Raiders Vs. Dolphins: Miami Blows Out Oakland

We break down all Raiders news as they prepare for their Week 13 contest against the Miami Dolphins. We'll break down injury news and odds while previewing the upcoming matchup. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Chargers Victory Puts Them Two Games Behind Raiders, Broncos In AFC West

The San Diego Chargers finally got off their mortifying losing streak when they beat up the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-14 on Monday Night Football. Philip Rivers torched a Jaguars pass defense missing much of their secondary, and San Diego moved to within two games of the AFC West lead.

Despite being 5-7, the Chargers are not quite yet dead for that division title, with the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos both only 7-5. However, the West seems very much up for grabs with the Kansas City Chiefs also holding the same record as San Diego. Oakland will have to monitor the teams behind them, but their main competition for the division title remains Denver. You can never count out San Diego though, even if they have brutal games forthcoming against Baltimore and Detroit before they square off with Oakland in Week 17.

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Carson Palmer Week 13 Fantasy Update

The Oakland Raiders had one of their worst games of the 2011 season on Sunday when they were handed a 34-14 loss against the Miami Dolphins. In actuality, the score only got that close at the end, as Oakland was completely shut out until the second half of the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Carson Palmer was the lone offensive force for the Raiders, outshining his opposite number in Miami's Matt Moore as the leading passer of the game.

Palmer finished the game going 20-for-41 with 273 passing yards, an interception and Oakland's only two touchdowns of the game. The fourth quarter touchdown passes were a 40-yarder to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and a short pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Although Palmer was one of the bright lights for Oakland, nothing about the game was particularly glimmering. Palmer's 20-for-41 record in the game should be noted, as the Raiders only converted two third downs all day. Heading into Green Bay next week, that type of performance will hardly wash against a Packers team that can smell blood.

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Broncos Vs. Vikings: Denver Climbs Into First Place Tie With Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders went into Miami hoping to maintain their one-game lead over the Denver Broncos, or maybe even extend it to two games. Unfortunately that was not the case. The Raiders took one on the chin as they lost 34-14. The game wasn't even that close as the 49ers added both touchdowns in the fourth quarter after already trailing 34-0. Up in the great white north, the Denver Broncos continue their insane recent run as they won another fourth quarter comeback with a 35-32 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Broncos got a solid effort from Tim Tebow who completed 10 of 15 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns while only rushing for 13 yards. Willis McGahee put together a strong performance with 111 rushing yards and a touchdown. The defense struggled mightily, but they held on just long enough to get Matt Prater a chance to kick a pair of field goals in the final 1:33 to get the win.

The Broncos now sit tied for first with the Raiders at 7-5 in the AFC West. Since the Raiders and Broncos split their season series, the first tiebreaker is divisional record. Right now the Broncos are 3-2 and the Raiders are 2-2. However, the Raiders could be in danger of dropping a game back in week 14. The Raiders travel to Green Bay to face the undefeated Packers while the Broncos host the struggling Chicago Bears. The Bears still have a strong defense and great special teams, but their QB situation is abysmal with Caleb Hanie, and now they might be without Matt Forte due to an MCL sprain.

The Raiders will head into Green Bay hoping for a minor miracle, but will more realistically hope Denver trips up against the Bear.

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Raiders vs. Dolphins, NFL Scores: Miami Blows Oakland Out Of South Beach With 34-14 Victory

It was a day to forget for the Oakland Raiders down in South Beach as the Miami Dolphins came out firing on offense and stingy on defense, dominating the Silver and Black all afternoon, and eventually blowing them out by the score of 34-14 at Sun Life Stadium. 

Miami got on the board on their opening drive with a 48 yard field goal from Dan Carpenter, then tightened the screws on the Silver and Black as Miami's defense held the Raiders to two straight punts on their first two drives. The Dolphins would then put another good looking drive together, leading to another 33 yarder from Carpenter to take a 6-0 lead. 

Matt Moore would continue on with a seven play, 63 yard drive that ended with an eventual 12 yard touchdown pass to Davone Bess to make it 13-0 Dolphins heading into the locker room for halftime. That's what it really started to get ugly. 

