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The Oakland Raiders no longer have control over their playoff destiny. At 7-6 and coming off two disastrous losses to the Dolphins and the Packers (with formidable tests forthcoming against the Lions, Chargers and Chiefs), they really have to get a lot of help (and I mean a LOT of help) to get one of the spots for the AFC playoffs.
They must first win their final three games. 9-7 will almost certainly not be enough unless every other playoff contender collapses.
Yeah, the wild-card isn't looking likely.
So their best hope lies in Tim Tebow somehow being unmagical enough that he can't lead a fourth quarter comeback. Unfortunately, the Raiders have to win out and hope Denver loses TWICE in the last three weeks of the season, because the Broncos win most of the tiebreaking scenarios. Denver plays New England this week, and if they win that contest they will almost certainly clinch the AFC West, as their final two games are against the declining Buffalo Bills and headless Kansas City Chiefs.
All scenarios for Oakland getting back to the playoffs look a but improbable. But cumulatively, it's definitely possible.
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The Oakland Raiders had two of their biggest weapons get workouts in on Monday in hopes of getting them ready for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore have missed time with sprains and are still looking to return to practice this week.
Ford has been dealing with a sprained foot that has sidelined him for a month now, while Denarius Moore has been out for three weeks with a sprained ankle. The Raiders offense has missed them a tremendous amount in recent weeks. They face a Lions offense this Sunday that can be as explosive as most in the league, so once again the Raiders will need all hands on deck.
The Raiders find themselves a game back of the Denver Broncos in the AFC West and a game back of the New York Jets in the wildcard race. Their offense has been in a position to do just enough at times, but the last couple weeks the injuries have caught up with Oakland. If they can at least get Ford and Moore back, this offense gains a whole new dynamic.
For more on the Raiders and their troubling injuries, head over to Silver & Black Pride.
The Oakland Raiders suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday at the hands of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Raiders were not picked by many to win and their chances were borne out by the 46-16 final score.
The Packers beat up on Oakland in the first half, not allowing them to score at all en route to a 31-0 halftime lead. The Raiders were able to get on the board in the second half, but the damage had already been done.
A bright spot for the Raiders offense was wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who appears to be bouncing back rather well from a recent injury. He led Raiders receivers with 78 yards on five catches with a long of 34. Louis Murphy was also solid on the receiving end, finishing with 70 yards on four catches.
Michael Bush led Oakland rushers with 78 yards on 23 carries, including a 2 yard touchdown run that got the Raiders on the board in the third quarter.
Oakland's other scores came in the fourth quarter. The Raiders defense pick up a safety when backup Packers quarterback Matt Flynn was sacked in the end zone by Rolando McClain. The only touchdown pass from the Oakland side came when Carson Palmer hooked up with Kevin Boss with less than 5:00 remaining.
Palmer's game was marred by inaccuracy. He finished the game 24-for-42 with four interceptions and a dismal 42.4 passer rating.
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The Oakland Raiders, at 7-6, are in deep trouble when it comes to winning the AFC West. The Denver Broncos have taken a game lead over them in the standings, and hold an edge in the conference tiebreaker. Even if Oakland picks up one game and both teams are even at the end of the year, Denver would still win the conference. The Raiders need to hope Tim Tebow and the Broncos collapse at the end of the season if they expect to have a shot at the division.
So that leaves the wild-card, and the Raiders are also ill-equipped to win these tiebreakers.The Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals are at 7-6 with the Raiders and both of them hold the advantage over Oakland with better conference winning percentages. If both of them end their seasons with the same record, Oakland is out of the picture. The Raiders are going to have to hope they win one more game than both of those teams if they plan on getting that sixth wild card spot.
The only team that they're likely to win tiebreakers on New York Jets are at 8-5, since the Raiders have beaten the Jets head-to-head. The Jets will also have to lose one more game than the Raiders for that scenario to take place. Things are looking pretty bleak for Oakland to get to the playoffs.
