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Allen, Raiders not too absorbed in victory

Raiders coach Dennis Allen turned 40 and notched his first victory as an NFL head coach over the weekend. Yeah, so, Allen seemed to say Monday. That’s nice, but there isn’t any time to celebrate much in the NFL, especially when Peyton Manning is your next opponent.
So it is that Allen conducted his weekly news conference, then headed off to begin breaking down videotape of Manning and the Denver Broncos, less than 24 hours after the Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31 at the Oakland Coliseum.
Allen said he celebrated the victory with some friends Sunday night. During the week, he’s all business, searching for a way to keep his players on task and underscoring the importance of the upcoming game.
Allen drove home the point last week by handing out wooden bats to everyone on the roster.
Bats? Yes, bats. Let’s go to outside linebacker Philip Wheeler for an explanation.
“The whole team got the bats,” Wheeler said. “That was the theme, man. Coach D.A. was telling us, ‘Man, it’s going to be one of those fights you got to swing our bats for 60 minutes, and that’s what we did. We had to bring the wood, and they gave us the wooden bats. We brought the wood and we swung it for 60 minutes.”
Allen and quarterback Carson Palmer stressed how physical the game would be against the Steelers and the need to stand up to the Steelers and match them blow for blow.
In the end, it was the Raiders who delivered the knockout punch in the form of a 43-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired.
The Raiders improved to 1-2, tying the Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs for second place in the AFC West, one game behind the San Diego Chargers.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Raiders, if history is any judge, finding a way to beat Manning, defensive tackle Richard Seymour said.
“He’s definitely the best that I’ve faced,” Seymour said. “You name all the accolades, he has them. He’s probably the best quarterback to suit up. He’s as good as advertised. They don’t build the league around him and his commercials and that sort of thing for nothing. He’s the real deal. And he’s a team guy.
“From my years in facing him, seeing him over at the Pro Bowl as well, he’s also a great guy off the field as well. So he’s good for the NFL, obviously the Broncos are fortunate to have him. But see if we can’t make him pay this week.”
Wheeler was a teammate of Manning’s the past four seasons, when both played for the Indianapolis Colts. He said he playing against Manning in practice every day helped expedite his learning curve as an NFL player.
“He made me a great player, just by playing against him, hearing him talk, hear him talk to his offense,” Wheeler said. “Like pointing out things against the defense when I was on defense. I was like, ‘Wow, he’s looking at that aspect of our defense.’ He made me a great player just being around him.”
Wheeler is hopeful of using some of the knowledge he gleaned to help the Raiders solve the riddle that is deciphering all the gibberish that Manning spews at the line of scrimmage in an attempt to throw off the defense and get his team into a favorable position before the play.
Wheeler, no doubt, remembers more than he lets on, and Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver certainly will pump him for information all week.
“I used to know a couple of things, a couple of sounds,” Wheeler said. “The run to the right, I used to know it. One of them was like ‘stadium’ or something like that. I forgot ‘em, man. He didn’t play last year when I was there, and it’s been a little while, so I’m going to have to call one of my boys that played with me that remember them.”
Yeah, OK, Philip.

– Tight end Brandon Myers caught all four passes thrown his way against the Steelers. That kept intact a rather impressive streak for Myers.
He has caught all 15 passes thrown him the first three games. By comparison, no other player in the NFL has caught more than nine passes without a drop or incompletion.
Myers is second on the Raiders in receptions (15) to running back Darren McFadden (17) and first in receiving yards (206). Not bad for a guy that was an afterthought in the passing game his first three seasons. He already has set a career-high in yards. He will tie his career-best in receptions with his next catch.

– The Raiders committed 14 penalties for 102 yards their first three games this season. They committed 30 for 271 yards their first three games last season.
What’s worse, the Raiders had more penalties (15) and penalty yards (131) in their first game last season than they have so far this season.
The Raiders set league records for penalties (163) and yards penalized (1,358) last season. They are on pace for 75 for 544 yards this season.
The key, Allen said: “Just do your job, be disciplined, do it right, don’t do things that are going to cost your football team. And like I said before, at the end of the day, I have to do a good job of bringing it to their attention, the players have to do the job of getting it corrected, and they’ve done a nice job of that through three games.”
Seymour said Allen and the coaching staff are succeeding where so many of their predecessors failed.
“It’s a credit to the coaching staff and also the players on the field in terms of everybody being held accountable for their own actions,” Seymour said. “One penalty is one penalty too much. If everybody just said, ‘Well, I only got one, then you’ve got 11 on defense and 11 on offense and we still would be setting records.”