Miami's Clyde Gates took the second half kickoff 77 yards down to the Oakland 25, setting up Reggie Bush with two rushes and an eventual one yard touchdown scamper for the score. The Dolphins would get the ball back a few minutes later, and drive for seven and a half minutes on 13 plays, leading to a 6 yard Matt Moore touchdown run to make it 27-0.  

As for the Raiders offense, it was an uphill battle all day  as Carson Palmer finshed with 20/41 for 273 yards including a pick six to Kevin Burnett for a 34 yard touchdown return with about five minutes left in the third to make it 34-0. He would eventually hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 40 yard TD pass to make it 34-7 with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, ensuring the Silver and Black would not be shut out for the second time this year, and follow it up with another three yard TD pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey, his second tug of the season. But it was too little, too late.

The frustration was obvious for the Raiders as Richard Seymour would be ejected for throwing a punch, committed 10 penalties as a team, and had possession of the football for only 21 minutes compared to the 37 of Miami. 

As for the Dolphins Reggie Bush had himself quite the afternoon, rushing 22 times for 100 yards while Matt Moore finished 13/25 for 162 yards including the aforementioned rushing and passing touchdowns. After starting 0-7, the Dolphins have now won four of their last five, while the Raiders earn their first loss in their last four games.

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Raiders vs. Dolphins Score Update: Dolphins Break Open 34-0 Lead Heading Into Fourth Quarter

The Oakland Raiders came into the third quarter already with a 13 point defecit, in need of getting a quick score to get back into the game. Instead, the Miami Dolphins added another touchdown just minutes into the quarter, helping extend the Dolphins lead 34-0 at Sun Life Stadium. 

Miami's Clyde Gates took the second half kickoff 77 yards down to the Oakland 25, setting up two Reggie Bush rushes and an eventual one yard touchdown scamper by the bruising back. The Dolphins would get the ball back a few minutes later, and drive for seven and a half minutes on 13 plays, leading to a 6 yard Matt Moore touchdown run to make it 27-0. Reggie Bush has 19 carries for 99 yards. 

As for the Raiders offense, well, let's just say it's been a bit of a struggle, as Carson Palmer has been erratic all day, finally throwing a pick six to Kevin Burnett for a 34 yard touchdown return with about five minutes left in the third to make it 34-0. Palmer is 11/28 for 120, along with the touchdown for the wrong team. Louis Murphy is the team's leading rusher with 16 yards, though Michael Bush has seven rushes for 10 yards. 

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Raiders vs. Dolphins: Richard Seymour Ejected [ANIMATED]

With about six minutes left to go in the third quarter between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour was ejected for throwing a punch at Miami’s Richie Incognito.

Seymour landed a blow to the helmet of Incognito that was obvious to the referees, which immediately flagged him for a personal foul and tossed him from the game. Seymour went to the sideline at first, but had to leave the field of play altogether poer NFL rules for ejected players.

Although the punch thrown be Seymour wasn’t exactly a ‘haymaker’ it was still enough to merit the penalty flag and the ejection from the game.

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This isn’t the first time he’s done this, as he we ejected from a game back when he was with the New England Patriots for punching Ben Roethlisberger in the face.

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Raiders vs. Dolphins Score Update: Matt Moore, Reggie Bush Lead Miami to 13-0 Halftime Lead

The Oakland Raiders can not seem to sync up on the offensive side of the ball at Sun Life Stadium in South Beach Sunday as the Miami Dolphins have jumped out to a 13-0 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. 

Matt Moore has been solid thus far for Miami, leading a seven play, 63 yard drive that ended with an eventual 12 yard touchdown pass to Davone Bess to make it 13-0 Dolphins. Reggie Bush has been having his way thus far with the Raiders defense, carrying the ball 9 times for 73 yards already, while Anthony Fasano leads with three catches for 58 yards.

Carson Palmer finished the first half 8/17 for 101 yards, with Chaz Schilens leading the way with 3 catches for 51 yards. The Raiders had the ball for only 11:04 minutes compared to the 18:56 of the Dolphins, running only 26 plays compared to Miami's 37.

Hopefully Oakland can invigorate themselves in the locker room and come out firing in the second half.

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Raiders vs. Dolphins Score Update: Miami Leads 6-0 After First Quarter

The Oakland Raiders have gotten off to a slow start out at Sun Life Stadium in South Beach and the Miami Dolphins have opened up an early --- lead heading into the second quarter. 

