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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

  • Howard Benner

    Heard that one, too. . .

  • Alex7

    vs Cal Poly and Hawaii!!

    j/k, just know your love for FSU runs deep =)

  • Raider O

    They like mobile QBs that can run.

  • Alex7

    the “other” FSU.

  • Howard Benner

    Wonder how he would fare as a WR. . .he has the same physical measureables as Benjamin. . .

  • J Hill

    “They” are nuts.

    That guy will be a #1 overall pick.

  • Raider O

    You are a homer bro. lol
    Holmes, MM,etc… Were undrafted for a reason.

  • Howard Benner

    They still gave up around 45 points. . .just acquainted themselves better on offense.

    If ‘Bama had a reasonablly good FG kicker it woulda been Mizzou losing to the Crimson Tide. . .

  • Raider O

    K Guiton is a good QB, but he is not that good.

  • Alex7

    FSU stuffed on a 3rd and short run.

    Hard to convert those when you have to block 11 guys with 9 blockers.

  • Rico Stifler

    Its actually CSUF, not FSU

    Adams could win the Biletnikoff for top. WR . He is #2 in yards abd catches but #1 in TDs, 7 more #2.

  • Howard Benner

    Well, this late in his career. . .I think you missed the part of his resume he logged in Green Bay. . .a bit myopic there, doncha think?!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Your dead tonight.

  • J Hill

    No, I’m a guy that uses the eye test..

    Why do you keep bringing up MM?

    I like him better than Pryor and that translates to Raider franchise QB to you?

    I already said draft Murray in rd 2 but here you go with the MM propaganda.

  • Rico Stifler

    I don’t think he’d be good honestly cuz he doesn’t have the desire to be a good wr

  • Alex7

    agreed. Great WRs work on their craft. Route-running, tucking ball quickly, reading a defense in live-time to sit in a zone or keep going, knowing how to avoid big hits…

    plus his hands might suck.

  • Raider O

    I missed that part. I remember you saying we don’t need to draft a QB because we have MM and TP. Flip Flop?
    Btw, I like Boyd more than Murray.
    Do you know what propaganda means? I doubt I have a MM propaganda.

  • 0ak R8rs

    OSU is in deep sht. Michigan state is an actual team that can do some damage. FSU on the other hand? Only a matter of time till Duke caves.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Oh. There it is.

  • Rico Stifler

    Not really high on Boyd. Would rather have Murray in round three.

  • Howard Benner

    The only thing in common between Smith & Bridgewater is the lack of weight training. both were rail thin @ this point. . .Bridgewater was waay more consistent this year than Geno was in his last year @ W VA. . .Bridgewater can set a team, change tempo, make all the line calls & when he feels the need escape pressure. . .Smith looked lost @ times. . .especially under the gun. . .

    Next year Bridgewater probably will be leading Houston to an 8-8 year. . .he is a perfect fit for their system. . .& they have a representative supporting cast in place. the Jets probably have the worst talent @ the so called “skill positions” of any team in the league. tomorrow they will display that lack of talent for your viewing pleasure. . .

  • J Hill

    You are misremembering.

    I said we don’t need to draft a QB in rd 1 because they stink.

    Propaganda means BS artist.

  • Alex7

    J Hill

    why do you think this year’s crop of 1st round QB stink?

    No future top-10 NFL QBs in a batch of 3 or 4 that are going 1st round?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    In 2010 we had the 29th-ranked rushing defense in the league. You really don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?

  • seymour bush

    Just say no to drafting a WR high. A couple of guys to look at tonight are Stork (#52) the center with Florida St. Dude is a flat out bad azz. Also the FS for Ohio State is a solid player. Lastly Murphy the DE at Stanford is certainly a lst rounder. Those are the guys I have my eyes on.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    I’m a BS artist now?
    I would say get your purse ready, but I’m too busy watching my buckeyes play like crap.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Looking like FSU and Auburn in the title game. As long as it isn’t Alabama or that dck Urban Myer it’s all good.

  • Howard Benner

    If McGloin shows any improvement in the last four games perhaps this would convince Pryor otherwise. . .I wonder what his “inner circle” tells him. . .plenty of big time Penn & Ohio people around him. . .wonder if he is tight with LeBron. . .just pontificating. . .Pryor was allegedly almost as “big time” in H.S. hoops as he was a H.S. football player. . .

  • Rico Stifler

    All bow at the feet of Davante Adams!!! Mwahahahahahaha!!!!

  • Raider O

    Similar arm strength and accuracy, but Boyd is more athletic.

  • J Hill

    Let me say it again for you O…

    Pryor is not impressive. Have never been a fan of his, but I gave him a chance based on you and Priest, among others, pumping him up. I was impressed by the 1st qtr of the SD game and “over reacted” saying we have our guy. I was backing off that by the 3rd qtr as JFB and I were talking about Hero ball.

    MM is impressive to me with what he does before the snap. Gets out of the huddle, reads the D, and makes quick decisions.

    The QBs in this draft don’t do anything for me. If Winston, Marriotta, or the OSU backup were in the discussion, you’d get no argument from me on drafting a QB in rd 1.

    Got it?

  • Rico Stifler

    I find him to be a lot more inconsistent than Murray

  • J Hill

    LOL

    No, you just like to argue.

  • Howard Benner

    Yeah, but his hoop skills tell me that’s not the case. . .his eye/hand coordination, that is. . .Fla State is about to get the stark meet started. . .Stanford running over AZ State. . .

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Mark’s the one who fired Hue, genius.

  • Raider O

    Got it. I can’t believe you are that high on Guiton. Based on 2-3 games?

  • Alex7

    so a complete look at Raider fans have us not drafting a QB or a WR high in the draft –

    2 positions that turned around the fortune of the Bengals, Lions, Bears, Eagles, Seahawks, Redskins last year, Colts…

  • Rico Stifler

    He never does

  • J Hill

    That kid was dropping dimes.

    Sat in the pocket, made quick decisive reads, and delivered the rock.

    I was VERY impressed.

  • Raider O

    Mich State is killing us!?!?!?
    WTF?!?

  • Gdog

    RWood played for us in his prime?

  • seymour bush

    I would certainly draft a Q high if one is available. With Mariota and Hundley apparently staying in school, a franchise Q might not be there.

  • Ron69

    Need a #1 wr at some point, free agents available only MAclin and Nicks both injury prone, Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are off charts wr’s

  • Rico Stifler

    Good, I hate OSU

  • Rico Stifler

    Decker could hit the market also.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Seconded. Ain’t no “us” in OSU for me.

  • Raider O

    TP would have scored.

  • Ron69

    We have enough#2 and 3 guys or another guy with ton of potential.

  • Raider O

    F U!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    At this point in his career, Charles Woodson is a good, solid safety. If he comes back next year, great! If not, there will be a few dozen guys out there just as good.