Raiders won’t be at their best for biggest game in years

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.

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November 6, 2010
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Thursday Raiders

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.

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November 4, 2010
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Gallery has one more hurdle before returning to field

After playing in only six games in 2009, and getting injured just before finishing three quarters of play in game one, Robert Gallery may finally be healthy enough to get back on the field — he hopes for the rest of the season. It would probably help if the Raiders don’t turn the ball over too often.

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October 15, 2010
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Tom Cable: I do think we have changed our mentality

You can’t count Tom Cable’s relief of Lane ‘Lance’ Kiffin as his first year as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. While he gets the credit, or blame, for how the season turned out, it’s really what he’s done since going from ‘interim’ head coach to actual holder of the job.

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October 14, 2010
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Michael Bush to be ready for Chargers

Darren McFadden still isn’t practicing and neither is Michael Bennett. That will leave a gaping hole for Michael Bush to reclaim the starting position, and for fellow backs Rock Cartwright and Marcel Reece to also step in for carries on Sunday.

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October 8, 2010
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Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders pregame/game odds and ends

The last time the Raiders played the Houston Texans, (October 4, 2009) it was NFL Breast Cancer Awareness week — except that game was back in Houston. The Raiders again face the Texans wearing pink cleats, but hope that they can fare better than they did last year when they lost 29-6. I will be updating this section throughout the game, but for play-by-play, you’ll have to go elsewhere. After…

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October 3, 2010
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Tom Cable: not comfortable with losing

The one thing that Tom Cable has made loud and clear, since taking over the Raiders in 2008, is that he expects to win. Certainly he’s not unrealistic, knowing the old adage, “You can’t win them all,” but that doesn’t temper his expectations every day, every week, and certainly not for any game. Cable met with reporters today after the Raiders were finished with practice and he reiterated that same…

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September 16, 2010
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Will the Raiders finally make their fans happy?

About an hour after the Raiders thoroughly dismantled the Bears on their home turf Saturday evening, I was one of many who received a text message from my cousin Willy. The message included an image of a half-necked lady wearing a half top Raiders jersey and thong above the words, “This is going to be a good Raider season!”

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August 24, 2010
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