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The Raiders performance against the Kansas City Chiefs was nothing short of horrendous. These are not grades to put up on the fridge.
Why Hue Jackson, and not the Raiders quarterbacks, deserves the blame for the embarassing loss to Kansas City.
Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush had an impressive game in relief of Darren McFadden that went largely unnoticed in the blowout. When Darren McFadden went down with a sprained foot early in the first quarter, there was understandable concern. However, despite losing one of the NFL's best running backs early in the first quarter, the Raiders still ran the ball on the Chiefs, it was just hard to notice among the shower of picks.
It happened somewhat quietly, but Michael Bush actually put up more yards and a higher average against the Chiefs than McFadden did against the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns. Bush finished Sunday's game with 99 yards on 17 attempts for an average of 5.8 yards per carry.
Normally, when a running back is running as well as Bush was on Sunday, a coach will likely try and get them 25-30 touches. Had the Raiders not been playing from behind and throwing picks every third pass, Oakland likely could have simply gotten on the back of Michael Bush and rode him to a win.
The Oakland Raiders had been on a bit of a roll leading up to Sunday afternoon as they prepared for the struggling Kansas City Chiefs. They had lost their starting quarterback the week before, but Carson Palmer was acquired and most figured Jason Campbell's one week replacement, Kyle Boller, could handle one start.
As Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast, my friend!".
Kyle Boller threw three interceptions in the first half, one of which was taken to the house by Kendrick Lewis to give the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead on the third play of the game. Interestingly enough, Terrell Pryor saw some action on the play before Boller's first interception, though he was called for a false start which negated the first down rush.
Le'Ron McClain rushed for a one-yard touchdown towards the end of the first quarter to give Kansas City a 14-0 lead.
It took just one three-and-out series from Boller in the third quarter before the Carson Palmer era officially begun in Oakland. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it went about as poorly as a debut can go.
Despite a few big throws down the field, Palmer threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, one of which was returned 58 yards by Brandon Flowers for a touchdown.
Outside of the terrible quarterback play for Oakland, the rest of the team showed performed relatively well. Michael Bush, who was filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, rushed for 99 yards on 17 carries. Darius Heyward-Bey hauled in five passes for 89 yards and was targeted a team-high 11 times. The Raider defense intercepted two passes and allowed just 300 total yards.
The other issue for Oakland was the 14 penalties they committed for 120 yards. That has to improve if the team hopes to win on a weekly basis.
McFadden sprained his right foot early in the first quarter and did not return to the game, though he was able to hobble back to the sidelines with the injured foot heavily taped. He recorded just four yards on two rushes before leaving the game. The Kansas City Chiefs ended up winning the AFC West showdown by the score of 28-0.
The Raiders did not play well without McFadden and catch a break with their bye week falling next Sunday during week eight. Not too much else is known about the injury other than the foot is sprained. We may not know more until next week as the team prepares for the Broncos on November 9. One would have to imagine McFadden will miss at least a few days of practice, if not more.
This is a tough break for Oakland, but the good news is the injury is just a sprain. It could have been a lot worse for McFadden and the foot will heal with proper rest and rehabilitation.
SB Nation Bay Area will have full updates on McFadden and the Raiders going forward. Fans should check out Silver and Black Pride for more coverage.
If Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer were one quarterback, it would have been one of the worst quarterbacking starts in NFL history. Boller and Palmer combined for six interceptions (two returned for Chiefs scores) and zero touchdowns, completing 15 of 35 passes for barely five yards per pass attempt. It was a pretty awful performance, very tough for any Raider fan to watch.
The Raiders were inhibited by the loss of Darren McFadden, which really limited the big-time playcalling of Oakland. It's like Palmer is the starting quarterback going forward--this was the first time Palmer had ever come off the bench to play, so it's likely he just wasn't accustomed to his circumstances. The Kyle Boller experiment is likely over though, making you wonder if that's the last time (barring injury) he'll ever start an NFL game.
