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Allen calls McFadden and Seymour questionable for Saints game

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 4:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Running back Darren McFadden still is in a walking boot 10 days after he suffered a high-ankle sprain. Defensive tackle Richard Seymour still isn’t healthy enough to practice because of lingering knee and hamstring injuries.
Therefore, coach Dennis Allen says, they are questionable for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. If they aren’t able to practice Thursday and/or Friday, there’s little chance of them playing after missing the past four practices and last Sunday’s game.
“All those guys are getting better,” Allen said, “it’s just a matter of whether they’re going to be better in time for Sunday or not.”

– The Raiders faced the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week last Sunday in the Ravens Jacoby Jones. Next up is a game against the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
Graham is a matchup nightmate, given he is 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds. Too fast for most linebackers to cover, too physical for most defensive backs to handle.
Ah, but he hasn’t seen Raiders safety Mike Mitchell yet. Mitchell said he has the combination of speed and size to match up well with Graham.
“I haven’t seen anyone get very physical with him yet, as far as DBs,” Mitchell said. “Most guys are too small, and they try to stay away from him. So, he just bodies them. I’m curious to see how he’s going to handle more of a physical, skill-position guy checking him at the line.
“Usually, he’s too fast for linebackers and too big for DBs, but I’ve been able to have success on those guys because I’m a skilled position guy. I like to get my hands on you a little bit and slow you down. So, we’ll see. It’s going to be a tough matchup.”
Graham caught 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and that was just in the regular season. Through nine games this season, he has caught 45 passes for 533 yards and seven touchdowns.
“He’s very good,” Mitchell said. “He’s one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets. If he can be eliminated, that takes a lot out of their offense.”
That’s one big “if” and one big assignment.

– Pro Football Focus takes the time to break down games in great detail each week. One thing that jumped out from the Raiders-Ravens game is the stark contrast of the Ravens passing.
According to PFF, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 17 of 20 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns over the middle of the field Sunday. He completed only 4 of 11 for 47 yards on throws to the outside of the field, with one touchdown and one interception.
Cornerback Ron Bartell said there’s a simple explanation.
“Just miscommunication,” Bartell said. “Guys trying to do too much. Instead of doing their job, guys are trying to make up for other things in other areas. Each individual just needs to focus on what their responsibility is. If we do that we’ll be fine. We’ve played good defense this year. We play our best defense when everybody’s being fundamentally sound and not worried about somebody else’s job.”
Fellow starting cornerback Michael Huff agreed with that assessment.
“We knew they had a lot of great tight ends and a lot of good slot receivers,” Huff said. “A lot of it came out of communication, too, the back end and the linebackers, we just didn’t catch some things. It had a little combination to do with all of it.”

– Interesting stat: Saints coach Joe Vitt pointed out to his players that of the past six teams to allow 50 points or more and play at home the next week, five of them rebounded with a victory.
“Joe’s got a stat for everything,” Allen said. “Hopefully, he’s right.”
So, that gives the Raiders an 83.33 percent chance of beating the Saints on Sunday, based on recent history.
Brees isn’t taking the Raiders lightly.
“I know the team that we’re going to face is not the team that gave up 55 points last week or 42 points against Tampa,” Brees said. “Really, I feel like their defense played very well against the Bucs, with the exception of three big runs. If you take away just three big plays that resulted in 21 points, I felt like their defense played very, very well.
“So, that’s this game, though. It’s a play here, it’s a play there, it’s a big play here, a big play there that can typically affect the outcome of a game. This defense has a lot of very talented players on it. They have played very, very well at times. I know that, for us, we’re going to have to play our best game and worry about our execution, and that’s what we’re focused on.”

– Tight end Brandon Myers passed all the league-mandated tests for players that suffer a concussion, which means he is cleared to practice at full-speed and play in a game.
Free safety Matt Giordano also suffered a concussion against the Ravens last Sunday, but he still hasn’t passed the tests. Hence, Myers was at practice today, Giordano sat out.
Allen said there’s a plan in place if Giordano isn’t able to play Sunday. That might mean moving Huff back to free safety or, perhaps, giving Mike Mitchell a rare start.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey tweaked his right hamstring in practice today. He was limited as a result.

