Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke with Raiders beat writers Wednesday morning and was more than complimentary of the Silver and Black. “I thought they were a talented team a year ago, they’re a talented team this year,” said the Steelers’ Super Bowl winning coach by phone.
The game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs yielded 27 penalties for 240 yards. While the teams were shy of breaking any NFL records for most infractions and yards penalized, so many penalties between two teams in a single game is not very common.
Bruce Gradkowski will be the third quarterback while Jason Campbell continues at the helm of the Raiders’ offense today against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The big news, thanks to Campbell’s play the last two weeks, is that both Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and Zach Miller (foot) will miss the game with injuries. Here is the list of the inactives and lineup changes for today’s game. Check back after the game for post game quotes and notes.
As Raider luck would have it, the Raiders are about to face the Kansas City Chiefs in not only the biggest game of this season, but the biggest game in nearly a decade — and there’s a good possibility that they’ll do it without their two best players of recent years.
Unfortunately, I’ve missed some time here at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway, but I was able to make it today. At .500 this late in the season for the first time in years coupled with the end of the Giants’ World Series run, the Raiders have definitely become the relevant news story for the Bay Area judging by the number of reporters in the locker room today.
Among the notables here who haven’t been in the past: Pedro Gomez of ESPN, Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, and everyone’s favorite Raider Hater — Tim Kawakami. There were plenty of others, but those are the most notable that I haven’t seen yet this season.
A day after the Raiders made history for the second week in a row, Tom Cable took to the podium to discuss the state of the Raiders. The biggest question coming from yesterday’s beat down of the Seattle Seahawks was the health of star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Rolando McClain hasn’t spoken to the local media in months. According to Jerry McDonald, it started after the opening day loss to the Tennessee Titans, but even during training camp McClain went out of his way to avoid the guys with the notebooks and pens.
Defense has ruled the day for the Oakland Raiders today. On Seattle’s first possession, the Raiders recorded sacks by Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. The Raiders’ defense has been so good today that Seattle didn’t record their first first down of the game until there was just 2:29 to go in the half.
I’ve been sick all week, but I’m at the game and will be reporting from here. We’ll have the postgame report after the game. I’ll put up a report at the half, but unless anything shocking happens, I’ll be posting later tonight.
Prior to practice today, the Raiders gave access to both their offensive (Hue Jackson) and defensive (John Marshall) coordinators. Both were upbeat and at the very least seemed happy to speak with the media this morning. We’ll break it up with excerpts from Marshall, Jackson, Tom Cable’s daily, some practice details, and a quote from the ever-ready Tommy Kelly.