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.
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:
Seymour is one-third of the Raiders’ defensive tackle roster going into Sunday. (Photo by Kelly Thomas)
Tuesday, the Raiders cut defensive tackle Jay Alford in order to pick up linebacker Bruce Davis. While doing so, they were able to strengthen their injured linebacking corps, but the net effect is that they now only have three defensive tackles — two of which have already struggled through injuries during the young season.
Bruce Gradkowski spoke with the media today during the locker room session. Half the media peppered Gradkowski with questions out on the field while the other half went to the locker room for other players. There’s a limited amount of time that the Raiders allow for media access, so the small group was hopeful to maximize what little time there is.
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Those were the first words out of Tom Cable’s mouth when he addressed the media Sunday afternoon, and although there’s no doubt he was being honest, it’s a good bet that those words were severely understated. The Raiders, underdogs to most objective prognosticators, looked more like the Art Shell team of 2006 and nothing like the team that some have pegged to win the AFC West this year.
The Oakland Raiders have been spiraling downhill since they impressed many in the football world on opening night against the Chargers. On Sunday, the New York Giants added momentum to the Raiders’ free fall into being considered one of (if not the) worst teams in the league.
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.