– Yes, McFadden rushed for 113 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. However, it’s way too early to declare the Raiders rushing woes ironed out.
McFadden’s first carry went for 64 yards against the Steelers. Take away that run, and he averaged only 2.9 yards on his 17 other carries. Also, he is averaging 3.8 for the season, but only 2.4 on the 43 carries other than the 64-yarder.
For what it’s worth, McFadden said his long run was a called play, not an audible by Palmer, as some suggested. McFadden said the blocking scheme remained the same Sunday as it was the first two games.
“It’s something that we’ve been doing,” McFadden said. “We always tell ourselves, you just have to keep hitting it, you’re going to get 1 yard here, 2 yards there, eventually you’re going to break the big ones. (Sunday) we were doing that.”

– Running back Taiwan Jones played quite a bit on special teams Sunday. However, he didn’t play a single snap on offense.
Jones bobbled a kick return and mishandled a toss from fullback Marcel Reece in the regular-season opener. Allen said at the time that Jones’ playing time would be affected by those miscues.
Man, Allen wasn’t kidding.
By comparison, backup Mike Goodson played three snaps, with McFadden on the field for the 54 other offensive plays.

– The Raiders had difficulty getting their hands on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. Yet, when it counted most, rookie linebacker Miles Burris got his arms around Roethlisberger and forced him to make an errant pass on a third-down play.
That forced the Steelers to punt, and the Raiders marched down the field for a game-winning field goal.
“I just ran upfield, I was going to have to take the back man-to-man if he came out my way,” Burris said. “He went out the other side, slipped through, and I got (Roethlisberger) at his ankles. He’s a strong guy, still got the ball off, but it was great to get off the field at that point.”

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  • The Big Banana

    XHOWIE75x Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:37 am
    No sympathy from this raider fan. Glad to see one of the NFL’s darlings feel what we have felt numerous times in the past.

    The Oak vs Sea game also gets overlooked as one of the most BS calls of all time. Do you guys remember that one?

    Woodson stripped Shaun Alexander and Dorsett recovered the ball and slid on the wet field into the endzone…SAFETY! I remember throwing my glass so hard it shattered into a thousand pieces. I was so pissed off.

    These other teams have dealt with it for three weeks and cant stand it.

    ———–

    Nice recall. Forgot all about that. Total BS

  • RaiderDanny

    Thanks fellas!! Yea NFL.coM dont do anything on this blackberry, time to upgrade i guess! Be home tomorrow! Recorded at the house! Recording replay tonite! Just in case!

  • inonewordraider

    I missed the WRs having a big day
    _______________
    i thought we were lucky ben didn’t pick on him more, from what i saw he couldn’t keep up with anyone

  • DMAC

    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    I’m still rolling w/ the replacement refs for our games.
    I don’t feel for the cheese heads! FK them!
    They got fked in a regular season game. We got robbed in a playoff game.

  • hwnrdr

    Whats up DMAC?
    How did your son enjoy the game?

  • RaiderDanny

    Pervis. Call me a 49er fan?! Guess he aint read my posts before?? Kind weired! Dont know what he was thinking?

  • inonewordraider

    is our d really that bad?

  • Marks hair

    Ref cock for everyone!!

  • DKnight007

    Why do some of you call the replacement officials scabs?

    They weren’t put into the position they are in.

    Blame your “god” Goodell and your almighty NFL and they’re greed.

  • The Big Banana

    Inonewordraider Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:44 am
    I missed the WRs having a big day
    _______________
    i thought we were lucky ben didn’t pick on him more, from what i saw he couldn’t keep up with anyone

    ——-

    Ben had a field day. Brown and Wallace combining for over 200 yards receiving and 2 TDs. Folks tend to look through rose colored glasses after a victory.