The Oakland Raiders lost a brutal 28-0 decision Sunday afternoon that is hurting them more than in the standings. The Raiders lost star running back Darren McFadden early in the second quarter after two rushes and a reception. McFadden suffered an injury that was described at one point as a sprained foot. McFadden went into the locker room during the first quarter and returned to the sideline late in the second quarter. McFadden's foot was heavily taped and he never returned to the game. There is no word yet on the severity of the injury moving forward.
The Raiders also lost tight end Kevin Boss to a concussion and saw Rolando McClain get banged up with left ankle injury. McClain also went into the locker room but returned to middle linebacker later in the game. Matt Giordano also was knocked out with neck injury.
In light of these injuries, the bye week could not come at a better time. The Raiders are a banged up team that needs to get well. They will have more word on the above injuries and will also hope to get Sebastian Janikowski back and playing by week nine if possible.
The Raiders are also a team that needs to get some chemistry built between Carson Palmer and his wide receivers. Palmer struggled mightily in his Raiders debut, but some more practice time will improve those issues. While the Raiders will get some time off during the bye week, I would hope Palmer is on the practice field for a large chunk of it. After all, he has been on a two month bye.
Carson Palmer has come in for Kyle Boller for the Oakland Raiders, and he has stunk a little bit less. Boller threw three interceptions, and Palmer is likely to match that rate having thrown two of his own.
After Javier Arenas took the direct snap into the end zone to give Kansas City a 21-0 lead, Palmer came in and completed his first pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey and took a personal foul hit, but then the drive stalled after two incompletions by the Raiders backup QB and Oakland was forced to punt. After the Raiders finally forced a Matt Cassel interception, it looked as if Palmer was going to have his first successful drive ... until he was picked by Brandon Flowers . Flowers's second interception was returned 58 yards for a score that pretty much ensured Kansas City victory.
Palmer threw another pick on another excursion to the red zone. It's been that kind of day for Oakland.
Oakland Raiders running back remains on the sideline early in the second half as the Raiders head back out on the field in the third quarter. Carson Palmer made his Raiders debut but he was backed by running back Michael Bush instead of McFadden.
The Raiders currently trail 21-0 and are looking for some kind of spark. Unfortunately they will have to figure things out without their MVP-caliber running back. McFadden sprained his foot in the first quarter and while he is back on the sideline, his foot is heavily taped right now. While there has been no official announcement, odds would seem high that will not return. We'll see if that changes over the next 23 minutes of game action.
Bush has responded nicely in place of McFadden, rushing for 100+ yards early into the third quarter. Bush has always been a quality backup option and when he gets chances to start he brings some serious power, with a surprising mix of athleticism. The Raiders also have Taiwan Jones in their backfield when they want to mix in more of a speed option.
New Raiders QB Carson Palmer is going to need all the help he can get on the ground as he looks to wipe off some rust following a significant layoff. Whatever the outcome of this game, it should be an interesting tow quarters of football.
For more on the Raiders and their new QB, check out Silver & Black Pride.
This first half couldn't have gone much worse for the Oakland Raiders. Their star running back is playing hurt and their starting quarterback is hurting every Raiders fan by playing.
Kyle Boller is pretty much the reason the Raiders are trailing 14-0 at halftime, as two of his turnovers (one a pick-six) led to both of the Chiefs touchdowns. He seemed to be getting it going by completing five straight passes in a two minute drill to try and get Oakland a score, but he then underthrew a deep ball that was intercepted by Brandon Carr to end their second best offensive possession (Oakland was stuffed at the goal-line on their first possession).
The calls for Carson Palmer are growing louder and louder as the game goes on. It looks like Raiders fans are going to get their wish, as Palmer has put on his helmet and is starting to warm up on the sidelines after another ineffective three-and-out by the Raiders to start the third quarter.
Editor's Update: Darren McFadden reportedly has a sprained foot and is back on the Raiders sideline.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden suffered a leg injury of some sort midway through the first quarter of the Raiders contest with the Kansas City Chiefs. McFadden had two rushes for four yards and one reception for three yards before leaving with the injury. He went back to the locker room after suffering the injury and has not yet returned.
