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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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  • william banks

    SnBG,here’s also so food for thought–Kansas City was only 1-13 on 3rd downs last week.Lets hope it continues.

  • _Mista_

    They are ripe for a beat down and we are just the team to pop them in the mug.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Might have been intentional.

    Levi;

    Marquette King
    He averaged nearly 50 yards per punt on six punts in this game with
    an average return of 7 yards. That number is skewed some by a touchback
    he had. Normally touchbacks are a bad thing but in this case it was
    acceptable. It was in the waning seconds of the first half where it was
    better to put the Chargers at the 20-yard line without much time to do
    anything than to risk a big return. The rest of his punts were great.

  • Theghostronin79

    That’s what I’m preachin

  • Theghostronin79

    I swear they don’t look as good as their record. They DON’T

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    In KC, especially. They should be getting gun shy. Even Jamarcus with the 4th and long 17 yd strike to Watkins. Kinda liked Watkins.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    Burnet a Gruden grinder.

    I was a bit shocked, not because he didn’t deserve it, just didn’t expect the Raids to start getting much positive press quite yet, but then recalled how much Chucky loves him some Raiders.

    I’m sure he is getting some laughs with it at practice today.

    Grats Kevin

  • Jon Train

    They had one offensive td last week. Smith threw 2 picks. We might have to win ugly..but we can beat them.

  • _Mista_

    Lets Go A’s finish this thing!

    W’s have a deep filthy lineup. Bogut is healthy as an OX. Good times at Oracle in 2013!

    TP finally gives Oakland a homegrown QB, haven’t seen this since Kenny Stabler!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Just give us a straight line or set-up, we’ll do the rest.

  • The_Judge37

    Monday night was not Kind to the City of Atlanta

  • Mike_Trail

    Well they were saying Flynn was Mr. Nice guy and being quite helpful to Pryor before the demotion, after the demotion he was giving everyone the silent treatment like a little b!tch. Say what you want, but having noone to talk to besides two wide eyed rookies isn’t going to help TP’s development…

  • _Mista_

    Burnet used to play in SD so he was jacked & juiced. I want to see the same intensity week n week out.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    How about one of those out of nowhere beatdowns like we put on Dungver a couple years back?

  • SnBG

    I’m not totally sold on the prevent as a D that should be used all of the time. I think it’s up to the coaches to use it properly. In this last game it appears Tarver used it correctly.

  • SnBG

    LOL, that too.

  • _Mista_

    I get that but what did have Flynn have to offer TP? Not a got dam thing!

  • DutchRaid

    I was kinda shocked that there wasn’t anybody really at the game. I sat in the club level and in section 239 there were about 30 people…crazy.

  • HGDaddy

    stats, stats, stats and more stats…

    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo
    Terrelle Pryor has completed 72.7% of his passes inside the pocket (4th in NFL) this season, ahead of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan & Aaron Rodgers

  • dplunk

    Your avitar was the best 2-way CB (run & pass support) EVER!

  • The_Judge37

    Cool, but i’m sure his attemps inside the pocket probably aren’t even half of the rest of those guys.

  • The_Judge37

    You’re Judgment is correct!

  • SnBG

    That was funny. I guess drinking helped with you’re sense of humor.

  • r8ter4evr

    Just watched sport center special on dj hayden good stuff we are all rooting for you dj the next great raiders cb

  • SnBG

    OK,OK, we will beat KC!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Tafur’s new twitter avatar is ‘Gruden Grinder’ logo. Hah!

  • _Mista_

    I saw DJ after the game getting interviewed. He has a REALLY soft voice and his Iphone case was pink or red. Sugar in the tank?

    Anybody else catch that?

  • SnBG

    Can’t you give anyone some credit. My god man you’re so negative.

  • Theghostronin79

    YEEEAAAYEER…….now we talkin

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Josh Dubow
    ‏@JoshDubowAP

    Positive good bye to Matt Flynn stat. His 64.7 completion % is highest ever for QB who started game for #Raiders Pryor 2nd at 63.4%

    Retweeted by Steve Corkran

  • _Mista_

    Flynn did this blog a huge favor. All the cross posting tr0lls with limited football IQ have no platform.

