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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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  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Good morning nation.
    Green Party Rules!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Good debate, but we need a Green Party representative in the next debate.
    Vote Green in 2016!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    MAYBE THE RAIDERS ARE LOOKING PAST ATLANTA,GUNNING FOR THE JAGUARS..COULD BE A TRAP GAME FOR OAKLAND.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Reps did well in the debates, that should help them, but I still think the Dems will win it.
    Vote Green in 2016!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL @ DLF.
    That’s funny!

  • guest123

    Good Morning Raider Nation!

    I won’t lie. Not feeling optimistic about this game. But I’ll be proud to see some fight on Sunday Morning. Some good ole fashion “pride and poise”. Screw the committment to excrement stuff. Just keep the heads up and wheels turning.

    Raiders till I die.

  • guest123

    Later nation

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    Another sad and depressing loss at O.Co lat night. That place needs to be blown up.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Due to work/shift patterns this will be the first Raider game I’ll see live this season.

    Some fight would be appreciated.

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    Klas and the Swedish Vikings are going to row our long boats into Bay area and tear down that pitiful stadium.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    POST-308,HOW DID THE BALL PARK HELP DETRIOT SCORE 6 RUNS AND PREVENT THE A’S FROM SCORING ANY?

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    311.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 6:48 am
    POST-308,HOW DID THE BALL PARK HELP DETRIOT SCORE 6 RUNS AND PREVENT THE A’S FROM SCORING ANY?

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

    It’s a conspiracy.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    SORRY NEILB,4GOT ABOUT THE WHOLE CONSPIRACY ASPECT..HOW ARE THINGS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE POND ?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    So I’m heading to the beach for the weekend with the woman’s family, she already hates the NFL season because of my refusal to do anyhting on sundays and now I’m taking my car because I’m planning to drive back early on sunday so I can set myself up for the game….a sh** storm is coming my way and the Raiders better make it worth it!.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Dirt-lot…

    Everythings good.Yourself?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NOT BAD NEILB,

  • http://sweden.com Klas Tjorborn

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 6:48 am
    POST-308,HOW DID THE BALL PARK HELP DETRIOT SCORE 6 RUNS AND PREVENT THE A’S FROM SCORING ANY?
    ——-
    It’s just depressing stadium with lots of bad joo joo.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Good to hear Dirt-lot.

    Bob,you messed up!You should have took her shoe-shopping during the bye-week and eased the $hit storm this weekend.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Time to go.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    People are expecting Atl to come out firing and attacking our Secondary, if they’re smart they will come out doing the opposite, establish the running game, control the clock and keep our Offense sidelined, they know we need our Offense on the field to have a shot so I’m thinking they will try and “out-ball-control-us” so they can protect their one weakness which is a questionable run defense.

    But there’s a flip side to that coin, the Raiders should come out motivated and fired up, something Atlanta will also try to take away with long, sustained drives, but if we can man-up in the Red-Zone and keep the game close at the Half, we have a chance to keep the intensity level high and get some confidence, then we can wear down their front 7 in the 2nd half and make it a game that goes down to the wire.

    I expect a close, conservative game until the final 20 minutes or so when the fireworks should begin, hopefully we can keep up when they do.

    If things work out that way, we shock them 30-27.

    Or, the Falcons can come out and no-huddle us to death and get a 24-6 halftime lead….smh.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    NeilB.

    Lol…you’re right, I would have but this trip idea came up on monday or tuesday.

  • papertiger418

    Was anyone else disappointed to see the A’s fans waving what appeared to be terrible towels in the Coliseum? Love the heart of that team but those towels made me want to throw up.

  • DJ Johnny

    Bob,

    Here’s a problem I see. Last 3 games Raiders are giving up over 33.5 pts. a game and what’s even worse is they aren’t coming becuz of Palmer turning the ball over or us fumbling; it’s just pure getting beat down.

    It appears like the opposing teams offense treats 1st and 2nd down like it’s practice or something…knowing on 3rd down they’ll always get it anyway….and they do.

    Denver did not even punt once the whole game. Miami blew us out, Pittsburgh did whatever the heck they wanted, and Denver? OMG.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    How DA goes thru this thorough evaluation and concludes nothing needs to change…”we just need to execute better”….Wow!

    Guys are saying he’s gonna do some things differently he’s just not showing his hand….We’ll see.

    I’m with the Raider players on this. They say they “hope” they can play well aganst Atl….so do I.

  • DJ Johnny

    I can’t remember where i read it, but one smart alek writer said he knows how DA solved the big defensive penalty issue…”just don’t get close enough to the receivers for the refs to call anything”.

    It’s working.

  • DJ Johnny

    papertiger418 Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 7:38 am
    Was anyone else disappointed to see the A’s fans waving what appeared to be terrible towels in the Coliseum? Love the heart of that team but those towels made me want to throw up.

    I thought that right away when I saw those towells, but the A’s had a great yr. Too bad it’s over so quickly. Just think what they could have done with a few bucks.

    Speaking of Pittsburgh and their “towells” it’s interesting that even tho they’ve done much better than us over these years, we still own the all time series record over them.

