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2008 AFC Pro Bowl Selections Include Two Oakland Raiders

December 16th, 2008 11 comments
Lechler Makes His 4th Pro Bowl 

 

Lechler Makes His 4th Pro Bowl

 

After being snubbed the past two years, Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler both made the AFC Pro Bowl Rosters as starters for 2008. 

 

Despite playing six stellar years at cornerback, including an 8 interception year in 2006, Asomugha finally made the pro-bowl as the AFC’s starting corner back. Although Asomugha only has one interception for 2008, opposing teams havn’t dared to throw towards his side. For the first 14 games, opposing teams have only thrown in Asomugha’s direction 26 times completing only 12 of those passes. Those players having success against Asomugha? Future Hall of Famers, not to mention freaks of nature, Tony Gonzalez and Randy Moss.

 

After hearing of his selection today, Asomugha had this to say:

“It’s really refreshing when you get these types of moments when people can say, ‘Yeah, you’re one of the best. It’s not about the start and the finish it was everything in between that kind of makes you feel good about the journey.”

Source: Sfgate.com

Snubbed in the past few seasons, Shane Lechler made the Pro Bowl as the AFC’s punter. A three time pro bowler, Lechler averaged nearly 49 yards per punt this year, good for second best average in the AFC.

With the way the 2008 season has gone for the Raiders, Al Davis firing Kiffin mid-season, the Raiders failing to close the fourth quarter, and facing another post Super Bowl XXXVII year with less than 6 wins, the league finally selected deserving Raiders into the Pro Bowl.

Asomugha's First Pro Bowl As A Starter

Asomugha's First Career Pro Bowl Selection

As the Raiders 3-11 current record stands, the Raiders are looking at another 3rd to 6th round pick in the draft. After selecting Jamarcus Russell over Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson in 2007, and having McFadden hurt for most of the 2008 season while fellow rookies Matt Ryan and Matt Forte show impressive years, it’s hard to imagine what the Raiders will come away with in the 2009 draft. 

 

One thing is known however, two bright and soon-to-be free agent Raiders have received their due justice and will be traveling to Hawaii in February.

 

 

For the 2008 AFC Pro Bowl team, Asomugha and Lechler will be joining:

 

Offense

  • QB: Peyton Manning, IND
  • QB: Brett Favre, NYJ
  • QB: Jay Cutler, DEN
  • RB: Thomas Jones, NYJ
  • RB: Chris Johnson, TEN
  • RB: Ronnie Brown, MIA
  • FB: Le’Ron McClain, BAL
  • WR: Andre Johnson, HOU
  • WR: Brandon Marshall, DEN
  • WR: Reggie Wayne, IND
  • WR: Wes Welker, NWE
  • [Speaking of snubs, Calvin Johnson? Hello, has anyone seen his season despite Kitna, Orvlosky, and Culpepper under center?]
  • TE: Tony Gonzalez, KC
  • TE: Antonio Gates, SD
  • T: Joe Thomas, CLE
  • T: Jason Peters, BUF
  • T: Michael Roos, TEN
  • G: Alan Faneca, NYJ
  • G: Kris Dielman, SD
  • G: Brian Waters, KC
  • C: Kevin Mawae, TEN
  • C: Nick Mangold, NYJ
Defense
  • DE: Mario Williams, HOU
  • DE: Dwight Freeney, IND
  • DE: Robert Mathis, IND
  • DT: Albert Haynesworth, TEN
  • DT: Kris Jenkins, NYJ
  • DT: Shaun Rogers, CLE
  • OLB: James Harrison, PIT
  • OLB: Joey Porter, MIA
  • OLB: Terrell Suggs, BAL
  • ILB: Ray Lewis, BAL
  • ILB: James Farrior, PIT
  • CB: Nnamdi Asomugha, OAK
  • CB: Cortland Finnegan, TEN
  • CB: Darrelle Revis, NYJ
  • FS: Ed Reed, BAL
  • SS: Troy Polamalu, PIT
  • SS: Chris Hope, TEN
Special Teams
  • P: Shane Lechler, OAK
  • K: Stephen Gostkowski, NWE
  • KR: Leon Washington, NYJ
  • ST: Brendon Ayanbadejo, BAL

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Patriots Defeat Raiders 49-26 Old Raiders Shine

December 14th, 2008 No comments

In December 2003, Brett Favre came to Oakland just days after suffering his fathers passing and torched the Raiders for 399 yards over the air and 4 TD passes. Favre led the Packers to a 41-7 victory over the Raiders that Monday Night.

