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Mentor vs. pupil Sunday

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 4:02 pm in Oakland Raiders.

When Raiders coach Dennis Allen takes the field Sunday, he will square off against the man who hired him as a defensive coordinator in 2011. Denver Broncos coach John Fox also played a key role in Allen agreeing to an overture from the Raiders to supplant Hue Jackson as their head coach.
“I talked to him about a lot of different things,” Allen said. “And at the end of the day, he said, ‘Go there, and you’ll do a great job, and you’re ready for the job.’ And I’ve talked to him since then, and he doesn’t give me all the secrets but, yeah, he’s helped me out a lot.”
Allen learned much of what he knows while working under Sean Payton for five seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Yet, he also learned valuable lessons from Fox, even though they were together only one season.
“He’s not afraid to make the tough decisions,” Allen said of Fox. “He believes in a lot of the same things that I believe in. He’s always had a tough, smart, disciplined football team, and I believe in those same things. And he’s not afraid to make tough decisions, and as you continue to go on being a head coach, you learn that you’ve got to make a lot of tough decisions in this job. ”
Already Allen has made numerous difficult decisions, along with general manager Reggie McKenzie.
They opted to part ways with starting cornerback Stanford Routt and starting outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. They didn’t make a play for running back Michael Bush in free agency. And they released or traded six players drafted by late managing general partner Al Davis during the offseason.

– Running back Darren McFadden was limited in practice today, as he was the day before, with a shoulder injury.
Not to worry, Allen said, it’s only a bruise.
“That really hasn’t been a factor,” Allen said.

– Defensive end Andre Carter practiced as a member of the Raiders today for the first time. Allen said it’s conceivable that Carter can play Sunday against the Broncos.
“There’s a whole lot that goes into physically and understanding how to play the game from a physical standpoint,” Allen said, “but he’s a veteran player, so he understands how to play the game. So, the learning curve for him is not quite as steep as it would be for some others.”
Allen said it’s much easier for a defensive end to get up to speed than it is for players at some other positions. Given Carter is an 11-year veteran, that makes it all the easier for him to make the quick adjustment to a new scheme.

– Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said Michael Huff is making progress in his conversion from free safety to cornerback.
Some of the signs were evident last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, even though Huff struggled at times on how far to play off the reciever.
“He got more comfortable as the game went on,” Tarver said. “There are some things with body positioning as a corner where you want to end up when the play starts, and things like that, and he got more and more comfortable as it went on. And that was good. And he grew in confidence as the game went on, which is a big key.”
Getting involved in the game early figures to help Huff’s confidence, Tarver said, especially if Huff has success early against Manning.
“For any player, you want to make a play early anytime you’re in the game,” Tarver said. “That’s your ultimate. But when you don’t, you have to focus and do your job every play. A corner’s world is isolated a lot. You’re isolated. Sometimes you don’t get any action for 10 or 12 plays. So, when you’re out there, you’ve got to just keep — the best one, just keep focusing, focusing, focusing and when I get my shot, I’m going to make a play.”

– The St. Louis Rams claimed off waivers former Raiders offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale on Thursday, one day after Barksdale was released by the Raiders.
The Rams were awarded Barksdale over the New York Giants based on a worse record from 2011.
Allen said general manager Reggie McKenzie is going to remain vigilant about upgrading the roster, even if that means parting ways with a third-round draft pick so soon.
“As long as Reggie and I are here, we’re going to continue trying to build the best roster we can build and we’ll look at any moves we have to make to do that,” Allen said.
Allen said he isn’t worried about the risk of players without job security playing scared or looking over their shoulders every day.
“I wouldn’t say that’s a huge concern,” Allen said. “Obviously these players know … We understand the business and we understand the stresses that they’re under. But it’s a production business, and we all understand that. We’re going to make whatever moves we have to make to try to put the best team on the field we can.”

– The Raiders waived defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah from their practice squad today. Linebacker Carl Ihenacho was signed to the practice squad at the same time, two days after being removed from the 53-man roster.

– Allen said he was aware of the fact the Raiders committed 15 penalties for 131 yards against the Broncos in the regular-season opener last season, when Allen was the Broncos defensive coordinator.
However, he didn’t recall that the Raiders also committed 15 penalties in the Broncos game at the Oakland Coliseum.

