Archive for December, 2008

Raiders Spoil Bucaneers Post-Season Hopes With 31-24 Win

December 30th, 2008 1 comment
Bush Powers By The Bucs Defense

Bush Powers By The Bucs Defense

Hey Philadelphia Eagles fans, you’re welcome. Didn’t think the Raiders could travel from west to east and pull a road win? Didn’t think the Raiders could win two in a row since…who knows? Think the Raiders didn’t stand a chance with top receiver Ronald Curry and pro bowl corner Nnamdi Asomugha out for the game?

You know where I’m going with this. In a game where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a 6-1 home team, desperately needing to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Oakland Raiders went into Tampa and gave the Bucs more than they could handle.

Despite throwing a late interception returned for a touchdown, Jamarcus Russell settled down and led the Raiders down the field on two efficient 4th quarter drives sealing the game.

As for Michael Bush, a top 10 running back out of the 2007 draft had he not broken his leg at Louisville, the second year back ran for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns including a beastly 4th quarter run to the right blowing through every Tampa Bay defender. You can watch the game highlights here at the site. Bush’s run is on around the 2:30 mark.

As for the final game of the 2008 season, the Raiders reaffirmed hope across Raider Nation that the team is progressing. Managing to beat a tough Houston team at home and traveling into Tampa on back-to-back weeks, Jamarcus Russell has clearly developed and the new Raider backfield tandem of Fargas-McFadden-Bush provides intrigue for the 2009 season.

At 5-11, the Raiders will have the 7th overall pick ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 Draft.

As for next season’s schedule, the Raiders will face the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens in Oakland. On the road, the Raiders will travel to San Diego, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, New York for the Giants, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

The Raiders have shown a lot in the final two games this season. Yet a tough off-season awaits the team as direction and guidance still remains hazy. Al Davis needs to re-evaluate his own future role in the Raiders organization. If Tom Cable doesn’t remain the coach, the Raiders need to begin their search. Asomugha becomes a free agent and the league would certainly offer him the world.

But amidst everything, Raider Nation heads into another hopefilled off-season.

Raiders Upset Texans 27-16 In Oakland

December 21st, 2008 No comments

How good is Raiders corner back Nnamdi Asomugha? Ask pro bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. Coming off 3 consecutive games with a touchdown reception and over 200 receiving yards against the Tennessee Titans last week, Andre Johnson didn’t make his first reception until the 4th quarter.

As the Raiders pulled off a 27-16 home upset against the Texans, everything came together for the Raiders in Oakland today. With rain coming down throughout the game in an half empty stadium, the Oakland Raiders clicked on all aspects of the game. Asomugha and the defense shutdown a hot Houston Texans team. Fargas and McFadden controlled the ground game. While Jamarcus Russell gave Raider nation a glimpse of his potential completing 18 out of 25 passes for 236 yards while throwing two touchdowns. And shining all season, Johnnie Lee Higgins caught a touchdown and returned another spectacular punt return in the 3rd quarter to lock up the game for the Raiders.

After another disappointing season, the Raiders did their 40,000 fans at the coliseum right today by ending the last home game of the 2008 season with a win. The Raiders displayed their potential and for at least one game met the expectations of Raider Fans at the outset of the season. Rather than going out quietly, the Raiders have certainly built momentum going into the off-season today and Raider nation can hold their breaths for another season.

Highlights are available here at the website

    The Raiders meet old time coach Gruden next season for a Super Bowl XXXVII rematch in Tampa Bay next week. The Buccaneers having struggled recently themselves, I have but one small peace of advice, watch the Buccaneers-Panthers game from week 14 and run to the right.

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    Houston Texans At Oakland Raiders Blackout Likely

    December 18th, 2008 4 comments


    Fargas Looks To Repeat Ground Success This Sunday

    Fargas Looks To Repeat Ground Success This Sunday

    Sunday’s December 21st afternoon game when the Oakland Raiders host the Houston Texans will likely be blacked out on Raiders local Bay Area networks. Instead of airing a 1 PM Raiders games, CBS will show the New York Jets on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.

    If anyone’s interested, the Jets are in a three-way tie for first in the AFC East with the Patriots and Dolphins and interesting to note, the Jets are 0-3 on the road against West Coast teams (Losses against the Raiders, Niners, and Chargers).

    As for the Raiders-Texans game, the Raiders face a hot Texans team which won their last 4 games. Since the Texans 2002 induction to the NFL, Oakland has lost all three games against the Houston.

    • 2004: L 30-17
    • 2006: L 23-14
    • 2007: L 24-17
    Asomugha will have his hands full covering fellow Pro Bowl star Andre Johnson. But if the Raiders can control the ball and run effectively, the Raiders will be able to hang in the game. Otherwise, Houston’s young defense, speedster running back Steve Slaton, along with the Schaub-Walter-Johnson tandem may be too much for Oakland to contain.

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