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Raiders hit the road, hope to hit back this time

The Raiders are one day away from boarding a plane for Atlanta in advance of their game against the Falcons on Sunday. This time, they are hopeful of faring better than they did the first two times they left the friendly confines of the Oakland Coliseum.
In the first road game, the Raiders led the Miami Dolphins 10-7 at halftime, only to watch the Dolphins outscore them 28-3 in the second half. The Denver Broncos scored all 27 points in the second half in turning a 10-6 lead into a rout.
“We have to do a better job coming out after halftime and establishing something, whether that be offense, defense or in the kicking game,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
The biggest culprit is the way the Raiders performed on third-down plays in both games, Allen said.
“When you don’t get off the field on third down on defense, you play a lot of plays. When you play a lot of plays, you get tired, you get worn down. Then, offensively we’ve got to find ways in the second half to sustain drives and that will help our defense.”
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour said he wishes he had the answers as to why the Raiders played well in the first half of the team’s first two road games and so poorly in the second half.
“In the first half of games, we’ve definitely been right where we needed to be,” Seymour said. “It’s still a ball game. The second half, we haven’t come out and executed as well.”
The Raiders worked hard on finding out ways to carry the momentum from the first half of road games into the second half, Seymour said.
“If I knew all of it, I would definitely pass the word along to my teammates and we would get it done,” Seymour said. “That’s some of the things we’re working through at this point. As a player, you have to look yourself in the mirror, first and foremost, and say, ‘I have to do a better job,’ and everyone has to take that same approach.”

– Allen said he is hopeful of seeing defensive end Andre Carter make his Raiders deubt on Sunday. However, he isn’t certain if that’s going to happen just yet.
“He’s getting closer every day,” Allen said. “He’s had 2 ½ weeks of work getting back into football shape. (Wednesday) was the first time he actually practiced in pads. I’m getting more comfortable with where he’s at.”
Carter said he’s ready to roll. It says here, the Raiders use Carter sparingly, predominantly on third-down passing downs or obvious passing situations.

– Allen, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp are fond of talking about the need for more explosive plays on offense and cutting down on the number of such plays defensively.
The so-called “explosive plays” are runs of 12 yards or longer and passes of 16 yards or longer.
Through four games, the Raiders defense allowed 34 explosive plays — 25 passes, 9 runs. Three in each category resulted in touchdowns.
The Raiders offense amassed 26 explosive plays during the same games — 22 passes, 4 runs. Two of those plays resulted in touchdowns, both on runs.

– Knapp said he is confident that the Raiders run game is on the verge of breaking out, and it has more to do with the way the players are looking in practice than the fact the Falcons allow an average of 5.4 yards rushing through five games.
Allen sounded just as confident, when asked a day earlier about the status of the run game.
“It’s more from our self-examination,” Knapp said. “We’ve done a good job of really diagnosing, OK, what are our strengths and weaknesses in the run game? What should we do more of in our strengths?
“And then having two weeks of practice, we had two good days during the bye week and the bonus day on Monday, of our line working together and really doing a fine job. So I’m excited. I’m looking forward to it to see the results of the good work that’s been put in.”
Right offensive tackle Willie Smith said he and his linemates are looking forward to an offense geared more toward the run.
“Any lineman, you would love to run the ball,” Smith said. “Definitely we should run the ball more. Hopefully we’ll do that. I don’t know what the game plan is, but just keep working and whatever they call be ready to go out and perform it.”
Running back Darren McFadden is champing at the bit hearing about the call for more runs from quarterback Carson Palmer.
“Oh, yeah, I’m always up for that,” McFadden said. “You want to put it in my hands more, I’m loving it. It’s something a running back likes — the more carries, the better the chances are of getting big runs.”

– Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly missed practice today with a foot injury he suffered in practice a day earlier. Allen doesn’t seem too concernd about the severity of the injury.
“We chose to keep him out today,” Allen said. “I fully anticipate that he’ll practice tomorrow and be OK to play. But, again, we’ll evaluate that tomorrow and see where we’re at. He seems to think he’s going to be alright.”

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  • raiderkoolaid

    It was Biden’s derisive snearing that did it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Time for Drew to strike out and start yelling at the ump

  • DJ Johnny

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    Time for Drew to strike out and start yelling at the ump

    …and then body slam him.

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    That was a tuck rule if I ever saw one.

  • WinAGame

    Tuck rule is so chicken schiiit

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’m not watching the football game, help a brother out.

    Was it a tuck rule play, and was it called a fumble?

    Thanks

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    JFB, it was called a fumble on field. Review overturned it.

