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Makeshift offensive line shines in win over Chargers

ALAMEDA – Perhaps overlooked in the Raiders win over the San Diego Chargers was the play of their offensive line.
Sure, Terrelle Pryor got sacked four times, the Raiders averaged only 4 yards rushing – minus two end-of-game kneel-downs – and the linemen committed a few penalties. But that becomes less conspicuous when one takes into account that only two projected starters played at their respective positions.
“That’s a tribute to those offensive linemen, the way that they prepare, throughout the week,” coach Dennis Allen said. “That’s a tribute to the coaching staff, (line coach) Tony Sparano and the way he works with those guys, Those guys did a great job.”
Guards Lucas Nix and Mike Brisiel were in their natural spots Monday night. Everything else was out of whack, for one reason or other.
Regular right tackle Khalif Barnes played in place of injured left tackle Jared Veldheer, as he has all season. Andre Gurode replaced injured center Stefen Wisniewski and Matt McCants made his first-ever NFL start in place of injured Tony Pashos at right tackle.
Barnes said the seamless transition to the many moves speaks to the depth and experience of the Raiders offensive line corps.
“It’s fortunate that we have a lot of versatility in this group,” Barnes said. “We can just plug guys in. They’re interchangeable. We’re very lucky and blessed to have guys that can play multiple positions and on both sides.”

– The Raiders activated wide receiver Andre Holmes to their 53-man roster Monday, one week after he returned from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Raiders had a one-week exemption before being forced to decide whether to activate, trade or release Holmes. He takes the roster spot created by the release of quarterback Matt Flynn.

– Veteran quarterback David Carr worked out for the Raiders on Monday. The release of offensive lineman Jack Cornell freed up another roster spot for the Raiders to sign Carr or another player between now and their game against the Chiefs.
It’s also conceivable that the Raiders will promote rookie Tyler Wilson from the practice squad to give them a third quarterback on the active roster, Allen said.

– Quote of the day: “I told him during the game, ‘He’s had enough. You don’t have to give it to him.’ ” – Allen on what he said to safety Brandian Ross after Ross failed to secure a Chargers fumble that teammate Charles Woodson turned into a 25-yard return for touchdown.

– Allen said that the hamstring injury suffered by running back Rashad Jennings in the first half against the Chargers doesn’t appear to be too serious.
Jennings rushed 10 times in the first half, but he gave way to Marcel Reece in the second half. Allen said he expects Jennings and regular starter Darren McFadden (hamstring) back sooner rather than later.
Jennings said he wanted to keep playing. Allen and the other coaches removed Jennings as a precautionary measure. Jennings said he intends to play against the Chiefs on Sunday.

– Terrelle Pryor’s 135.7 passer rating against the Chargers marked the highest-rated game by a Raiders quarterback since Rich Gannon’s 138.9 rating against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 29, 2002.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    D!ckhead azz Falcons blew it in my survivor pool.
    Should have just kept going against the Jags, no repeaters until Mid-November.
    Rams scared me.

  • Mike_Trail

    Remember when Jaworski called Flynn the Worst of the 32 starting QB’s in the League? I thought he was nuts….mmmmmmmm pass the crow….wrap it in bacon first at least.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Whats the blueprint? Hope that his center steps on his foot once on each series? Thats really the only thing that stopped us on Sunday. And a penalty on us when the cb pushed d mo out of bounds on a TD.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jaws is solid.

  • SnBG

    Gents do you realize that our D held the Peytons to the fewest points this season so far

    1 SEP 5 WIN RAVENS 27 BRONCOS 49GAME DAY

    2 SEP 15 WIN AT BRONCOS 41 GIANTS 23GAME DAY

    3 SEP 23 WIN RAIDERS 21 BRONCOS 37GAME DAY

    4 SEP 29 WIN EAGLES 20 BRONCOS 52GAME DAY

    5 OCT 6 WIN AT BRONCOS 51 COWBOYS 48

  • dplunk

    The important thing is that the Raiders must have patience with the development of TP2… he is theoreticaly a first year starter minus (the last game of last season..) the important thing is he has tools, moxie, and shown the leadership qualities that could make him a successful NFL QB

  • SnBG

    True, anyone hear what Jaws says about Pryor?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Half a crow. He said Flynn’s passes died, floated, and fluttered at the end of mid to long passes. They didn’t. And that’s about the only good thing I can say about Flynn.