– Phillip Adams has muffed two punts this season. To that end, Allen said he had a little chat with Adams after his latest gaffe, against the Ravens.
“We’ve addressed the situation with Phillip, and he understands that he’s got to protect the football,” Allen said. “We’ll continue to monitor that as we go along, but he’s got to protect the football better.”
If Allen opts to make a change, wide receiver Denarius Moore is next in line.

– Allen addressed the rationale behind placing cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) on season-ending injured-reserve Saturday.
“(His recovery) just wasn’t as fast as neither he nor us as an organization wanted, and we were in a situation from an injury standpoint where we had to get roster spots to get guys on to the active roster,” Allen said. “So, it was not an easy decision, but sometimes you’ve got to make those decisions as you get into the season and you need roster spots.”
The Raiders needed two roster spots to accommodate the return of Bartell from injured reserve and the signing of running back Jeremy Stewart from the practice squad.

– Taiwan Jones touched the ball only two times against the Ravens, even though Stewart received seven carries in the same game 24 hours after emerging from the practice squad.
Allen said Jones still has some things to work through before he can be relied upon with a sizable workload.
“He’s got to prove to us that he can stay healthy, that he’s got to know what to do on every single play and he’s got to protect the football,” Allen said. “We’re giving him those opportunities in practice, and as he shows us he’s going to be able to do that, he’ll see more time.”
Allen said Jones is making progress in that regard.
“Actually, there was improvement last week,” Allen said, “so hopefully there’s continued improvement this week.”
Allen said Jones has not voiced any displeasure to him over his lack of playing time at running back.

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  • DMAC

    How has the Saints pass protection been this season?

  • MiamiRaider78

    Raider O,

    I side with the people. Gaza is getting bombed again and it only breeds and fuels the cycle of hate and disdain Palestinians have for Is rael. No one on both sides of the fence ask for this but they will suffer the consequences of the politicians and warmongers self interests.

    Sad

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dr_robert Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:54 am
    Raider O Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:50 am
    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:45 am
    dr_robert Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:39 am
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I tried smoking the Marijuana joint a few times. I was not impressed.
    ==========

    I use to feel that same way 2, until I had kids.
    Weed def. works as a stress reliever now.

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

    hmmm. usually goes the other way around. weed smoker stops smoking so much cuz they have kids now. i’m wondering if the kids are getting what u think they’re getting from the whiteboard.
    ==========

    Yes
    and they luv it

    I use to drink a lot back in the days.
    Now I smoke a lot, and drink on occasions.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    My kid is homeschooled, and she is 5 studying 1st and 2nd grade curriculum, and I smoke before her classes. The day I need to be 100% sober to teach a 5 yo is the day I go back to HS.
    *******************

    ok, but a teacher would rightfully get fired if they taught while high. i’m not coming down on u, but i’ve been around a ton of weed smokers who made a lot of excuses why it was ok for them to be high all the time. it’s still an escape. and maybe u should be asking urself why u feel compelled to get high all the time. just food for thought.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m not getting high all the time.
    Some people drink a glass of wine, some people drink beer, and some people get drunk by noon. Moderation is the key.

  • DMAC

    Someone brought up an interesting suggestion yesterday.
    Why not try Taiwan at CB?
    Has great speed and has shown that he can tackle.
    Schit, why not give it a shot.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:57 am
    694.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:54 am
    Jones is on the roster for his special teams play. He’s fast and is always in the area when the returner is tackled.

    ________________________________________________

    Yeah I wonder how things went down…Seemed like Palmer and Knapp talked up Taiwan leading up the Baltimore game and then nothing. Was it all a smokescreen?
    ——
    It sure worked on me. I started the bastard in my fantasy football league.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I’m not getting high all the time.
    Some people drink a glass of wine, some people drink beer, and some people get drunk by noon. Moderation is the key.
    ——
    Kell gets drunk by noon, but he hasn’t figured out the moderation part yet.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Just like the moderators on this blog Bahhhhahhhhahhhh

