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Raiders seeking to end losing streak in games after bye week

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 2:18 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What’s up with them, anyway? Only ‘religion’ I know of that advertised in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Scientologists!

    FEAR THE WRATH OF XENU!

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    OLD TROLLS!!!!!!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Beeech!

    Got any predictions for how many runs our Dodgers will win by?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Intrigued me as a kid.. never joined though.

  • SnBG

    Riddle me this, that’s a great phase from the past. Love it. Think I’ll start using it.
    Riddle me this, if Pryor doesn’t learn clock management and stop moping around will he ever be a real NFL QB. I cannot remember a QB ever having so much trouble with the NFL 40 second clock. What does the QBR say about that.

  • Dakota

    L. Ron Hubbard made it up…..

  • SnBG

    Well, I personally like Pryor and am not bashing him. You have to be able to take the good with the bad. Pryor has good points and not so good points but there are a few who refuse to look at the total picture.

  • krawfdadd

    what more did you need to see,he stunk against chicago,and NO in the preseason which cost him his job and the coaches did everything to give him the job back and he stunk it up @ home against Washington…..

  • PlunkforHOF

    Or descriptions of you.

  • SnBG

    Were did you come from. Game Of Thrones?

  • Angry Villager with Pitchfork

    HISS!

  • Davy Jones

    Well, my good Dr., if you prefer QBR to total QBR, why don’t you prefer Pryor’s 135.7 vs. SD to Flynn’s 83.7 vs. Washington? BTW, an extra fun little tidbit for you: Pryor’s 135.7 vs. SD was actually higher than Flynn’s highest rating ever in that 6 TD game in Green Bay (124.8)

  • PlunkforHOF

    Do I need to say again that Jim Plunkett won us 2, yes 2 Super Bowls? Including a SB MVP?

  • SnBG

    Priest and Pryor are dating.

  • Davy Jones

    Can’t be denied, it was pretty bad. Can’t have too many like that and keep your job in the NFL.

  • krawfdadd

    I agree SnBG,he has to be given an opportunity to sink or swim,hell he looks like he has more upside than Tuiasosopo and I was very high on him coming out of college,but he couldnt cut the mustard 4 us

  • KoolKell

    Young Mastubaters!

  • SnBG

    If you go by the QBR, Pryor is middle of the pact

  • krawfdadd

    if the defense is adjusting to Pryor,our oc should adapt to the defense adjusting,thats good coaching

  • SnBG

    He is and you’re not.

  • KoolKell

    The Supreme Kommander Ted Cruz. Lol.

  • Davy Jones

    The QBR doesn’t have anything to say about that, but the decibel level might.

  • Davy Jones

    His career QBR is better than Joe Flacco’s or Colin Kaepernick’s…

    …or Matt Flynn’s. ;-)

  • SnBG

    Johnnie Travolta and the great Tommie Cruze are sios. We are all becoming clear.

  • SnBG

    I’m clear and you’re not.

  • SnBG

    anaten rules in this blog

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Wasn’t being catty. Was remarking on it being your first comment, not on the content therein.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Nonsense. His qb rating was 90+ while completing over 70% of his passes in the first two preseason games.

    He threw a whopping total of SIX passes in the 3rd game, with ONE bad pass. Followed by an awful 3-completion game from Pryor when he “won” the job.

    They did NOT try to give him back the job. DA yanked the rug out prematurely and gave it to a kid who had done NOTHING to earn it.

    Flynn wasn’t good against wash but I have NEVER seen a HC throw a qb under the bus so rashly. With no real qb to turn to. Even Seattle kept Flynn as a backup when they had a real qb in Wilson.

  • SnBG

    Yep 7 games is a career.

  • SnBG

    Tannehill is rated higher than TP. That’s sad

  • the riddler dr robert

    He had a nice first half (and a mediocre 2nd half), followed by one of the most atrocious games I’ve ever seen.

    He has 5 Tds in 5 games. Wow. That’s our “exciting” phenom.

  • the riddler dr robert

    Pryor has limitations as to what he can do.

  • Davy Jones

    Fair enough. But to hear a lot of people tell it, he hasn’t done anything good in those seven games. His QBR indicates otherwise.

  • Davy Jones

    He’s also rushed for sixty less yards in 3 times as many games.

  • Davy Jones

    Fair enough. But to hear a lot of people tell it, he hasn’t done anything good in those seven games. His QBR indicates otherwise.

  • 0ak R8rs

    He was 13th in QBR before the KC game. That game put him down to 20. He’ll be fine.

  • fingersrdrs

    Thank goodness for this bye… Hopefully we can have a somewhat healthy Oline and rested team for the pittsburg Game…should win this one…

  • the riddler dr robert

    He has had two good halves, seven mediocre ones, and three awful ones in his career.

    Awful halves?

    First half of week 17.
    2nd half at Indy.
    2nd half against kc.

  • Davy Jones

    Not claiming he’s anything special now, but he’s improving week to week. When’s the last time that you could say that a Raider QB is improving? Rich Gannon?

  • the riddler dr robert

    His qbr is inflated due to his running.

    As a passer, he has not done as well.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Raiders are 13th in total defense close to halfway through the season. A little more production from the offense, and that can only get better.

    Al_istheraiders must be turning over in his grave. Imagine his disappointment in our progress? Especially when 9 of them, 10 if you count Woodson, are “Reggie’s guys”.

    Oh, the horror…….

  • SnBG

    My point is, you need to see the QBs play and what the team is like around him instead of using QBRs. For example. Brady’s QBR is below Pryor’s. Did HOF er Brady suddenly become a bad QB.

  • the riddler dr robert

    He improved last week? Maybe our ideas of improving are different.

  • Davy Jones

    In the Second Half in Indy, he gave the team the lead in the 4th quarter with and nearly took it back. NOT awful, and the D shares some of the blame for that loss. And his first half ever? You cherry pick, Bobbles.

  • SnBG

    I believe that is a 4 pt difference from last years D under Allen. 2 YRS ago I believe the D was rated 28.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    we are 30th in the league in passing.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Jeff George….

  • Davy Jones

    Bobbles, you dope- running isn’t counted in QBR. QBR counts Completion Percentage, Average Yards Per Attempt, Percentage of Touchdown Passes, and Percentage of Interceptions. Now if you want to talk TOTAL QBR . . . but you don’t.

  • the riddler dr robert

    I was referring to the espn stat.

    Not the nfl stat.