Archive for November, 2008

Raiders Prepare To Host Chiefs For Week 13

November 26th, 2008 No comments

No news yet on a television blackout for this Sunday’s game against the Chiefs in Oakland, but given the economy and season, brace for one.

As the Raiders prepare for their second match-up with the Chiefs, Kansas City comes in with a different look from the two teams week 2 meeting. Tyler Thigpen has developed into quite the diamond in the rough and will unlikely post the same numbers he had in Arrowhead (13 for 33, 151 pass yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, Sacked 3 times, 45.0 QB Rating).

Although the Chiefs sit at the bottom of the AFC West with a 1-10 record, the Chiefs nearly beat 3 solid NFL teams. Losing only in the last minutes of each game, the Chiefs nearly upset the Chargers, Bucs, and Jets. In their last three games, young Tyler Thigpen threw for 741 yards in the air with 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and rushed for 100 yards on the ground. Both Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe are tall physical backs and will test the Raiders secondary. Meanwhile, after Larry Johnson’s club incident, the back claims to be back and ready to face the Raiders.

Since 2003, the Raiders are 2-9 against the chiefs, but have won the last two games. The Raiders are healthy and are ready to extend their winning streak to 2 games and challenge San Diego for 2nd in the AFC West Standings. Russell, McFadden, and company are good to go.

Stay tuned for television blackout updates.

Raiders Win, Pound Denver 31-10

November 23rd, 2008 2 comments

Jamarcus Russel Finished With A 149.1 QB Rating

Jamarcus Russel Finished With A 149.1 QB Rating

As the Oakland Raiders went into the 2nd half ahead 10-3 this Sunday, the Raiders had still failed to score an offensive touchdown. The Raiders stretched their scoreless streak to 15 quarters and only took the lead with another spectacular Johnnie Lee Higgins kickoff return.

But as the Raiders came out the 2nd half, they realized that Denver defense is, well, Denver defense. The Raiders came out and shut down Cutler and company and beat the Broncos 31-10 after losing 41-14 in week one.

Fargas pounded out 104 yards on 24 carries while McFadden delivered the finishing blows with 38 yards and 2 touchdown runs. Ashley Lelie returned to Denver posting a big 7 catch 105 yard against his old team including a monster 51 yard catch over two defenders. As for Russell, the former number one pick worked efficiently and led the Raiders down the field on a number of key drives. He finished the day completing 10 of his 11 passes, throwing one touchdown pass to Lelie, and an outstanding 149.1 QB rating.

After a disappointing loss to Miami last week, this Sundays game against Denver brought Raider fans a glimmer of hope. With a healthy quarterback and backfield, the Raiders displayed what talent could do with proper coaching and belief. The Raiders face division rivals in the upcoming weeks and at 3-8 the Raiders look to top their 4-win season from last year.

Healthy Raiders Return For Denver

November 18th, 2008 2 comments

The Broncos? Bring it on. After a rough showing against the Broncos in the season opener, the Raiders head to Denver this Sunday to face Cutler and co. As Denver’s defense is 23rd in the league this year giving up over 332 yards per game the Raiders look to a strong showing.

The Raiders and their recent 13 quarter offensive touchdown drought are back at full strength. RussellĀ is back under center, McFadden feels healthy and says he’s ready to go, and Michael Bush plans to move to fullback. On the defensive end, Derrick Burgess is probable to return and start this Sunday.

Come on Raiders, I implore you to score this week.