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Raiders look to force Smith into mistakes

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 3:51 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • lefty12

    I got a few years on you youngun’.LOL

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Not really. Once Oregon was out of the running, I was kind of “Meh” about the title game.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    That’s ridiculous. It’s not a given that Gruden would even do as well as DA with this roster.

  • Raider O

    Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Ohio!!!!!!!

  • gerry559

    Bridgewater is F’N GARBAGE! Who in their right mind would want a geno pathetic smith imitation on their roster!

  • JOn Wooah

    AUBURN shows u what GOOD COACHING could do. Last year at this time they were losing 45-0 to BAMA.. now look at them. Raiders should have hired Gus MalZhaun.

    Btw one guy I said a few week ago Raiders should be looking at is TRE MASON.. RB for Auburn.. a good change of pace smaller back. Hard to tackle. Rushed for 300 yards today.

    Best Running back on 3rd down ..getting the 1st in the Nation. Coaching can do alot. PERIOD.

  • JOn Wooah

    man Raider fans dont even know what good coaching looks like anymore. Terrible.

  • Raidersfan727

    Beat Sparty! Go Bucks!

  • JOn Wooah

    Somewhere on the Jets blog.. title says.. JEts and GENO SMITH looking to make average Raider D worse. Looking to get a Win.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What about Mich?

  • Jim Jesus

    It will be the first time we got pressure on a QB. WTF? If that’s the game plan we are DOOMED!

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

    He will be just Lamichael James.
    A gimmick RB who NFL scouts realize never had to pick up a blitz, catch the ball out of the backfield or run the way NFL teams run the football.

  • prometheus

    never said that liar.

  • prometheus

    lefty12 is a liar. my point was that a good HC is a must and not optional otherwise I could be the frickin coach. that is all.

  • Jim Jesus

    Not after that failed 4th down LOL Go Auburn. Go Duke Go O State

  • lefty12

    Alex never said all we had to do was draft Bridgewater either,liar.

  • prometheus

    show me the quote liar. and Alex said that Joe Bugel never got a fair chance too. so lick alices nuts all u want lefty but you’re still a liar

  • lefty12

    And the argument against you was even good HCs need the players to win the big game.That was the point you refused to acknowledge.

  • prometheus

    bullshit. all i ever said was that that having a Good HC is needed. dipstick then said Bill Walsh sucked like DA his first 2 years then i explained that Walsh won 2 BOWL game at stanford so it was a different sit. but keep lying dude and lick his balls some more you seem to like it

  • Jim Jesus

    A lot of ball licking going on in here today. WTF?

  • prometheus

    seems like it

  • Jim Jesus

    I was thinking they should go get the dude that USC shafted.

  • lefty12

    Your childish behavior proves you are full of sh!t.What he said was Bill Walsh didn’t win in SF until he got decent players and you really can’t make a realistic assessment of a coach until he has a decent roster.Not sticking up for Alex,he is capable of doing that himself.Just trying to keep things honest.

  • prometheus

    you’re NOT sticking up for ALice? you sound like his girlfriend man. you’re a lair and a ballicker and i nothing else to say to u dipstick

  • Raider O

    Who?

  • http://freezetag168.blogspot.com/ freezetag168

    That bar has been set very low in the last decade…

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    GM matters more and ours sucks…but him and his stockholm syndrome crowd think he’s got us in the right direction

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    He is taking us in the right direction. It takes football knowledge to understand that, which is partly why you don’t.

  • Rico Stifler

    Yes, RM should have had us in the Super Bowl his rookie year!!!

    Give me a break, you idiot. He took care of the biggest thing he need to fix, the cap Hell we were in courtesy of Al. With the cap taken care of, he can focus on rebuilding the team the correct way.

    But your dumbass wouldn’t know that cuz you’re the village idiot….

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re the master at it

  • Alex7

    average D = best defense we’ve had in 10 years.

  • Rico Stifler

    I’m 30 and feel 50

  • seymour bush

    So coaching is what caused Pryor to throw 1 TD and 8 picks his last few starts. OK got it.

  • Rico Stifler

    Nope, Pryor just sucks Donkey nuts

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Not really, in 2010 we were #2 in the league in sacks. That team also gave up less per points per game than this year’s edition. But hey whatever takes the focus off Denise & Grimmace sucking at their respective jobs have at it.

  • Alex7

    coaching is also to blame for having zero impact players from the previous regime.

    And no full drafts 2 years in a row.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    So is Stanford…But hey we cut Hue for this….WAKE UP MARK!

  • Alex7

    have I mentioned my man-crush on WR Benjamin at FSU?

  • Blackholepriest

    That seems to be very true. Shockingly true.

  • Rico Stifler

    From what I have seen, he can get the dropsies pretty bad

  • J Hill

    The backup QB for OSU is better than Miller.

    MUCH better!

  • Alex7

    EVERYONE except Megatron has a weakness. It’s what you do with the other opportunities that matters.

    I’ll take a drop here and there if you’re high-pointing 40-yard TDs every 10 passes.

  • Blackholepriest

    Does have the benefit of playing with a lead.

  • Rico Stifler

    I want us to draft Davante Adams if we can.

  • 0ak R8rs

    That was pretty sick. Not sure he got that second foot down before the knee hit OOB. But doesn’t matter tonight.

  • J Hill

    We already have that guy in Holmes.

  • Alex7

    can’t say I’ve watched him yet. Kinda hard when you don’t live in Fresno, what with them playing Cal Poly and UNLV all the time =)

  • Alex7

    Holmes was never regarded the athlete Benjamin is. Holmes lacks a little in the YAC ability compared to Benjamin and other top WRs.

    Holmes does look like a keeper, though.

  • Rico Stifler

    I live in CO.

    Adams has 113 recs, 1477 yards, and 22 TDs this season

  • Howard Benner

    He’s faring well early in the ACC Championship. . .made a nice hands catch on an “out” route & adjusted well on the TD throw with double coverage. . .listed #24 by Scouts.Inc of Todd McShay & BSPN. . .