– Second-year cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is putting in his time on the practice squad, working toward a return to the 53-man roster.
Allen said he is taking notice of Chekwa and has high hopes for him down the road.
“Just keep working and continue to improve,” Allen said. “I like the fact that we have him here. He’s still a young player, he’s still got a lot of growth in him. And we haven’t made any final decisions on Chimdi. We’re letting him continue to grow as a player.”
Chekwa was active for four games last season, including one as a starter. Hamstring and shoulder injuries sidelined him for the rest of the season.
The Raiders cut him at the end of training camp, but he was signed to the practice squad one day later.

– Second-year running back Taiwan Jones’ playing time on offense has more to do with the ribs injury he suffered in the regular-season opener than the fact he bobbled a kick-off and a reverse in that game, Allen said.
“He has kind of had some sore ribs since then,” Allen said. “So, just his ability to get back from the injury – once we get him at full speed, we’ll see where we go with him.”
Allen said Jones’ ball-security issue is “fine.” That makes sense, given Jones recovered the kick and the botched reverse, which fullback Marcel Reece had a huge hand in creating with a high pitch to Jones.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was at the facility today for the second straight day, Allen said.
Allen added that Heyward-Bey is going to be “fine.” The next step in Heyward-Bey’s recovery from the concussion and neck strain he suffered against the Steelers is passing the concussion-related tests mandated by the league.
Heyward-Bey has yet to pass those tests, Allen said, and there isn’t a timetable for his return to practice or games.
Heyward-Bey has not been made available for interviews since his injury.

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  • Carl Weathers

    Raiders have ZERO interceptions on the year. We are due…

    “Paging Mr. Giordano, paging Mr. Matt Giordano!”

    Gio had 5 picks last year and we went 4-1 in those games. 4 of those picks were in 4 different games against division opponents.

  • fingers

    Agree… At this point… I’d take Palmer over Manning…

  • Raider Riff

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 4:02 am
    Linebacker Carl Ihenacho was signed to the practice squad

    ***

    glad to see this kid back. he has potential

    Bilukidi & Crawford should also be on the p-squad. much development required. same boat as Stupar

    I just don’t think Reggie thought Campbell & Barksdale were even worth developing. No talent or passion, perhaps both

    ——–

    They had the talent for sure.

    Passion goes a long way, especially with the new Reggime.

    We no longer are expecting the coaches to “coach the players into wanting to play”. Either BRING IT, or get gone.

  • Raider Riff

    Fingers Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 6:41 am
    Agree… At this point… I’d take Palmer over Manning…

    ————–

    Wow. You never would have saw words like this on this blog about 2 months ago. Nothing personal to you Fingers but talk like that would have gotten you ran out of town.

    There were so many Palmer haters here and now nothing but crickets. So funny. Cowards.

    Here’s my take on Manning….

    He MAY not be his same old self (Im still not convinced of that though) but even if he is a lil long in the tooth, lets be real here. Peyton has been the best QB in the NFL arguably each and every year of the last decade (with exception of 2002). So if he’s “lost a step” what does that make him? The 7th best QB in the league?

    Lets be real here, he’s still dangerous as he’s ever been. He’s still just adjusting to a new system, and a BRUTAL first three games. Arm strength was NEVER his greatest attribute so even if he’s lost some zip, it means squat to me.

    We should not be taking Manning lightly.

  • Method To My Madness

    Chris In NY Says:
    September 27th, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    I’m always hopeful with the Raiders and Sunday is no exception. But the Donks are better than a lot of people realize. They’ve had a brutal opening stretch with the Steelers, Falcons and Texans. Falcons and Texans have to be considered the top two teams in the league right now. Manning almost brought the Donks back to catch them despite four Q1 turnovers.

    Look, anything can happen in a division game, but with our makeshift secondary and the running game struggling outside of one play this season it’s definitely a tall order. I think much moreso than most in here realize.

    Keys to victory will be three-fold.

    1. Running game has to break out in a big way. Sustain drives with it. Keep the ball out of Manning’s hands and set up the PA.

    2. The secondary has to play so far over its heads that their noses bleed for a week to ten days.

    3. Need to win the turnover battle by 2 or more.

    No. 1 you would think is doable. No. 3 is largely contingent upon No. 2.
    *********************************

    I enjoy your posts Chris but I disagree somewhat with ya here. First off the Broncos are not that damn good. They are average at best just like the rest of the AFC WEST

    The run is important in any game…its football but this Denver defense is rather stingy vs the run. But sustaining drives that dont go into touchdowns puts you in a position to lose. The run game will at least have a little bit of confidence after last week so we shall see.

