By Steve Corkran
Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 12:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen is scheduled to speak with the media at 1 p.m. at his weekly day-after-game news conference. It’s expected that Allen will provide more updates that usual on things such as injuries, given the Raiders play on Thanksgiving.
Of note, tight end Mychal Rivera and cornerback Mike Jenkins suffered concussions Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Also, linebacker Kevin Burnett left the game with a quadriceps bruise.
Something else to keep an eye on is the health of running back Rashad Jennings, who appeared to injure his shoulder at some point in the game.
Later today, the Raiders will practice under the lights as they jump right back into things on a short week. The proceedings kick off around 5:30, with portable lights in place to ensure that the Raiders can get in a full two hours or so.
They are back on a regular practice schedule Tuesday and Wednesday, with everyone boarding a plane Wednesday afternoon for the flight to Dallas.
– Linebacker Miles Burris played 28 snaps Sunday in his first game action since last season. Half his snaps came on special teams, the other half on defense.
Burris’ playing time ramped up once Burnett suffered his injury. He looked quick on a short pass in the flat one play. On another, the Titans receiver had little difficulty running by Burris before he turned upfield.
All in all, not a bad debut for Burris, who underwent knee surgery soon after last season ended and spent the past 10 months or so recovering from the surgery and working his way back into shape.
– Allen said after Sunday’s game that rookie quarterback Matt McGloin played well enough to merit the start against the Dallas Cowboys.
McGloin rallied from an unimpressive first half — he completed 8 of 17 for 105 yards and one interception — and finished with 11 completions in 15 attempts for 155 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the second half.
His touchdown pass to fullback Marcel Reece was a thing of beauty, with McGloin forced to throw off his back foot and release the ball a split second before he got drilled.
The ball floated over the defender’s head and into Reece’s arms at the goal line, as the fans erupted. That likely would have been the talk of the town had the Raiders defense not allowed a 14-play, 80-yard game-winning drive by the Titans on the ensuing possession.
– Wide receiver Rod Streater absorbed several big hits Sunday. Yet, he managed to finish the game and showed no lingering effects in the locker room.
Streater started slow Sunday, then gained steam and finished with five catches for 93 yards despite being covered most of the time by Pro Bowl-bound cornerback Alterraun Verner.
– Reece touched the ball nine times Sunday — five rushes for 14 yards and four receptions for 44 yards. Two of his rushes came out of the Wildcat formation.
That’s 15 touches in two games after he averaged three per game the first nine games. By comparison, Jennings touched the ball 20 times Sunday.
It’s looking less and less likely that Darren McFadden will regain his starting job if he returns from a hamstring injury. Jennings simply is playing much better than McFadden did at any point before his injury against the Eagles.
Jennings rushed for 413 yards the past four games, which McFadden missed almost all of, save a few plays against the Eagles. McFadden amassed 352 yards in the seven games he played so far.
– Sebastian Janikowski converted four field-goal attempts against the Titans. He also missed two, one from 32 yards and another from 48.
He now has missed seven of his 22 field-goal attempts this season. To put that in perspective, he missed only 7-of-69 in 2011 and 2012 combined.
So, he would need to convert 47 straight from here to match his success rate the past two seasons.
Allen said the issue is with the entire field-goal unit and not just Janikowski. Tough to tell what Janikowski is thinking, given he bolted the locker room Sunday long before the media gained access.
– Jacoby Ford’s uneven season continued Sunday, with Ford fumbling a punt. Fortunately for Ford and the Raiders, teammate Brice Butler recovered the fumble.
Later in the game, McGloin targeted Ford on a short pass on a third-down play. The Titans defender shadowed Ford on the crossing route and got a hand on the ball before Ford had a chance to make the play.
– Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gained only 26 yards rushing Sunday. However, it was how he moved whenever he felt pressured by the Raiders defense that hurt the Raiders the most.
Time and again, Fitzpatrick eluded a Raiders defender, stepped up, rolled out and did whatever it took to buy extra time so that he could get the ball to an open receiver.
The Raiders sacked Fitzpatrick only twice on 49 drop backs — he ran five times and attempted 42 passes on the plays he wasn’t sacked.