  • blackandsilverside

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Peemore Nob Bust, I really like your newest sock puppet, blackandsilvernerd

    This particular blog muppet follows all of my orders and melts down much quicker than usual, to my delight

    Unfortunately, like the rest of your personalities, he’ll eventually succumb to my smackdowns and be retired in puppet heaven

    Hopefully not before you confuse your muppets and post as the wrong one.

    Perhaps the greatest blog classic of all time, holla

    WRECKS N EFFECT N FULL EFFECT
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Beeechy Bugger,

    I love your self-proclaimed victories, lording over “meltdown of me.” You are a joke. I am my own person non-affiliated with anyone else.

    There is your first mistake.

    Your claim I “melted down” was your second mistake. I am here ready to rock, and blow you out of the blog.

    Your third mistake is trying to take me on, since I am smarter, more articulate, and a much faster typist than you.

    Listen Bugger Boy, everything you claim to do with women you are actually doing with men.

    Your Gay Lover already said it. As far as your lil 2 inch twig goes, claiming it’s reached 12 inches is asinine.

    You are a Bugger who sexually assaults unconscious victims, by your own admission.

    As far as the real Wrecks N effects, I wonder if they know you are trespassing on their copyrights.

    And wild claims about the existence of Rasta Ganja: we all know where you can place such claims. With the experience you have anything will fit there now.

    Run along home little boy, with the ridiculous imagination: 1) stop by the in and out for some milk; 2) and remember to make a run under the Samo High bleachers.

    Maybe there will be an unconscious victim or two under there for you to assault.

  • WinAGame

    The last thing we need is more variations of the ZBS. Can’t even get past the 1st page of the play book. Palmer needs to go no huddle.

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB, it was called a fumble on field. Review overturned it.

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

    Hmmmm….sounds vaguely familiar.

  • WinAGame

    Time for Tennessee to nut up

  • Just Fire Baby

    The umped pissed him off not calling that curveball a strike.

    Comes back with 98mph at the belt. Country hard-ball.

    Verlander is a beast, one of my favorite athletes to watch, and a top 20 most dominating player in all of sports, maybe 10.

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    Steelers O-lineman dropping like flies and Wimbley still can’t get a sack.

  • DJ Johnny

    No wonder Yankee fans are booing. They’re paying 1,000 bucks a ticket….and more.

    ARod is no clutch hitter. EVERY yr. in the playoffs it’s the same thing with him.

    3 for 25, 4 for 30, this yr. he’s 2 for 14 with 8 strike outs.

    Bottom of 8th, tie game, one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd he strikes out swinging.

    He still has 100 million over 4 yrs. coming too.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wimbley did make a tackle I see.

    Welcome to the boxscore Kamerion!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Alexis is high-comedy in the playoffs.

    Let’s see what he has here for us.

  • DJ Johnny

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 8:08 pm
    Steelers O-lineman dropping like flies and Wimbley still can’t get a sack.

    But i’m sure he’s doing all those “other things” we don’t see.

    Oh, he’s earning that 11 mill. you just don’t see any evidence of it…but it’s there.

  • DJ Johnny

    2 for 15 now. He didn’t strike out though.

  • arkraider

    All I’m sayin is there is no way we are gonna elect Romney with his wormy voice and his vice with his Eddy Munster haircut.
    Just sayin

  • Just Fire Baby

    Pennington swung at ball 4, on a 3-1 count.

    Someone needs to tell him he is hitting in the 9 hole, you don’t swing at that.

  • Just Fire Baby

    CNN:

    48-44 Ryan

  • arkraider

    Still sayin no Eddy Munster look alike is gonna be my vice.

  • Just Fire Baby

    They could give Drew 5 strikes and he still wouldn’t stand a chance.

  • Missus Beeecham

    HOLLA

    missus b in da house. mo dollah for the ballah. duecin big time. heap of big duece. holla

    FO SCHIZZLE BIZZLE

  • DJ Johnny

    arkraider Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    Still sayin no Eddy Munster look alike is gonna be my vice.

    You’re just prejudiced against vampires.

  • WinAGame

    If Palmer can take charge of the game with the no huddle, we got a chance. Dmac will feed off of that and the defense will be on the field less because Palmer and co. can move the chains.

    The OC is has a horrible feel for the tempo and rythym of the game. Apologists, that is just what it is. Palmer needs to take the bull by the horns.

  • DJ Johnny

    A’s shouldd’nt count on a dramtic comeback every night.

    Verlander will still be throwing high 90′s in the 9th.

