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McFadden, Goodson and Seymour not playing Sunday

The Raiders will be without Nos. 1 and 2 running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson and defensive tackle Richard Seymour for the third straight game.
All three missed practice Friday before being declared out for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals game by coach Dennis Allen.
“They made progress this week,” Allen said, “but they’re not ready to go yet.”
That means regular fullback Marcel Reece will start at running back for the third straight game, with second-year player Taiwan Jones and rookie Jeremy Stewart the backups once again.
Reece is fresh from a game in which he amassed 193 yards rushing and receiving. He said he’s just trying to hold down the fort until the other backs return.
“We have so many playmakers on this team that no one’s that guy,” Reece said. “Darren McFadden’s the bell cow for this team and will be the bell cow for this team. Right now we’re kind of playing running back by committee. When it really comes down to it, you’re just trying to make plays the way you’re supposed to make plays.”
On a positive note, Goodson said he finally is out of the protective boot that he spent more than two weeks in while recovering from a high-ankle sprain. He and McFadden got hurt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 4.
Goodson said he is disappointed that he missed out on the opportunity to be the lead back.
“You see McFadden go down, and I was the next guy in line,” Goodson said. “You kind of want to get out there and show everybody what you can do, and then I go down with an ankle. The exact same injury (as McFadden), the exact same game.”
Goodson said he is making progress, though he doesn’t have a timeframe for his return.
Desmond Bryant will start in place of Seymour.

– Niners linebacker Aldon Smith recorded 5 ½ sacks Monday night against the Chicago Bears. That total is half what the Raiders have through 10 games and almost twice that of Seymour’s team-high three.
Allen said part of the paltry sack total owes to the Raiders lacking a speed-rusher like Smith. The other factor is the inconsistency of the linebackers and defensive backs in pass coverage.
“We’ve got to do a better job of winning our one-on-ones, whether that be in coverage or whether that be in the rush,” Allen said. “Those things work together. It really comes down to individual battles, and we’ve got to win more individual battles.”
Defensive lineman Dave Tollefson said the sacks will come as long as he and his defensive mates keep working hard and play within the context of the scheme.
“I played on (New York Giants) teams that got a load of sacks, and it was a group effort,” Tollefson said. “You got to keep pounding that rock. You got to just keep working, keep working and that wall will break down.”

– Like most teams, the Raiders goal is to feature a balanced offensive attack. Injuries and situations in games oftentimes dictate otherwise.
Given that, the Raiders are the most lopsided offense through 10 games, with 66.1 percent of their plays being passes.
By comparison, the Texans and 49ers are the most-balanced teams in the league, right about 50 percent pass and 50 percent pass.
Allen said it’s “extremely important” for the Raiders to have a balanced offensive attack.
“When you throw the football that many times, eventually bad things happen,” Allen said. “We have to have balance, we have to be able to run the football, we have to make teams play us honestly.”
However, being balanced doesn’t always equate to success. The Redskins (4-6) and Chiefs (1-9) are the third- and fourth-most-balanced teams, yet they are long-shots to make the playoffs..

– Bengals fans hoping to get a look at Carson Palmer, the quarterback that guided their team from 2004-10, won’t be able to do so if they live in the Cincinnati area. The game is blacked out locally.
Palmer was the Bengals first-round pick in 2003 (No. 1 overall). He spent his rookie season learning under Jon Kitna and didn’t play. He assumed the starting spot in 2004 and held on to that job for seven seasons.
The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round pick and a ’13 second-rounder to get Palmer from the Bengals last season. Sunday marks Palmer’s first game against his former team, in the stadium that he called home for so long.

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch (neck) said he’s “ready to roll” after missing last Sunday’s game. That snapped a streak of 57 straight starts for Branch.
Jones (ankle) and rookie defensive end Jack Crawford (toe) are questionable.

– Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has at least one touchdown in the past nine games. Overall, he has 64 receptions for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games.
It’s not difficult to make a strong case for Green being the most-dangerous receiver the Raiders have faced all season.
“A.J. Green is having a great year,” strong safety Tyvon Branch said. “So we got to stop the ball from going on top. Keep everything in front of us and tackle.”
Cornerback Michael Huff will cover Green whenever he is lined up on the right side. Allen said the Raiders won’t use Huff or Ron Bartell to shadow Green.
Huff calls Green “an animal” and a better overall receiver than the Falcons Julio Jones, who Huff covered earlier this season.
“He makes more plays, probably plays the deep ball better,” Huff said. “You can throw it up to him, he just goes up and gets it, just makes plays. He’s better than Julio, to me. Not as fast as Julio as far as long speed, but he can still run.”