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The Oakland Raiders are not having a remarkable finish to their season. They'd probably like to hit the reset button on the last two weeks and try it all over again. Oakland got routed early by the undefeated Green Bay Packers, who jumped to a big lead early and played the Raiders even the rest of the way.
The Raiders are missing a host of big players on their offense, particularly Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Oakland looked hobbled offensively, managing a grand total of 92 total yards on their first six drives while also turning the ball over twice on interceptions and another time on downs. By then it was 31-0, and it was all over.
Carson Palmer had his worse game as a Raider, completing 57% of his passes for a meager 5.8 yards per attempt; but he was also responsible for five turnovers that probably swung the game some 20-30 points. Aaron Rodgers managed the game but didn't have a great performance, with a passer rating under 100; he still did manage to tie Brett Favre for most touchdowns in a single-season by a Packers quarterback. It was Ryan Grant powering things on the ground for the Packers with 85 yards on only 10 rushes, including a 47 yard touchdown.
The road doesn't get any easier for Oakland, with home games against the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers, and an away date to Arrowhead. With the Raiders trailing in the AFC West and the wild-card picture, their playmakers need to return in a hurry.
The Oakland Raiders went into Lambeau Field and had a difficult road in trying to beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and it became all but impossible with the struggles of Carson Palmer on Sunday. Oakland is now 7-6 on the season.
To make things worse, the Denver Broncos managed another improbable comeback behind Tim Tebow and some massive gaffes by the Chicago Bears, rallying from a ten point deficit in the final two minutes to win 13-10 in overtime thanks to two gigantic Matt Prater game-tying and game-winning 50+ yard field goals. Denver is now at 8-5.
Oakland is now a game behind Denver overall, and actually need to make up two games since the Broncos hold the tiebreaker. The Raiders are also a game behind in the wild-card picture with the New York Jets beating the Kansas City Chiefs; the Steelers/Ravens runner-up will be the obvious first wild-card, while the Jets are holding onto the second seed.
Oakland has some work to do now, and their hopes of winning the division are currently out of their hands.
Aaron Rodgers probably had one of his worst performances of the season, completing a mere 57% of his passes and throwing an interception in the end zone (although that was more great Raider defense than any mistake Rodgers made). Rodgers does have two touchdown passes, but his passer rating dipped below 100 for the first time in a long time in an individual game.
Palmer has completed about 57% of his passes, but three of those incompletions were interceptions. Two of those were deep in Green Bay territory and set up easy Packer touchdowns, and another came before halftime into the red zone. Palmer also couldn't fall on a fumble properly late in the third quarter. That's about a 28 point swing right there, and Oakland is on their way to dropping another road contest in embarrassing fashion.
The Green Bay Packers aren't messing around against the Oakland Raiders. They've thoroughly taken control of this game early on. Carson Palmer threw an interception on the first drive, then Ryan Grant took it almost immediately to the house on a 47 yard gain, longest of the season. After a Raiders punt, Aaron Rodgers then marched Green Bay down the field and found tight end Ryan Taylor to make it 14-0.
The Packers then got a Mason Crosby field goal, another methodical drive which set up a Rodgers to Jordy Nelson deep connection to make it 24-0. Then Palmer threw another interception which gave Green Bay a short field, and Grant punched it in for his second touchdown of the game. It's all Packers early, and the Raiders have managed little resistance.
The Oakland Raiders are in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field this Sunday to take on the undefeated and defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately they will once again be without the services of Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, or Denarius Moore, making their chances at taking Green Bay's zero from them that much harder.
As for the Packers, they will be without the services of running back James Starks who will be replaced by Ryan Grant in his absence, while quarterback Graham Harrell, cornerback Davon House, linebacker Desmond Bishop, guard Josh Sitton, tackle Chad Clifton, and linebacker Vic So'oto will all sit for Green Bay.