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    Romney beating 0bama would be as likely as Raiders beating Falcons.

  • Just Fire Baby

    There is no way the Tigers take out Verlander until he gives up the lead.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Uh oh…..

    Can’t walk some dude named Berry to load the sacks for Miggy.

  • valleyflyin

    Damn.. The Titans just made the Pittsburgh win look a little less impressive.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The wheels have fallen off.

    Good run A’s, valuable lessons learned.

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    Steelers are really banged up. They would have won if all those O-lineman didn’t get hurt. Their defense isn’t any good anymore, though.

  • DJ Johnny

    Well…no more dirt infield at least.

  • Just Fire Baby

    HOME DOGS COVER

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Tempted to go over to ‘Behind the Steel Curtain’ and liten to the whining.

  • DJ Johnny

    Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    Tempted to go over to ‘Behind the Steel Curtain’ and liten to the whining.

    Ha. Yeah, it’s always fun to see another fan base suffer like we have.

    It’s cathartic.

  • DJ Johnny

    Purvisman,

    You’ll hear:

    -Cut Suisham

    -Roethlisberger is done

    -Our defense sucks

    -Maybe it’s time for Tomlin to go.

    etc. etc.

  • Autumn Wind Pirates

    is this a raiders blog? sorry, couldnt tell with BEECH’S annoying fkn inane ramblings…

  • DJ Johnny

    Raiders don’t make list of teams “most desperate for a win” on NFLN.

    We are where we’re supposed to be apparently…at the bottom.

    That’s ok. Raiders are “hopeful” they can just go out there and get better this Sunday.

  • Try Some Reality

    Raiders somehow find a way to beat Atlanta and they’re right in the think of it, oddly enough.

    #AFCsucks

  • DJ Johnny

    I gotta say, with all the excitement of the offseason…the ‘New Era of Excellence’, DMAC healthy, Palmer full offseason, new DC…defensive minded HC, etc. etc. etc. I did NOT see us being this bad and the vibe being so hopeless and everything being so dam boring.

    I was mad at every analyst predicting we would finish last, or rank us as one of the leagues worst. I could not understand where they could come up with that.

    There were a few that predicted us to win the West…Merrill Hoge and some other guy I can’t recall who it was.

    I never took stock in those “rankings” before but they were dead on about us. Which ticks me off. I was so looking forward to proving them wrong.

    It COULD start Sunday. The most improbable result is Raiders winning. 2-3 would have us right back in the thick of things. Give us momentum, confidence going forward.

    It’s there for ‘em.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    The sun never sets on Raider Nation.

  • Kiwi_Blade

    UK odds makers have us 3rd worst team in the NFL

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Looks like the analysts were correct. We don’t have the talent.

  • DJ Johnny

    Have any of you ever skipped a game on Sunday to be with family and your out somewhere, store, church, family event etc. and you know game is on but you’re trying not to think about it, and then you’re driving home from whereever and you turn on ESPN radio for a rundown of the scores, and there’s that anxious anticipation while you’re waiting for the Raider score..you know the game is over or late in the 4th…and part of you is thinking..”I bet we won or are winning big”.

    You’re excited cuz you can’t wait to blurt out “YES”.

    Then, you hear ’4th quarter and it’s ALL Dolphins…they lead Oakland 35-13 late in the 4th.

    Then….you just have that sick feeling of disgust and “you gotta be kidding me”.

    I’ve had enough of that crap.

    Turn it around….somebody make a play. Quit ruining my weekends.

    Thanks.

  • Try Some Reality

    I gotta say, with all the excitement of the offseason…the ‘New Era of Excellence’, DMAC healthy, Palmer full offseason, new DC…defensive minded HC, etc. etc. etc. I did NOT see us being this bad and the vibe being so hopeless and everything being so dam boring.

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

    I don’t think anyone did. Some here like to claim they saw it coming, but I don’t think anyone forecast this garbage.

  • Try Some Reality

    There were a few that predicted us to win the West…Merrill Hoge and some other guy I can’t recall who it was.

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

    Another analyst burned for sticking his neck out. And we wonder why we’re not favored more. Time and time again, this team disappoints. SMH

  • Raider guy

    Dj…I have had that happen. My day is runed before because I am all tense….and Then my day is ruined after because apparently the wheels fell off. Last years buffalo game ruined my last day camping of the year…and then a few days after that.

  • DJ Johnny

    Guy, That game killed me. Should have been 2-0. Up 21-3 at the half? All the missed opportunities? Interceptions dropped by McClain (would’ve won the game) and the one that went right thru Branch’s hands?

    That one ranks right up there.