Today, on another cold December, Matt Cassel also learned of his fathers passing before coming to Oakland. With half the passing yards, Cassel  similarly followed suit to torch the Raiders with 4 TD passes and led the Patriots to a 49-26 win over the Oakland Raiders. With the Patriots, Dolphins, and Jets all winning this Sunday, the AFC East’s three-way tie for first remains unchanged.

As heavy rain fell on the Oakland Coliseum (McAfee recently dropped their sponsorship), the game ended early as New England jumped to a 21-0 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter. The Patriots dominated the Raiders over the air and ground game with recently departed Raiders shining through the clouds. Despite Asomugha’s best efforts, Randy Moss caught 5 passes and scored 2 TDs while Lamont Jordan returned from injury to run 97 yards on the ground including a 49-yard TD run.

After the game, Lamont Jordan had this to say about his return to Oakland:

“I was definitely happy for him [Randy Moss], especially the way the Oakland media had no good things to say about him. … We came here together to wear the Oakland uniform and to try to turn that program around. It didn’t work out and we both left on bad terms.”

Despite New England’s large lead, the Raiders at times had the opportunity to close the gap. Higgins amazing speed burned the Patriots junior varsity secondary for a 56-yard touchdown while Justin Miller, who recently supplanted Higgins on kick returns, ran a kickoff to the house in a 91 yard run. But the Raiders stalled in the redzone when Jamarcus Russell through a pass short of Ronald Curry who seemed to be reading a separate book, much less page

The Patriots scored the most points any team had on the Raiders in 2008 and all but 3000 of the Coliseums sold out crowd stayed past the 3rd quarter. I’m trying my best to stay positive, but let’s put this season behind us and renew our sense of hope for the 2009 season.

The Raiders host the Houston Texans whom won their last 4 games in Oakland next Sunday. Next week’s game’s slated to kick-off at 1:05 PM.

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New England Patriots Face Raiders, No Television Blackout

December 12th, 2008 3 comments

 

Brady "Tucking" The Ball

Brady "Tucking" The ball

Rejoice Raider fans, if you can’t get tickets to the game this Sunday, it’s probably because the game’s sold out. The game will broadcast live at 1:15 PM PST on local television networks and there’s no need to worry about a television blackout.

 

After two disappointing losses to division rivals the Chiefs and Chargers, the Raiders face defending AFC 18-1 Champs New England Patriots. The Patriots come into town amidst a three-way tie in the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. Out of the AFC West race, the Raiders have a chance to keep the Patriots out of the playoffs. After the notorious anti-Raider “tuck rule” ruling against the Raiders in the 2002 playoffs, there’s nothing I’d like to see more than the Raiders upsetting the Patriots this week.

“But it’s the Patriots! Randy Moss! Wes Welker! Wah Wah Wah.” Doubters, check your concerns, although Cassell has found his groove in the potent Patriots passing offense lately, the Patriots are ultimately depleted on defense and solely rely on the brilliance of Bill Belichick. Furthermore, Matt Cassell lost his father this week and spent most of his time away from the team. I wish the best for Cassell’s family, but the incident is nonetheless a distraction for the Patriots passing game and will only benefit the Raiders. If any of you recall, the last time some one’s father passed, it was Brett Favre and Favre torched the Raiders for 4 passing TDs on Monday Night Football. Well Cassell, even if everything is going well, is not Favre.

It’s time for the Raiders secondary to step up and restore justice against the Patriots this Sunday.

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