After nine straight weeks without a rest, the Raiders will join Green Bay, New Orleans, and San Diego for the last bye week of the 2010 NFL schedule. In recent years, this off time has come much earlier for the Silver and Black, and some within the organization believe that it sometimes comes too soon.
The Oakland Raiders (5-4, 3-0 AFC West) came into their rivalry game with the Kansas City Chiefs (5-3, 1-1 AFC West) on a hot streak after defeating Denver and Seattle by a combined score of 92-17. A victory over the first-place Chiefs would put them just half a game behind the AFC West front-runner, and give them a 3-0 record in the division — a tie-breaker that head coach Tom Cable has said the team is focused on this season.
It didn’t start out well, but it’s all about how it ends.
The Raiders came from 10 points down, finished regulation by kicking a game-tying field goal, and finished the game with a game-winner from Sebastian Janikowski for a 23-20 victory that will go down in history as one of the greatest games played in the storied rivalry.
After each of the last two Raiders wins, Tom Cable has made a point to tell his team, and reporters, that there are plenty of things that still need to be fixed before he’s satisfied. With dominating wins by 30-plus points the last two weeks, it’s likely that the Raiders’ head coach will never quite be satisfied — unless he’s holding the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
The Oakland Raiders (4-4) came into their Halloween contest against the Seattle Seahawks (4-3) hoping to prevent a letdown after their dominating victory last week over divisional rival Denver. Since the last time the team won two games back to back was at the end of the 2008 season, there was plenty of reason to be concerned.
“I think a lot of it has to do with just the mentality of how we’re playing our coverage,” said Raiders’ head coach Tom Cable when discussing why the Raiders’ secondary had only two interceptions after playing in six games. On the first play from scrimmage for the Denver Broncos, Raiders corner Chris Johnson jumped a route and intercepted a Kyle Orton pass intended for Jabar Gaffney, then took it 30 yards the other way to put the Raiders on top 14-0 just after 4:24 of play.
Boller may not get the chance to show how much better he is than Campbell. (Photo by Kelly Thomas)
Just when you thought Kyle Boller would be elevated to starting status, Tom Cable stepped up to the podium and put that thought on hold. Cable’s first remarks to the press today following the team’s practice was to give an injury report.
Prior to the start of the second half of the Oakland Raiders loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Kyle Boller was seen on the sidelines, wearing his helmet, and warming up with Nick Miller while Jason Campbell stood nearby with his helmet in his hand. Some in the press box were wondering if the Raiders were going to yank Jason Campbell during a game he started for the second time this season, but when play began, Campbell was under center.
The Oakland Raiders (2-4) hoped to come into Candlestick Park and get their second straight victory for the first time since the end of 2008, and they began the game like they would get it. Even while leading for most of the game, the Raiders weren’t able to find an offensive rhythm after the first quarter, and it led to a 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers (1-5).
Tom Cable says they’re ready, but the only way anyone will truly know how well the Raiders are prepared for their game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday will be to actually play the game.
Michael Huff has taken a lot of criticism in his four-plus years as former first round defensive back. After forcing the fumble that sealed the Raiders’ first victory against the San Diego Chargers in 14 attempts, he’s received plenty of accolades this week — the most he’s had since he was an All American at Texas.