The 'Phins got on the board on their opening drive with a 48 yard field goal from Dan Carpenter, then tightened the screws on the Silver and Black as Miami's defense held the Raiders to two straight punts on their first two drives. The Dolphins would then put another good looking drive together, leading to another 33 yarder from Carpenter. 

Reggie Bush leads the way for Miami thus far, rushing for 53 yards on five carries already, while Matt Moore is 5/11 for 39 yards.

As for the Raiders, Carson Palmer finished the quarter 5/8 for 39 yards, while Darrius Heyward-Bey has two catches for 20 yards.

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins Inactives: Rolando McClain Active After Raiders Investigation

The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins released their inactive lists for Sunday and Oakland elected to keep middle linebacker Rolando McClain active. McClain was arrested Thursday after an incident in which a gun was fired in public. He was released on bail after being charged with discharging a firearm in public, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment.

Head coach Hue Jackson had said Friday he was going to wait on his decision about McClain until he had a chance to speak with the player. He spoke with him Friday and McClain's reported contrition likely helped soothe Jackson's concerns to some extent. What also might have helped is a report that the Raiders own investigation of the incident has revealed details that contradict the allegations against McClain.

The Raiders also deactivated Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones. Carson Palmer will once again be short several of his key weapons as the Raiders look to maintain their lead in the AFC West.

Raiders Inactives: QB Jason Campbell, WR Jacoby Ford, WR Denarius Moore, RB Darren McFadden, RB Taiwan Jones, G B. Campbell, DE Jarvis Moss

Dolphins Inactives: RB Steve Slaton, LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, T Will Barker, G Ray Feinga, G Vernon Carey, TE Will Yeatman, DT Ryan Baker

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins: Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Oakland Raiders will visit the 3-8 Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Oakland's team is fairly banged up, as is to be expected this late in any NFL season, and they'll be entering Sunday's game as slight underdogs. While they continue to deal with injuries to Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Sebastian Janikowski, their bigger problem this week is the arrest of middle linebacker Rolando McClain. He remains a game-time decision.

Nonetheless, this depleted Raiders team is fairly evenly matched against a Miami team that is overcoming a disastrous start to their season and beginning to gel into a decent team with a strong running game. It could make for an exciting game.

We have all of the pertinent information you'll need to follow Sunday's game right here.

Kickoff: The game is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM PST

TV Broadcast: The game will be televised on CBS (KPIX CBS 5). Your commentators will be Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf.

Radio: The game will be broadcast on KITS 105.3 (LIVE 105) and on Sirius 139.

Odds: The Dolphins are favored by between 2.5 and 3.5 points, according to our friends at OddsShark.

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Sebastian Janikowski Injury Status: Oakland Raiders Kicker Expected To Play

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was listed on Friday's injury report as questionable, but he is expected to handle his normal kicking duties on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Janikowski booted a franchise record six field goals in the Raiders Week 12 win over the Chicago Bears and came out of the game feeling fine. The team rested him for much of the week, but there is nothing otherwise to indicate he won't play like normal.

Janikowski has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the wee leading up to the Raiders October 23 game against Kansas City. He missed that game but was back after the bye, albeit in a rather limited role. The team would not let him kick 50+ field goals as seen when they opted to punt instead of kicking a 51-yard field goal. Since then, Seabass has not had 50+ opportunities, but he did drill four 40+ field goals last week against Chicago.

When healthy, Janikowski is arguably the best kicker in the league because of his combination of distance and accuracy. He gives the offense the advantage of knowing that if they get inside the opponent's 40-yard line, they are virtually guaranteed to get at least three points. Few kickers can offer that guarantee from so far out. Given the Raiders injury issues at the skill positions, Janikowski's leg is all the more important.

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Darren McFadden Injury Update: Oakland Raiders RB OUT For Dolphins' Game

In a move that surprised very few people, the Oakland Raiders declared running back Darren McFadden out for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. McFadden did some walking on Monday, but he never progressed beyond that and sat out another week's worth of practices.