Michael Bush has come on in place of McFadden but the Raiders are also mixing in Taiwan Jones. Through the first quarter, Bush has three carries and Jones has two carries. Given their power and speed dynamic, expect the Raiders to mix in a healthy dose of the two of them as long as McFadden is sidelined.
McFadden is off to a dominant start, but the injury bug has been an issue for him throughout his NFL career. The Raiders offense goes as far as the rushing game takes them so they need McFadden back if they want to get back into this game. They currently trail 14-0 after a Kyle Boller pick-six and a nine-play touchdown drive by the Chiefs.
Kyle Boller did not get off on the right foot in his first start for the Oakland Raiders. After the Raiders defense took advantage of Chiefs offensive penalties and forced them to punt, Boller took his first snaps at quarterback. After getting seven yards on a scramble, Boller dropped back to pass, looked left, and then threw right into double coverage. Chiefs defender Kendrick Lewis went 59 yards the other way to give KC the early 7-0 lead.
Boller didn't help himself when he threw an interception on his third possession to Chiefs defender Brandon Flowers. Matt Cassel responded with an immediate scoring drive for the Chiefs. Boller has completed all three of his passes; it's just that two of them have been to Kansas City players. Could we see Carson Palmer?
The Oakland Raiders have decided to go with Kyle Boller over Carson Palmer as their starter on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Apparently Boller's familiarity with the offense was the difference over Palmer's general experience, and that's who the Raiders will roll with on Sunday.
Raiders head coach Hue Jackson kept the dance going all the way to the opening kickoff. At first it looked like it was Boller when he took most of the opening first-team snaps on the field in Oakland, but then Palmer split the rest of the snaps with Boller in the first half. It wasn't really known who would get the start until kickoff, when Boller walked onto the field with his helmet on and Palmer came out with the ball cap on. Expect Palmer to be the favorite to start after the bye week though.
As the Oakland Raiders get set to host the Kansas City Chiefs, they still don’t know who will be starting at quarterback for the Silver and Black. But what we do know is that they will be taking the field without a couple of key components on both sides of the ball.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski and quarterback Jason Campbell are the most notable injuries of course, though the loss of both cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa and Chris Johnson will both be inactive this afternoon, leaving the secondary a bit shorthanded. Fullback Marcel Reece, offensive lineman Bruce Campbell and wide receiver Chaz Schilens make up the other Raiders who won’t be suiting up this Sunday.
As for the Chiefs, wide receiver Jeremy Horne, quarterback Ricky Stanzi, safety Reshard Langford, offensive tackle Steve Maneri, wide receiver Jerheme Urban, defensive end Brandon Bair and nose tackle Jerrell Powe will all be out for Kansas City this afternoon.
The Oakland Raiders quarterback situation remains fairly nebulous with a little over an hour left until kickoff. The Raiders acquired Carson Palmer for a 2012 first round pick and a 2013 second round pick that could turn into a first. There were rumblings early in the week that Palmer would get the start, but that changed late in the week as it became apparent Palmer might need some more time to get ready to start.
Prior to Sunday's Raiders-Chiefs game, we have seen some mixed messages, although it seems like Boller is likely to get the start. According to Jerry McDonald, Carson Palmer was out early taking some snaps but taking some time in between throws. He was throwing exclusively with practice squad receiver Eddie McGee. According to Paul Gutierrez, Palmer got mixed back in for reps with Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor and wrapped the morning working exclusively with Marcel Reece in shorts and a t-shirt.
As it currently stands, it is safe to say nobody knows what will happen at this point other than Hue Jackson. We will probably get some news soon, but it would not be remotely surprising to see Jackson reveal nothing until he sends his first team offense on the field to start the game.
The Oakland Raiders try to keep on moving forward in the right direction when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Oakland is now 4-2 after taking out the Cleveland Browns, and will try to take a big leap in the AFC West before they head into their bye week. Kansas City is perhaps one of the weakest teams in the conference, so the Raiders can't skimp on this advantage and must go all-out in the pursuit for victory.