  • DKnight007

    Marks hair Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Fùck the “real” refs!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Agreed. The “real refs” are a joke also. They just know the rule book a bit better than the replacement refs.

  • DutchRaider77

    900.inonewordraider Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:40 am
    pressure Manning allday
    ______________
    with who? our guys get what 1 sack /game? if we safety blitz that leaves michael huff pat lee or joselio hanson 1 on 1..

    __________________________________________________

    Well it will be interesting to see if McGahee will play or not. If he does, they need to paint a mental target on that man’s ribs. No McGahee, that could mean a 3 man rush and bring pressure from different places. Lots of Nickel and dime packages?

    Think of the Monday night game against Atlanta…

  • RaiderDanny

    If u ever been to an autograph signing. And seen a whiteboy with autographs tattoo’d on his are around the Raider Emblem? THATS ME! RAAAAAIIIDERS!!!

  • DKnight007

    alex7 Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    With all the “don’t touch the QB” rules in place, Palmer can easily QB at a decent level for another 4 years.

    I think 1st round next year has changed from QB to pass-rushing OLB/DE.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

    OLB/DE Jarvis Jones baby!

  • Marks hair

    We couldnt cover anybody… we won cause we got 2 takaways.. first time all yr.. first win all yr..

  • UCLA Raiders

    I know we won but ….

    HUFF was the 7th pick of the draft with direct CB experience while at Texas and after many years of collecting paychecks still looks this bad??? I say give a young hungry CB a chance instead of HUFF. Move HUFF back to safety where he’s barely adequate and dump him after this year for sure. God knows why AD re-signed him. Nobody else wanted him after he hit the market and yet AD offered him a big scholarship.

    Pro Football Focus dropped the hammer in their evaluation of Huff:

    Huff had “spectacularly bad results. Huff displayed the kind of feel for coverage on the perimeter that Casey Hampton has for low-calorie health foods, and beat himself far more than the Steelers’ receivers could ever manage. On 3rd-and-2 he took the inspired option of playing 12 yards off the line of scrimmage, which resulted in a quick bubble screen that picked up 7 yards and a first down. What exactly did he think would happen?

    “On a slant not long after, he released the WR to the free safety after about three yards, and expected safety Matt Giordano to make up at least 10 yards to get anywhere near the play.” Huff also missed three tackles.

    Huff was pressed into duty at corner because of injuries to starters Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer and the team’s discovery in the Miami game that 5-foot-9 Joselio Hanson is limited to only playing in the slot in nickel situations.

    Look for newcomer Brandian Ross, picked up off the Packers’ practice squad last week, to get more snaps and possibly even start at cornrback this Sunday at Denver.

    As bad as PFF thinks Huff was against the Steelers, it didn’t even give him the worst grade at – 3.1. That went to defensive tackle Tommy Kelly at -4.3. Other negative standouts were defensive end Dave Tollefson (-3.0), Giordano (-2.5) and Hanson (-2.3).

  • http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/ Albert Bigelow Paine

    Raiders moved up all the way to #20 in the PFT power rankings.

  • RaiderDanny

    Arm^

  • Marks hair

    If kelly cant jump the snap he’s worthless.. and da says no more jumping..

  • DKnight007

    Back-n-Black Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I can not believe how the media has turned into big giant crybabies!

    Trent Dilfer is horrible.

    Answer this for me… WHO WILL THEY BLAME WHEN “REAL” REFS COME BACK AND BLOW CALLS?

    The media is mad because the replacement refs aren’t protecting their favorite teams.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Thats what I have been saying….the media and game announcers have been more critical of these replacement refs in 3 games then they are during a full season with the great “real refs”?

    When the real refs screwed up, they would all swallow their tongues.

  • DKnight007

    Marks hair Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    We couldnt cover anybody… we won cause we got 2 takaways.. first time all yr.. first win all yr..

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly and because Palmer took over play calling duties on offense in the 2nd half also.

    Palmer reminded me of Gannon and Peyton out there in the 2nd half.

