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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.

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  • krawfdadd

    Colts almost made a supebowl with jim harbaugh @ qb n marshall faulk playing rb,came up short against Pitt. and the Saints werent elite,but they were solid with bobby hebert @ qb and that defense with swilling,jackson,toi cook and company if my memory serves me correctly

  • krawfdadd

    Carson hogged up all the money in cincy,kinda like Flacco in baltimore right now

  • The Big Banana

    Yes, I watched it…AND?

    We didn’t claim he’d be the next Peyton Manning or that he would never have a bad game.

    Just that he was the best QB on the roster, deserved a chance to start, and had the potential to be real good. Right, right, and right.

  • Davy Jones

    Well, exaggerations like “arguably the worst half of football” will only keep the argument going. Hell, Rich Gannon had a worse half than that in the SB. Or had you forgotten that, Seymour?

  • Davy Jones

    And for the record, Matt Flynn had a worse half than that THIS YEAR.

  • seymour bush

    Uh, that was the Super Bowl. Rich Gannon had a pretty good track record going by then. And no, Matt Flynn did not have a worse half than that.

  • krawfdadd

    Pac 10 is kinda weak every year except what 2,3 teams if that

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    For BHP (and Banana, for backing him up). I ‘loaded more comments’ about 12 times so I’m back to about 4:30 this morning. Duck made one comment. Not a single other comment by anybody mentioning ‘blackholepriest’,'priest’, or ‘bhp’.

    Yet Priest says, “Some of you should start your own gossip column, you’re worse than an old women.” and “I’m getting a lil irritated with u guys constantly lying on me when I’m not here,…”

    Whose gossipping and lying again, old woman?

  • seymour bush

    Priest is so out there he is beginning to make mistic looked grounded.

  • krawfdadd

    wayyyy worse half by gannon,and in the big dance

  • Davy Jones

    Doesn’t change the fact that it was a worse half of football. Does previous success mitigate a bad game? And if so, why does the fact that Pryor had the best QBR by a Raider QB in OVER A DECADE in the previous game mean nothing to you?

  • krawfdadd

    he didnt have a good track record when we needed him the most tho bro.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    There’s no proof I allegedly ever said that, you know…

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Actually, you said at least once during the offseason that you knew for a fact Pryor was better than Russell Wilson.

  • seymour bush

    I can explain that. In every single game that Pryor has played in, he has gotten worse and worse and worse as the defenses adjust to him. In fact, it appears that DC’s have no game plan going in to defense him. At least they would not do what I would do against him. But now, just five games in, the league seems to be adjusting to him very quickly and he is floundering. Which is different from a league MVP having a bad game on the biggest stage on earth.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Not even close. Flynn threw one bad pass. U can’t even admit the plain truth. Not ur slanted agenda. The provable truth.

    U can’t list one thing Flynn did worse.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Right about what? Pryor stinks.

  • Theghostronin79

    I don’t think the 2nd half in KC was the worst half by a QB ever in the history of Football……That’s agenda’d too

  • the riddler dr robert

    Wrong on all counts. Never earned it. No track record. Hasn’t a had one complete good game.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Let’s not forget that gruden had the TB defense calling out the plays.

  • krawfdadd

    riddle me this,how many good passes audibles and adjustments did flynch accomplish after being spotted a 14 point lead

  • Theghostronin79

    7 actually

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Does anybody think Debo and Dr. Robert are the same person? They both a weird fetish for ex-LSU quarterbacks who bombed here.

  • seymour bush

    Naaa, Debo made no logical sense. Doc Rob at least is cogent and logical for the most part.

  • Theghostronin79

    I thought SD was a good complete game. Zero turnovers, but didn’t get much done in the 2nd. It was a win though, and he protected the rock.

  • the riddler dr robert

    U have said many times that Pryor IS great.

    Ur ridiculous comments about a very questionable prospect have earned u the ridicule u receive about him.

    There has never been a shred of evidence that he would be a great nfl qb and u said anyone who didn’t believe he was awesome had to be racist since it was the only explanation, given how obvious it was he was great.

    Which means all the scouts are racist.

    Ur a dishonest flat out liar and u selectively ignore most of what people say.

    U accuse everyone of things with no evidence. Talk about a gossipy woman.

  • Davy Jones

    Wrong, the top QBR game by a Raider QB in the last 11 years was Pryor in the SD game- the week before his bad game in KC. Kinda gets in the way of your “worse and worse” narrative.

  • the riddler dr robert

    His best game for sure and I reluctantly supported him afterward, though I stated my fear he would backslide.

    The 2nd half was mediocre.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Downvoted, I see. The bigot vote is out in force today.

  • KoolKell

    Of course you’d say that. Since you’re the same troll.

  • the riddler dr robert

    He struggled with that but still only made one bad pass. His comp% was still good. His difficulty finding receivers led to some sacks.

  • Davy Jones

    Oh really? Watch me.

    Matt Flynn, week 4 http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr/_/type/player-week/week/4

    2.9 Total QBR

    Terrelle Pryor, week 6:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/qbr/_/type/player-week/week/6

    9.0 Total QBR

    Facts ain’t your friend, are they boys?

  • krawfdadd

    im in accordance with you nick,i just hate whn gannon commentates and goes on n on like his chit smells like roses.Dnt get me wrong i appreciate the Gannon era but he rips us every opportunity that he gets it seems

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Next Dr. Rob will claim QBRs are biased…

  • Theghostronin79

    Perhaps…..But it was mistake free. And like I said, they won that one. Had they lost, I’d be more critical of it.

  • the riddler dr robert

    I have no special love for Flynn specifically. I desire a good qb. I feel DA pulled the rug out stupidly and I wish he hadnt.

  • Angry Villager with Pitchfork

    MEOW

  • the riddler dr robert

    Qbr is not an nfl stat.

    Less yards
    More picks
    More sacks
    Worse comp%
    Worse rating

  • krawfdadd

    Lots of people bash,trash n thrash Pryor.Idk how long you guys have been watching Raiders football but it could be worst if you’ve ever witnessed the likes of Marc Wilsons,Todd Marinovichs and Rusty Hilgers under center

  • the riddler dr robert

    I wouldn’t say I’m critical of that game. Just not impressed with the 2nd half.

  • krawfdadd

    We stuck it out with Rusty Hilger and Marc Wilson,LMAooo…..its not funny but U gotta laugh 2 keep from sighing

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Not an NFL stat? Then why is listed prominently in NFL.com’s QB comparison chart? http://www.nfl.com/players/search?category=position&filter=quarterback&conferenceAbbr=null&playerType=current&conference=ALL

  • the riddler dr robert

    It was pretty bad.

  • the riddler dr robert

    QBR is an espn stat.

    And ALL individual passing stats say Pryor was worse.

    It doesn’t matter. Using a 9 QBR to support ur player is pretty pathetic.

    Bottom line: Flynn completed a higher percentage of passes for more yards with less picks and less sacks.

    If u can somehow find a way to convince urself Pryor did better while being worse in all those categories, that’s ur problem.

    Btw, Pryor gets QBR cred for running and having done if his poor passes come while he was down.

    That’s why QBR is so flawed as a passer stat.

  • Davy Jones

    *sigh* yes, but it is compiled based on NFL stats, and an assessment of the positive or negative outcome of every touch that a QB has except for handoffs. What, did you think it was an opinion thing?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I know you didn’t pop up all that often before the ‘Great Transference’, but that’s really your first comment on Disqus?

  • Davy Jones

    And should a QB get no credit for running? You risk your medical license saying something like that.

  • Dakota

    LAAAAAAKERS!

  • KoolKell

    DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Rosicrucians!