– Rookie offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom will see some more playing time Sunday, Allen said. Just don’t plan on Bergstrom catching a pass anytime soon, even though he oftentimes has been used as an extra offensive lineman.
When that happens, the referee is compelled to announce that “No. 70 has reported as an eligible receiver.”
“Don’t read too much into that,” said Bergstrom, who last caught a pass in high school. “I know I’m eligible, but that’s like saying a really ugly guy is an eligible bachelor. It doesn’t mean a whole lot.”

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore said he shares the blame for not being on the same page as Palmer in recent games, even though Palmer tries to take the lion’s share of the blame.
“We sat down and talked about what we need to do and what we need to get better on,” Moore said. “All the blame is not on him. Lately there’s been times where I was wide open dropped a couple of passes and times where I didn’t get off a release, or my timing was off a little bit.
“All the (blame) is not on him. It’s just watching film, seeing what the DB is going to do, what coverages we might get and what releases might work for us.”
Palmer completed only one of seven throws to Moore against the Saints. Against the Buccaneers a late pass from Palmer was intercepted, with Moore breaking toward the middle of the field, away from the ball.

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  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    And before anyone points out Gregg Knapp as an experienced OC…I said GOOD experienced coaches :p

  • MiamiRaider78

    I get you. Hopefully Reggie surrounds DA with some talented coordinators.

    Thanks GG

  • Priesttj12

    If Barnes were on a team that needed his scoring he could ave. 25 this year. I saw him a great player fits the other bight can’t remember the name but he carved the guy up and he hasn’t even played 20 games in the league yet.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Look at the staff Al surrounded Hue Jackson with. Imo, it’s one of the best staffs he put together, and also indicates he really liked Hue, felt he was a long-term HC, if he stayed alive, Hue would’ve probably had 3-5 years as a HC.

    Look at the co-ordinators, the position coaches, under Hue in 2011. Al really set Hue up for long-term stability. Obviously, Al couldn’t let go of the defense, but eventually would’ve have and Hue would’ve been able to hire his own DC.

    Mark erred in forcing Hue out. Or Reggie erred in removing Hue. Whomever made that call erred. Hue just needed a dressing down by the new GM. Told to zip it and focus.

  • Priesttj12

    I had serious doubts about him as a talent because he didn’t do it in college consistently. But his talent is limitless he can ave. whatever he wants because he has everything an Offensive player needs and he wont scatch the surface maybe until next year.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I get you. Hopefully Reggie surrounds DA with some talented coordinators.

    —–

    Yep, agree. Reggie 3-5 years is fine. DA for 2 years is okay…but as long as DA and/or Reggie make drastic changes beneath. If they’re both or DA resistant to hiring whole new support staff, then HC deserves the hot-seat.

  • DJ Johnny

    I want DA to feel insulted by national media questioning his being hired and by the suggestion that Reggie made a mistake in doing so, and that Hue Jackson would have done better with this team.

    I want DA to take it personally and be determined to prove everyone wrong, as opposed to bending over and taking a humiliating beatdown on Sunday and then smiling and asking for seconds afterword.

    If DA succeeds..Raiders succeed. Whatever works to get this thing back from the bowells of regression.

  • Priesttj12

    Look at the staff Al surrounded Hue Jackson with. Imo, it’s one of the best staffs he put together, and also indicates he really liked Hue, felt he was a long-term HC, if he stayed alive, Hue would’ve probably had 3-5 years as a HC.

    Look at the co-ordinators, the position coaches, under Hue in 2011. Al really set Hue up for long-term stability. Obviously, Al couldn’t let go of the defense, but eventually would’ve have and Hue would’ve been able to hire his own DC.

    Mark erred in forcing Hue out. Or Reggie erred in removing Hue. Whomever made that call erred. Hue just needed a dressing down by the new GM. Told to zip it and focus.
    *************************************
    GG My man- you have grown quite a bit over the years…….this is indeed the voice of experience. This needs to be posted as many times as necessary to get it thru to those who can’t see the wisdom in it.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Not sure when I wrote it but I pointed out that i’m really interested in seeing how the troops will rally tomorrow for DA, after Mark had to address the mess this has become.