McFadden has been sidelined since October 23 with a sprained foot. He was in a boot for a while but finally had that removed and continues his rehab. There has been no real timeline for his return, but given how long he has been out and not practicing, one would have to imagine he will need more than a few limited practices to get back on the field. Additionally, it will not be a matter of just throwing him out there and giving him a full rushing load. Michael Bush has shown he can handle the load, so the Raiders will take their time getting him back.

Michael Bush will once again handle virtually every carry for the Raiders. His primary backup has been Taiwan Jones, but he is now sidelined with a hamstring injury. That leaves Rock Cartwright and Marcel Reece as Bush's current backups. It is safe to say the Raiders will climb on Bush's back against Miami.

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Rolando McClain Status: Oakland Raiders MLB Expected To Be Game-Time Decision

Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain remains a game-time decision as head coach Hue Jackson has not yet declared his status for Sunday's game against the Miami DolphinsMcClain was arrested on Thursday and charged with discharging a firearm in public, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. He was released on bail Thursday afternoon and met the team at their hotel in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday.

McClain took part in the Raiders' Saturday walkthrough at Dolphins Stadium. While this guarantees nothing, this would seem to be a good sign that he will be active for Sunday's game. At the same time, Hue Jackson likely wants to keep the Dolphins guessing right up until game time, so it is now just a matter of waiting for the game-day inactives list.

While McClain has not had a great season, he has been a solid part of the Raiders rush defense. The Raiders would likely move outside linebacker Aaron Curry into middle linebacker if McClain is inactive. This weakens two positions at once against a team that has been running the ball particularly well lately. Head coach Hue Jackson has to consider that, but must focus on the message he wants to send as well.

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins Injury Report: Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford Out

The Raiders limp into their matchup this weekend with the Dolphins, facing injuries at several key positions. Most notably, running back Darren McFadden has been declared out by the team again this week and Taiwan Jones joins him on that list, meaning Michael Bush will again receive a lion's share of the carries. 

As for the receiving corps, Oakland will look to get their offense going without the services of Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, both previously displaying good chemistry with Carson Palmer, and will look to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Louis Murphy, and Darrius Heyward-Bey

Sebastian Janikowski is reported to have been booming the football in practice Friday, so expect him to play. 

Here are the injury reports for both teams: 

Raiders:
OUT - QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring)
    
QUESTIONABLE - K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring)
    
PROBABLE - DE Lamarr Houston (knee), S Michael Huff (ankle), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring, groin), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee)

Dolphins: 
DOUBTFUL - G Vernon Carey (ankle)
 
QUESTIONABLE - S Yeremiah Bell (foot)
    
PROBABLE - K Dan Carpenter (right groin)

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Sebastian Janikowski Injury Update: Raiders Kicker Looking Healthy In Practice

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury the last few weeks that has cost him some distance on his kickoffs and limited him at times on field goals. It looks and sounds like he might finally be getting closer to 100%. Janikowski sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices but he has apparently been booming kickoffs during Friday's practice session.

Janikowski was able to test his leg quite frequently this past Sunday as he booted a Raiders record six field goals in the team's 25-20 victory over the Chicago Bears. None of the kicks was over 50 yards but four were 40+ yards. The next big test for Seabass is taking a shot at 50+. Against the Chargers, the Raiders opted to punt instead of attempt a 51-yard field goal. At this point, it sounds like Janikowski would get the chance to kick the long field goal.

A healthy Seabass is a monstrous weapon for a Raiders team that is dependent on strong special teams. When he is healthy, there is nobody with his combination of distance and accuracy. If the Raiders get to the opponent's 40-yard line, they are virtually guaranteed points if they don't turn the ball over.

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Denarius Moore Injury Update: Oakland Raiders WR Misses Third Straight Practice

The Oakland Raiders still have a number of offensive weapons that are banged up to some degree, including wide receiver Denarius Moore, who sat out of Friday's practice along with a few other key players.

Per Jon Dickinson on Twitter: 

No McFadden, Ford or Denarius Moore at #Raiders practice. #Raiders@957thegame
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Moore padded up earlier in the week but didn't take part in any activites. He sat out completely on Friday, along with running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, possibly signaling a set back with Moore's foot/ankle injury that sidelined him in last week's meeting with the Chicago Bears. It remains uncertain what his status will be this Sunday, along with Ford and McFadden. 

