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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.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • nolarick

    First? Really?

  • Alex7

    “Raiders look to do what every other team looks to do every single game…”

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Damn that dude just glides on the field.
    Looks like he was jogging

  • Alex7

    yup! No one counts me anyhow.

  • nolarick

    That’s a first for me. They say timing is everything in this life.

  • Alex7

    wonder what’s first in the next life? Being as we leave time once we pass the 5th of 10 dimensions.

  • lefty12

    Like those WRs for Mizzu.Can’t really tell if they’re good or Auburns DBs are weak.Agree with you JFB.I’m not thrilled with any team that is too 1 dimensional like Auburn.

  • Raiders for Life

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

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    Or the Raiders defense makes him look like an all pro QB.

  • Alex7

    what if you’re amazing in 1 dimension, and that helps open up the other dimension that you are thus average at?

    Better or worse than being good at two things?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Everyone talks about how great the SEC is, but these two teams won I think 2 combined conference games last year.
    So how good can the conference really be if you can go from worst to first in one year?

  • lefty12

    Auburn isn’t avg at throwing the ball.

  • Raiders for Life

    That is a tough old ref. Nice tackle.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Or playing defense

  • lefty12

    Did Missouri and A&M just become good because they joined the SEC?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    They weren’t overly exceptional in the Big 12

  • plunkhead

    Auburn and Flo state would be a great national champ matchup.
    Go Spartans. Beat the devil Bourbon Meyers and the acorns

  • lefty12

    Exactly!

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Dude should get tossed for that.
    How is that not worse than throwing a punch?

  • willy91137

    Yes we will do that for two quarters and get to TD head and then will let them catch up and win

  • rudegruden

    That’s a very good point, the media chooses to ignore. Two good but not great teams joined the sec and win. Now they considered power houses.

  • SnBG

    i don’t think that will happen at this stage of the season. The Raides learned their lessons against the Eagles. Don’t get to cocky.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    This game might outscore the Missouri vs Auburn hoops game later this year.

  • Raiders for Life

    It’s a pretty good game, that was BS. I like the ref tackle better though.

  • willy91137

    I will never forget the Heidi game we got up and left with 5 they were up by two TDs when we got to our car the Raiders had won the game and we were all saying at the same time what the hell happened

  • willy91137

    Auburn is a little one-dimensional that’s hard for me to watch that little midget of a running back would look good in silver and black

  • willy91137

    I get on here and talk about the Heidi game and I forget that you have to be an old man to remember that

  • Rifflicks

    they must have recruited “franchise QB’s”

  • prometheus

    hey whats up faggits

  • SnBG

    That’s why I never left a game early after that. Even on TV I stay all the way through.

  • prometheus

    Hooters Allen is coaching for his job right now. better win 3 of 4 or Gruden will be the Raiders HC next year..

  • Goldie7

    I declare, the Auburn vs. Missouri game is a freaking good game!

  • SnBG

    That could happen.

  • prometheus

    but if Mark Davis can’t get Gruden he can hire lane Kiffin because the HC doesn’t matter anyway

  • willy91137

    Me and my daughter were at a raider game when she was about 12 years old and now she’s 31 and the score was and10 6 I think we were playing San Diego and they went to the two-minute warning and I said let’s go home and she said no remember the Heidi game when a memory and James Jett caught a pass and put it in end zone

  • Raiders for Life

    Speak for yourself tranny

  • SnBG

    Willy 50 is the new 30. What ever your age is you are younger in this day and age. I remember the Heidi game and I’m 58.

  • prometheus

    i called and you answered

  • 24

    I’m realizing that Charles Woodson is not as good as Rod Woodson at the FS position. =/

  • Raiders for Life

    Yeah, that’s fk’d up. Oh well.

  • Goldie7

    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.

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    Good luck Matt; I hope we will win! May the McGloin family, friends and Scranton natives have a safe trip to/from MetLife stadium and make it safely back home to Scranton PA.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    What are you talking about?

  • 24

    So If I’m 31…does that mean I’m around 16?

  • SnBG

    I can see that catch as clear as day.

  • lefty12

    Thanks,SnBG,that makes me feel better.=)

  • 24

    Too bad it takes a whole team to win.

  • prometheus

    i was told by a genius on here that it doesn’t matter who the HC is as long as OAK drafts Teddy Bridgewater next year.

  • SnBG

    Yep. Whaz up sonny.

  • lefty12

    He was trying to tell Alex Gruden would win the SB with our current roster.

  • SnBG

    Np prob youngsta

  • lefty12

    Duck,as a Pac12 guy-Stanford or Ariz.St-or do you even care?