Hanie's lack of experience could work against Raiders

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Hanie's lack of experience could work against Raiders

ALAMEDA -- On the surface, it would seem the Raiders have a distinct tactical advantage over Chicago, what with the Bears starting a relative unknown at quarterback in Caleb Hanie.After all, Hanie has thrown all of eight regular-season passes in his three-year NFL career, with his emergency appearance in last January's NFC title game against Green Bay the lone highlight.But in actuality, facing a QB with such a small sample size might actually be a negative for a defense, right?
"It is," said Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. "With our roller coaster, doing well against the run one week and not so well the next week, I've always told you I worry more about what we do than what the opponent does."So when you get a situation like this, then, yes, you have to now back off and make sure you do a few things well, rather than do too much and confuse a new young kid. Let's do our stuff well and make this young guy beat us. I'm more concerned with what we do."In six games of regular season action, Hanie has completed eight of 14 passes for 66 yards with an interception.In relief of the injured Jay Cutler and the ineffective Todd Collins against the Bears on Jan. 23, Hanie completed 13 of 20 for 153 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions."He was not the backup, he was the third quarterback in," Bresnahan said. "You think about the limited number of reps the second quarterback gets during the week, what do you think the third quarterback got? They didnt miss a beat. He came in, threw the two picks, but he also played with some poise. So they've got enough weapons and they've got a solid enough football team that they're going to expect him to manage the game, not win the game."Which means the Raiders' Helter Skelter run defense will have to step up, rather than focus on a new quarterback."With Matt Forte, that's the primary thing to do," Bresnahan said. "And they put in (Marion) Barber for short yardage, goal line, and as a change-up back, and you've got to be able to tackle that man because he's a big powerful man. Stopping the run is first and foremost and hopefully we can get it into a situation where we have to worry about Hanie."

Peters happy for Marshawn, but Chiefs 'going to beat the dog s--- out of him'

Peters happy for Marshawn, but Chiefs 'going to beat the dog s--- out of him'

Marshawn Lynch is getting to live out the dream of most pro athletes.

He's getting to finish his career by playing for his hometown team.

One fellow Oakland-native and AFC West rival can appreciate the opportunity in front of Lynch, but also had some fighting words for the Raiders running back.

“For Shawn to finish off this last little stretch of his career here at home, that’s dope,” Chiefs CB Marcus Peters told the Bay Area News Group on July 8.

“It’s going to feel good for him. It’s going to be a good feeling. It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when [the Chiefs] come here, we’re going to beat the dog s--- out of him,” Peters said.

So you can circle Thursday, Oct. 19 on your calendars. The Raiders host the Chiefs in Week 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25pm PT.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.