Fullback Marcel Reece was Oakland's leading receiver last week, a strong indicator that the Raiders depleted receiving core is in need of it's playmakers. Hopefully Moore will be able to go this Sunday. 

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Week 13 NFL Picks: AFC West Teams Face Tough Road Tests

In the thick of the playoff race, all four teams go on the road this week to face teams that may give them trouble. This week is especially important for Oakland and Denver, as both of them have difficult games coming up in the next few weeks.

Oakland @ Miami: The Dolphins are a very different team than the one that started out 0-7 this year. Matt Moore is now a top-10 QB in pure passer rating, and Reggie Bush is finally being utilized properly. The defense has come on strong and Miami played Dallas very tough on Thanksgiving Day.

The Raiders, meanwhile, have their share of troubles. Rolando McClain has legal issues and the receivers are still hurt. Denarius Moore may or may not play and Jacoby Ford probably won't either. Carson Palmer didn't have a whole lot of success against the Bears and it remains to be seen how much success he will have against the Dolphins. However, I think the Raiders' rushing attack will wear them down as the game goes along. I predict Raiders by three points.

Denver @ Minnesota: The Tim Tebow Experience keeps rolling right along, with another game-winning drive against San Diego last week in overtime. Will this be the week somebody finally figures out how to stop the triple option? I'll believe it when I see it. The Vikings haven't stopped much of anything this year and Denver doesn't seem a likely starting point.

Adrian Peterson is allegedly a game-time decision. I don't think he'll play- there's no reason for a Vikings team going nowhere to risk the health of their best player. Toby Gerhart will start instead, and he will do about as well as he did against the Raiders- that is to say, not particularly well. Christian Ponder will have to air it out against a tough Denver secondary and that does not bode well for the home team, as the Vikings have exactly one good wide receiver. The only way for Minnesota to win is for Percy Harvin to make a serious impact in the return game. I predict Denver by six.

Kansas City @ Chicago: Both of these teams have recently lost their quarterback. Chicago is just beginning to scrape the bottom of the barrel, as I have read McNabb-to-Chicago rumors all day. KC already turned the barrel over and gave it a good shake, resulting in Kyle Orton finding another sucker to pay him to play football. Without a good QB, neither of these teams are very good. The Chiefs just happen to be considerably worse, and playing in Chicago in December is a daunting task for even a good team. Bears by ten.

San Diego @ Jacksonville: On paper, this seems like a mismatch. However, on paper the Chargers go to the Super Bowl every year. Remember when the Ravens came into Jacksonville on Monday Night Football? The Jags' defense shut them down. Now, Jacksonville's team was recently sold an d their coach was fired, but this is still a good defense and there's no reason to believe the Chargers are going to have a lot of success unless one is a Philip Rivers apologist, which I am not. The problem is that the Jaguar offense is simply dreadful. I think the Chargers, despite themselves, can score enough to win. Chargers by eight.

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Darren McFadden Injury Update: Will He Return Versus Packers Or Lions?

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden continued to sit out from practice as he was sidelined on Thursday as the team prepares for their Week 13 contest with the Miami Dolphins. Michael Bush will once again start at running back and with Taiwan Jones still sidelined with a hamstring injury, Marcel Reece will likely be the primary backup.

McFadden has one more chance to get some practice in on Friday, but odds are high that he will sit out once again. At that point, the question becomes whether Raiders fans will see him back next week leading up to the Packers game. The Raiders want to get him 100% healthy and it is tough to tell whether that means he will be able to get back in time for the Week 14 showdown with the Packers.

I would not be surprised to see McFadden start to get in some practices next week, but I would actually be surprised if he played against the Green Bay Packers. The weather projection for December 11 is high 20s/low 30s, which would not seem ideal for returning from any sort of injury. The Raiders might try to get him a few carries in the game behind Bush, but I just do not see that happening.

If that is the case, McFadden could be looking at a Week 15 return on December 8 against the Detroit Lions in Oakland. If that is the case, I would imagine they will work him back in slowly, splitting carries with Michael Bush. McFadden is seemingly their number one guy so the goal would be to get him back to the full load, but with Bush playing so well in his place, the Raiders will want to figure out a way to keep Bush prominently involved in the offense. As for years' beyond given Bush's free agency status? Well, that's a whole other question.

