Part of the Bay Area News Group

Raiders sniffing first place in AFC West

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 at 5:22 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Ignore the fact, if you will, that two of Oakland’s three victories are against 1-6 teams, but they are a Broncos loss to the Saints away from a first-place tie in the AFC West after their win against the Kansas City Chiefs today.
Sure, it was the Chiefs, just as last week it was the lowly Jaguars without their starting quarterback and starting running back for most of the game, but it’s also the kind of game the Raiders had a penchant for losing in recent seasons.
From that standpoint, give the Raiders credit for taking care of business and buying another week to get more players healthy and find some answers for their offensive inconsistencies.

– Running back Darren McFadden rushed for 114 yards Sunday. Make no mistake, most of that yardage came long after the outcome was sealed and the Chiefs had cashed it in for the day.
Best case, it’s a start. Worst-case, the Raiders still haven’t figured out a way to get McFadden untracked for an entire game.
At one point, he had 17 yards on 12 carries before he bursted for 19 yards. Late in the game, he tacked on a 28-yarder and finished with 73 yards once the Raiders led by 14 or more.
In other words, the run game very much remains a huge concern.

– The Raiders benefitted from four Chiefs turnovers — interceptions by Matt Giordano and Pat Lee, a fumble by quarterback Matt Cassel and a muffed punt by Javier Arenas.
That was more than enough to offset an interception of Carson Palmer on Oakland’s first offensive play.

– Former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt intercepted Palmer on a pass for Darrius Heyward-Bey to start the game. From there, the Raiders got the better of Routt, by far, the rest of the game.
Heyward-Bey put a move on Routt on a sideline pass that Heyward-Bey turned into a 32-yard touchdown. Routt also was late making the play on a post route by Denarius Moore that went for a touchdown.
Routt said he enjoys getting paid by “half the AFC West.” On Sunday, he helped both teams, so that’s only fitting.

– The Raiders offensive line did a much better job looking after Palmer today, as promised.
Palmer got smacked around pretty good against the Jaguars a week earlier, prompting the offensive linemen to redouble their efforts and make a point of playing better against the Chiefs. It worked.
Palmer wasn’t sacked on 28 dropbacks, and he wasn’t hit much, either. Palmer did have at least three passes tipped at or near the line of scrimmage.
Overall, Palmer finished 14 of 28 for 209 yards. However, he had a handful of passes dropped that were right on the money,

– The Raiders committed only two penalties for 20 yards today, which represents a huge improvement over the past couple of games.
The Chiefs, by comparsion, got called for five penalties for 40 yards.

– Philip Wheeler led the Raiders with 11 tackles and recorded one of his team’s three sacks. Rookie Miles Burris added sevent tackles.
Rolando McClain rounded out the solid game for the linebacking corps with a sack of Brady Quinn and a few other key plays.

– Coach Allen opted against activating linebacker Aaron Curry to the 53-man roster. He has another week-plus to decide whether to activate Curry, waive him or place him on injured-reserve.
Allen said he anticipates Curry being activated before the 21-day window expires, perhaps in time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game next Sunday.

  • Share/Bookmark

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

  • CJ Legend 34

    691.Pretty Rick Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:12 am
    Anyone still upset with getting rid of Routt? He got that one pick but after that they beat on him all day. And Asomugha is just looking terrible in Philly, constantly getting torched. Could Huff actually be better than Routt and Aso? And could Miles Burris be our MLB next season with Wheeler and a healthy Curry Playn outside? Just wondering.

    ——————————————
    Love the energy Wheeler brings to this team. Burris has much upside. McClain is right where he should be on the bench and coming in to make solo plays here and there.

    I don’t think Curry is the answer because the poor guy just can’t stay healthy. Hard to make it in any sport with knees aging early. But I hope I am wrong.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Looka like I am not the only one who noticed Stevie Brown yesterday. Oh Well.

  • CJ Legend 34

    My boy Gio showed up yesterday! Yeah!!!!!!!

  • The Big Banana

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:17 am
    The Big Banana Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:06 am
    The D is starting to gell fellas.
    How about that run D?????

    —-

    Dont look now, but we have the 11th ranked rush D, right behind SF.
    ========

    Secondary is starting to come around a bit 2.
    Interesting to see how they play it out, ounce Bartell/Spencer come back.
    Watch out!

    —–

    Wonder where all the critics of Reggie sending Routt packing went? They still here? Still upset we ushered him out of the facility?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Don’t you love Monday mornings after we’ve won and the Reggie haters (AmysInCharge, Oakfoshow, Al_is_theraiders) are off crying and wailing?