    Let’s hope CP doesn’t let up and continues to run the no huddle, read defenses and call audibles as much as possible.

  • DKnight007

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Chargers and Rams going to L.A. probably.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep. It will be two out of the three teams the Chargers, Rams or Jags that wind up in L.A.

  • Raider Riff

    The replacement ref issue is kinda funny.

    The rest of the league is now knowing what we have been dealing with the last couple decades.

  • nwr8r

    At 909. Dictionary’s definition.

    3 a : a contemptible person b (1) : a worker who refuses to join a labor union (2) : a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended (3) : a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike (4) : one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Chargers and Rams going to L.A. probably.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep. It will be two out of the three teams the Chargers, Rams or Jags that wind up in L.A.

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

    Rams are more likely than the Chargers until the AEG/Farmer’s Field mess gets sorted out (AEG’s being sold, and some environmental groups are trying to block Farmer’s Field in court). Roski’s deal is still on the table, but if the Chargers wanted it, they would have taken it last February. Still think WE might end up in Industry…

  • DKnight007

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    alex7 Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    With all the “don’t touch the QB” rules in place, Palmer can easily QB at a decent level for another 4 years.

    I think 1st round next year has changed from QB to pass-rushing OLB/DE.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

    OLB/DE Jarvis Jones baby!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Another great potential pick for Raiders would be the beast NT/DT Lotulelei from Utah. Reminds some of Haloti Ngata.

    McK and Allen will not pay Kelly 6.5 million next season is gone and Seymour will probably retire.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:11 am
    DKnight007 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    alex7 Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    With all the “don’t touch the QB” rules in place, Palmer can easily QB at a decent level for another 4 years.

    I think 1st round next year has changed from QB to pass-rushing OLB/DE.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

    OLB/DE Jarvis Jones baby!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Another great potential pick for Raiders would be the beast NT/DT Lotulelei from Utah. Reminds some of Haloti Ngata.

    McK and Allen will not pay Kelly 6.5 million next season is gone and Seymour will probably retire.

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

    Lotulelei could be a beast. ITA that Seymour will be gone, and if Kelly returns it’ll be for a lot less money as a third-down passrushing DT.

  • http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/ Albert Bigelow Paine

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    NFL suspended Broncos LB Joe Mays for one game for the helmet-to-helmet hit he put on Texans QB Matt Schaub. Mays is appealing suspension.
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    He is appealing, so he might play this Sunday.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    PFT ranks us #20 for this week:

    20. Raiders: Not bad for a team that some thought would go winless after Week Two.

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  • DKnight007

    RaiderDuck Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Chargers and Rams going to L.A. probably.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep. It will be two out of the three teams the Chargers, Rams or Jags that wind up in L.A.

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

    Rams are more likely than the Chargers until the AEG/Farmer’s Field mess gets sorted out (AEG’s being sold, and some environmental groups are trying to block Farmer’s Field in court). Roski’s deal is still on the table, but if the Chargers wanted it, they would have taken it last February. Still think WE might end up in Industry…

    ^^^^^^^^
    The Spanos would prefer to stay in SD, but that city is BROKE as a joke after the crap hit the fan in 2007/2008 when former Pads owner Moores and the former Mayor ripped the city off with Petco Park being built and the mayor having his side deals with developers build big sky rise studios and condos downtown and trying to sell them them for 800k or more.

    Spanos will try and wait it out for a year or two and see what SD and the NFL can come up with if anything. Otherwise Spanos will go to LA. He wants money afterall.