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins Injury Report: Rolando McClain Arrest Might Be Bigger Than His Ankle

The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins released their Thursday practice participation reports, and there were no changes for either team. Once again, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford and Sebastian Janikowski all sat out Thursday's practice. The Raiders are a veritable walking wounded squad right now as they try and get healthy in time to secure the AFC West. They hold a one-game lead over the Denver Broncos and need every available body.

The most interesting note on the Raiders report now is Rolando McClain. He is listed as a DNP Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury, but the situation is much more bizarre than that. McClain was in Alabama Wednesday for a family funeral when a physical altercation took place. McClain allegedly fired his gun in the air and has now been charged with third degree assault and three other misdemeanors.

Prior to McClain's arrest becoming public knowledge, Hue Jackson said McClain would play Sunday. However, now that he has been arrested, it is hard to determine what will happen moving forward. He is out of jail on bail, but there is no word yet on how the Raiders will handle him this weekend.

Did Not Participate In Practice: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), DT Richard Seymour (knee)

Limited Participation In Practice: DE Lamarr Houston (knee), S Michael Huff (ankle), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring)

Full Participation In Practice: CB Chris Johnson (hamstring, groin)

Dolphins
Did Not Participate In Practice: G Vernon Carey (ankle)

Limited Participation In Practice: S Yeremiah Bell (foot), K Dan Carpenter (right groin)

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Raiders Linebacker Rolando McClain At Scene of Gunshots For Second Time In A Year

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain found himself at the scene of a fight with reported gunshots on Wednesday night in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama,  though he was uninjured and without charges against him. Nevertheless, the fact that an NFL player is caught in crossfire in never a good thing, especially since it's the second time this year it's happened to him. 

McClain, the former University of Alabama standout, was in Decatur for a family funeral when a fight broke out around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and gunshots were fired. Lt. John Crouch said that one person was injured in the fight and drove himself to the hospital, where he was later released. Crouch confirmed that McClain was indeed present and accounted for at the scene of the crime and that the incident is currently under investigation.

The Raiders noted that they were aware of the situation, though they had no further comments. 

This is the unfortunately the second incident involving McClain and bullets in Alabama over the last year.  Back in January, someone opened fire at McClain's Chevy. McClain told the police that shots were fired from a group of people standing on a corner, and that the gunmen was unknown. 

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins Injury Report: Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore All Sit On Wednesday

The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins released their Wednesday practice participation reports as they prepare for the week 13 contest at Miami. The Raiders continue to deal with numerous injuries and will be short-handed once again. The question now is how short-handed. They had several prominent players sit out practice on Wednesday, but not all will be inactive on Sunday.

Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford are not expected to play on Sunday as they both continue to recover from foot injuries. Michael Bush will continue to start in place of McFadden, who could sit out the next two games given the potential weather conditions in Green Bay.

As Ford continues his own rehabilitation, his fellow speedster, Denarius Moore, sat out practice with his on-going ankle issue. He was in a boot earlier in the week, but was in full pads before practice on Wednesday. It looked like he was prepared to practice, but he ended up listed as a DNP as his ankle continues to bother him. He will give it another go on Wednesday.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski also sat out practice, but it could just be precautionary after his fairly busy Sunday in which he nailed six field goals against the Bears. He will likely play, but it is still worth keeping an eye on as we move further into the week.

Raiders
Did Not Participate In Practice: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), DT Richard Seymour (knee)

Limited Participation In Practice: DE Lamarr Houston (knee), S Michael Huff (ankle), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring)

Full Participation In Practice: CB Chris Johnson (hamstring, groin)

Dolphins
Did Not Participate In Practice: G Vernon Carey (ankle)

Limited Participation In Practice: S Yeremiah Bell (foot), K Dan Carpenter (right groin)

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Darren McFadden Injury Update: Oakland Raiders RB Sits Out Wednesday Practice

The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field on Wednesday and they are once again without running back Darren McFadden. Their talented running back did some walking on Monday, but he did not appear at Wednesday's practice session. The Raiders are taking their time getting him back on the field, waiting for him to be 100% before getting him in on the action.

