Raiders’ place kicker Sebastian Janikowski closing in on most games played in franchise history

ALAMEDA _ Move over Tim Brown, you’ve got company.

The first time Sebastian Janikowski takes the field Sunday against the Chicago Bears, he will tie the Raiders’ most recent Hall of Fame inductee by playing in his 240th game. The following week, in what could be one of the most anticipated regular-season Raiders games in years, Janikowski will stand alone in terms of on-field service to the organization.

“It means a lot,” Janikowski said. “I’m doing something right, right?”

A controversial first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) by Al Davis out of Florida State in 2000, Janikowski appears to be kicking as well as ever in 2015. He has converted all five field goal attempts from distances of 23, 46, 48, 23 and 35 yards. He is 8-for-8 on extra points, which come from the more challenging distance this season of 35 yards.

At 6-foot-1, 265 pounds, Janikowski remains the NFL’s most imposing place kicker at age 37. He has missed only four games in his career.

“In this league, you get hurt, you get injuries,” Janikowski said. “I never thought I would play this long. But I feel great and I’m just going to keep going as long as I can.”

Janikowski feels energized by the coaching staff in general and special teams coordinator Brad Seely in general. He loves the club’s new performance center and the commitment that comes with it. He also likes the 2-1 record but is only cautiously optimistic three games into the season.

“I like the changes. I like the coaching staff,”Janikowski said. “Nice building. We’ve got a facility now. We can work out. But 2-1 doesn’t mean anything. It’s a long season.”

If there is a secret to Janikowski’s success, it’s a workout program that keeps his body fresh and his left leg fresh rather than hammering the ball from training camp through 17 weeks of the regular season.

“I’m doing more stuff. I lift more,” Janikowski said. “But you’ve got to manage how much you’re kicking during the week. Week 24, 25, I’d kick three times a week. Can’t do that any more.”

The leading scorer in franchise history with 1,597 points, Janikowski has yet to add to his 48 field goals of 50 yards or further, leaving him four shy of Jason Hanson’s all-time record of 52 in 21 seasons. The recent hard times of the franchise has kept him from adding to his total of 13 game-winning field goals, with the last one coming from 40 yards out against Jacksonville in 2012 in overtime.

Asked if he is still at the top of his game, Janikowski said, “You look at my stats? That’s how I can tell . . . (on) field goals I’m doing the same thing I did 10 years ago, a couple of 60-yarders in warmups before games. I don’t see the difference. I don’t see the difference. The more you do, the more you work out, you can be strong.”


Raiders road woes, by the numbers

A look at Raiders statistics over the previous three seasons on the road, during which they have a 2-22 record and 11 consecutive losses:

Points per game 15.5/29.0
Yards per game 292.0/349.7
Passing offense 206.6/271.4
Rushing offense 85.4/130.0
Turnovers 40/28
First downs total 367/469
First downs rushing 92/161
First downs passing 249/258
First downs penalty 26/50
Sacks allowed 59/39
1st quarter scoring 66 /174
2nd quarter scoring 117/189
3rd quarter scoring 108/128
4th quarter scoring 100/170

NFL’s worst road records since 2012

1. Raiders 2-22/.083
2. Jacksonville 4-20/.167
3. Cleveland 5-20/.200

Raiders home and away


Road breakdown over the past three seasons:

vs. AFC West 1-8
vs. other AFC 1-8
vs. NFC teams 0-6

Starting quarterback W-L breakdown over last three seasons

Matt McGloin 1-3
Carson Palmer 1-6
Terrelle Pryor 0-5
Derek Carr 0-8

Road worriers

Notes on the Raiders road futility over the previous three seasons:

— The Raiders’ two wins on the road came against teams that eventually finished 2-14 _ the Chiefs in 2012 and the Texans in 2013.

— The Raiders have trailed after each team’s initial possession 16 times in 24 games.

— The Raiders have led three times after each team’s initial possession three times, losing twice.

— The Raiders have trailed at the end of the first quarter 16 times in 24 games and lost them all.

— The Raiders have led at the end of the first quarter twice in 24 games and won both times.

— The Raiders have trailed at halftime 16 times in 24 games and lost them all.

— The Raiders have led at halftime five times in 24 games, winning one.

— The Raiders have allowed a 100 yards rushing to an opposing running back five times, all losses. The Raiders have had a running back gain 100 yards twice (Darren McFadden in 2012 and Rashad Jennings in 2013), both wins.

— The Raiders are 11-12-1 against the point spread according to Bovada and 6-3-1 in 10 games in which they were a double-digit underdog on the road.

Note: Figures to not include a Week 4 loss to the Miami Dolphins in 2014 in London, England, a neutral site.