Here's all the important media information about TV and radio for this week's game.
Kickoff: 1:05 PM PDT/4:05 PM EST
TV: CBS (KPIX Channel 5 in the Bay Area). Commentators: Ian Eagle (Play-by-Play), Dan Fouts (Color Analyst). DirecTV Channel 712.
Radio: KITS LIVE 105.3 FM. Commentators: Greg Papa, Tom Flores. Sirius Channel 91 and 137.
The big news of the day was obviously the questioned status of Raiders' new QB Carson Palmer for Sunday on a non-injury related slant, but Oakland has a pretty long list of injuries to worry about as well. No surprise that QB Jason Campbell and CB Chris Johnson have been declared out, but key starters Michael Huff, Sebastian Janikowski, Rolando McClain, Marcel Reece, and Richard Seymour remain questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs. Here is the official report for both teams.
OUT - QB Jason Campbell (collarbone, foot), CB Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE - RB Rock Cartwright (calf), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), S Michael Huff (ankle), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), RB Marcel Reece (ankle), WR Chaz Schilens (groin), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver and Black Pride.
Apparently Las Vegas doesn't have a lot of faith in Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor. With reports surfacing that new Raiders QB Carson Palmer may not start - or may not even play - the line in the Raiders/Chiefs game went from -6 to -4 in a matter of less than an hour.
Reporter John Dickinson posted on Twitter that Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson was hinting at the idea that more than one QB could see the field this Sunday, and Adam Schefter is reporting that his sources tell him it's looking like Carson Palmer won't even see the field.
"I'm 95 percent sure he is not going to play," one source close to the situation said Friday afternoon. "Practicing Wednesday and Thursday, he felt he's not ready to make those high-velocity throws yet. Maybe they could decide something at the last minute, but I don't think he's going to play."
This comes after Raiders' Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders said earlier this week, matter-of-factly, that if Palmer "is breathing, he's playing." It looks like that's maybe not the case. Getting off your couch, learning an offense, and playing in an NFL game in a matter of a few days might not be the best gameplan, even if Palmer is the most talented option for the Raiders. With their bye week coming up, Oakland may decide it's best to give Palmer more time to transition and rely on their backups for one more game.
For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver and Black Pride.
One of my biggest pet peeves about sports reporting in today's technology driven world is the desire to be the first to report a story. As a result, the number of stories citing "sources close to the situation" has sky rocketed. Now, this trend has led to ESPN becoming the sports news version of John Kerry with regards to the "is Carson Palmer starting on Sunday?" question. I am just waiting for someone from ESPN to let us all know that "I reported for it before I reported against it".
Earlier in the week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Carson Palmer would be starting for the Raiders this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. At the time, Hue Jackson, the only person who really knows if Palmer will start, had stated that he had not yet made his decision. Despite this fact, something that Schefter and ESPN knew, they went ahead and ran with the misleading story that lead many to report Palmer was going to start against the Chiefs.
Which brings me to the latest "news" to break on ESPN.com. Now, ESPN is reporting that Palmer will likely not start on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Shockingly, ESPN fails to mention the fact that they had reported earlier in the week that Palmer would be starting for sure. But it is ok, because they have "sources".
Here is the problem with all of this. I have a source too. His name is Hue Jackson and no one is closer to the situation than he is. According to my source, there has not been a decision made as to whether or not Carson Palmer will start. In addition, Jackson has shown that in true Raider fashion, he is going to be tight lipped about a decision like this until the last second. In all likelihood, the "sources" noted in the ESPN article were nothing more than Raiders employees who were simply giving their opinion. An opinion, by the way, that holds about as much water as my opinion.
