Raiders look to force Smith into mistakes

Filed for Sunday print . . .

The Raiders can gain some measure of satisfaction from a brutal road stretch and end a 12-game losing streak in the Eastern time zone Sunday by beating the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

On one hand, the Jets (5-7) look to be the perfect foil, given the recent play of struggling rookie quarterback Geno Smith and a four-game losing streak with only a pair of field goals to show for their last eight quarters.

Then again, the Raiders haven’t beaten anyone in the East in the early time slot in three years, dating back to to a 27-24 win in Pittsburgh on Dec. 8, 2009.

It will be cold, windy and maybe with a touch of snow.

Bring it on, says Raiders rookie quarterback Matt McGloin. McGloin grew up in Scranton, Pa. and played in college at Penn State. There are two busloads of family and Scranton natives numbering 200 or more hoping to see their favorite son end the Raiders’ miseries in the East.

“It’s not a statistic we’re proud of,’’ McGloin said. “Any time you’re traveling across the country to play, it’ll be difficult. But for me, it’s exciting to go back East and play in the cold.

“The weather is going to be a nice change for me. That stat is something we’re aware of and we’re keeping that in the back of our minds.’’

The Raiders are back where they started a month ago, losing 24-20 to the New York Giants at MetLife in Terrelle Pryor’s last start at quarterback on Nov. 11. The Raiders beat Houston on the road in their next start, lost at home to Tennessee and then fell in Dallas on on Thanksgiving.

The two trips to East Rutherford, N.J., plus Houston and Dallas, account for 9,400 miles worth of travel in a month.

Forcing the Jets’ Smith into a few turnovers would enable the Raiders to finish that stretch 2-2 and improve to 5-8 before finishing out the schedule with AFC West games against Kansas City, at San San Diego and the Denver Broncos in the regular-season finale at O.co Coliseum.

Smith, a second-round draft pick out of West Virginia, last completed more than nine passes in a game on Oct. 27. He was 4-for-10 with an interception at halftime last week in a 23-3 loss to Miami when coach Rex Ryan pulled him in favor of Matt Simms.

Responsible for 23 turnovers (19 interceptions, four lost fumbles), Smith was named by Ryan to start against the Raiders early on the week.

“Sometimes I think you can get a different perspective over there,’’ Ryan said of sending Smith temporarily to the bench. “The big thing is you want ot get back out there in the worst way, and that’s how he is. He’s bounced back before after a poor performance.’’

Free safety Charles Woodson told the NFL Network Smith is “like most young quarterbacks that come into this league and are thrown into the fire right away. He’s going to for the most part let you know where he’s going with the ball and teams are able to get their reads on him pretty quickly.’’

Woodson said the plan is to put pressure on Smith and “hopefully he’ll deliver that ball to us.’’

Raiders coach Dennis Allen is mindful that while Smith’s play has been poor for the last month, the quarterback also has four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime _ including a 30-27 win over the New England Patriots.

“Everybody’s dangerous in the NFL,’’ Allen said. “They wouldn’t be playing in this league if they didn’t have the capability of beating you.’’

— The Raiders placed safety Usama Young (stinger) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (calf) on injured reserve, ending their seasons. They also waived defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

Three practice squad players were promoted to the 53-man roster _ cornerback Chance Casey, safety Shelton Johnson and linebacker Marshall McFadden.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Rifflicks

    if he’s such a GREAT coach that would be easy too

  • 10centsworth

    0his arm is a tool. his mind is our salvation. I like everything about the kid, to include…he has RAIDER ATTITUDE. get hep, people.0

  • RaidingTexas

    mrsbrownYou can always improvise.mrsbrown

  • brad

    #3 is about right! Still need a #1 if #2 Holmes can stay clean! Go Raiders!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Oakland has always been a premier nfl coaching job. Guys fighting to get in here all the time. We really have our pick.

    See, sarcasm font.

  • SnBG

    Change of pace guy.

  • You did it!!!!!!

