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Updated game story, with quotes

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – It would seem that there’s only so much longer that Raiders coach Dennis Allen can keep up the pretense about his team’s lingering issues not being such a big deal. More evidence to the contrary mounted Friday night with yet another shaky performance.
For the third straight game, the Raiders defense struggled out of the gate and the offense struggled, period, as the Green Bay Packers cruised to a 31-21 victory at Lambeau Field.
“It was a good opportunity for us to measure ourselves to see exactly where we’re at,” Allen said. “We’re obviously not there yet as a football team. We’re going to continue to work. We’re going to get there.”
If so, one has to wonder how long it’s going to take at this rate.
“We better be close to being ready for the regular season here shortly,” quarterback Matt Schaub said.
The regular season starts Sept. 7. The Raiders play one more exhibition game, Thursday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Allen and Schaub said they aren’t sure how much, if any, the starters are going to play that game. Therefore, the Packers game might have been the last game action for Schaub and the other front-line players until they play the New York Jets in the opener.
Friday’s loss goes away once the regular season starts. It’s unknown how long it’s going to take for the Raiders to get back projected starters Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Tarell Brown from the injuries they suffered Friday.
Moore’s injury appears to be the most serious of the three, given he left field on a stretcher after he hurt his neck early in the second quarter. He later got transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
“It’s always a scary situation, especially when a player says (it’s his) neck,” Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. “You hear them say it on the field. I’ve seen it a couple times, and it never gets any easier. I don’t think anyone wants to play after that.”
Roach and Brown left the game with concussions in the first half and never returned.
Allen said Moore was diagnosed with a neck strain. Moore was released from the hospital and rejoined the team after the game. Allen said he assumed that Moore was cleared to fly home with the team.
The Raiders matched the Packers through the first four drives, with each team scoring a touchdown on their first possession and then punting on their three successive series.
The Packers superior offensive talent prevailed from there, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers punctuated back-to-back scoring drives with touchdown passes.
Oakland’s offense misfired for most of the night with the starters on the field. The Raiders netted 60 yards on their first five drives. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew accounted for 40 of those on his touchdown run in the first quarter.
Schaub completed his first three passes. He spent the rest of the first half trying to find a rhythm that never arrived.
Schaub completed 5 of 11 passes for 17 yards on his first six drives. It wasn’t until the Packers starters exited that Schaub moved the ball with much consistency.
“We’ve got to improve ourselves in the passing game,” Allen said. “That’s a full-time team effort. That’s not about one individual.”
Schaub agreed. He said it’s imperative that everyone look within and find a way to get better.
There were some positives for the Raiders, Allen said. In particular, rookie linebacker Khalil Mack turned in his best outing after two so-so showings.
Mack recorded an interception of Matt Flynn in the second quarter. He also generated pressure on Rodgers a few times and notched five tackles.
“I’ve been saying all along that he’s going to be a factor for us and he’s going to be an explosive player for us, and we saw some of that (Friday),” Allen said.
Mack said it’s a matter of being patient and remaining confident.
“I’m getting comfortable in my role,” Mack said. “I stuck my head in there and made a few plays.”
But the overall team concerns remain, even as the season nears and time to fix the problems dwindles.
So does the unbridled optimism.
“We’re ready to take a jump,” Woodson said. “I feel really good about what we did, especially defensively.”

– The Raiders committed seven penalties for 54 yards in the first half, when the starters dominated the playing time. Through three games, they have been penalized 29 times for 243 yards.

– Raiders running back Kory Sheets suffered an Achilles injury midway through the third quarter on a play on which he fumbled. He was helped from the field. Right offensive tackle Menelik Watson left the game with a hip flexor.

– Rookie quarterback Derek Carr (concussion) and fullback Marcel Reece (foot) suited up and warmed up before the game. Reece played, while Carr watched.

– Matt McGloin connected with receiver Brice Butler for 19- and 28-yard touchdowns late in the game. They also hooked up for a 19-yard touchdown against the Lions in the previous game.

– Kicker Sebastian Janikowski didn’t play because of a sore right quadriceps. Kevin Goessling replaced Janikowski.

– Janikowski, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, offensive tackle Matt McCants, guard Lucas Nix, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, cornerbacks Taiwan Jones, DJ Hayden and Chimdi Chekwa and tight ends David Ausberry and Nick Kasa were scratched from the lineup before the game.

– For 15 players, this marked their final game with the Raiders. The first mandatory roster cutdown is Tuesday. Teams are obligated to pare their rosters to no more than 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. The deadline for teams to set their 53-man roster is Aug. 30.

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  • RaidO

    Building a “Bully” was Hue’s words uh??

  • Alex7

    that’s a 3rd category, and I don’t doubt that a good HC helps.

    The debate is who’s more important. And I’m pretty sure a season of the Saints backup QB would be worse than last year without Peyton.
    (And FWIW, they didn’t just lose Sean, they lost their DC and one other coach).

  • Dakota

    He sucks.