The only person whose opinion counts in this situation is Hue Jackson's, and let's face it, guessing what Hue Jackson will do is about as easy as guessing winning lottery numbers. So, until he has his Irish coffee, there is no way of guessing who will be the starter against the Chiefs on Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders continue to play musical chairs at important offensive positions as the team is reportedly working out kickers due to the fact that Sebastian Janikowski's hamstring injury isn't progressing like the team had hoped:
When and where the injury occurred is not being divulged, but hopefully it will be a short lived stay on the sidelines for one of the most prolific kickers in NFL history. Amongst the players being worked out is kicker Fabrizio Scaccia, who was in San Francisco 49ers training camp earlier this year, according to Steve Corkran via Twitter. But whoever the Silver and Black end up using, they will have som incredibly large shoes to fill.
Janikowski, a 12 year NFL veteran, has been a major factor in Oakland's winning ways this season. He's converted 12 of the 13 field goals he's attempted this year, including an NFL record-tying 63-yarder against Denver back in week one to help secure the victory over the Broncos. He also hit four field goals in their emotional win over the Houston Texans just days after the passing of owner Al Davis.
For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver and Black Pride.
People have been focussing on whether Carson Palmer will start against the Chiefs, but have been largely ignoring whether he SHOULD start against the Chiefs.
Carson Palmer seems to be the guy who will lead the Oakland Raiders for the remainder of the 2011 NFL season. The bigger question is whether Palmer is the guy who will be leading the Raiders right now, or whether Kyle Boller will be standing in for one start.
While there are a lot of indications Raiders head coach Hue Jackson is leaning toward going with Palmer on Sunday against the Chiefs, he has yet to make a firm decision. Jerry McDonald of Bay Area News Group reports.
"It's been one day. Let's see how his body does," coach Hue Jackson said after Palmer's first practice with the team on Wednesday. "I'm in no rush."
Jackson expressed surprise at a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter via twitter that stated: "No big surprise, but Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to start Sunday versus the Chiefs."
Jackson said: "I dont know where that came from. I know I didn't say that."
Al Saunders also contradicted the bold report that was made earlier.
What Saunders said on "Fesco in the Morning," in response to a direct question about Palmer starting, was this:
"He arrived yesterday and threw some and we'll have to see where he is. He's kind of been in that retirement mode for about six weeks.
"We'll see what happens. He looked good throwing the ball yesterday and if he's ready to go, that's a real consideration. We'll see what happens. We'll play that on a day to day basis."
Palmer seems like the clear favorite, but remember that he's been out of action for awhile. He might not be in game shape yet, and he could drop down behind Boller as the week wears on. It's not likely, but don't pencil in Palmer to make his first start this week just yet.
The Oakland Raiders will take the field for Carson Palmer's first game this Sunday as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams looked relatively healthy on Wednesday, though the Chiefs have the injury edge with no missing players from practice.
For the Raiders, tight end Richard Gordon (hand), safety Michael Huff (ankle) and center Samson Stele (ribs) were all limited in Wednesday's practice. Huff's loss in particular could be detrimental to the Raiders secondary. Huff has started five games this season and had a key play against the Houston Texans in Week Five when he intercepted Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on the final play of the game to give the Raiders a 25-20 road victory.
Meanwhile, six players did not participate at all. Quarterback Jason Campbell (collarbone and foot, will be out for the season), running back Rock Cartwright (calf), cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), cornerback Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring), linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle) and running back Marcel Reese (ankle) all sat out on Wednesday.
On the flip side, the Chiefs saw running backs Jackie Battle (neck) and Le'Ron McClain (neck) participate fully on Wednesday. The Chiefs had no one limited or out of practice, which means that the Raiders can expect a very healthy Kansas City squad come Sunday.
After taking a few weeks to evaluate all possible options, the Oakland Raiders decided on Wednesday to place defensive end Matt Shaughnessy on injured reserve, wiping out the rest of his 2011-12 season.
Shaughnessy hurt his shoulder in week three against the Jets and hasn’t returned since, and the lack of progress being made prompted the team to take action and try to salvage his football future instead of risking it this year.
Oakland tried out defensive lineman Trevor Pryce for a workout, and considering all the moves on the defensive side of the ball lately it was starting to look like appeared the Raiders were preparing to move on without him anyway. Jarvis Moss has stepped in during his absence and has played well, likely playing a factor in the team’s reasoning for moving Shaughnessy to IR.