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As the Oakland Raiders get set to take on the undefeated Green Bay Packers at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field fantasy football owners around the world are trying to figure out if quarterback Carson Palmer is worth a start this Sunday. There are arguments for both as our friends over at Numberfire.com have some projections for you.
Palmer is currently projected to earn 15.14 points this week on around 21/39 passing for around 243 yards, 1.64 touchdowns and 1.04 interceptions. These numbers aren't terrible, but they certainly aren't spectacular either, giving you, the owner, the final decision as to start him or sit him.
Some food for thought: the Radiers are coming off an embarrassment of a game against the Dolphins last week, and the Packers are deadly at Lambeau. Conversely, the Pack give up almost 300 yards passing a game, ranked 31st in the league, and the Raiders will hopefully have some sort of chip on their shoulder after getting shutout in Miami. It's a toss up start to me, so go with your gut decision.
Here's a look at some more notable Raiders this week:
With Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden sitting out once again this week, many fantasy owners (such as myself) have been scratching and clawing to find suitable replacements week-by-week for his tremendous efforts. The Raiders have turned to Michael Bush in Run DMC's absence, and could fill in admirably for you fantasy team this week, according to Numberfire.com
Bush is projected to earn 11.19 points this week, rushing the ball 15.47 times for 69.18 yards, as well as 1.33 receptions for 11.50 yards and 0.52 scores, which isn't bad considering the following: Bush has been used to backup reps for a while now, and could be wearing down a bit as the season goes on. The Silver and Black also have to deal with the undefeated Green Bay Packers defense at Lambeau, where temperatures should be close to freezing at kickoff.
The Pack are currently giving up over 96 rushing yards a game, 29th in the league in that regard, which hopefully will play into Oakland's hands. If Bush can get going early, he could break out for a big one. He's an either way pick for me, but if you're short on RB's (like me) then he should be a go.
Here's a look at how some other notable Raiders are to fare this Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders will hit the road for Week 14 as they travel to take on the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Although the Raiders have won three of their last five games, it certainly feels as though their season is slipping hopelessly away from them. They suffered a humiliating 34-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins last week ina game that was not nearly as close as the score would indicate. Oakland is hoping to get back on the winning track and reestablish some momentum, but the formidable Packers team represents an extremely daunting challenge. Carson Palmer does not figure to match up terribly well against Aaron Rodgers on his home turf.
We have all of your viewing and listening information for following Sunday's game right here:
Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PST at Lambeau Field
TV: The game will be televised on CBS (KPIX CBS 5). Your commentators will be Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
Radio: You can catch the radio broadcast on KITS 105.3 (LIVE 105) or on satellite radio on Sirius 94.
Betting Line: The Raiders are sizable underdogs in this one. The Packers are currently favored to win by anywhere from 11.5 to 13 points, according to our friends over at OddsShark.
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The Oakland Raiders travel to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face the undefeated Green Bay Packers in an incredibly tough matchup. The Packers are tough no matter what, but the Raiders will enter the game extremely short-handed, playing without Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones.
All of these absences place even more pressure on running back Michael Bush. The Raiders will need to control the clock to keep Aaron Rodgers and that explosive offense off the field. The Raiders best chance for an upset would likely include Bush handling a huge portion of the offense.
The Raiders will still need to get something going in the passing game. From a fantasy perspective, Darrius Heyward-Bey is likely to be Carson Palmer's primary target. Other receivers, and even Marcel Reece, are likely to see targets, but DHB seems the player likely to get the most consistent targets from Palmer. The Raiders are in an extremely tough position, but as they say, any given Sunday.......
Well, unfortunately for Raiders' fans, Hugh Jackson's comments from earlier today have been confirmed, and as he pointed out, Jacoby Ford, Taiwan Jones, Darren McFadden, and Denarius Moore have all been officially declared out for Sunday's matchup with the Packers. Going into Lambeau Field is never an easy thing and it's going to be tough for the Raiders to keep up with the typical Green Bay scoring output with so many key players on the sidelines. Nonetheless, anything can happen in the NFL, and the Raiders still have some talent to turn to on offense.