    Hope to see some fire, even if it’s started by Huff’n on a Branch.

    Worst joke I ever came up with.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #1507….yep, agreed. Dennis doesn’t have that personal attachment to the Raiders like Hue did. Hue and Cable both Raider-lovers, and Hue the added fire of being personally and nationally advocated by Al Davis as the future of the Raiders, who understood the Raider way.

    Whereas Allen is more like Kiffen. Just someone holding a HC position at one of 32 NFL teams. A chance to increase resume. Like a contract worker.

  • Chris in NY

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 14th, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    I think the Kam thing is still very up in the air. Raiders want him but not a $11 mil. Problem is they already have to pay him $6.5. His agent knows that and knows he’ll get an average of another $8 mil or so per year in FA. No incentive for Kam to take a payout. In fact, he may have incentive to get cut.

    As much as Reg Mac doesn’t want to overpay, I really don’t see a plan B in free agency. He may end up biting the bullet and rolling with Kam under the current deal.

    Smart money is still on Kam going, but I don’t think it’s the slam dunk others seem to think. Maybe 60-40 he’s gone.

    ———————–

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 14th, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    Need to do something about the pass rush if Kam goes. Can it be done for the $4.5 we’d save on Kam? Very doubtful.

    ———————-

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 14th, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    Everyone loves Shaughnessy, but you need as many guys to get after the QB as possible. Kam is our only edge speed option.

    ——————————–

    Chris in NY Says:
    March 16th, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    … Wimbley was overpaid, but better than just his sack totals and with upside. Not sure where we can get a comparable edge rusher.

    ***

    I realize Kam isn’t lighting up the sack total this year. But he brought a lot of pressure off the edge for us last year. There’s a reason we ranked 15th in the league with a respectable 39 sacks last year and are dead last with 11 sacks so far this year. TK, Seymour, Shaughnessy, Kelly and Bryant and all physically beat their man, but not quick enough to get to the QB unless and edge rusher is forcing the issue and forcing the QB to step up in the pocket first.

  • DJ Johnny

    Chris in NY Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 9:15 pm
    INTs PER GAME:

    Peyton Manning career: .94
    Drew Brees career: .95
    Eli Manning career: 1.1
    Carson Palmer career: 1.1
    Carson Palmer 2012: 1.1
    Matt Stafford career: 1.2
    Andrew Luck 2012: 1.2
    Matt Ryan 2012: 1.4

    - 9 starting QBs have as many or more INTs than Palmer this season, including Romo, Rivers, Luck, Ryan and Dalton.

    - 18 QBs have at least 9 INTs. Palmer has 11.

    Interesting.

    I know Favre played in 298 games and threw 336 int’s and he’s a no doubt hall of famer.

    But HE has the wins.

    He also had the TEAM.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #1508…awww, shucks, thanks. lol.

  • DJ Johnny

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    Not sure when I wrote it but I pointed out that i’m really interested in seeing how the troops will rally tomorrow for DA, after Mark had to address the mess this has become.

    Hope to see some fire, even if it’s started by Huff’n on a Branch.

    Worst joke I ever came up with.

    It wasn’t that bad Miami..lol.

    Yeah. It’d be nice if we could get a win tomorrow.

    Why does it seem that it is so waaaaay too much too ask from this team?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Priest,

    Calm down a little. Barnes could average 25 a night? I don’t even think he did that in HS.

    I like the kids game, very cerebral player. But he will NEVER be a 25ppg player, that’s nto his style. He makes the pass, the extra pass, and plays within the offense.

    And KLay T does not have the sweetest jumper, he was dead last in 3 point shooting for guards a few games ago, and was another putrid 1 for 8 tonight. Shoots waaaaaaaay too many 3′s.

    Carl Landry is the MVP right now. Great signing. Love Dray Green off the bench as well.

  • Priesttj12

    Welcome, you deserve it…..

  • Priesttj12

    I don’t even think ………..was the smartest thing you said.

