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Randy Moss Won’t Be Seeing Much of Nnamdi Asomugha on Sunday
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 13th 2008 12:30PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, Raiders, NFL CoachingPerhaps the most interesting individual matchup in Sunday’s Patriots-Raiders game will be New England wide receiver Randy Moss taking on Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. In theory, anyway. Asomugha has quietly — because he plays for Oakland — become one of the league’s best corners, while Moss continues to be, well, Randy Moss. Granted, he’s not going to haul in 20+ touchdowns this season, but he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the passing game.

One would think that since Asomugha is the best in the business at shutting down opposing receivers, and because Moss is still one of the NFL’s best big-play threats — even without Tom Brady — the Raiders would use their franchise player to shadow Moss everywhere he goes. But, since they’re the Raiders, they won’t.

Earlier this week, Asomugha told the media in Oakland that he won’t be used as a shadow on Moss, and instead, will be chasing around Wes Welker.

File this under: this is why you’re 3-10.Continue Reading

Roger Goodell Will Be Attending Raiders-Patriots Game on Sunday
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Dec 13th 2008 1:00PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, RaidersI don’t know how many fans will be in the stands on Sunday when the Raiders take on New England, but one person who be in attendance is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who earlier this week accepted an invite from the team to take in some Oakland Raiders football.

According to Jerry McDonald of the , it’s the first time an NFL commissioner has attended a game in Oakland since the team returned to the bay area prior to the 1995 season. I’m guessing they’ve stayed away because owner Al Davis has tried to sue the league multiple times, and is, generally, crazy. It’s a love-hate relationship, mostly hate.

Of course, as McDonald points out, it wasn’t Davis who extended the invite, it was actually Amy Trask, who is the Raiders’ CEO. So, there you go.

Regardless, Goodell will get to see what has become — for this week, anyway — the NFL’s second-most dysfunctional franchise in person. I’m sure he’s excited.

Oh, and Ben Watson, try not to take part in any playful celebrations this week because the boss is in the house, and he might just come out of his private box to fine you on the field. Everyone, please, be on your best behavior. That includes you, Mr. Davis.

Rich Gannon Questions JaMarcus Russell’s Work Ethic, Sorta Blames Raiders Coaches
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 11th 2008 2:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Raiders, AFC West, NFL Fans, NFL Media Watch
This is rich: former Raiders quarterback-turned-CBS-analyst Rich Gannon (HE’S NOT A HATER!) offered some interesting thoughts on the state of the Al Davis All-Stars a few days ahead of the New England-Oakland game, and most of them were about second-year quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

Specifically, he’s a little worried about the big guy:Continue Reading

Raiders Bench Left Tackle Kwame Harris
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Dec 10th 2008 9:00PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: RaidersThrough the first six years of his career, Oakland Raiders left tackle Kwame Harris hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations that come with being the No. 26 overall pick in the NFL draft. After being, basically, a bust of a selection for the 49ers, Harris moved across the bay prior to this season and inked a three-year, $16 million deal with the Raiders.

Thus far, the move has been maddening, if not completely frustrating, for the Raiders and their fans. Fortunately (I think) for silver and black faithful, the madness is coming to an end this Sunday, when Harris is going to be taking a seat on the bench in favor of Mario Henderson when the Raiders host New England.

According to Raiders beat writer Jerry McDonald, the reason for the benching is because Harris can’t seem to grasp the concept that offensive lineman aren’t allowed to move before the snap, and because he’s been a turnstile when it comes to protecting JaMarcus Russell’s blindside.Continue Reading

Raiders Offense Has 1 First-Half Touchdown This Season
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Dec 4th 2008 11:45AM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: RaidersWhile doing my daily rounds through cyberspace yesterday morning, I stumbled across a stat on the fantasy sports site, Rotoworld, that I found just a little hard to believe. Apparently, the Oakland Raiders have scored only one touchdown in the first half of their games this season. One.

They didn’t provide a link to confirm this embarrassing factoid, so I decided to look it up, just to make sure. And you know what? They were right. Sort of.

As it turns out, the Raiders have actually scored two first-half touchdowns this season, though, only one came with the offense on the field. During the Raiders’ Week 4 loss to San Diego, tight end Zach Miller hauled in a 63-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell. Other than that? The only scoring done by the silver and black before the half this season has been from the foot of Sebastian Janikowski, or on an 89-yard punt return by Johnnie Lee Higgins.

Doesn’t that get you excited for tonight’s Raiders-Chargers tilt?Continue Reading

Bummed About Tonight’s Game? Here are 14 Reasons to Watch San Diego Play Oakland
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Dec 4th 2008 5:30PM by Shane Bacon (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Raiders, AFC WestI don’t really understand the whole “flex scheduling” thing, but considering it isn’t possible to “flex” tonight’s game off of national TV, I’d say it isn’t working too well. In fact, if I were in charge of it, I’d have a few rules. One, never have two losing teams play each other on national television. Two, never have a team that attempted a fake field goal the week before (and with a kicker who’s overweight by 40-plus pounds, no less) take the field. And three, when the most interesting subplot heading into the game revolves around your fantasy football playoffs it isn’t the most intriguing matchup.

