore, so we try to rest him to make sure we get him ready to play.

    “When a guy gets more age on him, you have to be careful as far as how much you use him. The deal is we have to get him enough work to get him ready to play, but yet have him ready to play so we can have him for a full 16 games this year.”

    Seymour, who turns 33 on Oct. 6, is entering his 12th NFL season.

    “I think anytime you go into camp you kind of know at some point in time some of these veteran players are going to need some time off,” Allen said. “He pushed real hard early in camp and then as we kind have gotten into camp, we’ve taken more time off with him.”

    Still, Allen said Seymour is expected to play Saturday against Detro

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Lions 27, Raiders 17

  • Plunketthead

    NAPA — Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski’s strained calf is not only keeping him from live reps in practice but will most likely keep him out of Oakland’s all-important third exhibition game, Saturday against Detroit.

    “I wouldn’t expect him to play this week, no,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said following practice Wednesday.

    Wisniewski, the Raiders’ top draft pick out of Penn State in 2011, is learning a new position after excelling at left guard last year. He was injured, though, in the Raiders’ preseason opener against Dallas on Aug. 13.

    So is Wisniewski simply too hurt to play this week, or is it too close to the regular season to risk further injury?

    “It’s a little bit of both,” Allen said. “If we were in the regular season could he push through and play? Probably. Maybe. I don’t know.

    “We’re not going to take that chance right now in a preseason game.”

    Alex Parsons has been taking the first-team snaps at center and no matter who gets the call on Sept. 10, he will be the Raiders’ sixth different starting center in as many years.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The score of the Detroit game doesn’t mean jack, just ask Richard Seymour…

  • Plunketthead

    NAPA — Stefen Wisniewski missed all of the Raiders’ offseason training programs, having undergone shoulder surgery.

    And since the Raiders’ first offensive series against Dallas in each team’s exhibition opener, Wisniewski has been sidelined by a strained calf.

    Not exactly what you need from a guy making the transition to center from left guard, right?

    “He needs to get the reps,” coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday of Wisniewski. “It’s football and you don’t just show up and play, so every day he’s not out here he’s a little bit farther behind.

    “But he’s been keeping up mentally as far as taking the mental reps and in the meetings, but it’s hard to replace those physical reps you get here and in games.”

    In his place at center, practice squad refugee Alex Parsons has excelled and all-but-solidified his place on the Raiders’ 53-man roster.

    “Offseason was awesome,” Parsons said. “The fact that you get he reps and you’re going against the two tough guys, obviously, Tommy Kelly and (Richard) Seymour. The fact that you get the reps, you can have your system down.”

    Parsons said he dropped 18 pounds from the end of last season, which is also helping his play. And appearance.

    “I look better in white,” Parsons joked. “I don’t have that gut. There’s a huge difference conditioning-wise as well.”

    Getting all of Wisniewski’s reps of late does not hurt, either.

    “He’s done well,” Allen said. “He’s done well. As a matter of fact, he was competing the whole time and we were impressed with what we’ve seen out of him. Again, we’ve got a next-man-up philosophy. If Wiz is ready to go, great. If not, then it’s next-man-up and Alex will go in there and play and we expect to see results from him, and he’s given us every indication that we’ll see that.”

    ***

    Allen said with Jacoby Ford and his sore left foot — he was still walking around in a boot Tuesday after hurting it Friday — unlikely to play and Denarius Moore still nursing a sore hamstring, undrafted rookie Rod Streater would start at one of the receiver spots against Detroit on Saturday.

    “Again, next-man-up philosophy,” Allen said. “He’s the next man up on the list. We put him up and go out and do your job.”

    Streater has 13 catches for 109 yards in two preseason games.

    “He’s been forced into the starting role and because of injuries, it doesn’t seem like he’s earned it,” said quarterback Carson Palmer. “But he can play with the best of them.”

    ***

    Free safety Michael Huff returned to the Raiders after being excused last weekend to attend the birth of his daughter, Madeline Rae.

    “She was 6 (pounds), 2 (ounces),” Huff said. “She was born (at) 4:24. That’s a great number, the 24. I made sure I pulled her right out at 24. I was looking at the clock.”

    For those of you needing a program, yes, Huff wears No. 24.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Palmer will get first TD pass. Pryor will score 0 again.

  • Plunketthead

    NAPA, Calif. — Stefen Wisniewski has a tough enough adjustment to make in his second year in the NFL after having changed positions and blocking systems with the Oakland Raiders.

    Injuries that are keeping him off the practice field are only making that job more difficult.

    After missing all off-season workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery, Wisniewski has now been sidelined more than a week with an injured calf sustained in the exhibition opener.

    The lack of time on the practice field for Wisniewski is becoming a growing concern for the Raiders, who are counting on Wisniewski to anchor the line at center this season as the team adapts to the zone blocking system.

    “He needs to get the reps,” coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday. “It’s football and you don’t just show up and play so every day he’s not out here he’s a little bit further behind. But he’s been keeping up mentally as far as taking the mental reps and in the meetings but it’s hard to replace those physical reps you get here and in games.”

    Wisniewski suffered the shoulder injury in his rookie season and played through a labrum tear for most of the year. He still was impressive for the most part as a key part of Oakland’s line at left guard, but did struggle at times late in the season.