  • DMAC

    Gio continues to make plays for allllllllll you haters!

  • inonewordraider

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Gio continues to make plays for allllllllll you haters!
    _______
    some guys just have a knack for the ball he needs to stay at fs and huff at corner. Catch of the day though, pat freaking lee

  • DMAC

    Pat Lee has stepped his game up. Interesting how they play it out, once our starting corners get healthy.

  • inonewordraider

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Gio continues to make plays for allllllllll you haters!
    _________________
    how would you feel about giorano fist pumping after every big play he makes?

  • hwnrdr

    Remember Pat Lee came in for Woodson in the SB when Woodson broke his collarbone at the end of the first half. He did kinda held his own!

  • DMAC

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Gio continues to make plays for allllllllll you haters!
    _________________
    how would you feel about giorano fist pumping after every big play he makes?
    =======

    I’ll take it any day.
    Thats means he’s making plays on the field.

  • boss01

    Streater and Criner are not cutting it right now…DHB disappears for long stretches…Hagan was non-existent yesterday other than that no-call PI against him..

    I don’t care who it is…there is a huge need right now for a consistent receiver.

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Remember Pat Lee came in for Woodson in the SB when Woodson broke his collarbone at the end of the first half. He did kinda held his own!
    ======

    I forgot that was him. I heard the sportscasters mentioning it.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Do I say we seem to have a real defense???Kelly & Seymour has been PuppyHunting for most of the year,but today they were hunting boars!!!When they chose to double one or the other,they dominated the single block for mostly the whole game!!!

    Are was a seeing things a.m crew???

  • DMAC

    1st quarter report cards…
    Offensive MVP = CP3
    Defensive MVP = Wheeler

  • CJ Legend 34

    712.boss01 Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am
    Streater and Criner are not cutting it right now…DHB disappears for long stretches…Hagan was non-existent yesterday other than that no-call PI against him..

    I don’t care who it is…there is a huge need right now for a consistent receiver.

    ————————————————
    I hear you Boss, but you know what we have that second WR. He plays fullback his name is Reece and Knapp does not do a good job of working this guy in the O-Scheme. Why, I don’t freaking know!!! This guy frees up WRs in a defense. We paid him a big contract to do nothing!

  • inonewordraider

    dwayne bowe, wes welker, steve smith, victor cruz, and mike wallace all fa’s at seasons end…

  • CJ Legend 34

    714.REALLIONAIREB Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:27 am
    Do I say we seem to have a real defense???Kelly & Seymour has been PuppyHunting for most of the year,but today they were hunting boars!!!When they chose to double one or the other,they dominated the single block for mostly the whole game!!!

    Are was a seeing things a.m crew???

    ——————————————————–
    They looked good in the KC game. Will have to see what they look like aginst a real good team.

  • DMAC

    I still would like to see Schmitt out there blocking for DMAC. It will make a difference.

  • inonewordraider

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:29 am
    1st quarter report cards…
    Offensive MVP = CP3
    Defensive MVP = Wheeler
    ____________
    was it you calling out tyvon? he responded yesterday

  • Charlie

    Yesterday’s game continues to prove my point that when you run and stop the run, you will win most of your games.
    Yes turnovers helped, but 2 were picks that will happen when you stop the run and force an offense to be one dimensional.

    I am tired of hearing how many of our rush yards came in the 4th quarter. Do you know how many games we would have won the last ten years if we could have run the ball in the 4th quarter?????

    The game is won on the line of scrimmage and we won those battles yesterday. We need to bolster both lines in next years draft with our first two picks but more change is coming. McClain and Seymour both will be gone as we cut overpaid players.(See Routt. What an Ahole for making his getting paid comment by half the AFC west). That is what has been wrong for the Raiders for years.

  • CJ Legend 34

    717.inonewordraider Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:30 am
    dwayne bowe, wes welker, steve smith, victor cruz, and mike wallace all fa’s at seasons end…

    ————————————————–

    Give me Dwayne Bowe or Victor Cruz. Mike Wallace drops to many balls, Steve Smith is aging. Wes Welker ummmmm. Maybe.

  • DMAC

    That KC O-line is no run over. They are a solid group, but we just manhandles them yesterday.
    They need to bring it like that every game.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Grbac?
    —————-
    upon more thought it was Steve Beurline. (The guy we should have kept over Schroeder)

  • DMAC

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:29 am
    1st quarter report cards…
    Offensive MVP = CP3
    Defensive MVP = Wheeler
    ____________
    was it you calling out tyvon? he responded yesterday
    =======

    Yeah, that was me. We need everyone playing at a high level. TB responded well, but we need that consistency.