As for the Packers, running back James Starks is the biggest name injury on the list.
Here is the rest of the official injury report for both teams for Friday.
OUT - QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot)
QUESTIONABLE - DT John Henderson (knee)
PROBABLE - TE Kevin Boss (hip), S Michael Huff (ankle), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
OUT - LB Desmond Bishop (calf), T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee), LB Vic So'oto (back), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
QUESTIONABLE - LB A.J. Hawk (calf)
PROBABLE - CB Charles Woodson (concussion)
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The Oakland Raiders will head into Lambeau Field to face the undefeated Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and they will do so extremely short-handed on offense. Head coach Hue Jackson told the media on Friday that Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, and Taiwan Jones are all out for Sunday's game. Moore and Ford both got some practice time in on Friday, but it sounds like it was not enough to convince Jackson they should play.
There is always the possibility Jackson is trying to fake out the Packers with these comments, but I highly doubt it. All four have been hobbled for some time now. Ford and Moore were considered decent possibilities to play on Sunday, but they were unable to get healthy in time.
This leaves the Raiders in quite the hole heading into their toughest game of the year. Michael Bush will remain the starting running back with Rock Cartwright acting as his primary backup. Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the number one receiver but the team will be looking for contributions from Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy and TJ Houshmandzadeh. Fullback Marcel Reece will also be looked to in the passing game.
If the Raiders are going to pull off this upset, they will need an absolutely monster day from Michael Bush. Well, they will need that and a small miracle as they take their walking-wounded troupe into Green Bay. The line on this game opened at 10.5 and has moved up to 13. It could be a tough afternoon.
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The Oakland Raiders offense is riddled with injuries. However, more important than the number of injuries, is the who. The Raiders will be without all of their big play options this week. Running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones as well as wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are all expected to sit out the game against Green Bay this weekend.
While one of their fastest players is still healthy, Darrius Heyward-Bey has yet to prove he has the ability to be a down field threat. Rather, he has been developing into a solid possession receiver. That means the Raiders will be playing the Packers without one of the major reasons for their Renaissance this year, the quick score.
As a result, the Raiders will need to play a certain style of football in order to keep up with the Packers. Before the injuries, the Raiders would have been able to compete in a shoot out due to the massive number quick score weapons they possess. However, without these weapons, the Raiders only have one chance for success in Green Bay.
Michael Bush must run the ball. He must run a lot. And he must run well.
In a game like this where the Raiders will not be able to compete in a shoot out, they must be able to win the time of possession battle. The best way to keep Aaron Rodgers and the mighty Packers' offense in check is to keep them off of the field.
Unlike McFadden, Bush is a big, tough back who is not known for game breaking plays. While he does occasionally break off big runs, they are far from being the norm. That means, if Bush can run well and pick up 4-5 yards per carry, the Raiders will be able to put together long drives and keep Rodgers on the bench.
If the Raiders pull off a win this weekend, it will be because they prevented Aaron Rodgers from winning the game single handedly. Keeping Rodgers on the bench means keeping the score low and enabling the Raiders strongest unit right now, special teams, to have a bigger impact on the game.
The Packers do not have the type of shut down run defense the Raiders have faced the past two weeks and they can be run on. The key will be for the Raiders coaching staff not to get impatient if they cannot run early in the game. Even if Aaron Rodgers is able to score quickly early in the game, the Raiders cannot abandon their run first strategy or they could be in for a day that is so long it will make the Dolphins game look like a quick stroll through the park.
The Oakland Raiders have been the walking wounded for much of this season, but they have managed to hang around the playoff chase, even as they deal injuries to their biggest playmakers. The team has lost QB Jason Campbell, RB Darren McFadden, WRs Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, and RB Taiwan Jones for extended stretches over the last three months. While the Raiders are tied for first, one can only wonder how much longer they can hang around with all their banged up players.