    I love how everyone talks down on the secondary…..look no secondary is gonna be schit if the DL doesnt get any pressure. The weakest WR ever will get open after 5-6 seconds. So far Rivers,Tannehill and Rapistberger have had all day to throw so dont blame the CBs if you not gonna roast the dline.

    Turnovers we see eye to eye…thats how we won the Pitt game

    My 3 Keys to a win in Dungver

    1. Knapp must let go of his ego and continue to mix in the power plays with his zbs schit. Its best way to get offense moving

    2. Must withstand the initial burst of energy from Denver. The crowd is always pumped when the Raiders come to town. Expect Broncos to try for the knockout blow early

    3. The Dline must get to Peyton early and often. He is shaky right now and doesnt look crisp. We must get more than 1 sack this week to win. Lucky for us he cant move around like Big Ben

    Raiders 27
    Broncos 20

  • Just Fire Baby

    Manning will have flashes of brilliance still, like the old heavyweight’s still-thunderous right hook when they are past their prime.

    But make no mistake, Peyton will have a couple Ali-Holmes moments this year when it will be painful to watch.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    The emotional aspect favors us since we’re coming of a huge win while Denver has lost 2 straight and some people are questioning Manning’s arm now, Peyton may be feeling the pressure a little bit and I hope he either tries to do too much or not enough.

    The most glaring mismatch favoring Denver seems to be Decker, Thomas and Stokley vs Huff, Lee and Hanson, a bend but don’t break approach seems like the way to go, give them some yards and make sure the first tackler gets them, easier said than done by the way.

    As for the Raiders, our key matchup is definitely our OL vs an average, at best, Denver front 7 missing a key player in Joe Mays, if we can push them around we have a shot.

    Getting the ball to Reece and Ausberry could be a key, their one decent cover LB Woodyard should focus on McFadden-Goodson, so if we can stay on a base or two TE offense Reece and Ausberry can exploit Brooking or Miller and if they bring a Safety to cover them the middle will be exposed.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’ll take Lee, Huff or Hanson over Stokley.

    That dude is running on fumes.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Have to stay out of 3rd and longs, and when we do inevitable fall into a few of those, have to try to sneak in a draw or screen or something to keep their edge rushers honest.

    Doesn’t matter if you leave in 7 guys to block, if you are facing a 3rd and 9, with that crowd noise and those two guys coming off the edge with one thing in mind, you won’t be successful.

  • J Hill

    Decker MIGHT catch 4 balls….

    6 yds here, 8 yds there, 3, and 6 again.

    Non factor.

  • guest123

    Palmer deserves some of the criticism for his late fluttery throws. Part of that is the lack of chemistry with a rotation of WR’s and injuries have slowed the development of trust downfield. But you have to give credit where credit is due. That Palmer to Myers combination is sweet music. I’ve been as critical as anyone about Myers, but Palmer has been getting him the ball inside his wheelhouse consistently and Myers is 15 for 15 on his targets. That’s amazing and by far leads the NFL. Palmer doesn’t get enough credit on his intermediate throws and people only like to mention the deep throws.

    I would take Palmer over Manning too, but only because of the fear that Manning won’t hold up an entire season. But if I was guaranteed health of Manning, I’d take Manning in a heartbeat, even with his noodle arm. He’s like an extra offensive coordinator on field. Very tough to defend, and always a challenge.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m upset that the NFL AM host Brian Webber changed his toupee. That curly mis-colored curly one was hilarious.

    Now I see he changed it.

    No fun.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    JFB.

    Stokley may be running on fumes, but he still has 11 for 126 and a TD and he can find the soft spot and get open vs a Zone, with our Secondary still adjusting and getting familiar with each other, Stokley can make a few key plays.

  • guest123

    Decker is the guy who is going to be difficult to stop, especially if we keeping giving up yards at the LOS. Demaryius could hurt us too, and he flashes Brandon Marshall type ball skills and a big body. And I don’t see Brandon Stokley as being done either. He’s very fluid and knows exactly where to be on the field for Manning when a play breaks down. He will be the beneficiary of busted plays.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Stokley may be running on fumes, but he still has 11 for 126 and a TD and he can find the soft spot and get open vs a Zone,

    **************************

    I get some Denver talk radio being in the region, and the word is that most of that came in garbage time, mop up stuff.

