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.
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.
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.
Earlier in the week, the Raiders locker room was plastered with a quote from former Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. The gist of the quote was that the Raiders don’t play 60 minutes and if any team hangs in there, the Raiders will give the game away in the end.
Tom Cable met with the media Thursday after practice. He talked about his new starting quarterback, his special teams, a new edition to the practice squad, and some of his next opponent this Sunday.
The following is the transcript of that press conference:
The last time the Oakland Raiders faced the Tennessee Titans, (Oct. 28, 2007),Vince Young was still considered a future perennial Pro Bowl quarterback, Lane Kiffin was still Al Davis’ mini-me, and Raider Nation was debating between Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, or JaMarcus Russell being the starting quarterback for the silver and black.
A little over a week ago, the Raiders made an announcement that Chaz Schilens was back from his injury and ready to help the Raiders return to excellence. Along with that announcement, they listed all of the players that they had lost to injury and reminded all of us that these players would return.
The 1-1 Oakland Raiders will take on the 2-0 Denver Broncos at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum today. The Raiders come into the game mired in a passing game slump, while the Broncos are still trying to find a consistent offensive output.
The Raiders waived Louis Rankin in order to promote Jonathan Holland from the practice squad. Holland will be in the lineup as a cornerback and a possible kick and punt returner. Michael Huff will be starting at free safety in place of Hiram Eugene who is inactive today due to a lower leg injury.