Shaughnessy’s was becoming one of the better DE’s in the league, sporting an undying motor, great run defense and ability to get to the passer. As a rookie in 2009, Shaughnessy played in all 16 games, starting two of them and finishing the year with four sacks. He started eight games in 2010, played in all of them, while racking up seven sacks and two forced fumbles. If there is one place on the team the Raiders could possibly afford an injury like this, it would be on the defensive line, but still is a big blow to the team as a whole.
The Oakland Raiders apparently really do not want to see quarterback Kyle Boller starting for them, even if it is for only one week. A day after head coach Hue Jackson non-committal on starting Carson Palmer this Sunday, offensive coordinator Al Saunders all but assured fans Palmer would start. During an appearance on Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio, Saunders was asked what it would take for Palmer to the starter. Saunders' response? "As long he's breathing."
Well, then. That would seem to say more about Kyle Boller's potential as starter than Carson Palmer's own viability his first week with the team. Saunders seemed impressed by what he saw from Palmer in limited action. Although Palmer has been away from the game for a good while now during his semi-retirement, it sounds like he made some impressive throws on Tuesday. It helps that he would spend much of Sunday handing off to Darren McFadden, but he will need to have enough knowledge of the playbook and enough of the rust worn off, to help the Raiders.
The Raiders will release their first practice participation report later this afternoon, which will give us a better idea of the team's plans for Palmer this Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders are going to be without Jason Campbell, so it's understandable that their line against the Kansas City Chiefs has shrunk by a bit. It's a far more different scenario for the KC defense to deal with the inconsistent Kyle Boller rather than the steady Campbell.
Oakland is currently sitting on lines of around three, three-and-a-half, and four points where they're favored over Kansas City. The Raiders probably still have a decided advantage, but the uncertainty of the quarterback position (and whether Carson Palmer will be ready to go over Boller) throws a monkey wrench into the proceedings. While KC might not be the greatest team in the world, it is a divisional rival, so these games tend to be closer than usual. Just keep that in mind before you go all in on the Raiders as your pick of the week.
Traditional logic would dictate that the Oakland Raiders' new quarterback, Carson Palmer, will take a week or two to learn the Raiders' playbook and become comfortable with the offense enough to get a start. That would mean that Kyle Boller would start this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs and Palmer would get his first start after the Raiders' bye week, at home against the Denver Broncos.
However, as this season has shown, Raiders coach Hue Jackson is anything but predictable.
This is the same guy who ran a fake punt and a fake field goal two weeks in a row. The same guy that traded for outside linebacker Aaron Curry, then gave him the start after only one day of practice with the team. The same guy who went for it on fourth down late in the game against the Cleveland Browns when the chip shot field goal would have given them a three score lead and all but assured a win. With Hue Jackson, you can throw traditional logic out the window like caution to the wind.
I highly doubt that Jackson would start Carson Palmer on Sunday unless he was sure that Palmer was ready to start. By all reports, Palmer is in good physical condition and has spent his time off practicing in Los Angeles with TJ Houshmandzadeh. Therefore, Palmer is probably ready to go physically. All that leaves is how long it will take Palmer to get comfortable with the terminology and playbook in Oakland.
Given the fact that Hue Jackson has worked with Palmer both at USC and when they were both with the Cincinnati Bengals, I would not put it past Jackson to have more faith in Palmer than most would. If Jackson likes what he sees out of Palmer this week, I could very well see Jackson using a dumbed down version of the passing game against the Chiefs so that Palmer could get his feet wet in Oakland sooner rather than later.
Needless to say, regardless of what I or anyone else thinks, it is near impossible to guess what Hue Jackson is going to do next.
The Oakland Raiders are in second place in the AFC West and have just made a big trade for Carson Palmer, in the wake of Jason Campbell's injury. The always-game Kansas City Chiefs are coming to town, whether the Raiders have a ready quarterback or not, so Darren McFadden should be shouldering a big load on Sunday. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Silver and Black Pride.
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