  • guest123

    I’m a little surprised that Jacob Tamme hasn’t developed a connection with Manning yet. Manning loves to go to his TE’s a lot. Tamme and Dreesen seem missing from the picture.

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t see how some are saying Weeden had a “good game” last nite.

    He completed just 50% of his passes…had a pick 6 and on the last play couldn’t even get in the endzone to give his team a chance.

    He came into the game with 3 td’s and 6 int’s…

    I just don’t see it.

    Maybe he’ll come along..who knows.

  • Method To My Madness

    And screw you guys who dont want A’s in playoffs cuz you dont like the dirt on the field….who gives a damn? The Raiders best stretch in the last 30 years happened when the A’s made the playoffs so what the fk are you complaining about? Did dirt infield cause us to lose to KC,Denver,Det and SD last season?

    This is why people up North have the attitude they have about outsiders….you may rock the color of the Raiders but alot of yall aint with us at all. Playoffs in baseball would mean alot to people up here who are mostly Raider people….you know the base of the Raiders support…the people who help make the mystique of franchise….you people are truly disrespectful and make me sick. The most crucial time of season is November and December in the NFL…thats when teams make their push for postseason….dirt wont be on then so shut the fk up…yall are like some btches want schit to look pretty all the time….just leave and dont put on my city’s colors if you not gonna respect it fully

  • guest123

    I don’t want the A’s to make the playoffs more cuz I’m a Rays fan, and we are only 2 games out rolling on a 7 game win streak. So don’t hate on me for the dirt infield.

  • Method To My Madness

    So the WRs this sunday will be

    Dmoore
    Streater
    Hagan
    Criner?

    I actually love the potential for big catches

    I see Carson trying Dmoore deep a few times in that thin air

  • guest123

    The Cleveland Browns are a horrible franchise. They had the chance to draft Julio Jones and they gave him up to take Greg Little. Then they had a chance to trade up to take RG3 and they settled for a 28 year old rookie who has to learn the WCO. Browns are bottomfeeders and it looks like they always will be.

  • Method To My Madness

    Guest123 Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:11 am
    I don’t want the A’s to make the playoffs more cuz I’m a Rays fan, and we are only 2 games out rolling on a 7 game win streak. So don’t hate on me for the dirt infield
    ****************************

    That makes more sense becuz you have a dog in the race…that’s acceptable…but those who dont and wanna see them lose because they dont like the dirt infield are btches….yeah I said yall are btches

  • guest123

    I wish we had DHB for this game. He draws a lot of coverage his way and opens up the field for Moore. He will be missed. But it’s good to let him rest up and over the bye week. Get well soon Heyward-Bey.

  • Method To My Madness

    Guest123 Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:13 am
    The Cleveland Browns are a horrible franchise. They had the chance to draft Julio Jones and they gave him up to take Greg Little. Then they had a chance to trade up to take RG3 and they settled for a 28 year old rookie who has to learn the WCO. Browns are bottomfeeders and it looks like they always will be.
    **************************88

    Cleveland Browns died in 1995…when will people grasp this concept?

    What Cleveland has now is some fake counterfeit schit and they should be ashamed to even rock that jersey

  • J Hill

    That’s some buhhllshhhiddd!!!!

    I’m not a gawd damn A’s fan.

    That’s like me saying you have no respect for US RAIDER FANS in So Cal because you bash the Lakers.

    Dirt infield cost us a pick last week that could have cost us a game.

    Had to waste to plays at the end of the game to make sure Jano didn’t have to kick outta the dirt.

    PHHUUGGGHHH that dirt infield!!!!!

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    JFB.

    I hope you are right, but the way I see it, Stokley can burn us in some key 3rd down conversions and broken plays, but I’ll take a big day for him if we can contain Decker and Thomas.

  • guest123

    Fernando Rodney is nails. Notched a team record 46th save last night.

  • Method To My Madness

    G123…..did you see the embarrassment that is Dwight Howard on TV the other day? SMH….he is the sports equivalent to Stepin Fetchit

  • Method To My Madness

    Rodney= the man with the tilted cap….playa

  • guest123

    lol Method. The Lakers signed up the circus when they got Howard. lol

  • J Hill

    You guys have no respect for your So Cal Raiders brothers.

    You know what the Lakers mean to us.