  • I am on the bandwagon…

  • r8ter4evr

    Record doesn’t back up that stat some times misleading

  • Rifflicks

    according to Weather Chanel radar modeling not until 2 pm

  • Good point about making him 15 years younger.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Him stinking up the joint, as usual, combined w a Raider win would make my day today. Go Rams.

  • brad

    money talks!

  • r8ter4evr

    His background far superior to DA

  • Stop it Oak or I will tell everyone here how he touched you.

  • 10centsworth

    0you need to explain your sarcasm? Point it out? Take a pill.0

  • plunkhead

    The pimp hand ran gruden out of the NFL and shanarat out of Dungver

  • c2e

    70 million in cap room could change that view

  • Rifflicks

    because he was an Offensive Coordinator?

  • 2nd half

  • RJ Bell ‏@RJinVegas 3m

    #Jets at home, following a home loss: 16-2 ATS streak

  • 10centsworth

    0and a solid nucleus, don’t you folks see units forming our there? a kid with a mind, drive, talent just waiting for YOU to be a part of what’s coming? its right in front of you all.0

  • Gruden ran the offense Al Davis was a GM who ran the Defense and Special teams.

  • plunkhead

    Bummer, I was looking forward to starting three raiders today in FF

  • willy91137

    No they think Jon Gruden done all that I’ve tried to tell him that Davis was running the show and John just coached him

  • Garrard inactive for Jets, so it will be Matt Simms if Geno poops the bed

  • willy91137

    If you’re doing that could you make me 15 years younger please thank you

  • I am on the bandwagon I love McGloin.

  • 10centsworth

    0hmmm, you happen to notice our receivers in the seventies? the steelers? the NFL had woken up from the “3 yds and a cloud of dust” due in large part to…Al Davis.0

  • willy91137

    And he was always telling Jon Gruden to get the ball and James Jett’s hands I think he finally give up on that one

  • plunkhead


  • 10centsworth

    0two in the HOF and another who should be.0

  • Blackholepriest

    That is precisely the problem he IS a fool.

  • jumpnjiminy

    I for one would like to see him get some action.

  • plunkhead

    But he makes two million dollars a year.
    You sling insults on someones blog

  • RaidingTexas

    Admittedly a little before my time. I have vague memories of the classic Raiders-Steelers games. But my first solid memory of them is the Super Bowl against Philly.

  • SnBG

    It will be interesting to watch Wiz and Watson today. Wiz has not given up a sack and I believe PFF has him rated 4 overall for C’s. He’s given up no sacks and rates very high in pass and run blocking.

  • SnBG

    They’re rated very low against the pass and their Offense is playing well so their strength is against the run.

  • 10centsworth

    0Raiders in the 70s had running backs other coaches/teams considered journeymen (altho they loom large in Raider lore), guys who would not even make their rosters. A favorite ploy of Madden was to “release” one of these guys in training camp, knowing they wouldn’t be picked up and paid what Al paid them, just to take a longer look at a prospect. We HAD a running game, but NO, it was not what we featured. Vertical football.0

  • SnBG

    He had to start somewhere like Gruden and Walsh. Walsh was 2-14 his first to seasons and Gruden was 8-8 his first 2 seasons with the Raiders. It took him 3 years to get to the playoffs with a better team than DA fields.

  • 10centsworth

    0Perhaps you are right about Reece, but perhaps we are going to see…again…the finesse this guy has as a running back. I see, perhaps obviously, our FB used as the battering ram and…to some’s delight…screen target, the unknown weapon we got.0

  • 10centsworth

    0Raider and NFL precedent is there. Madden, 100 victories in ten years. unheard of hire in those daze.0

  • SnBG

    So Wisenhunt is a hot candidate for the HCing job in Houston and several other former HCs have turned down the job.

  • SnBG

    Riff/JFB, thxs.

  • SnBG

    Lamonica and Stabler slung it. Branch, Freedie B Ghost to the post. Branch should be in the HOF.

  • A similar streak was broken on Thanksgiving with the Packers remember….

  • Willy they wont listen but you and I both know

  • Oh yea, that one

  • marks hair

    i don’t care. just saying. mm has been less accurate.