    Barnes with that talent could ave. 25 in this league. He was regarded as the 2nd best players after his freshman year he played in a system that isn’t conducive to dominating games consistently.
    But it doesn’t surprise me at all that you don’t think this kid could ave. that if they needed it. Klay T shot is lethal and so is Curry’s.

    But why waste knowledge on you man it wont help. Pearls b4 swine….

  • Priesttj12

    Klay T had the highest % from 3 last year and this guy takes a few games and draws a conclusion.

  • Priesttj12

    Goodnite fellas…

  • MiamiRaider78

    I’m just hoping for the sake of Palmers legacy we get the win and he plays well. I’m sure this game will define his career since and all of the sports writers will be waiting to put the finishing touches on his story book career. LOL

    Good night gentleman!

  • raiderzmaverick

    The way to tell if the coaches are doing a good job is “do the players look like they’re more comfortable and productive or less compared to before that coach came”.

    Here’s my thing on Dennis Allen:
    He changed offensive scheme which our best players still “aren’t on the same page” about.
    Defense went from horrible to even worse.

    The defense he coached last year to a bottom 1/3rd finish is now a top 10 defense under a better coordinator.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Goodnight Priestt, and others who are crashing.

    See you all on the other side of post-game Bengals-Raiders.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Lebron James doesn’t even average 25 a night most seasons.

    KG, never did it. Wade 3 of 10 seasons. There are 3 guys doing it this year, Kobe, Durant and Carmelo. Last year, Kobe, Durant, Lebron and Love. That’s it. Barnes isn’t anywhere near that class of player.

    But yeah, the guy who averages 10 a night is just holding back from giving us 15 more points a night, lol.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #1521, yep, it’s apparent. salary cap/talent is an excuse, and he’s been often blaming that for the 3-7 record thruout the season.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Klay T had the highest % from 3 last year

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

    Just making crap up as usual huh Priest?

    18th in the league last year pal, 82nd so far this year. Under 40% for his career.

    Nothing worse than a blatant lier.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/scoring-per-game/sort/threePointFieldGoalPct/year/2012

  • Just Fire Baby

    How do you have a rational debate with someone who just makes stuff up?

  • DKnight007

    GG Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    #1507….yep, agreed. Dennis doesn’t have that personal attachment to the Raiders like Hue did. Hue and Cable both Raider-lovers, and Hue the added fire of being personally and nationally advocated by Al Davis as the future of the Raiders, who understood the Raider way.

    Whereas Allen is more like Kiffen. Just someone holding a HC position at one of 32 NFL teams. A chance to increase resume. Like a contract worker.

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Interesting that the Miami media is pissing backwards on the Jake Long pick.

    And one of their reasons for doing so? Nate Solder is playing better than him and he is no longer even the best tackle in his division.

    Nate Solder = the guy New England drafted with our Seymour pick.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    How do you have a rational debate with someone who just makes stuff up?
    —————————
    You’re the Spinmeister. Tell us again how Mitt Romney will win the election, and how great an OC Greg Knapp is………………….

  • BIG DAWG

    SUP SUP BLOG BRAHS AND GOOBS

    Why is it everytime I get back to the pad after eatin at the O Garden, I can’t make it to the toilet in time and whoa, drop my drawers and splash the walls. Word. Makes a mess but I got the blog posse cleanin it up for me. But you know they got the epic blast on video. Holla.

    But all that gruntin and pushin makes for a might sore scrotum. So the nads need a little refreshing with some crushed iced, and my latest, salted pork. Then I get settled in and go drop a real Lawg where it belongs: on display in the crapper. Next I’ll wax my weiner Lawg and get a pube gel and its posse time.

    ITZ ALL ABOUT THE DAWG LAWG, WORD

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #1529…lol.

    JFB is always good value for providing devil’s advocate views, revealing unknown truths or exposing fallacies.

    But, gotta admit that’s a good burn :p

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Ah yeah, he can spin anything.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Someone recommended an article to read, posting it here. Thirteen pages long!