    Why would you talk shhhh … about our new C???

  • Method To My Madness

    J Hill Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:15 am
    That’s some buhhllshhhiddd!!!!

    I’m not a gawd damn A’s fan.

    That’s like me saying you have no respect for US RAIDER FANS in So Cal because you bash the Lakers.

    Dirt infield cost us a pick last week that could have cost us a game.

    Had to waste to plays at the end of the game to make sure Jano didn’t have to kick outta the dirt.

    PHHUUGGGHHH that dirt infield!!!!!
    *********************************

    No thats not the same thing…Raiders are Oakland….you get that? Raiders were born and bred here….they symbolize Oakland…so your Laker schit is out of the window and holds no weight here BALDY

    Warriors are my team…they play in Oakland right now…see at Warrior games you see hella Raider gear they share the same address…try again HEAD Sanford

    If an INT in first quarter cost you game then you didnt deserve to win…come on with that punk ass excuse….guys slip on all surfaces J…..stop being with this schit

    Waste plays? How did you waste plays that led to the win?

  • Method To My Madness

    J Hill Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:21 am
    You guys have no respect for your So Cal Raiders brothers.

    You know what the Lakers mean to us.

    Why would you talk shhhh … about our new C???
    *********************************

    Little brothers dont get respect from big brothers….think about it Jshill

    Raiders=Oakland
    Lakers=LA

    That’s a difficult concept aint it? Kinda like finding a good rug for your dome when you go out in public

  • guest123

    I live within earshot of Orlando radio and it was comical how Dwight Howard would lead a soap opera on the news every day. Ask any Magic fan if they miss him, they are happy to move on from that dramaqueen. Good luck Lakers. They love the divas, he should be right at home there in LA.

  • Method To My Madness

    Why would you talk shhhh … about our new C???
    **************************

    What?? You see that embarrassing ngga on the Ellen Degenerate show? They been showing it on ESPN and all other sports network! Dancing like a buck boot shuck n jivin minstrel show kitchen biscuit beggin negro…..thats a damn shame! Embarrassing he loves to play the Uncle Ruckus role in 2012….you Laker fans of course will think its funny as he is dress like a h0m0 on TV

  • Method To My Madness

    Guest123 Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:25 am
    I live within earshot of Orlando radio and it was comical how Dwight Howard would lead a soap opera on the news every day. Ask any Magic fan if they miss him, they are happy to move on from that dramaqueen. Good luck Lakers. They love the divas, he should be right at home there in LA.
    ************************8

    I think Kobe is a btch…but at least he wouldnt embarrass himself like that! I was even in shock at that

  • Marks hair

    If oakland =raiders then build us a staidium you cheap fùcks..

  • Method To My Madness

    BTW…Steeler fans on Sunday said I was the best Heckler ever….I sat in sec 139 right where a large section of Steeler fans were at….I was front row and was killin the Steeler players…Big Ben got a dose of me and wouldnt walk back over to where I was at…Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor got it the worse…Clark got clowned about his h0m0 hairdo and being scared to man up in Denver and play….Taylor told me I drink too much and I replied “Yeah I been hanging with ya mama too much”……..Even them fools thought I was hilarious lmao…all in good fun…clark gave me my props when we tied the game

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    I’m guessing Fox and Del Rio will start the game by daring our WR’s to beat them, maybe put Champ on Moore and sell out vs the run, but we can’t shy away from establishing the run, keep them coming and spread the ball around to Reece, Myers, Ausberry, Hagan and Streater, try to exploit Brooking on coverage in the base offense as much as possible, but we need the D to keep the game close first so we don’t have to open it up.

  • Method To My Madness

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:27 am
    If oakland =raiders then build us a staidium you cheap fùcks..
    *************************

    Dont worry about Oakland…just know the team you love resides in OAKLAND….YOU FOLLOW OAKLAND so sit down and be a good little soldier and follow orders or get ready for your Chargers and Rams returning to LA

  • fingers

    The A’s in the playoffs would be good for Oakland…what’s good for Oakland is good For the Raiders…. That said… The A’s and Raiders both needs stadiums….in Oakland…

  • Method To My Madness

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:31 am
    I’m guessing Fox and Del Rio will start the game by daring our WR’s to beat them, maybe put Champ on Moore and sell out vs the run, but we can’t shy away from establishing the run, keep them coming and spread the ball around to Reece, Myers, Ausberry, Hagan and Streater, try to exploit Brooking on coverage in the base offense as much as possible, but we need the D to keep the game close first so we don’t have to open it up.
    ***********************

    If healthy enough to play this is perfect game for Criner to shine over the middle IMO

  • guest123

    Good stuff Method. I wish I could have been there to see that!