  • boss01

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:29 am
    712.boss01 Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:26 am
    Streater and Criner are not cutting it right now…DHB disappears for long stretches…Hagan was non-existent yesterday other than that no-call PI against him..

    I don’t care who it is…there is a huge need right now for a consistent receiver.

    ————————————————
    I hear you Boss, but you know what we have that second WR. He plays fullback his name is Reece and Knapp does not do a good job of working this guy in the O-Scheme. Why, I don’t freaking know!!! This guy frees up WRs in a defense. We paid him a big contract to do nothing!

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

    Dmac had his best runs with a fullback in there…I agree, Reece needs to be in on every play and get about 5 looks his way per game

  • oakfoshow

    705.RaiderDuck Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Don’t you love Monday mornings after we’ve won and the Reggie haters (AmysInCharge, Oakfoshow, Al_is_theraiders) are off crying and wailing?

    ==================================================== Hey moron,we have just beaten the two most horrible teams in the league and still the zone blocking scheme continues to suck major a$$. Are you a fkn idiot or just to stubborn to admit we aint sht yet? SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT the fk up!!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    So the penalty was for batting the ball forward ? Guess I can buy that, although it didn’t look like the ball went forward – seemed like it was parallel and Branch’s intention was just to knock it out and give the Raids possession, certainly not gain yardage.

    Branch played a real solid game yesterday didn’t he ?

    Nice win over a pretty lousy team.

    Still disappointed over the red zone futility and the inability to get a run game going. Krapp’s playcalling is still horrendous. The first quarter ‘draw’ to DMAC in the red zone, actually drew some groans and laughter in the sportsbook. Just incredibly bad.

    Another very good game from CP although his numbers probably weren’t great. As long as he plays like Carson and not TIM Palmer we’re OK at QB. CP is doing a helluva job running the no-huddle. Impressive stuff, especially when you consider the absence of a running game. Would have been even better without a few drops. Was good to see a few shots taken into the end zone.

    Defense did a darn good job of limiting KC’s run game. Much improved in that respect. Consistent pressure and knock downs on Cassell and Quinn. Matt took a good beating.

    Considering KC’s gift turnovers, this could have been a blow out win. Corky almost got that right.

    I’d actually be feeling pretty good about heading in the right direction if it wasn’t for Krapp.

  • CJ Legend 34

    719.DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:31 am
    I still would like to see Schmitt out there blocking for DMAC. It will make a difference.

    ————————————————–

    DMAC – You raise a good point. I wonder why they have not tried a true FB to spring DMAC? Maybe it is not in the Knapp rules.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    My name’s Oakfoshow. People call me Oakfoshow.

  • Pretty Rick

    Sorry but the G-men aren’t gona let Cruz go anywhere,,, scratch him off any wishlist.

  • hwnrdr

    Pretty Rick Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Sorry but the G-men aren’t gona let Cruz go anywhere,,, scratch him off any wishlist.

    They would be stupid to do so, and after a year when they did let go of Jacobs and Manningham, I don’t see it either!

  • Dakota

    Our defense is getting better because of the past two weeks? Sorry, I am not buying it yet. Jax lost their best player minutes into the game and then their starting qb. KC is so bad they have not lead a game in regulation and went some 33 straight possessions without scoring a td.

    TB will be a better test for our d. Our d looked like a fking joke just a few weeks ago against dung ER.

    I think the atl game was mOre Ryan fking up than our d playing that well.

    I remain a skeptic.

  • inonewordraider

    hwnrdr Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:44 am
    Pretty Rick Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Sorry but the G-men aren’t gona let Cruz go anywhere,,, scratch him off any wishlist.

    They would be stupid to do so, and after a year when they did let go of Jacobs and Manningham, I don’t see it either!
    ____________________
    how would Cliff Avril, Dwight Freeney, or Osi fit in?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Dakota Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    TB will be a better test for our d. Our d looked like a fking joke just a few weeks ago against dung ER.

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

    ITA. Tampa will be the test as to whether we’re really improving, or if we’re just a bad team and can only defeat other bad teams.

  • boss01

    Dakota Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Our defense is getting better because of the past two weeks? Sorry, I am not buying it yet. Jax lost their best player minutes into the game and then their starting qb. KC is so bad they have not lead a game in regulation and went some 33 straight possessions without scoring a td.