  • The_Judge37

    I already gave the entire team credit for comming together inspite of Dennis Allen to get a great team win.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Well, Gdog’s still around…

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    You have to remember: 1) Our qb is one concussion, one ankle sprain, one ACL away from the inactive list; 2) Two scenarios exist as far as TP’s future with the Raiders: a.) he continues to get better so we wish to keep him and when his contract is up next year, we are able to reach agreement with him; b) he continues to get better but because he has, his agent, like all agents, leverages his improvement, gets a better deal with one of all the richer clubs out there–after all, the Raiders CANNOT afford to break the bank on one player so much in need of free agents are we after years of neglect; c) he doesn’t continue to improve at a rate that suggests he will take us to the Promised Land in the future–he reached a ceiling and we determined that ceiling wasn’t high enough and 3) it makes ALL players who are worth their salt, all players who are mentally tough (which you expect your 1st string qb to be) play better when they know there’s competition.
    Don’t forget, TP’s agent won’t hesitate to demand unreasonable $$$$ if RM and the Raiders have no leverage with no established qb behind TP. No gm worth his salt wants that situation.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Didn’t catch the tphone case. Definitely soft spoken. Sugar? Ever hear Walter Payton? Mike Tyson?

  • HGDaddy

    Pryor on Freeman talks: “When I heard about it, I’m like, ‘Geez, I haven’t played terribly,’ ” Pryor said Sunday night. “The two losses I played in were to Indianapolis and Denver, two of the top teams in the league. I was thinking, ‘Maybe they don’t like me.’ ”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20131007/raiders-flynn-cut-pryor-mckenzie/

  • _Mista_

    They are still around but so much egg on their face..

  • william banks

    I know it seems that way.What ever happened to Alex 7 ?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    GDog’s been on Pryor since pre season.

  • _Mista_

    Who?

  • The_Judge37

    He’s happily on the Pryor Brigade now.

  • william banks

    Alex7 the Flynn lover and Pryor hater.

  • william banks

    Wow,that’s incredible.

  • Nick Gancayco

    I think with our schedule we can get 9 wins. KC(x2), pitt, philly, nyg, houston, ten, dal, nyj, and SD again. All of those games are very winnable. Hell is we jeep inproving and get HEALTHY we can get double digit wins this yr. its def farfetched but who knows. TP makin puttin every DC in the nfl on notice right now.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Also from that Trotter piece;

    “No, no, no,” McKenzie said Sunday night outside the locker room.
    “That’s my job to make us the strongest 53-man roster possible, at every
    position, from one to three (on the depth chart). I’m sure Terrelle
    would feel pretty good about what he’s doing, but he has to go through
    that type of maturity too. It was more for the team, not about him, at
    all. Like I was telling my coaches, I’m going to try to strengthen this
    team. I’m trying to get the best 53, and you put them together, let them
    practice and if you like them, keep them. If you don’t.”

    McKenzie basically shrugged.

    “It’s really that simple,” he said.

    If you don’t believe him, ask Matt Flynn.

  • The_Judge37

    It’s cool, we all in the same gang.

  • Theghostronin79

    I know that “Dread” will probably set in Saturday afternoon and my skepticism will kick in……. But for today, I’m content to splash around in my “Kiddie Pool” full of Kool-Aid….

  • Raider_Riff

    Gdog is cool. Ya just gotta watch out when its late. I think he posts while drunk sometimes and can get a lil ridiculous.

  • The_Judge37

    Honestly, we probably would’ve all give McMumbles $h!t if he had not at least inquired about Freeman. But at somepoint you have to sit Pryor down and let him know he has their full support. Not just assume he knows it because he’s still starting, but really meet with him and express it. Can’t risk turning a player off if his efforts don’t feel appreciated.