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McClain not at practice today for ‘team-related issues’

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said at his daily news conference today that middle linebacker Rolando McClain wasn’t at practice today because of “team-related issues.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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McFadden back at practice

Running back Darren McFadden returned to practice today for the first time in more than three weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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Raiders live chat here on Tuesday at noon

Join Steve Corkran at noon on Tuesday as he discusses the struggling Raiders.

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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Memo to blog posters: clean up your act

I just banned a user that has made a habit of crossing the line on a continual basis. This wasn’t a one-time thing. I banned a couple other users in recent weeks for doing likewise.
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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Allen says using QB Pryor has been ‘discussed’

In light of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking the NFL by storm the past week, it seems reasonable that the Raiders might consider taking a look at second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor at some point. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Grading the Raiders off their game vs. Bengals

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders based on their performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 34-10 loss Sunday. Here is his report card:

Pass offense
Carson Palmer (19-for-34, 146 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception) was under 200 yards for the first time in 16 games. The Bengals pass rush kept him from going to his wide receivers with any success, other than one completion to Denarius Moore for a 20-yard touchdown. Downfield passing was not an option.
Grade: D

Run offense
Marcel Reece had 74 yards on 15 carries and Jeremy Stewart had 26 yards on seven attempts. As it was, Oakland had 73 yards rushing in the second half, even though it trailed 24-0. Owen Schmitt got stuffed for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 45 in the first half.
Grade: C

Pass defense
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 16 of 30 for 216 yards, doing most of his damage (13 of 20, 151 yards, 2 TDs) in the first half. The Raiders had no interceptions, and other than the third quarter, were fairly easy to exploit as they concentrated on WR A.J. Green, who still had three catches for 111 yards.
Grade: D

Run defense
BenJarvis Green-Ellis ripped off runs of 48 and 39 yards that set up touchdowns, finishing with 19 carries for 129 yards and a 1-yard score. Cedric Peerman had 61 yards on eight carries with a 31-yard run. Green ran 20 yards on a reverse. Those four carries accounted for 138 yards. The 30 other runs netted 83 yards.
Grade: D

Special teams
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 55-yard field goal with plenty to spare on his only attempt. Punter Shane Lechler put three punts inside the 20-yard line and had a 42.0 net. There was nothing of consequence in the return game by either side. Grade: C

Coaching
The Raiders finally made some decent halftime adjustments, outscoring Cincinnati 10-0 in the third quarter and forcing the Bengals to four three-and-outs on defense. The first half, however, was a disaster on both sides of the ball. The Raiders were either unprepared for what they saw or not adequately motivated in terms of energy.
Grade: D

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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Raiders-Bengals postgame thoughts, observations

Tried a new approach this time, waiting awhile after the Raiders played before putting pen to paper, so to speak. As it turns out, there is no putting a positive spin on the latest debacle, this one a 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012
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Final: Bengals 34, Raiders 10

The Raiders need a better team or an alarm clock.
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Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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End 3rd qtr: Bengals 24, Raiders 10

The Raiders scored on a 55-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski and a 20-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Denarius Moore to outscore the Bengals 10-0 in a quarter during which they had been outscored 123-34 coming into the game.
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Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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Halftime: Bengals 24, Raiders 0

Mike Nugent’s 55-yard field goal at the gun gave the Bengals a 24-0 lead in what might be the Raiders’ worst 20 minutes to date.
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Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2012
Under: Oakland Raiders | 348 Comments »