Instant Replay: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0


Instant Replay: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0


OAKLAND -- For the first time in nearly a decade, the Raiders authored a shutout, beating Kansas City, 15-0, on five Sebastian Janikowski field goals, and thus, ended their six-game losing streak.

A stomach-flu addled Carson Palmer threw for 182 yards on 18 of 29 passing, without an interception, and running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson rushed for 110 and 89 yards, respectively.

Third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor made his season debut in the second quarter, going three-and-out after beginning with a 1st and 15 on a false start. Pryor threw an incompletion on his lone pass, to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The Raiders (4-10) have swept the Chiefs (2-12) for the second time in the past three seasons. And the last team the Raiders shut out? The Chiefs, 24-0, on Dec. 28, 2002, 24-0.

Oakland limited Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who entered the day leading the AFC with 1,220 rushing yards, to 10 yards on nine carries. In two games against the Raiders this season, Charles had 14 yards on 14 carries.

McFadden labors: When Darren McFadden has struggled this season, he's looked bad. Real bad. But when he breaks a long run, he's breathtaking. In what many observers think could be his final home game as a member of the Raiders -- might he be trade bait this offseason? -- McFadden showed both sides. The bottom line, though, he broke 100 yards for just the third time this season -- against Pittsburgh, at Kansas City and Sunday -- showing no ill effects of the high ankle sprain that kept him out of four games in November and re-aggravated on Dec. 16.

Defensive domination: The Raiders limited the Chiefs to a mere 17 total yards in the first half, and Kansas City did not have a first down until the 5:30 mark of the third quarter. The Raiders also had four sacks of Brady Quinn, including Tommy Kelly's first of the season with less than 11 minutes to play.

Lechler's last home game?: If this was seven-time Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler's final home game as a member of the Raiders -- the 2000 draft pick will be a free agent -- he went out with a boom, literally and figuratively. On consecutive punts in the first half, Lechler went 59 and then 61 yards. With four punts Sunday, he also has punted 1,003 times in his career, joining Ray Guy (1,049) as the only player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 punts with the same team.

War Pigeon returns: Remember the pigeon that was on the field for the Raiders during their upset of Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 2009? He/she/it stayed in its lane on kick coverage that day and another pigeon showed up in the first half. The bird was on the field during plays and, at the half, was captured in a bucket by field personnel as "Free Bird" played over the loudspeakers, and boos rained down from the stands.

Condo feted: Long snapper Jon Condo was awarded the team's Commitment to Excellence Award before the game, in voting by teammates. Former special teams ace Rock Cartwright had won the honor the previous two seasons.

Checking in with the radio crew: As Terrelle Pryor settled under center, he waved for silence from the Coliseum. "Pryor's asking for the crowd to quiet down, but there's not enough people here to make noise."

Up next: The Raiders (4-10) travel cross-country to face the Carolina Panthers (5-9) in each team's penultimate game. The Panthers thumped the Chargers in San Diego, 31-7, on Sunday. Oakland last won a game in the Eastern Time Zone on Dec. 6, 2009, the Raiders going 0-9 in such games since while getting outscored by a combined 315-155, or losing by an average score of 35-17. Since Dec. 15, 2002, when they lost in Miami, 23-17, the Raiders are just 5-26 in games played in the Eastern Time Zone.

Injury report: DT Stacy McGee missing from Raiders practice


Injury report: DT Stacy McGee missing from Raiders practice

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Raiders pass rush has improved in recent weeks, though head coach Jack Del Rio believes a stronger push is required on the interior.

That would be harder with Stacy McGee out. The defensive tackle missed Wednesday’s practice at the IMG Academy, and it seems unlikely, though his status remains uncertain, that he’ll be able to play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

McGee has shown improvement as a pass rusher, with 2.5 sacks in this early season. He injured his knee early in Sunday’s victory over Jacksonville and did not return, which hurt the Raiders interior rotation.

Head coach Jack Del Rio did not update McGee’s status when asked earlier this week.

The Raiders were only missing two players during Wednesday’s work. McGee was out, as was running back Taiwan Jones. He watched practice from the sidelines due to a knee injury that has limited him in recent weeks and kept him out of the Jacksonville game.

The offensive line is getting healthier by the day, with Menelik Watson inching closer to a return. He was limited in Wednesday’s work, as he was during the previous practice week. He did not play against the Jaguars, and hasn’t since straining his groin in Week 3 against Tennessee.

Brynden Trawick, Andre Holmes and Vadal Alexander were also limited.


Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
RB Taiwan Jones (knee), DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice:
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)


Raiders enjoying change of scenery in Florida, but focused on football

Raiders enjoying change of scenery in Florida, but focused on football

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Raiders hope central Florida is a home away from home. They’re treating this week in picturesque Sarasota as a normal practice week, with freedom to roam after practice and meetings and meals.

While that makes it sound like Raiders can take advantage of this beautiful beach town and the Ritz Carlton amenities, that isn’t exactly true. While there have been dinners and trips to the hotel’s beach club, most have become familiar with the quarantined event space housing most non-practice activities.

“I looked out this morning and realized there was actually water close by,” head coach Jack Del Rio said with a smile. “It only took me three days to realize that. We’re just going about our business really. Happens to be a beautiful city, but the work’s the same. Put the last game behind you, get ready for the next. Understand what they like, what they’re good at, who their strong players are. Who are some guys that are not as strong? We want to make sure we attack them, things like that. It’s very normal in terms of the preparation and the way we’re going about our business.”

The Raiders have a fixed routine through the heart of his practice week. They have morning meetings as always, with a walk thru conducted in a hotel ballroom. Then they eat and head out to the famous IMG Academy, located 16 miles north in Bradenton. Their first full practice was conducted Wednesday afternoon. 

The school/training space has some famous alumni and trainees including Cam Newton, Tim Howard, Andre Agassi and Amar’e Stoudemire.

A few Raiders have trained there as well. Amari Cooper participated in a national 7-on-7 tournament there, and three offensive linemen did pre-NFL draft work at a massive facility that also acts as a school for athletic children.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s pretty nice,” Crabtree said. “I just don’t when all those guys go to school. It seems like it’s sports year round. That’s a nice facility and that’s good.”

The Raiders hope to mimic a typical game week, but it’s not always easy. This still feels like a road trip, though it’s a pretty nice one with perfect weather and a postcard’s backdrop.

“It’s just a change of scenery. I feel like we’re just enjoying it,” Crabtree said. “It’s beautiful. Sarasota, this is nice. Taking it all in and at the same time, we’re working every day. You can’t beat this weather. You can’t beat this scenery, the Ritz, you can’t beat none of this. I’m just taking it all in, enjoying it and playing ball.”

Raiders linebacker Malcolm Smith compared this experience to training camp in Napa where a team really comes together, though it comes with a bit less stress.

“As far as team bonding goes, this has been a great experience,” he said. “It’s better than camp because we’re not fighting for jobs and things like that. This is our group, and we’re focused on getting ready to play."

There are ancillary benefits to a long Florida trip as well.

“I love it, man. The weather’s nice and there’s no state tax here,” Carr said with a laugh. “That’s always a good thing for the people that live here. (laughter) It’s been awesome. The people here have been great.”