  • RaiderGuy50

    Yep- with that specific game
    DA did not appear too concerned about Jennings hammy injury on his show on Monday on 95.7 the game- its on at 3:15(PST)- its a good listen

  • eastoaklandraider

    Peyton Manning will not win the SB with a backup LT, and C, heard it here first folks.

  • SnBG

    I agree DJ, D are adjusting to option running QBs by getting faster LBs and good cover guys. Pryor will have to be judicious with his runs and pass better. I see improvement. He seems to be jelling with the receivers now.

  • DJ Johnny

    With QB being the most critical position on a team it’s a pretty big deal for the new GM to bring in “your guy”, pay him guaranteed money, give up a draft pick for him, and then dump him for a guy (Pryor) who was considered a symptom of the dementia of the previous often attacked GM.
    A couple guys took that as an attempt to “shill” for Al Davis and that I was being anti-Reggie, when really I was giving him credit for his willingness to do that despite the inevitable egg on his face for the whole thing.
    A couple other guys said to not give Reggie ANY credit at all for that since their thought was that he was forced to do let Flynn go in favor of Pryor OR it was a case of what other option did Reggie have.

  • SnBG

    Tht’s the issue. Pryor isn’t into the whole playbook yet and our RBs keep going down. Plus when the D knows our Oline sucks they can tee off.

  • Theghostronin79

    He hates playing in the cold weather too…Got soft inside the dome all those years. It gets pretty nipply at Mile High in December.

  • RaiderGuy50

    we also scored a fair amount of points too comparatively without a lot of weapons

  • eastoaklandraider

    It will even be cold at the SB(NY)

  • SnBG

    As much as I hate the soft Prevent style of D the Raids played it sure paid off in the end. Tarver has been doing pretty good. As I posted earlier. Our D held Peyton to the fewest points so far this season.

  • Theghostronin79

    For sure….and even with the way they’re manhandling teams right now, I just don’t see them going to the dance this year.

  • SnBG

    I’m looking at the Saints and I say hold you’re horses. Saints may be better.

  • DJ Johnny

    Yeah. I thought he was just being a “hater” when I read that at first.
    Like Purvis said though, I didn’t think his passes “died at the end”.
    Jaws may have turned out to be right, but his criteria was flawed imo.
    He should of just said “Flynn is not a leader. He’s small, not that mobile, not that accurate, and can only succeed in a system where everything is basically perfect”.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Thats pretty much what the chiefs do. We have to do it better

  • J Hill

    East,

    Matt Ryan SUCKS!!!!!

  • Theghostronin79

    Hoping DJ turned a corner too….That was a nice “Force out” on the would-be touchdown, and of course the pick….He’s getting more aggressive

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    You just heard that now? Must have been busy looking for a clip of that 80 yrd bomb. Good morn btw

  • DJ Johnny

    Funny, Jaws says one of his big criteria for judging qb’s is WINS. He says it factors large in his assessments.
    Funny. I like to factor SB wins in my assessment of good to great QB’s from the late 70′s and early 80′s.

  • Nick Gancayco

    DT shouldn’t b getting a lit if stats. Look at wlfirks stats…he has almost nome he’s prob the best DT in the league. DT is supposed to take up blockers so other players can make plays. TK was getting stats because he was probably doin his own thing trying to get stats, not doing his assignment which messed everyone else up, hence y we were getting gashed every game. Our D is more stout this year

  • Morilla_00

    Biggest improvement so far this year for the Raiders has been the defense. Hands down. They don’t even resemble the efforts of years past.