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    In juts too days the saints come to the town, they are red hot and ready to feast on the raiders like holiday meal. In fact the raiders have looked every bit like a turkey on mis-givings day, nervously waiting to be plucked cooked and carved, and drew brees is a master butcher.

    brees is one of the truly great qb’s he was the guy that wasnt supposed to be this good. he didnt have the rocket arm, it was deemed adequate. He didnt have the tall imposing physique, but he was considered nimble and athletic. people compared him to steve deberg or dave kreig. I never bought that and he has proven that short qbs can play and win big. He and his wr group have no so called chemistry issues, and clearly the entire team follows his lead. brees in the spread is more than a night mare and our secondary and line backer will be tested in ways they have not yet been this year, as brees by far is the best qb we have faced in denniss allens regime.

    The saints use the pass to set up the run but can pound you when they want. However the saint run game is more like an accent piece.

    If carson can play free of the mental breakdowns which have plagued his rader tenure, and marred his final years in cincy, he can only hope to keep pace with brees. Unfortunately head to head brees is worlds better than palmer and this is not a favorable match up.

    The real problem for the raiders however wil be dealing with the revamped saint defense. They are tearing through opponents with a dizzying array of exotic pressures and they have been pummeling qbs of late. They hammered micheal vick and beat him into a bloody stupor, they blistered matt rayn, and hammered him like hasnt been hit all year.

    carson will have hands full, both diagnosing the heat, and surviving it. carson will need to be crisp and accurate and he will need to do something he has only done scant few times as a raider, stand up to the pressure and make good decisions.

    the saints give up a lot of yards between the 20′s so palmer has a chance to post big yardage stats, but it will take a positive touchdown to turn over ratio and a lot of luck.

    Hopefully the saints view this as the falcons did and sleep walk. maybe we can get them out for a little bay area nightlife play them while they are hungover, im sure the would enjoy the variety of flavors as opposed to the strictly chocolate and vanilla in n.o.

    so far the raiders have faced a guantlet of fantastic qbs, ryan, flacco, freeman, and now brees. palmer has not been able to lift the team to victory against them.

    lets see if he can earn his hero statsu and lift the team to victory over the brees and company,….after all that is why we gave up so much for him…isnt it?

  • DMAC

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m not getting high all the time.
    Some people drink a glass of wine, some people drink beer, and some people get drunk by noon. Moderation is the key.
    ——
    Kell gets drunk by noon, but he hasn’t figured out the moderation part yet.
    =====

    You mean he gets slapped around before noon and knocked out before the evening.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    I try to be supportive of DA, but how does Taiwan not get any signficant touches against Baltimore? Like c’mon, the P/R guy gets more action? Just cut him then, it’s a waste of a roster spot. Not saying TJ’s all world, but he should have been given a shot under those circmstances.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Why are all the weed smokers here in the morning? Are you all pizza delivery guys who work at night? :)

  • DutchRaider77

    695.DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:54 am
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Why don’t we just call Shonasty the Black Irish guy.
    ========

    B careful what u say

    Rev Mistic is lurking
    ________________________________________________

    Actually it is kinda funny. All my non-raider friends thought that Shaunessy was white (three different dudes). Three different games watching with three different people, they all uttered the same thing. “That’s Shaunessy? But, I-I thought he was white…”crazy white people.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:58 am
    Raider O,

    I side with the people. Gaza is getting bombed again and it only breeds and fuels the cycle of hate and disdain Palestinians have for Is rael. No one on both sides of the fence ask for this but they will suffer the consequences of the politicians and warmongers self interests.

    Sad
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Like 99 said, everything done by Israel has been done by Arabs too. Jordan killed Palestinians, Syria is killing its own people, and that crap will continue till Arabs learn to unite and take Care of their own.
    I’m sick of those sand monkeys.

  • DMAC

    SSSSSHHHHHHHHH!

    No one say nothing….
    No one move….

    They will go away

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Woo Hoo! Mistic is here!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    In juts too days the saints come to the town
    ——
    Mistic, what language are you speaking? Is that Ebonics?

