Raiders at full strength; they’ll need to be


The Raiders appear to be at full strength for the second consecutive practice Thursday in preparation to face the Denver Broncos.

The Raiders switched their usual weekly routine, praciting Tuesday and then taking Christmas off. Ordinarily, the Raiders are off Tuesday and practice Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Raiders had their first practice of the season during which all 53 men on the roster were healthy enough to participate.

They’ll need everyone they can get to stay with the Broncos, who are 12-3 and will go into the game possibly needing a win to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Denver, with Peyton Manning having thrown an NFL record 51 touchdown passes, has scored 572 points and has five players _ Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker _ with 10 touchdowns or more.

The Raiders by contrast, have had two players with 10 touchdowns or more in the last 11 years, Lamont Jordan in 2005 and Darren McFadden in 2010.

“Obviously they’re the best team in our division and the best team in our conference right now,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “The quarterback may be one of the bets players to ever play the game . . . We’re going to have to do a great job defensively of keeping the ball in front of us and do a great job of tackling when they throw it underneath.’’

Manning is completing 67.4 perdcent of his passes for 5,211 yards, 51 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a passer rating of 113.0.

Through Oakland’s five-game losing streak against Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Romo, Geno Smith, Alex Smith and Philip Rivers, the Raiders surrendered a 70.5 completion percentage (108-for-153), 1,275 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 112.0.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Twinkle

    Quit muddying the water with your statistics.Dr Bob will tell you which stats to use…lol

  • SnBG

    This is the foundation of my argument for keeping Allen. Walsh went 2-14 his first 2 years. Give DA a chance at coaching with good players.

  • SnBG

    The same could be said for having a better QB.

  • DKnight007

    Only D coaches they should consider if they replace Allen is Mike Zimmer and Del Rio. However, Zimmer hasn’t been a head coach before either. He has been a DC forever though. Whisenhunt and Bevell should be the top offensive minded head coaches the Raiders should consider.

  • SnBG

    Your next Raider QB here fans,,,,,,,, I bet you dollars to donuts that I would have won us 2 or 3 more games this year. DA would be safe and Reg would be a genius. Markie would be walking around the building with a smile on his face. I would have even talked Markie into getting a new haircut.

  • SnBG

    I don’t think Flynn got a fair shot at the job. The Oline was pretty bad and didn’t help his cause. Plus his elbow was bad. We should have kept him and let him rehabilitate his arm.

  • TrevJo

    We needed all the cap room we could get just to unload other long-term-unfriendly contracts and still fill out a complete roster.

  • SnBG

    I think the situation with Flynn was botched. We should have allowed him to rehab his arm. Should have told him to relax and we’ll put you back in when the arm and line are both better. I don’t know how much Markie played in this drama but it seems fairly clear he was pushing for Pryor.

  • Dakota

    The pass rusher plays RDE and the run stopper plays LDE…..I think you have the backwards as far as which players would play on which side.

  • DKnight007

    Manziel should be wearing the #12 next year actually. TP has #2 and will stay on the roster. #12 would be more appropriate for Johnny anyway. The new “Snake”.

  • brad

    Flynn’s Injury had nothing to do with his asking price did it? If damaged he should have stayed on the shelf at least until he could resume his attempt at a Starting QB role on any team! Fools Gold! Pryor was all they had after paying out the yang for Flynn! Where was the other option? Go Raiders!

  • wildsach

    w/ a full slate of players back for Sundays game, that means our D holds them to 17 or less, and the ever-mobile Pryor runs for 4 TD’s. Right ?