That being said, we are stuck with the Raiders facing off against the Chargers in an AFC West showdown that, well, doesn’t mean a ton. Who cares, here are 14 reasons (to go along with the week) you should tune in tonight to watch the NFL on a Thursday.

Remember when you’d get excited for “Friends” on Thursday nights? Well, if you squint your eyes really tight, Philip Rivers looks a lot like Chandler and this Charger girl, well, she looks nothing like anyone from “Friends” but she’s really hot.

The opportunity to check out the Chargers mascot. What the hell are those muscles? Does that go directly from pectorals to abdominal? Is that possible? I thought mascots were supposed to be for the kids. Would any kid want to hug this guy? He looks like the cartoon version of what Sublime sung about in “Daterape.”Continue Reading

Thursday Night Live Chat: Raiders vs. Chargers — Battle for Last Place Continues
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Dec 4th 2008 7:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Raiders, AFC West, NFL Fans
Because we’re blogging professionals, FanHouse will be bringing you the certainly forgettable Raiders-Chargers game. It’ll be just like the Monday Night extravaganza featuring the the Jags and Texans … but approximately a trillion times worse.

So join us!

Actually, there are a few story lines worth following: Will Norv Turner be able to keep his job if San Diego keeps losing? Can Tom Cable dial up a more ridiculous fake field goal than the gem he unveiled against the Chiefs last week? Will LaDainian Tomlinson finally cry during the post-game press conference?

See, it’ll be loads of fun. Pointing, gawking, starts around 8PM EST.Continue Reading

Niners Win In Buffalo Is First Win For Western Team In the Eastern Time Zone
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Dec 2nd 2008 11:52AM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: 49ers, AZ Cardinals, Bills, Chargers, Raiders, Seahawks, AFC West, NFC WestOne of the tidbits that may have been glossed over during the NFL’s Week 13 is that the San Francisco 49ers went into Buffalo and beat the Bills.

They are the first West Coast team to win a game in the Eastern time zone this season. That’s right, the West Coast is now 1-15 on the East Coast.

San Francisco had lost earlier in the season in New York to the Giants. The Arizona Cardinals lost to Washington, New York (Jets), Carolina and Philadelphia. Seattle lost in Buffalo, New York (Giants), Tampa Bay and Miami. San Diego lost in Miami, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Oakland lost in Buffalo, Baltimore and Miami. This Niners’ win in Buffalo was a first.

There are a few more cross-country games to look forward to. The Niners still have to travel to Miami, the Cardinals travel to New England and both the Raiders and Chargers head to Tampa Bay. It looks as if the West could be 1-19 at the end of the season.

What Was Oakland Coach Tom Cable Thinking With That Fake Field Goal Attempt?
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Dec 1st 2008 12:20PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, Raiders, AFC West, NFL Coaching
On a day where coaches around the National Football League were making ridiculous and absurd calls from the sidelines, defying all human logic and sound reasoning, Oakland head coach Tom Cable may have outdone them all.

Here’s the situation: Oakland is facing a fourth-and-10 from the Kansas City 25-yard line in a 3-3 tie. Cable, naturally, sends out the special teams unit to attempt a 42-yard field goal. A successful kick would have given the Raiders a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter. Makes sense, and honestly, it should have been a routine play. Which is probably why the Raiders still managed to screw it up.

Instead of kicking, the Raiders called a fake field goal which resulted in punter Shane Lechler lateraling the ball under his legs, while Sebastian Janikowski, the team’s 260-pound monster of a kicker, was, presumably, supposed to outrun the Chiefs special teams unit to the first down marker. On what planet is this a good idea?

As one would expect, everything went terribly wrong.Continue Reading

Warren Sapp: Norv Turner Didn’t Practice Two-Minute Offense in Two Years in Oakland
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Nov 30th 2008 11:00AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Chargers, Raiders, AFC West, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching, NFL Rumors
Warren Sapp, fresh off not winning , returned to his full-time job as teevee analyst for NFL Network. During , Kara Henderson, in San Diego for today’s Falcons-Chargers game, asked Sapp about embattled coach Norv Turner, who has “led” San Diego to a 4-7 record in one of the worst divisions in football.

Sapp, who verbalizes every thought that comes into his brain, was predictably frank: “I tell you what, [owner] Dean Spanos and [general manager] A.J. Smith need to do their homework because the two years I played with Norv Turner, we did not practice the two-minute offense or defense one time. So when you look at the game last week … and Norv using his timeouts in a bad situation, that’s why.

He does not practice time management in a game; I’ve been with him two years — he don’t do it. Sapp’s co-analyst, Marshall Faulk, was shocked by the revelation: “I don’t know how you can get by in the NFL and not go over two-minute offense … that’s impossible.”

Apparently, you “get by” by going 4-7.

Now, I have no reason to believe Sapp is making stuff up, but I also find it damn near impossible to think Turner doesn’t devote at least some practice time to the two-minute drill. Wherever the truth may lie, Norval Eugene’s job is safe for 2009, which must make Chargers fans very happy.

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