    TB will be a better test for our d. Our d looked like a fking joke just a few weeks ago against dung ER.

    I think the atl game was mOre Ryan fking up than our d playing that well.

    I remain a skeptic.

    —————————

    Against Denver, Huff wasnt up to speed and Slolando was still playing every down…now that Huff is up to speed, and Slo has been demoted, you are starting to see a much tougher defense, mainly because Wheeler and Buris are all over the field…I am still surprised Jamaal Charles was made to look that bad.

    That’s 3 straight superb performances…I am starting to see a trend upwards.

  • DMAC

    I remain a skeptic.
    =======

    ……….and a sorry Cubs fan

  • DJ Johnny

    733,

    Ryan doesn’t f up that often. He’s having an MVP year.

    I think our D deserves credit for moving up to “average”.

    “Average” D last yr. might’ve gotten us 12-4.

    Like Monte Poole said..they aren’t dominate or suffocating, they are becoming “competent”.

  • oakfoshow

    730.RaiderDuck Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:42 am
    My name’s Oakfoshow. People call me Oakfoshow.

    People call me the guy who has been right since this stupid watermelon has taken over.You have been wrong about everything and continue to argue even when the facts say you are a moron.I can live with that. If Reggie knew what he was doing we would be 6-1 right now jackass! Like you he and Dennis Allen are worthless.

  • DJ Johnny

    737.DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:53 am
    I remain a skeptic.
    =======

    ……….and a sorry Cubs fan

    Give him credit for admitting he’s a Cubs fan at least.

    Cub fans and Raider fans are the best fans there are…cuz they can NEVER be accused of being frontrunners.

    Frontrunning fans that live on the West Coast and go out and buy Tom Brady jerseys are the worst kind of fans in existence.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Oakfoshow Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    People call me the guy who has been right

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

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Who exactly would that be?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    The next time you’re right about ANYTHING will be your first.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    So, please, fill us in with the names of everyone who calls you “The guy who has been right.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thanks for the laugh, though.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    I think Wes.W is a system guy…Have my doubts of him being a true number 1…the guy in New England and they guy that played in Mia are not the same guy!!!

  • DMAC

    Jax lost their best player minutes into the game and then their starting qb.\
    ============

    Why do people keep saying we beat Jax w/ out their QB and RB?

    We fk’n knocked them outta of the game. They didn’t get injured on their own and just walk off the field.
    Remember what Jenninngs did to us last season?

    We’ve now knocked 2 starting QB’s within the last 2 weeks. Let’s make it 3 this weekend.

  • Dakota

    DMc,

    Watch out for the cubs, they will be a contender in three years. Great young outfield coming up through the ranks. Will rival the pirates outfield of the early 1990s.

    Woot

  • DMAC

    DJ Johnny Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    737.DMAC Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:53 am
    I remain a skeptic.
    =======

    ……….and a sorry Cubs fan

    Give him credit for admitting he’s a Cubs fan at least.

    Cub fans and Raider fans are the best fans there are…cuz they can NEVER be accused of being frontrunners.

    Frontrunning fans that live on the West Coast and go out and buy Tom Brady jerseys are the worst kind of fans in existence.
    ===========

    No bandwagon here buddy.
    A’s
    Raiders
    Warriors
    Cal fan
    You must be talking about fans from SF.

  • oakfoshow

    735.RaiderDuck Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Dakota Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    TB will be a better test for our d. Our d looked like a fking joke just a few weeks ago against dung ER.

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

    ITA. Tampa will be the test as to whether we’re really improving, or if we’re just a bad team and can only defeat other bad teams.

    Hey what do you know.RAIDERDICK is backtracking now.FINALLY. SHUT THE FK UP!

  • DMAC

    Dakota Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    DMc,

    Watch out for the cubs, they will be a contender in three years. Great young outfield coming up through the ranks. Will rival the pirates outfield of the early 1990s.

    Woot
    ===========

    Pass that schit vato!
    lol

  • Plunketthead

    DAILY REMINDER
    DA is a great coach

    Almost forgot,,

    Tom Cable > Hue Jackson

  • Raider Riff

    DJ Johnny Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:53 am
    733,

    Ryan doesn’t f up that often. He’s having an MVP year.

    I think our D deserves credit for moving up to “average”.

    “Average” D last yr. might’ve gotten us 12-4.

    Like Monte Poole said..they aren’t dominate or suffocating, they are becoming “competent”.

    ——————

    Agreed.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Oakfoshow needs to learn to speak when he’s spoken to, and to only offer up an opinion when his is wanted.

    That would be NEVER, of course.