  • DMAC

    GreatWhiteRaider Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I try to be supportive of DA, but how does Taiwan not get any signficant touches against Baltimore? Like c’mon, the P/R guy gets more action? Just cut him then, it’s a waste of a roster spot. Not saying TJ’s all world, but he should have been given a shot under those circmstances.
    ========

    Amen brother

  • MiamiRaider78

    Whoever replies to Mistic first, owes me a quarter bag of trees.

    =)

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Someone brought up an interesting suggestion yesterday.
    Why not try Taiwan at CB?
    Has great speed and has shown that he can tackle.
    Schit, why not give it a shot.
    —————————–
    Speaking of slapped around, this is the dumbest comment I’ve seen here, maybe ever.

  • R8ER MIKE

    GOOD AFTERNOON NATION !!
    and my GreenParty brothers !!

  • MiamiRaider78

    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:04 am
    SSSSSHHHHHHHHH!

    No one say nothing….
    No one move….

    They will go away
    ________

    Just spit up my drink LMFAO

  • DMAC

    KoolKell Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Someone brought up an interesting suggestion yesterday.
    Why not try Taiwan at CB?
    Has great speed and has shown that he can tackle.
    Schit, why not give it a shot.
    —————————–
    Speaking of slapped around, this is the dumbest comment I’ve seen here, maybe ever.
    =========

    What about the bootlickers, poobutts, and dumb asses who read it and then take the time to respond to it.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    As far as T Jones goes maybe D.A. is getting in his head trying to get the most out of him.
    ===============================================
    Well, that’s sure working out, isn’t it ?

    I guess getting the most out of Taiwan means 2 whole carries through 9 games.

    And if you think Tits is getting the most out of Taiwan, then you’ve got to LOVE what he’s getting out of TP.

    Yep, Tits and Krapp are imaginative geniuses that are milking every possible ounce of production from the roster.

    Good job, Tits.

  • DMAC

    ODB is in da house!!!

  • MiamiRaider78

    Good day to you R8er Mike!

    Peace be to the Green Party

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Woo Hoo! Mistic is here!
    ————————-
    Did you just wet your panties?

  • DMAC

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    In juts too days the saints come to the town
    ——
    Mistic, what language are you speaking? Is that Ebonics?
    ========

    This is going to set it off.
    Thanx a lot Albert

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    KoolKell Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:08 am
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Woo Hoo! Mistic is here!
    ————————-
    Did you just wet your panties?
    —-
    It’s called sarcasm you dumb ass poot but.

  • R8ER MIKE

    I’m not getting high all the time.
    Some people drink a glass of wine, some people drink beer, and some people get drunk by noon. Moderation is the key.

    *********************
    lol… not me either… just a little wake and bake in the A.M…. a little bump around lunch time… another at 420 !! and then smoke a few before dinner.. a little after dinner.. and a puff or two before bed !!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    KoolKell Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:06 am
    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Someone brought up an interesting suggestion yesterday.
    Why not try Taiwan at CB?
    Has great speed and has shown that he can tackle.
    Schit, why not give it a shot.
    —————————–
    Speaking of slapped around, this is the dumbest comment I’ve seen here, maybe ever.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Aren’t you the one who said J Richardson should play LB?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Raiderman99

    Just making conversation. Calm yourself, and nowhere in the post did I say I think he is getting the most out of him. Just talkin bro.

    Just as confused as evryone else as to the way this team is doing things.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:09 am
    I’m not getting high all the time.
    Some people drink a glass of wine, some people drink beer, and some people get drunk by noon. Moderation is the key.

    *********************
    lol… not me either… just a little wake and bake in the A.M…. a little bump around lunch time… another at 420 !! and then smoke a few before dinner.. a little after dinner.. and a puff or two before bed !!!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Exactly! Moderation. lol

    Long Live The ODB!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Raider O Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Aren’t you the one who said J Richardson should play LB?
    ————————
    Talk what you know
    And, let the rest, go.

  • MiamiRaider78

    If you are high and want to laugh, I recommend googling a picture of Andrew Bynums new hair cut.

    Looks like he used James Browns hair stylist.

  • R8ER MIKE

    thats right O .. gotta know when to say when !! lol lol lol

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Wow, that is one bad haircut. I think Mark Davis has some competition.

    http://thebiglead.fantasysportsven.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/andrew-bynum-hair-1.png

  • jesusraiderjim

    Smokers smoke, period.