Head coach Hue Jackson is growing visibly frustrated as he continues to get questions for which he has no answers. "When will Darren McFadden return?" "When will Denarius Moore be ready?" "Is Jacoby Ford going to practice today?" On Thursday, Jackson gave a very simple answer to the question of when the injured group of players would play. The players would have to practice on Friday if they are going to play Sunday. He said he wants a player out running around with his teammates on the practice field before he gets out on the field on Sunday.
We'll be back Friday around lunch time with updates on whether any of the Raiders walking wounded is able to practice. The Raiders need every last man if they want to hang with a prolific Packers offense.
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The Oakland Raiders are right in the middle of the AFC playoff race and will face their toughest challenge of the season on Sunday when they travel to face the Green Bay Packers. Even at full strength, it's tough to envision the Raiders winning on the road; the team is currently depleted by injuries and may be without some of their biggest playmakers this week. On the other side, the Packers are as healthy as they have been all season and may only be without a defensive starter or two.
Here is the full injury report from Thursday:
Did Not Participate In Practice: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot)
Limited Participation In Practice: DT John Henderson (knee), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
Full Participation In Practice: TE Kevin Boss (hip), S Michael Huff (ankle)
OUT: T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Did Not Participate In Practice: LB Desmond Bishop (calf), LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
The Raiders do not expect to have either McFadden or Jacoby Ford available on Sunday, which would be a big blow to the offense. The team has managed to remain efficient on offense without their two star playmakers, but it will be tough to score in cold conditions at Lambeau Field. The Packers are worried about the progress of A.J. Hawk's calf and the All-Pro linebacker is questionable for week 14.
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Heading into last weekend's game with the Miami Dolphins, the Raiders were in the cat bird seat in the AFC West. They held sole position of first place and looked as though they were going to be able to win the division somewhat uncontested. Then, disaster struck. The Tim Tebow phenomenon has not ended, in fact, he looks to be getting better. And on top of that, the Raiders were absolutely demolished by the Dolphins in south beach.
Now, just one week after many thought a Raiders playoff birth was a foregone conclusion, it is starting to look like the Raiders will be lucky to make it into the playoffs. Now, as a result, a game the Raiders are expected to lose, could be the most important of the season if the Raiders still want to make the playoffs.
When I say that this game could be one of the most important games this season, I should explain. The Raiders certainly do not need to win this game in order to make the playoffs. If they win the next three they should make it in, and could possibly make it in going 2-2 over the final four games. But either way, winning at least two of the final three is critical.
In order for the Raiders to do that, I believe it is essential that the Raiders do not get blown out of the water by the Packers this weekend.
In their game against the Dolphins, the Raiders showed an incredible amount of immaturity and inabiliy to act with discipline. When your team leader and most experienced player is thrown out of the game for throwing a punch, it is a very bad sign for the mentality of your team. It was clear, very early in the game, that the Raiders had simply given up. They were not giving anywhere near their best, and as the game progressed, you could see the effort diminish with every series.
The Raiders are still a very young team that has a lot of growing to do. I fear that if the Raiders get blown out for the second week in a row, it could lead to an implosion down the stretch of the last three games. In order for the Raiders to maintain a good level of confidence and play the way we all know they can, they need to keep the gamein Green Bay competitive. If not, the last three games of the season could get ugly.
The Oakland Raiders are looking like they could be extremely short-handed on Sunday as they try and shock the undefeated Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Raiders were already expecting to be without Darren McFadden, but now they could also be without Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Ford and Moore have been banged up and missed games recently, but there was hope they could return for Sunday's game against the Packers. Instead, they missed their second straight day of practice on Thursday and are looking questionable at best to play.
Can the Raiders defeat the Packers without McFadden, Ford and Moore? Taiwan Jones is also sidelined, while Chaz Schilens has actually returned to the practice field. If the Raiders will be rolling out a receiver corps of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Chaz Schilens, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Louis Murphy, they are going to be counting heavily on Michael Bush. The odds are long for an upset, but maybe the "any given Sunday" phenomenon will make an appearance this Sunday.