    Heck, the Chargers are being blacked out down there, they can even sell out a game versus a good team like the Falcons. They didn’t sell out the Tenn game either.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    ESPN were crying like babies over the call last night. If the replacement Refs made a call like that against the Raiders….they would care less. ESPN are really angry because the replacement refs are not showing favoritism towards their precious Patriots and Packers. They cared less when the replacement refs. didn’t make a call against Mundy for the helmet to helmet contact on DHB which could’ve killed him….or that dirty hit on a defenseless Sean Lee in the Cowboys game. ESPN cared less when the Regular Refs robbed the Raiders of a possible SB game because of the stupid tuck rule. Now they want to cry like babies because the Refs are not showing Bellicheat and the Packers favoritism. Outrageous! I don’t want the Reg. Refs coming back because they favored the stupid Patriots and Packers anyway. However, the replacement Refs. must improve.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    RaiderDuck Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:17 am
    Also, just in time to drive MistaBrown crazy, our President (for the next 4+ years, probably) has weighed in on the ref thing:

    http://tinyurl.com/chamrlo

  • Raider Riff

    Goldie7 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:18 am
    ESPN were crying like babies over the call last night. If the replacement Refs made a call like that against the Raiders….they would care less. ESPN are really angry because the replacement refs are not showing favoritism towards their precious Patriots and Packers. They cared less when the replacement refs. didn’t make a call against Mundy for the helmet to helmet contact on DHB which could’ve killed him….or that dirty hit on a defenseless Sean Lee in the Cowboys game. ESPN cared less when the Regular Refs robbed the Raiders of a possible SB game because of the stupid tuck rule. Now they want to cry like babies because the Refs are not showing Bellicheat and the Packers favoritism. Outrageous! I don’t want the Reg. Refs coming back because they favored the stupid Patriots and Packers anyway. However, the replacement Refs. must improve.

    ————-

    Agreed.

    Im actually loving all the heat Goodell is taking. Fvck that guy.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I’ve always heard… “Good teams overcome bad calls” “Don’t let the game come down to a ref’s call, handle your business and put game out of reach.”
    ——-
    That’s such bull sh*t.
    ===========================================

    No it isn’t. Green Bay scored what, 6 points the first 55 minutes of the game? Two FG’s? And Rogers was crying? Why don’t you put up some points Rogers and not whine?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Star Lotulelei is a beast and would be an amazing pick up. He gets doubled team 65% of the time and still is the most effective player on a very stong Utah Defense.

    Jarvis Jones is also beastly and has alot of room to grow. He’s compared to Von Miller. I still want to see more tape on him and see how he does against some better O-Lines.

    Manti Teo is easily the best MLB in the game and plays with fire and intensity. Also he’s a field general and if he we turn up with a pick from 10-16 then we should defintley take him.

  • DKnight007

    Goldie7 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    ESPN were crying like babies over the call last night. If the replacement Refs made a call like that against the Raiders….they would care less. ESPN are really angry because the replacement refs are not showing favoritism towards their precious Patriots and Packers. They cared less when the replacement refs. didn’t make a call against Mundy for the helmet to helmet contact on DHB which could’ve killed him….or that dirty hit on a defenseless Sean Lee in the Cowboys game. ESPN cared less when the Regular Refs robbed the Raiders of a possible SB game because of the stupid tuck rule. Now they want to cry like babies because the Refs are not showing Bellicheat and the Packers favoritism. Outrageous! I don’t want the Reg. Refs coming back because they favored the stupid Patriots and Packers anyway. However, the replacement Refs. must improve.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep!

  • DKnight007

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Star Lotulelei is a beast and would be an amazing pick up. He gets doubled team 65% of the time and still is the most effective player on a very stong Utah Defense.

    Jarvis Jones is also beastly and has alot of room to grow. He’s compared to Von Miller. I still want to see more tape on him and see how he does against some better O-Lines.

    Manti Teo is easily the best MLB in the game and plays with fire and intensity. Also he’s a field general and if he we turn up with a pick from 10-16 then we should defintley take him.

    ^^^^^^^^
    3 solid prospects for the Raiders to choose from is they wind up with a top 8 pick in the draft.

    Oh oh…wait a second, we have the weirdos in here who can’t stand talking draft this early in the season.

    Gotta watch out, before they start to cry. LOL

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i like the replacement refs so far….

  • ray_d

    Huff played like crap, he was playing way off and toke bad angles on many tackles, why would he come up and act like he was going to press the WR only to back up and just get burned. I only saw one great play we he Totaly pressed the WR knocked him off his route and stayed close until the safety took over, Ben had to throw the ball way because he was locked onto that WR. If huff can play like that on most plays he may be a decent cb.