    I would also give a nod to special teams.

  • Theghostronin79

    Just Blog Baby ‏@JustBlogBaby 38s

    Raiders jump to 18th in ProFootballTalk Power Rankings

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    The Hell you say

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Raiders week 5 Ballers & Busters

    By Levi Damien

    on Oct 8 2013, 3:12a

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/10/8/4815558/oakland-raiders-week-5-ballers-busters

    Fun to read for once.

  • DJ Johnny

    Did u see how much money Atl. just paid him in the offseason? Mega contract and he’s 1-4 since.

  • SnBG

    Dd anyone notice that Burnett was one of Gruden’s favs this week.

  • Jon Train

    The team is 1-4. Matt Ryan is a very good QB.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Those patriots teams also cheated, and were caught cheating. So to ke their super bowls don’t even count

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not good. I’d like to stay under the radar a while longer.

  • DJ Johnny

    We’ve got ourselves a ‘Gruden Grinder”?
    Awesome.

  • SnBG

    Heard it a long time ago bro and that clip is there. Take a look at both Flynnie’s games when he was at GB. You will find it.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Lamar Houston diesn’t get a ton of sacks but he does hurry the passer a lot!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That’s funny. Nipply.

  • DJ Johnny

    18th in Power Ranking’s?
    Quite a leap from a team thought by more than a few to be an 0-16 candidate and the “worst team in football”.

  • Lawrence Jahn

    I want to go to each commentator and nitwit that said that at the end of the season and make them feel like the anal-ysts or rather, anal-cysts, they are.

  • Theghostronin79

    We’ll “Officially” be well above the radar after handing KC their 1st loss of the season.

  • Lawrence Jahn

    Overpaid, aging quitters were Kelly and Seymour.

  • DJ Johnny

    I agree with that. It’s a team game, with the qb being the most vital component so he will inevitably get the most blame…or credit.

  • SnBG

    Week 5 Ballers.

    Dennis Allen, Greg Olson, Jason Tarver

    These three worked the game plan very well against the Chargers attack. Dennis Allen knows Mike McCoy from their season together in Denver and it seemed very much like Allen knew just what McCoy would do but there wasn’t any advantage from McCoy’s side of things.

    Greg Olson showed great confidence in Terrelle Pryor by calling long pass plays to start the game and the second half, both of which resulted in long completions. The scripted drive was also very well coached and executed. It played on some of Pryor’s known strengths while adding some surprises to the mix the Chargers weren’t expecting.

    A testament to Tarver’s coaching is just how many different defensive Ballers on here. When this many players are performing well, credit goes to the man who coaches them. The ‘Prevent Defense’ near the end of the game was not cool at all but credit to the defense for tightening up at the goal line and then putting the game away with turnovers.

  • Raideraholic

    The Raiders are ranked #19 on the CBS sportsline power rankings. We haven’t been that high up in a while.

  • SnBG

    I would normally agree with you but we need to build a good rep to attract quality FA’s, re build the fan base and get sellouts on a consistent basis for that new stadium coming.

  • Jon Train

    They paid him all that $$$ and actually let the OLine get even worse. Unbelievable. And they have to pay Julio next year. ATL is in trouble.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I hope Jennings gets healthy quick fast and in a hurry. I know his average was 4.1 but he looked like he was getting 5 yards a pop. Set Pryor and the offense up for a lot of 2nd and 3rd and short. Good down and distance. I think he was going to have a 100 yard+ game. His bruising running style was softening that defense up. If he didn’t get hurt, SD was not gonna want any part of him in the 2nd half. Good pickup by RM and he deserves credit for it….although I’m sure the whole Reggime is surprised at what they’re getting from Jennings.

  • SnBG

    I’m not and I’m on record as saying so.

  • DJ Johnny

    The key is how the Raiders do from here. Obviously.
    I remember I had a similar Raider buzz going last yr after the Pittsburgh game thinking we had figured things out, but this is a different team so I will remain optimistic until given reason not to be.