    The Hard Life of an NFL Long-Shot

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/magazine/the-hard-life-of-an-nfl-long-shot.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&adxnnlx=1353826816-JpKfD%20VuvGGYe3UaJI33kQ&

  • The Mack

    Its quite humorous to me when I read this blog and see DA supporters who say we shouldn’t fire Da he just needs a better OC and DC…. I say what the fk are we paying him all that money for as the headcoach if he has the least influence on the team? If the coordinators have more to do with our success then maybe we should hire one of them to be hc seeing that DA has no responsibility when it comes to wins and losses. Blaming Da’s failure this year on the coordinators is a lame excuse añd cop out. If the coordinators have to go he has to go as well because hes just as responsible for this teams failure as they are, because they’re under his watch as the players are. You guys need to stop making excuses for this man and just admit hes not the answer….

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I think it’s funny that everyone is bothered by Dennis Allen’s demeanor. They want to be angry and demonstrative, and to take the losses ‘personally’. Well guess what? Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan are both like that. It isn’t helping them win games. The Jets were just embarrassed on national television worse than the Raiders have in any of their games this year. You also don’t see Bellichick yelling a lot on the sidelines.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    What I’m angry with Allen about is the lack of urgency in his coaching. To make changes, to try more creative things, to shake things up. Which is evident in the blow out 3rd Qtrs. Which is evident in how long it takes to utilize various players.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    GG Says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 4:21 am
    What I’m angry with Allen about is the lack of urgency in his coaching. To make changes, to try more creative things, to shake things up. Which is evident in the blow out 3rd Qtrs. Which is evident in how long it takes to utilize various players.
    —–
    That’s a valid point. Something is wrong when you continuously get blown out in the 3rd quarter.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I feel like the score has been close in every game going into halftime. What was the score of the Saints game at half?

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I guess the last two games haven’t been close at the half. Ravens game was 27-10 and the Saints was 21-7.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    It’s like hiring an intern to run the whole company while learning on the job, at the Raiders expense. Him slowly going thru the motions, slowly adjusting giving things months at a time experimentation, trying to figure out himself what works or not, that whole “still in training camp mode” by week 12.

    There is no reason why Allen should get immunity from fans or GM/Owner. He is a rookie HC just like Greg Shianco. Probably should be considered more advanced than Shianco with years of experience in the NFL already while Shianco had none. Yet Shianco had his team ready from week 1 or 2. Everyone coached up and ready to go. The team has played hard and smart thruout. They don’t have a ton of talent either.

    Why can someone like Shianco succeed immediately but someone like Allen can’t.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    People would say it was Al meddling in the past. But we have a whole new regime now. It must be just sheer coaching fault. Maybe we’re just constantly hiring not the cream of the crop of the young rising star coaches. We didn’t get Sarkasian. We didn’t get Payton. We didn’t get Harbaugh. We didn’t get Belichick (tho we got Gruden), that was the last time we still had the nous to get the best young coaches.

    We could miss out on the next group like David Shaw, Chip Kelly, etc. Not sure Allen is worth persevering with or not. Why these last couple months of football, he has to pull his finger out and fight for his job, make changes to save it, show some urgency, some fire and passion. Otherwise…

  • Derek

    326; Have you bumped your head. You claim calling Hue Jackson a better coach than Denise Allen is a stretch.

    Remember Jackson won with the same team, minus his leading rusher (half the season) and Carson was fresh off the sofa and super rusty. Allen had them both for a full off-season and instantly killed the offense. Denise Allen is not NFL HC material. In fact he was a substandard assistant according to his record.

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  • DJ Johnny

    DA is our Derek Dooley. Dooley comes to UT as the young, sharp mind that’s gonna turn it around.

    Only problem is he came in with 15-20 record at La Tech, changed schemes and didn’t win jack.

    DA comes in with high regard DESPITE being only the 20th ranked defense at Denver…changes schemes, and DESPITE being defensive minded HC, is overseeing a historically bad defense getting blown out every week in humiliating fashion.

    We can say “give him time” etc. etc. but we need some kind of indication that things will get better.

    Sad to see things get so much worse week by week.

    That’s the issue Mark has….the REGRESSION.

    DA said the goal was to get better each week. EPIC FAIL on that aspect.

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t expect SB or even playoffs (of course) this yr. but I don’t think it’s unfair to expect DA to NOT trot out the worst team in football every week and get beat down like they have.

    Even if last yr.as a mirage and we were’nt as good as the record etc. it still should not be THIS BAD.

    I’ll be doing jumping jacks of happiness if we win today and I want DA to succeed, but he needs to sport a team out there that isn’t a Raider Nation embarrassment and punchline.

    Go Raiders.