Raiders keep first road win in perspective


Raiders keep first road win in perspective

KANSAS CITY -- Sure, the Raiders' locker room had a certain bounce to it after Oakland's 26-16 defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs, but it's not as if the guys were not bouncing off the walls.Not even with the Raiders claiming their first road victory of the season and winning consecutive games for the first time under Dennis Allen to improve to 3-4 on the year.Not with so much perspective being preached by the Raiders' new regime, and the trade deadline fast approaching on Tuesday."This one's only important if we're able to go out and win the next one," insisted rookie head coach Dennis Allen."This victory's not going to mean nothing if we go home and lose to Tampa," offered defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.And there's more than a kernel of truth to it all. There's a handful of positives for the Raiders to glean from their sixth straight win in Kansas City, as well as negatives to massage.First and foremost, the Raiders won the battle in the trenches, on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the Raiders had three sacks, one each by defensive tackle Richard Seymour, linebacker Rolando McClain and linebacker Philip Wheeler, who also had an unofficial total of 11 tackles, and two interceptions, by safety Matt Giordano and cornerback Pat Lee. It was the first pick of Lee's five-year career.The defense chased quarterback Brady Quinn out of the game on his first-quarter interception, knocked around Matt Cassel, limited game-breaking running back Jamaal Charles--who entered the day averaging 5.1 yards per carry--to four yards on five carries and receiver Dwayne Bowe to three catches for 65 yards, with 46 of those yards coming on one play."What you want to do is eliminate the team's big plays and execute your plays," Wheeler said. "You just want to play fast and physical. That's what we did."Offensively, Palmer threw for 209 yards on 14-of-28 passing attempts with two TDs and an interception, equating to an 83.8 passer rating to extend his franchise record of passing for at least 200 yards to 13 straight games.A week after taking a beating in the overtime defeat of Jacksonville, Palmer was not sacked by the Chiefs."I had all the time in the world to throw," Palmer said, crediting his offensive line."I don't think my jersey needs to be washed."Denarius Moore had a touchdown catch for the third straight game, last accomplished by a Raiders pass catcher in 2010, guy by the name of Zach Miller.And even Darren McFadden got into the act with 114 yards rushing on 29 carries, with 73 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter, when the running game was needed most to hold onto the lead.Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski converted four field goals to up his career conversion rate at Arrowhead Stadium to 32-of-36 made.But perhaps most encouraging on this day -- the Raiders were flagged a season-low two times, for 20 yards."It's something that you fight every week and you battle every week," Allen said. "Our guys understand that we can't have the dumb penalties that cost our team. We were better in that this week and we've got to improve in that area."Another area, or two, in need of improvement -- third-down efficiency (Oakland was just two of 12) and red-zone efficiency (one of six).Three times they had a first-and-10 inside the Chiefs' 25-yard line and had to settle for field goals."It's frustrating," Palmer said."We had opportunities to score and we didn't capitalize on it, so we're going to go back and continue to work and find ways to get better than 65 percent in the red zone. That's our goal."Here's one last goal heading into the next game -- take a deep breath. Again.The Raiders' last two opponents -- the Jaguars and Chiefs -- were each coming off bye weeks. Oakland's next opponent, Tampa Bay, will be coming on off a 10-day layoff having played Thursday night.

Oakland, Alameda County to vote on possible Raiders stadium term sheet next week

Oakland, Alameda County to vote on possible Raiders stadium term sheet next week

The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Supervisors will soon hold a public hearing and vote on a term sheet for a stadium proposal designed to keep the Raiders in Oakland, the City of Oakland announced on Friday afternoon.

These actions will occur on Dec. 13, as local authorities attempt to expedite a stadium plan that will prevent the Raiders from being approved to relocate to the Las Vegas market.

Oakland and Alameda County have paired with Fortress Investment Group to create a stadium funding plan that does not include taxpayer dollars. The public will contribute to infrastructure improvements, but stadium construction will come from private sources.

The private investment group is fronted by former NFL players Ronnie Lott and Rodney Peete.

A financial framework, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, can be viewed here. More details about this Oakland stadium plan should be released next week.

City and county votes are the next step in creating a plan enticing enough to the NFL that it would pump the brakes on allowing the Raiders to move to Las Vegas.

That is Raiders owner Mark Davis’ stated desire. He has not negotiated with local public officials in some time, pouring focus into a Las Vegas stadium plan that has already received $750 million in public subsidy to construct if the Raiders are given the green light to move.

There are several complications associated with this deal, most notably that Davis wants no part in it. The NFL is reportedly intrigued by Oakland’s market potential, and generally prefers that teams remain in their home markets.


Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

Raiders snap count: Nate Allen plays every defensive down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele spent Thursday morning in a Kansas City hospital with an undisclosed illness, and was unfit to play that night against Kansas City.

That was a big blow to the Silver and Black, who played a pivotal game against the Chiefs without their tone-setter up front.

The Raiders have depth along the offensive line, giving position coach Mike Tice options to fill Osemele’s spot. He took an unconventional route, having rookie Vadal Alexander take most of the snaps for Osemele.

Alexander, who has played tackle as a professional but spent most of his collegiate career at guard, took 66 snaps at left guard. That information comes from the official NFL game book.

Jon Feliciano, typically the first guard off the bench, rotated series with Alexander early on. That apparently stopped as the game progressed, with Feliciano taking just nine offensive snaps.

Alexander allowed four quarterback pressures including a hit on Derek Carr.

Safety Nate Allen played all 55 defensive snaps at strong safety for Karl Joseph, who missed Thursday’s game with a toe injury.

Denico Autry and Dan Williams also saw more action with Darius Latham and Stacy McGee out with ankle injuries.

The Raiders played out of the shotgun and pistol formations to protect Carr’s ailing right pinky, which generally kept a third receiver on the field. Seth Roberts played 71 snaps on Thursday, and didn’t do much with them. He had just two catches for 12 yards on nine targets. He also had two drops.

Let’s take a look at the entire Raiders snap count:

75 – OL Donald Penn, OL Austin Howard, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
74 – WR Amari Cooper
71 – WR Seth Roberts
66 – OL Vadal Aleander
63 – WR Michael Crabtree
52 – RB Latavius Murray
44 – TE Clive Walford
23 – TE Mychal Rivera
18 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
9 – OL Jon Feliciano, OL Menelik Watson
7 – FB Jamize Olawale
2 – RB DeAndre Washington

55 – S Nate Allen, LB Perry Riley, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson, LB Malcolm Smith, CB David Amerson
52 – DE Khalil Mack
48 – DL Denico Autry, LB Bruce Irvin
25 – DT Dan WIlliams
23 – CB TJ Carrie
15 – DT Justin Ellis
10 – DE James Cowser
6 – DL Branden Jackson

25 – Daren Bates
21 – Keith McGIll
19 – Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale, Brenden Trawick, Cory James
18 – Taiwan Jones
15 – Nate Allen
13 – James Cowser, Marquette King, Jon Condo
11 – TJ Carrie
10 – Branden Jackson
8 – Sebastian Janikowski, Dexter McDonald
6 – Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, Bruce Irvin, Dan Williams, Justin Ellis, Tyrell Adams
5 – Jalen Richard
4 – Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Vadal Alexander, Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera, Menelik Watson, DeAndre Washington
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book