Raiders seeking to end losing streak in games after bye week

ALAMEDA – It’s been more than a decade since the Raiders won a game coming off a bye week, yet players are encouraged by the approach used by coach Dennis Allen in getting that changed.
For evidence, players point to last season when the Raiders outplayed the 5-0 Atlanta Falcons, on the road, in a game they squandered at the very end.
“We came out, everybody took care of their body, we got refreshed, and it showed,” cornerback/punt returner Phillip Adams said of the Raiders first game after their bye week.
On Wednesday, the Raiders concluded their second practice of the week before they dashed for the parking lot and headed into a four-day break.
Allen imparted in them the importance of getting some down time, staying out of trouble and staying focused.
The coaches will spend some of the time while the players are away breaking down their tendencies, taking a look at what the most successful teams are doing and getting a jump on the next game, Oct. 27 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Getting the rest, obviously, will be critical,” Allen said. “We’ve got to do a great job, as coaches, having a great plan for our players and put them in position to have success.”
As helpful as it is getting an extended break midseason, safety Charles Woodson said, it’s just as vital that the Raiders get some of their injured players back for the Steelers game.
Nowhere is that more glaring than with the offensive line, Woodson said. The Raiders lost two starters during their game against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday and began the game minus left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and center Stefen Wisniewski.
Wisniewski (knee) should be back for the Steelers game. Same goes for right tackle Tony Pashos and backup lineman Andre Gurode.
The Raiders lost their past 10 games coming off a bye week. As they showed last season, there’s no reason why they can’t play their best game of the season after a week off.
Adams said Allen drilled home the point about what’s expected of the players between now and the Steelers game.
“Stay on top of what you need to stay on top of, just be prepared and don’t lose what you gained,” Adams said. “We feel like we’re moving in a good direction, regardless of what our record might say.”

— The past three games for D.J. Hayden encapsulated life as a rookie cornerback in the NFL, Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said.
In those games, Hayden got beaten for a key touchdown, made a game-clinching interception, committed a costly pass-interference penalty and forced a fumble.
“You don’t want the big swings,” Tarver said of the hit-and-miss nature of Hayden’s play.
In a perfect world, Hayden plays an entire game without his number being called or his image being displayed on the video board.
“A real good corner in the NFL is a guy that makes about four really good or critical plays for the game and then you don’t notice him for the rest of the game because all he’s doing is his job,” Tarver said.
That time is coming, Tarver said. He and everyone else in the organization are confident in Hayden’s ability to develop into a top-flight player before long.
Woodson understands the pressure on Hayden, given Woodson entered the league as a cornerback and the fourth pick of the 1998 NFL draft.
“When you’re (drafted) 12 overall, they expect you to make plays,” Woodson said of Hayden. “That’s the one area he has to get better at, making plays, because he’s going to have an opportunities week in and week out to do it.”

— Linebacker Miles Burris now is eligible to start practicing with his teammates after sitting out the six weeks required of players on the physically unable to perform list.
However, Allen said, Burris (knee) is like Veldheer (triceps) in that he is making progress but still has a ways to go before he’s cleared for practice. Veldheer is on the injured-reserve/designated to return list and can’t play in a game until Nov. 3, at the earliest.
“We’re getting closer with both those players,” Allen said. “I don’t think they’re there yet. We won’t do anything to activate those two guys until we feel they’re ready to go.”
Veldheer said he is eager to rejoin his teammates on the field and play in a game for the first time this season.
“It’s getting better every day,” Veldheer said of the injury he suffered during training camp. “I haven’t hit any obstacles or bumps in the road.”

— The Raiders waived running back George Winn from their practice squad and kicker Eddy Carmona from the injured-reserve list.


Steve Corkran

  • Davy Jones

    Maybe not last week, but he was better in the Denver game than in Indy, and better in the SD game than in Denver. Facts aren’t your friends, are they?

  • the riddler dr robert

    He’s not playing that well and he has AWFUL receivers. How they continue to win is mind blowing.

  • 0ak R8rs

    And Gronk is back at practice. Cleared to play.

  • Davy Jones

    Well we weren’t talking about total QBR, we were talking about QBR. Do try to keep up.

  • the riddler dr robert

    I said after the sd game that I reluctantly supported him due to his rating and that he had improved way more than I thought possible.

    But then he imploded.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Btw, I’m the one who uses evidence in my arguments. The Pryor Brigade scoffs at rating and says “stats are for losers”.