For now that means more Michael Bush. The backup running back has proven to be one of the best in the league and has put together a strong run in place of McFadden. There was some talk of trying to get McFadden back either this week against the Dolphins or next week against the Green Bay Packers. If he does not play against Miami, I would be surprised to see him play against Green Bay given the cold conditions.

The Raiders return home in three weeks to face the Detroit Lions, which would be a logical return date for McFadden. This is not based on any sort of medical or inside knowledge, but rather the progress we've seen thus far and what logic dictates moving forward. If he is suddenly good to go in a week's time that could very well change, but given the slow progress thus far, I suspect we won't see him in a game until Week 15 against the Lions.

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Denarius Moore Injury Update: Oakland Raiders WR Back At Practice

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore returned to practice Wednesday and will look to make his way back onto the field Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Moore sat out last week's game against the Chicago Bears with an ankle/foot issue that kept him out of practice all week. If he is a full participant on Wednesday, that is an excellent sign he will be able to go this Sunday.

The Raiders skill position players are fairly decimated with injuries with Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford already likely outs for Sunday against the Dolphins. Moore has been able to stretch the field and developed a solid rapport with Carson Palmer before the injury. The Raiders are built around a strong rushing attack, but having players that can stretch the field is important to open up the running game.

If Ford is unable to go on Sunday, Darrius Heyward-Bey remains the top option, with Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy getting worked into the rotation. The Raiders pulled out the win against Chicago with limited weapons, but when Marcel Reece puts up the biggest receiving numbers, concern will rise. If Oakland can get Denarius Moore back on the field, that will be huge against a resurgent Miami Dolphins squad.

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Sebastian Janikowski A Must Start

The Oakland Raiders head East this week to take on the Miami Dolphins in South Beach, and are looking to pull away in the AFC West. Fantasy Owners should look to a few key Raiders this week in the lineups, while possibly staying away from a few more.

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Michael Bush: Bush has been filling in admirably in Darren McFadden's absence the last few weeks, and this week should be no different. I don't forsee him having a field day against the 'Phins who currently rank 7th in rushing yards allowed at 97 per, but he'll still put some points on the board. Numberfire.com projects him to score around 10-11 points, getting around 60 yards rushing and 25 receiving. Hopefully he can find the end zone as well this week. 

Sebastian Janikowski:  The reigning AFC special teams player of the week set a team record with 6 field goals last time out, and should have another nice day in Miami as well. He's projected to get around 8-9 points this week, though a few distance kicks may be in the mix in the warm weather at Sun Life Stadium, boosting those fantasy points. 

Oakland Defense: The Miami are towards the bottom of the barrel when it comes to offensive production in the league this year, and I foresee the Raiders D having a good game against them. They're projected to earn around 7-8 points allowing 22 points against, getting almost two turnovers and almost three sacks. Wouldn't be shocked if they did better than that. 

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Kevin Boss: Boss hasn't played a large factor in the offense as of late, and I don't expect much to chance now. He's projected to earn 4 points with 2-3 receptions for 38 yards or so, so if you have a better option at TE, this could be a good week to use it. 

Carson Palmer: I'm pretty on the fence about Palmer this week, so when in doubt, find another option. He's projected to earn less than 10 points for only around 140 yards total, hopefully you have a better option that you can start at QB this week. 

Full team Numberfire projections below:

 

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2011 NFL Playoffs: Oakland Raiders Face Daunting Schedule In Final Month

The Oakland Raiders have been one of the more surprising stories in the NFL this season and the team is on the cusp of a playoff birth for the first time since 2002. They have found success thus far without two of their more talented players in Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford, but they will need all hands on deck if they hope to survive the final month of the regular season.

The Raiders will play teams with a combined record of 29-26 in weeks 13 through 17, including a road showdown with the undefeated Green Bay Packers for week 14. What looked like an easy game a month ago now looks like a tough one against the suddenly-hot Miami Dolphins this weekend. The Detroit Lions will come to town in week 15 in a game with big playoff implications before the Raiders head to Kansas City for a big AFC West battle. And despite their recent struggles, the San Diego Chargers in week 17 will not go easily.

According to Football Outsiders. Oakland has one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team in contention for a playoff bid. There will be little room for error in the month of December.