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The Oakland Raiders diagnosed running back Darren McFadden with a sprained foot almost two months ago and he remains sidelined with not even limited workouts to encourage Raiders fans. Head coach Hue Jackson was asked about whether there have been any setbacks with McFadden's rehab. Jackson said there were no setbacks that in reality there had been more positives along the way and that McFadden was getting closer to returning.
That return is not expected to happen this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. The Raiders will face the undefeated defending Super Bowl champions at Lambeau Field hoping to hang with them with Michael Bush carrying the load. Even backup Taiwan Jones is struggling to get healthy for the game, which leaves Bush with the carries and Rock Cartwright and Marcel Reece backing him up.
The Raiders are potentially short-handed at receiver with Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore struggling to get healthy, which makes Michael Bush's role all the more important. If Ford and Moore sit on Sunday, the Raiders simply do not have the weapons to hang in a shootout. They will need to control the clock and keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. If they can do that, they have a chance.
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The Oakland Raiders are still a very banged-up team. And Darren McFadden can't get back into the flow of things. McFadden is still hampered by a bad foot, and fellow Raiders playmakers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore also sat out Wednesday's practice.
With their next opponent being the undefeated Green Bay Packers, the Raiders seem to be in deep trouble with most of their big offensive playmakers likely to be out of commission for this contest. Carson Palmer has pretty much a backup offense going up on the field against the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley. If the Raiders are planning to win on Sunday, they're going to have to be massively ready on the defensive side of the football to try and pull out victory from the jaws of defeat.
Here's the full list of injuries for both the Raiders and the Packers.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), DT John Henderson (knee), CB Chris
Johnson (not injury related), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR
Denarius Moore (foot), WR Chaz Schilens (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Kevin Boss (hip), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), DE Trevor Scott
(shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Michael Huff (ankle)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), LB A.J. Hawk (calf), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Charles Woodson (concussion)
To discuss the Raiders injuries for Sunday's game with the Packers, head on over to Silver and Black Pride.
The Oakland Raiders will be short-handed once again in Week 14 when the travel to Green Bay to face the undefeated Packers. Darren McFadden is not expected to suit up, but now there are question marks surrounding wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Both receivers were hoping to return to practice this week, but neither practiced on Wednesday.
The Raiders will face a high-flying Packers offense and it is going to be tough to hang with shorthanded. They are tough to hang with even if 100%, but removing guys like Moore and Ford makes the task doubly difficult. Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey can haul in passes, but the Raiders need that ability to stretch the field, and Ford and Moore are the guys that can do that most effectively.
This is a situation worth monitoring over the next two days. If either receiver practices on Thursday it would be a big step forward. Friday is often more of a walkthrough practice, so Thursday is really the big practice to get some work in.
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The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparations for their Week 14 showdown with the undefeated Green Bay Packers and running back Darren McFadden was once again absent. The general belief is that he might return against the Detroit Lions, but that would seem to be in a limited capacity at best. Hue Jackson is still not sure of the timetable for McFadden's return, which would seem to limit his chances of getting back even for the Lions game.
Steve Corkran tweeted that he believes there is an 85-90% chance McFadden returns for the Lions game. If he gets in some limited practice reps at some point this week that number is reasonable. However, if McFadden is a DNP for the entire week of practice, I would suggest the odds drop to about 50% at best. Given that he has been out for more than six weeks now, he is going to need a solid number of practice reps to effectively return. Once he does return, he will start as Bush's backup and slowly work his way back into the starting lineup. The team would like him healthy for the playoffs, but at this point they are in danger of missing those playoffs.
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The Oakland Raiders gave up one first round pick and a second conditional first round pick (that will be a second round pick at worst) in order to get Carson Palmer once former starting quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a broken collar bone.