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Later.

  • J Hill

    The point is you sound as silly as I do lobbying for all of to root for the damn A’s.

    I/ WE root for the Raiders first and foremost!!!

    I could care less about the A’s.

    Next thing you are going to tell us is we need to root for the damn Warrior’s to keep the morale of the the good residents of Oakland up so they can cheer for the Raiders in January.

    LMFAO!

  • Method To My Madness

    Fingers Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:32 am
    The A’s in the playoffs would be good for Oakland…what’s good for Oakland is good For the Raiders…. That said… The A’s and Raiders both needs stadiums….in Oakland…
    ****************************

    B@uce!

  • Method To My Madness

    Guest123 Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 7:32 am
    Good stuff Method. I wish I could have been there to see that!
    ***********************

    Savage roastabilities here

  • AmysInCharge

    B!!!

  • Raider Riff

    Method To My Madness Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 6:53 am
    Chris In NY Says:
    September 27th, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    I’m always hopeful with the Raiders and Sunday is no exception. But the Donks are better than a lot of people realize. They’ve had a brutal opening stretch with the Steelers, Falcons and Texans. Falcons and Texans have to be considered the top two teams in the league right now. Manning almost brought the Donks back to catch them despite four Q1 turnovers.

    Look, anything can happen in a division game, but with our makeshift secondary and the running game struggling outside of one play this season it’s definitely a tall order. I think much moreso than most in here realize.

    Keys to victory will be three-fold.

    1. Running game has to break out in a big way. Sustain drives with it. Keep the ball out of Manning’s hands and set up the PA.

    2. The secondary has to play so far over its heads that their noses bleed for a week to ten days.

    3. Need to win the turnover battle by 2 or more.

    No. 1 you would think is doable. No. 3 is largely contingent upon No. 2.
    *********************************

    I enjoy your posts Chris but I disagree somewhat with ya here. First off the Broncos are not that damn good. They are average at best just like the rest of the AFC WEST

    The run is important in any game…its football but this Denver defense is rather stingy vs the run. But sustaining drives that dont go into touchdowns puts you in a position to lose. The run game will at least have a little bit of confidence after last week so we shall see.

    I love how everyone talks down on the secondary…..look no secondary is gonna be schit if the DL doesnt get any pressure. The weakest WR ever will get open after 5-6 seconds. So far Rivers,Tannehill and Rapistberger have had all day to throw so dont blame the CBs if you not gonna roast the dline.

    Turnovers we see eye to eye…thats how we won the Pitt game

    My 3 Keys to a win in Dungver

    1. Knapp must let go of his ego and continue to mix in the power plays with his zbs schit. Its best way to get offense moving

    2. Must withstand the initial burst of energy from Denver. The crowd is always pumped when the Raiders come to town. Expect Broncos to try for the knockout blow early

    3. The Dline must get to Peyton early and often. He is shaky right now and doesnt look crisp. We must get more than 1 sack this week to win. Lucky for us he cant move around like Big Ben

    Raiders 27
    Broncos 20

    ————————————-

    Stingy vs the run? Some here are saying they arent. Some are saying they are. Someone is full of chit.

    Our D-Line was moving the pocket last week. Our DBs were not playing aggressive enough. But if I had to pick our most glaring weakness right now, Im going to say its the lack of impact DE play. We need these guys to show up in a big way this weekend. It’s the only unit on the team that hasnt shown improvement over the past 3 weeks.

    The only people that need to let go of their ego is all the people still hating on Knapp. Nobody in that contingent wants to admit they were wrong. And Im positive that there are a few here that would prefer we’d lose so they’d win the debate rather than the Raiders win and they have to eat crow.

    Your point #2 is spot on.

  • guest123

    Streater was money during the preseason. Looked like Calvin Johnson on the short pitch and catch plays tossing the ball to the refs. He looked like a season NFL player. But once the season started, he looked like a deer in the headlights at times. He needs to get back into his groove. Shake off the doubt. He’s got the tools to make multiple catches on scoring drives. He looks scared at times. Needs to get that mojo back.