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Week 13 NFL Picks: Oakland Raiders Look To Extend AFC West Lead

Week 13 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks meeting up, but Sunday is the big day for the Oakland Raiders. Through eleven games, the Raiders have a one game lead in an AFC West race that is likely going to come down to the wire. It is primarily a two-horse race for now between the Raiders and Denver Broncos, but the Chargers and Chiefs are not completely out of the picture.

The AFC West goes on the road in week 13, with the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos playing Sunday morning games and the Chargers wrapping up the week on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs and Chargers sit three games back of the Raiders, so really the Broncos game is the one that matters most for the Raiders. Here are a rundown of picks for games impacting the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins: The Raiders will likely be without Darren McFadden once again and their wide receivers have numerous injury question marks. Nonetheless, this offense has done just enough to get victories. They enter the game as modest underdogs, but have shown an ability to overcome the odds recently. The Dolphins are playing really solid football right now, but the Raiders are doing what it takes to win. It will likely be an ugly game, but I think Oakland can pick up win number eight. PICK: Raiders

Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings: The Broncos continue to find ways to win thanks to a strong defense, Willis McGahee and of course Tim Tebow. Until the Broncos face stiffer competition, I have to continue thinking they can somehow keep winning with Tebow. PICK: Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears: The Bears are likely going to struggle in the passing game without Cutler, but that defense and rushing game should help them hold steady against lesser competition. Caleb Hanie is a big question mark, but I think Forte and that defense will be enough to stop which ever quarterback (Orton or Palko) is running the Chiefs offense. PICK: Bears

San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars: The San Diego Chargers have been a team that gets hot in late November and December and rides that wave into the playoffs. It is possible we will see that this year, but I am not holding my breath. I think it is all catching up with Norv Tuner & Co. and we will not be seeing that late run this year. They face a Jaguars team in turmoil so it makes it all the more difficult to pick. PICK: Chargers

Playoff Positioning Matchups
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns: Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Steelers
NY Jets @ Washington Redskins: Jets
Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills: Titans

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins Odds: Oakland Is Three-Point Underdog

The Oakland Raiders are in a good place right now, coming off some big wins, including wins in their last two games, over the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings. Now, they'll take on the surging Miami Dolphins, who have been a surprise for many reasons this season. They started out surprising with how bad they were, and then they rattled off a few good wins in a row, and almost beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The team collapsed late and they ended up losing 20-19, but it was a good performance overall.

Apparently, it was good enough to make them field-goal favorites over the Raiders this weekend. The Dolphins were three point favorites in the opening lines and don't get lower than two and half favorites in all of the major betting and odds sites.

According to OddsShark, SB Nation's odds partner, the Raiders are a good bet because they're 7-1 against the spread as an underdog this year. They do go on to note that the Raiders haven't performed well against Miami for the betting folks, but then again, Miami hasn't been good against the spread at all this season. Either way, it might be smart to put some money in this one.

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Jacoby Ford Injury Update: Raiders WR Not Optimistic For Sunday Versus Dolpins

The Oakland Raiders returned to their facility Monday to begin preparations for their Week 13 showdown versus the Miami Dolphins. Players had some time to chat with the media and we got some injury updates on key players. Jacoby Ford told the media he is planning on returning to the practice field on Thursday, but he is not optimistic about playing Sunday.

The Raiders have been able to get by in spite of injuries to players like Ford and Darren McFadden. Marcel Reece led the team in receptions and receiving yards as they snuck by the Chicago Bears. Darrius Heyward-Bey quickly returned to the field after a neck injury in week 11, so they are buying some time. However, if they want to make any kind of run into January, they'll need to get their big guns healthy.

That's fairly obvious, but the real issue at this point is how long the Raiders can afford to wait. Ideally they could be conservative in bringing back McFadden and Ford, marching to the division title while resting players for the playoffs. But with teams like Green Bay and Detroit still on the schedule, the Raiders will need healthy weapons soon.

This week they travel to Miami to face a Dolphins squad that has proven incredibly dangerous in recent weeks. The Raiders will likely be without Ford and McFadden, so they'll need to make do with what they have.

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Darren McFadden Injury Update: Rejoins Workouts With 'Mostly Walking'

We break down the news that Darren McFadden is back on the practice field, although it's mostly just walking. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride.

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