    He had surgery after the season and spent the entire off-season program rehabbing, attending meetings and watching his teammates learn a new system as Oakland moved from a power blocking to a zone blocking scheme that puts more emphasis on quickness than strength for linemen.

    “You got to be able to move,” Wisniewski said. “If you look at our O-line, that’s one thing we all can do across the board. We can move, we can run, we’re athletic. So I think it’s going to work for us, especially with the speed we’ve got at running back.”

    The Raiders were hoping to give Wisniewski a lot of work in training camp to make up for lost time as he moved to center to replace the departed Samson Satele.

    But that ended when he left the exhibition opener against Dallas on Aug. 13 following the first drive with the injured calf. He hasn’t practiced since and with less than three weeks until the season opener against San Diego on Sept. 10, time is of the essence to get Wisniewski ready.

    “We talk after every series, every play,” backup center Alex Parsons said. “When we’re out here on the field he’ll come up to me and ask me what happened and what I saw and what he saw and we’ll discuss what happened.”

    Parsons has gotten plenty of time to work with the first-team line at center. Parsons originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Southern California in 2010. He was part of the final cuts after each of his first two training camps, spending two years on the practice squad.

    He hopes this is the year he finally sticks.

    “It’s tough to see your team out there and you practice with them,” Parsons said. “Last year we didn’t travel to road games. It’s one of those things where you look at your team on TV and you wish you were out there. You just have to make the best of your experience now.”

    Parsons came back again this season to Oakland hoping to make the squad on his third try. He lost about 20 pounds, which has made him quicker for the new system.

    Now he’s getting a chance to show how that helps him on the field and has impressed his teammates so far.

    “We didn’t skip a beat with protection calls, we didn’t skip a beat in the run game,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “Everything was just kind of flowing and easy and there weren’t any mental mistakes as far as that’s concerned. When you’re in the huddle with a guy and you notice that he’s a rookie, that he’s a guy that hasn’t been in the huddle a bunch, that’s concerning, and it’s not that way at all with Alex.He’s been on top of everything.”

  • Plunketthead

    OAKLAND — The Detroit Lions have made it through two preseason games so far, but tonight’s game at Oakland is more significant than their recent loss against Cleveland, or last week’s victory against Baltimore.

    Tonight will give Lions fans a better look at this year’s team.

    Obviously, a win or loss is not that important, but Detroit’s first-teamers need to show consistency and chemistry, while players off the bench must prove they deserve playing time in 2012.

    Here are five things to watch during tonight’s preseason game:

    Like a rookie again
    Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is entering his second NFL season, but has never played in an NFL game. An Achilles tendon injury sidelined Leshoure last year. Leshoure was slowed by a hamstring injury this preseason. It appears Leshoure’s injuries are behind him and he is expected to play tonight. Everyone finally gets a chance to see what Leshoure can do in the NFL.

    Bentley back on the road
    Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley will have a chance to solidify himself as a starter this season. Bentley started for Detroit in week one of the preseason, but Jacob Lacey received the nod last week. Detroit will likely start Bentley against Oakland at right cornerback, which would indicate it is his position to lose.

    Wonderful Wendling
    The less safety Louis Delmas practices, the more John Wendling’s odds of starting on opening day increase. Delmas is recovering from knee surgery, and coach Jim Schwartz has not said if his safety will be ready to play against the St. Louis Rams in week one. Wendling is meeting the expectations of defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and Schwartz. He can secure their confidence in him with another solid performance.

    A special team
    It is never a good sign when Schwartz not only threatens to find better players because he was dissatisfied with a special teams performance, but he turns around and signs receiver Kassim Osgood, a specialist in that area. Schwartz has put his players on notice that subpar play on special teams will not be tolerated. If players do respond this week, they will definitely not like Schwartz’s response when he replaces them.

    Keep the doctor away
    When all is said and done, the most important outcome on Saturday is escaping without injuries. As much as coaches, players and fans want their team to play well, avoiding injuries is the only victory that really counts. If players can return to Detroit healthy, everyone can shift their attention toward St. Louis.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Plunketthead, thanks for boring everyone with your cut and paste jobs.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Where are all the cool kids? I’m out.

  • Plunketthead

    Here are five things to keep an eye on Saturday night as the Lions play the Raiders in their third preseason game:

    • Leshoure thing: Sixteen months after they drafted him, Mikel Leshoure is finally expected to make his Lions debut. Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon last year and missed most of camp this year with a strained hamstring. He’ll play plenty Saturday as the Lions try to get him ready for the season.

    • More: Hope runs deeps for Leshoure’s Lions debut

    • Half and half: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and other starters will play about a half Saturday. Pay close attention, cause this will be your last extended look at them until games count.

    • More: QB Kellen Moore locks up Lions’ third-string spot

    • Under cover: The Lions struggled mightily on special teams last week against the Ravens. Keep an eye on their coverage and return units Saturday. They made a few minor changes, and some of the faces you’ll see are fighting for jobs.

    • Rush hour: Oakland ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing last year, so Darren McFadden and Co. should provide a stern test for a Lions defense that struggled stopping the run at times (5.0 ypc allowed). Remember, Stephen Jackson awaits in Week 1.

    • First dance: The Lions’ first-team offense doesn’t have a first-quarter point this preseason. It’s not a huge concern considering how little planning goes into exhibition games. Still, it’d be nice to see Stafford find his rhythm early.

  • Plunketthead

    Klas pour me a glass of reindeer milk and get ready for Raider football.