    Wake and bake, during lunch after work relaxing in the evening, before bed.
    Come on man! I love virgins!

    LMAO look what I posted above Mike

    lol… not me either… just a little wake and bake in the A.M…. a little bump around lunch time… another at 420 !! and then smoke a few before dinner.. a little after dinner.. and a puff or two before bed !!!

  • hwnrdr

    Can home field and weather conditions help us out this week? Film on Sunday!

  • MiamiRaider78

    Thanks Al,

    That shet brought me to tears. LOL

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Raider O Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:03 am
    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:58 am
    Raider O,

    I side with the people. Gaza is getting bombed again and it only breeds and fuels the cycle of hate and disdain Palestinians have for Is rael. No one on both sides of the fence ask for this but they will suffer the consequences of the politicians and warmongers self interests.

    Sad
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Like 99 said, everything done by Israel has been done by Arabs too. Jordan killed Palestinians, Syria is killing its own people, and that crap will continue till Arabs learn to unite and take Care of their own.
    I’m sick of those sand monkeys.
    ============================================
    What’s going on O? Israel bombing Gaza ? Pals fighting with themselves ? Haven’t watched the news.

    If Israel is bombing Gaza, I’m sure it’s without provocation or reason.

    I mean, that’s what those war hungry monsters in Israel do. Just bomb the innocent Pals for no reason.

    Side with the people, Miami ?

    Where are your cries of outrage when hundreds of rockets are aimed at Sderot ?

    Crickets then.

    Side with the people my butt.

    You’re full of crap Miami.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    Probably the most tragic thing this year is that the Raiders are still losing in the same kind of ways; some RB slashes them for +200, STUPID defensive penalties prolong drives. Some useless holding, or my personal favourite, a false start kills our drive. It’s both sad and boring. Even though he was only 8-8 his first two years, at least Chucky’s teams never lost by more than a touchdown and other teams started respecting the Raiders again. Like, the Ravens game was a disgrace, but to me, that Miami game earlier in the season, was easily the most embarassing one in a long time.

  • DMAC
  • Raider4Life209

    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    KoolKell Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    DMAC Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Someone brought up an interesting suggestion yesterday.
    Why not try Taiwan at CB?
    Has great speed and has shown that he can tackle.
    Schit, why not give it a shot.
    —————————–
    Speaking of slapped around, this is the dumbest comment I’ve seen here, maybe ever.
    =========
    Still think the “Street Blog Cred” line takes the cake.

  • VanHeathen30

    Since we have yet to really find a running game, would the rain actually hurt us more than it hurts the Saint’s?!
    Seems they they are able to move the ball on the ground, and well, we’ve abandonded the run in the 2nd qtr last week and had 22 TOTAL yds. the wee before…
    Heck of a Job Knappy!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HWNRDR,WHEN UR TEAM SUKKS..PRAY FOR RAIN.ACCESS TO THE LOTS SOULD BE EASY THOUGH.JUST LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE..

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    The Rockets might stop, if Israel stops building on the West Bank.

  • DMAC

    KoolKell Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    The Rockets might stop, if Israel stops building on the West Bank.
    ==========

    Houses may get sold, if Krappy stops trying to sell them.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Raiderman99,

    I’m full of crap because I don’t know about what you’re specificallly talking about? With regards to what I know and have read about the situation now, I side with the people. Politicians do not care about the innocent people being killed right now.

    Instead of assuming I’m full of crap, be smart and give me some links so I can be more informed and aware of what else is going on around the planet.

    Thanks

  • DMAC

    Don’t say a word you god damn bootlicker!!!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    jesusraiderjim Says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Raiderman99

    Just making conversation. Calm yourself, and nowhere in the post did I say I think he is getting the most out of him. Just talkin bro.

    Just as confused as evryone else as to the way this team is doing things.
    ==================================================
    I’m calm, Jim.

    Don’t take my post the wrong way. Wasn’t meant as a rebuke to you at all.

    Was meant as a criticism of Tits. I have no problem whatsoever with what you posted about Tits trying to get into TJ’s head.