    So don’t give me the crap about facts.

  • Davy Jones

    Not saying that, and I watched the games. I won’t call Pryor an elite QB until he’s had more than one 3TD game, and I mean passing the ball (2TDs passing and 1 running would be pretty good, but not elite.) But QBR and stats in general are based on performance. If Pryor weren’t doing good things, his QBR would be lower. Fact.

  • 10centsworth

    Gannon in the SuperBowl? He left us 11 years of drought…and hangover.

  • Love the fact that the defense is on its way up but we did go from 8th in the league in passing last year to 30th right now.

  • the riddler dr robert

    If u guys wanna bring up Flynn or Palmer or Marc Wilson, that has NOTHING to do with Pryor.

    Pryor was always sketchy as a passer, was given the job for no apparent reason, miraculously improved more than any legit football person thought possible (although that was still only “ok”), and then plummeted.

    He has achieved a decent rating due to limiting his turnovers, but he has NOT gotten many yards or Tds, and the offense has not scored much.

    The notion was supposedly he would be “explosive” and “unstoppable”.

    Ridiculous then and now.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Just facts. His two endzone picks at Indy were idiotic and lost the game. Said it himself.

  • Davy Jones

    Um, who said “explosive” and “unstoppable”? I say “potential”, “upside”, and “give him a chance to continue improving”. I say “give him a real line, a real TE, a real RB (sorry DMac), another receiver, and see how much better he does.”

  • the riddler dr robert

    New post

  • the riddler dr robert

    Many said explosive and unstoppable. It’s all over the blog history.

    It’s why I have slammed them so hard.

    Otherwise, I might only be mildly anti Pryor, due only to my eval of his passing.

  • SnBG

    Even if Pryor has a few games in which he throws 3 TDs, that woUld not make him elite, far from it.The flaw in QB rating is the same flaw in most statistics, They don’t tell the whole truth.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I recognize that. Offense is struggling. But I attribute alot of that to the obvious issues on the OL and being careful w a rookie QB. Hopefully they let him throw long after the bye. Cut him loose a little, open up some running lanes w threat of the deep ball. Also, we’ve had some nice sustained drives this year. Alot of short stuff. But not nearly the number of 3 and outs as last year, not even close. And until last week, he’s been careful w the ball as well. Something we haven’t seen much in the last year and a half.

    And yea, that’s right. I let no offensive debate go without a shot at the quitting/choking/loser.

  • Davy Jones

    I said MORE than one 3TD game. Look, if you are throwing 3tds and no ints in the NFL and you don’t win- time to start looking at the D instead of the QB. Is there a standard of excellence that you will accept that is measurable instead of instinctual?

  • Davy Jones

    The endzone pick at the end of the game is forgivable. The best QBs in the league throw picks at the end of the game when time is running out and you won’t have another chance. He came damn close to winning that game. Gave them the lead in the 4th and nearly took it back. Just facts.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Pryor and I feel differently.

  • Davy Jones

    He is appropriately self deprecating. You, my dear Dr., are inappropriately self aggrandizing. And cherry picking.

  • SnBG

    and I can’t let a Palmer bash go without taking a shot. No oline, no running game and no great receivers. The O was high in passing last year and this year,,,,not so much. Same story with the Cards. No Oline, limited receiving due to Fitz’s hammie and a bad running game.

  • SnBG

    So Tannehill is a better QB than Pryor?

  • the riddler dr robert

    I am an AWESOME self deprecator.

  • 2romes

    going fishing in Yuma AZ anyone with good l luck there?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Losers lose for all kinds of reasons. Eventually, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Is he the quitting/choking/loser? Or is the teams that he leads that r the quitting/choking/losers?

    Doesn’t matter. All the same to me. You and others predicted wonderful things w the quitting/choking/loser and the most amazing coach of the decade in AZ. Fact is, it’s just more of the same.

  • funnyfalcon

    Bah… why do you post here if you hate Pryor and the Raiders so much? It doesn’t make sense. I think we all get that your opinion is it’s a mistake to let Pryor be the starter, but the decision has been made. Like it or not, Pryor is our starter.

    Just like when most of us hoped Flynn would win us a game against the Deadskins we supported him and he flopped like Flipper out of water… not only that, he was apparently a d!ckhole about it, too getting himself released…


    You are a fuk’n idiot and a waste of space.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ‘azz hole”po op’ ‘na zi’, ‘azz’