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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Just got back from watching the beginning of the Raiders practice. Here are a few observations:
The Oakland Raiders’ 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers did as much to demoralize the fan base as it did to wipe away any sort of momentum the team appeared to be building in recent weeks.
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 Raiders will need to figure out what it is that prevents them from being a winning organization this week. The rule for getting over wins and losses is 24 hours — but that is for the players. Raiders fans most likely will take the entire week for this one, and 49ers fans will be sure to extend that sorrow for as long as they can.