Raiders notes: A tale of two halves

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Raiders notes: A tale of two halves

CINCINNATI -- The Raiders were a totally different team after halftime Sunday, one that played with an attitude sorely missing in the first half Sunday.The result? Oakland had its best third quarter of the season in pitching a 10-0 shutout in the stanza. A halftime meeting led by quarterback Carson Palmer seemed to focus the players and harness their frustrations with each other.The Bengals offense was limited to four three-and-outs in the third quarter."I think it's O.K. to play with anger," said Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen. "But we've got to play with poise and composureticked off after halftime and the way the defense responded, I thought was good."Not so good, though, was the melee that marred the game after Lamarr Houston threw down Andy Dalton in the eventual 34-10 Bengals victory.
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The Raiders ended Bengals receiver A.J. Green's streak of catching a touchdown pass at nine straight games. Still, Green did have 111 yards receiving on three catches."(Their) gameplan was to try and stop me," Green said, "and Jay (Gruden, offensive coordinator) was trying to get me some touches, definitely. I just made the play when the ball came to my side."Said Dalton: "They were doing the same thing the whole time with certain formations, certain things. We felt like we liked the matchups that we had. For most of the game, they tried to put two guys over A.J. and tried to take him out of it. It opened up the running game. We were able to drive down and make some big plays in the run game."Indeed, BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished with 129 yards rushing on 19 carries, and had the two longest runs of his five-year career in the game, a 48-yarder in the first quarter and a 39-yarder in the third quarter.For the first time in franchise history, the Raiders have lost three straight games by at least 21 points.The Raiders' 218 yards of total offense was a season low.Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko, a teammate for five years of Palmer's, on Cincinnati's gameplan: "We knew when he has people in his face, he tends to overthrow balls and whatnotit was wild out there."Bengals assistant Hue Jackson spoke to Cincinnati media after the game about facing his former team."I can look at it in my own mind and maybe feel it was (special) because I know those players and I've been in that organization with Coach (Al) Davis and the rest of the players and his son Mark," Jackson said. "But at the end of the day it was just another football game, a game we needed to win, and I think our guys did a great job."Jackson, remember, orchestrated the trade for Palmer on Oct. 18, 2011 for what turned out to be a first-round and second-round draft pick."I have a lot of respect for Carson," Jackson said. "Carson's a tremendous football player, and that's never going to change as far as I'm concerned. I wish him luck. I wanted to make sure him and his family are doing well, and I'm sure we'll run into each other somewhere down the line."Some pretty ugly numbers from the Raiders receivers -- Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore were each targeted four times and the only catch either of them had was Moore's 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Rookie Juron Criner, meanwhile, had three receptions -- he was targeted five times -- for 23 yards.Marcel Reece rushed for 74 yards on 15 carries while rookie Jeremy Stewart had 26 yards on seven attempts.And from Elias and ESPN: the 169 points the Raiders have surrendered over their last four games is the second-highest four-game total in the NFL since the 1970 merger, behind only the 2004 Tennessee Titans, who gave up 177 points in a four-game stretch.

Carr, Murray treat Raiders' linemen to Warriors game, witness history

Carr, Murray treat Raiders' linemen to Warriors game, witness history

No NFL regular starting quarterback has been sacked fewer times than Derek Carr. Latavius Murray has 11 touchdowns in as many games, with steady production running between the tackles.

These Raiders aren’t dumb. Carr and Murray know their success comes in large part from the big boys up front.

They acknowledged that with an early holiday gift. Carr and Murray bought five offensive linemen courtside seats to Monday’s game between the Warriors and Indiana Pacers.

Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Menelik Watson, Rodney Hudson and Austin Howard all attended that game and enjoyed watching Klay Thompson put up 60 points in a blowout Warriors win.

Afterward the Raiders had a shootaround on the Oracle Arena floor, without much success. Howard missed a dunk, an effort he says was complicated by wearing slacks and dress shoes. Murray missed a layup. “I was fouled,” he said with a smile. Donald Penn missed a free throw, though “my shoulder hurt.”

Then Carr stepped up and buried a 3-pointer much to the remaining crowd’s delight.

Taking care of offensive linemen is common in these parts. Last year Carr bought his line flatscreen televisions. Amari Cooper gave everyone Beats headphones. Warriors tickets were on the docket this year, in addition to a dinner at Carr’s house last week.

The Raiders were able to have a little fun after Monday’s practice as they prepare for a road game at Kansas City on Thursday night.

Injury report: Joseph skips another practice despite Raiders taking it easy

Injury report: Joseph skips another practice despite Raiders taking it easy

ALAMEDA – The Raiders are taking in easy in practice prior to Thursday night’s game against Kansas City. They conducted a walk-through on Monday and Tuesday, the only day to increase intensity during this compacted work week, they practiced without helmets.

A lightened load is designed to help the Raiders be as physically ready for the rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in a battle for control of the AFC West.

“I think you do the best you can to recover as we begin our preparations,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “That’s just part of it. I know late in my career, if you played on a Thursday, you’re going to take some soreness into the game, typically. The older guys for sure. Some of the younger guys even.”

The Raiders don’t need many repetitions at this stage, and can prep largely through mental work.

It’s also a bit easier because the division rivals know each other well, especially after meeting in Week 6. That should ease some burden of playing a huge game on a short week.

“I think both teams, from that standpoint, it helps a little bit,” Del Rio said. “You’re not scrambling to get to know somebody. I think both teams experience that.”

The short week takes a physical toll on healthy and hurt players alike. There isn’t enough recovery time for either. Those healthy are sore. Those hurt likely won’t have time to make it back.

That seems to be the case for rookie strong safety Karl Joseph. His injured toe has kept him out two light practices, making it tough to see how he could be ready to go on Thursday.

Defensive tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee were also out, along with edge rusher Shilique Calhoun.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Darius Latham (ankle), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: LB Cory James (shoulder), LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)

Chiefs participation report
Limited participation:
OLB Tamba Hali (knee)
Full participation: WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), NT Dontari Poe (back), DE Kendall Reyes (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (knee)