  • R8ER MIKE

    GOOD MORNING NATION !!!
    and my GreenParty brothers !!!
    vote Green in 16 !!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Verlander was awesome last night, I would pay $100 to watch him pitch live.

    Loved the moment, sorry A’s fans, in the 5th with 2 outs, runner on and Norris at the plate in a 2-0 game.

    2-2, Norris steps out of the box a tad late, and Verlander didn’t see until he starts his windup, and you can tell he is ticked. Next pitch he throws a wicked 12-6 curve at 75mph, that fooled everyone including the ump, as it was right down the plate.

    Even more ticked, Verlander rocks back and blows a 99mph fastball past Norris on the next pitch, like F U go sit down.

    Country hardball at it’s finest, and there isn’t another pitcher in the league who can go 75mph curve to 99mph fastball on back to back pitches.

  • R8ER MIKE

    ??? how about them Nats and Os ???

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Maybe Green Bay is missing Reggie? ;-)

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Verlander was awesome last night, I would pay $100 to watch him pitch live.
    —————-
    You called it.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Verlander was awesome last night, I would pay $100 to watch him pitch live.
    ========================================

    He really was. Very very tough to beat them in a short series when all you have to do is win three games and Verlander is going to go at you twice.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Gotta give it up for A’s fan tho. They were on their feet screaming down 6-0 in the ninth, and then continued to cheer their team 20 minutes after the game ended. I have seen anything like it.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Country hardball at it’s finest, and there isn’t another pitcher in the league who can go 75mph curve to 99mph fastball on back to back pitches.
    ====================================

    Verlander started the game throwing mostly soft stuff. Then later in the game we starts hitting 97-98. When you see stuff coming at you at 85 and then later 98 it looks like its coming in a 140.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Oakland is fresh off a bye week that came at an inauspicious time (to say the least), considering the Raiders were blown out in Denver in Week 4. The secondary was destroyed, while the front seven struggled to put pressure on Peyton Manning (zero sacks). If Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour and Co. can’t beat the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line at the point of attack, Matt Ryan will carve up the back four. The Raiders are 30th in points allowed. In fact, despite having a bye, Oakland has still allowed a league-high 55 points in the third quarter, which speaks to poor halftime adjustments. On the other hand, Atlanta has been a great second-half team thus far, pulling out games late in each of the past two weeks. #OAKvsATL

  • DEATHROW 55

    Kelly’s out if I was tarver I’d do this
    Shaughnessy,Houston, Seymore,Carter
    Wheeler, McClain, Burris
    Chekwa,Mitchell,branch,huff

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    The Raiders front four are just not getting it done. McClain has been turr-bile, which leaves everyone clamoring about the secondary. I am much more concerned about the Dline and McClain. Particularly McClain.

  • DJ Johnny

    329.KoolKell Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Maybe Green Bay is missing Reggie?

    I’d like to think that. He wasn’t there for their draft and they were committed to improving their defense with it.

    Their D is still giving up lots of passing yards and Luck carved them up last week.

  • theghostronin79

    335.DEATHROW 55 Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:36 am
    Kelly’s out if I was tarver I’d do this
    Shaughnessy,Houston, Seymore,Carter
    Wheeler, McClain, Burris
    Chekwa,Mitchell,branch,huff

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

    What about…….Wheeler, Goethel, Burris?

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Raiders offense is ranked 31st in the number of snaps. That’s pretty bad for a dink and dunk offense.

  • theghostronin79

    339.KoolKell Says:
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:44 am
    Raiders offense is ranked 31st in the number of snaps. That’s pretty bad for a dink and dunk offense.

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

    Cause they can’t sustain drives….Wearing out their OWN defense, and losing the time of Posession battle.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Yep

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The dink and dunk is designed to move the chains…………….????

  • theghostronin79

    I really hope Carter plays, but even so…He will probably be rusty as hell, and take a few games to get his mojo in the right place. The pass rush has been non existant Not even knock downs or hurries. SMFH…..

  • theghostronin79

    Well, I think a Dink qualifies as a “Throw” followed by a “Catch”……and a Dunk probably referres to a Run of at least 3 yds or more…..

    Fail, and Fail

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I gotta figure the DC is asking the D-line to be a little more cautious, and conscious of the Run game, instead of just pinning their ears back and rushing the passer, like they used to do .

  • theghostronin79

    Well, that could be the case certainly…Focus on Gap control. We definately don’t really get GOUGED by the run until the 2nd half; after fatigue is setting in. Guess they gotta pick thier poison from game to game.

  • Marks hair

    Nice run by the As.. now cover that dirt

  • theghostronin79

    I’m hoping that Carter can at least create some disruption. I’m not expecting him to come in and be a sack machine, but opposing QB’s are just WAY TOO damn comfortable hangin in the pocket. Let’s make them shift a little, throw the ball a tad early, SOMETHING…. Hell, a knock down would be great.

  • Marks hair

    Switch shawnessy to Lde

  • AmysInCharge

    Omg,…a day later and old fool Kell still on this blog,..heck of a vacation hey old man? LMAO