  • Alex7

    again, not the debate. How were they without Alex and with Singleton? Didn’t happen, so can’t use it as data for our argument over who’s more influential.

  • Alex7

    I dunno, why put your team in a hole?

    If you score 20/0/0/0 over 4 quarters, how is that worse than scoring 0/0/0/20?

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    RGIII does suck. They gave him a Baylor offense his first year. But hes struggled this year learning pro-offense.
    I stated it too, Luck and Wilson would be the best QBs out of that draft.
    Even backed it up by trading up and drafting Wilson 3rd overall in one of my dynasty leagues in his rookie year.

  • Alex7

    were there games where he was on fire early and the game was won on cruise control? Just not sure one is better than the other.

  • Return

    You are TRULY a Raider football fan
    (your definition)

  • RaidO

    Schaub’s arm strength is weaker than Flynn’s last season but:

    Jerry McDonald @Jerrymcd · 2h
    Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he hasn’t seen any issues with Schaub regarding arm strength.

  • Gdog

    60/40 QB?

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    He meant in the HC’s office giving him the stroke :O

  • Gdog

    FIRE HIM! Jeesh. We are the leagues laughing stock.

  • Return

    He was ROY.
    What is it that you all aren’t getting?

  • RaidO

    i guess that’s one way to look at it, lol

  • Alex7

    FWIW, already discussed, and noted that coaches lie to the press. Some didn’t even think Schaub’s arm was much stronger in Houston, just had more talent to throw to in Andre, Daniels, and Foster.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    ROY so what? One season doesnt make a swallow.

  • Elliot

    Yes but when snake was qb I just felt confident….had great games and not so great games…he was just a winner

  • RaidO

    and Flynn had a bad elbow

  • Return

    You too are a true Raider fan.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    *salute*

  • Alex7

    true, true. That’s how I felt about Bortles coming out this year. Just wins, and enough talent to win in the NFL.

  • Alex7

    I’d go for that.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Tale of the tape….

    Palmer….bad elbow

    Flynn…bad elbow
    Schaub…bad arm
    Pryor….bad eye
    Carr…bad ribs
    McGloin….bad luck

  • Elliot

    Won’t be long before bortles takes over

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Bortles will be exposed.

  • Gdog

    They can start lying about him having tendinitis like they did With Flynn anytime now!!

  • RaidO

    Oh shut it.You were really talking Schaub up not to long ago. Now it’s about talent he had around him???? That’s what’s i was saying. He had a great supporting cast.

  • Thec

    New post folks.

  • Gdog

    Fair enough…

  • Elliot

    Sure, just stating that henne as a starter won’t work

  • M.Shorter

    DA might be right Schaub arm is not the problem. Its his lack to read defenses, no passion, stares down receivers, can’t call line protections, throws with no anticipation, and scared in the pocket. DA really wanted to say that. Olson already knows it. Im sure DA does too.

  • Return

    As predictable as night following day.
    I said we would need every back we could get because at least half were going down with injures.

    Same with the qbs.

    That’s why I don’t know why everybody argues over the qb’s and backs and CB’s. It’s all about getting through the attrition that you know is coming.

  • r8ter4evr

    Those were when they played REAL football doesn’t matter about cruise control and why Al said
    Just Win Baby

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Rather see him in two weeks.

  • Alex7

    Prediction-time, from the blog data nerds that prepared you for Pryor’s suckiness, the Raiders overall lack of talent the last few years (while some thought playoffs), and correctly stated we improved talent with Penn over PED-fed Veldheer:

    Schaub’s career is sadly done. Incredibly sharp decline after amazing run of 90+ rating 5 years in a row.

    Carr will start by game 3 or 4 because THIS REGIME DRAFTED HIM and won’t heistate to play him.

    Carr will become unquestioned QB of the future and have Cutler-like slightly above average success with some playoff appearances.

    DA will be gone after this year due to ultra-conservative style not getting the most out of talent. Type of coach that needs super talent to win, but can’t create enough on his own when dealt a bad hand.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Colts preseason play looks VERY much like the Raiders.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He did that in part with #79 protecting his blindside.

  • Alex7

    my first line says DA is lying, which implies Schaub has indeed lost arm strength. He isn’t as good anymore. I was obviously hoping that wasn’t the case, but I keep it real.

  • Alex7

    why the hate? Strong arm, smart guy, top pick for a reason, succeeding already, won with below-average talent in college.

    He’ll be fine.

  • Alex7

    QB is the one position with a huge drop off from starter to backup.

    You can survive injuries elsewhere, but not QB. Gotta have the star QB.

  • Raidertalk

    True it was a FB. But still, the Refs were letting em’ maul us and calling weird, not even close penalties against us. Lost a lot of respect for the Packers organization after such a display during a preseason game. I mean I can forgive a little dirty play if its a division game or playoffs are on the line…

  • Relativicus

    Above all of the other concerns from the GB game, the one I do not see mentioned is that James Jones was basically Schaub’s only passing option. I like James Jones and think he can be a great role-player, possession receiver for us. But if Jones is our #1 receiving option, we have no receiving options.