That kind of value indicates a franchise type player who can be the leader of your team for a number of years. It indicates an elite status, that he is one of the best players at his position. While Palmer has played well and has certainly been an upgrade over Jason Campbell, he has yet to live up to the billing of what the Raiders gave up to get him.
Sunday, Palmer will have a golden opportunity to prove that he is one of the game's elite quarterbacks when he goes head to head with unquestionably the NFL's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.
There is no question that Rodgers and the Packers are going to put up points, and likely a good number of them. The fewest points the Packers put up in a game was 24 against the St. Louis Rams, and that was primarily because they did not need to score anymore points. Given that fact, added to the fact that Darren McFadden will likely be out another week, or at best, only a partial participant in Sunday's game, if the Raiders are going to win, it will be due to a huge day by Palmer.
However, the Raiders do not even necessarily have to win in order for Palmer to prove his worth. If Palmer puts together an outstanding performance and the Raiders lose a close game to the undefeated, defending Super Bowl Champions, in Green Bay, in December, it would be hard to do anything but be impressed.
At times this season, Palmer has looked like the quarterback who was once considered to be one of the best in the league. Unfortunately for the Raiders, he has been unable to capture that magic consistently. With the Raiders looking far from a certainty to make the playoffs, Palmer has the opportunity to silence those who claim he was not worth the trade with one great performance.
While the value of the second draft pick given up for Palmer may not be decided for a while, the time for Palmer to prove his worth is now.
The Oakland Raiders 2011 NFL season has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride and it is far from settling down as they head into Week 14 of the 2011 NFL season. The Raiders have to travel to Green Bay to face the undefeated Packers after dropping into a first place tie with the Denver Broncos. While teams do not generally do a lot of scoreboard watching, the Raiders are likely to find themselves in a position where they will be hoping and praying for some other teams losing this weekend.
The AFC West has a chance of turning into an ugly scrum as the Chiefs and Chargers both climbed back to within two games of the Raiders and Broncos. The Raiders get Green Bay this week, Detroit at home next week and then wrap up the season at Kansas City and home against San Diego. The Raiders and Chiefs are the only AFC West teams with two divisional games remaining, so this thing could still get crazier.
Oakland Raiders @ Green Bay Packers: I'd love to pick the Raiders, but it is too hard to see the upset. Anything is possible, particularly if they can control the clock with Michael Bush, but it will take a minor miracle to win this one. PICK: Packers
Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos: On the other side of things, the Broncos get the Bears in the midst of significant struggles having lost Jay Cutler and now without Matt Forte for a couple weeks. Denver is the pick, but given how backwards things have been with them, I honestly would not be surprised to see them lose this one. Nonetheless, there is no picking against Tim Tebow quite yet. PICK: Broncos
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Raiders are currently in a four-way tie with the Bengals, Titans and Jets for the second wildcard spot. Right now the Bengals hold the tiebreaker due to better conference record. This is an intriguing game for the Bengals, who will host a Texans team dealing with QB issues. The Bengals run defense is strong enough that they could put T.J. Yates into a position where he has to win this game for Houston. I'm not feeling that. PICK: Bengals
New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans: The Titans are also tied with the Raiders, Bengals and Jets. The Titans are playing some really solid football lately when facing some quality opponents. The Saints are playing some explosive football, but they sometimes struggle on the road. I think the Titans could score the big upset. PICK: Titans
Kansas City Chiefs @ NY Jets: The Chiefs did score a big win over Chicago after narrowly losing to the Steelers, but they are a struggling team, particularly with Kyle Orton dealing with a banged up finger. This team can barely get out of its own way this season. PICK: Jets
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden is still sidelined with a mid-foot sprain. But optimism still surrounds the Raiders as they hope for his return.
Jacoby Ford could return to action this week for the Oakland Raiders when they take on the Green Bay Packers.
We break down whether Darren McFadden will be able to play in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride.
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