Raiders Head Coach Allen Wednesday Press Conference; Talks Injuries, Jets, East Coast (Raiders.com)… Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media after Wednesday’s practice as the Raiders get ready to head to New York to face the Jets. “As always guys, I’ll go through the injury report real quick. Guys that didn’t practice today – Mike Brisiel, Kaluka Maiava, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, Jeremy Stewart, Usama Young. Guys that were limited in practice – Tyvon Branch, Menelik Watson with an illness, Jason Hunter, Rashad Jennings with a concussion and then Miles Burris with a toe. Guys got some time off. They got a chance to regroup both mentally and physically. I thought we had a good practice. I think we understand the challenge that’s set forth in front of us. We have to go travel to the Eastern Time zone and try to win a football game. Our guys understand that and they’re prepared for that and ready for that. It’ll be a tough football game. This is a team that we’re playing that’s obviously played really well on defense. Their catalyst for their defense is really their front seven. They do a great job of stopping the run. They’re able to get after the passer. They have a multitude of looks that they have on defense that create some challenges for us offensively. Offensively, it’s a football that they’re 10th in the league in rushing the football, so obviously it’ll start there. We’re going to have to be able to stop the run defensively and be able to get off the field on third down. That’ll be crucial for us. We have to do some things in the kicking game to try to win the field position. They’ve got a good football team and it’ll be a challenge for us.” (read transcript or watch video)
Raiders Starting Quarterback Matt McGloin Wednesday Press Conference; Talks About Preparing for 4th Start (Raiders. Com)… Rookie QB Matt McGloin spoke to the media after Wednesday’s practice as he prepares to make his 4th career start.
QUESTION: Matt, obviously you haven’t been here for this entire stretch, but this team has lost 12 straight games in the Eastern Time zone. How do you not allow that to not become a self-fulfilling prophecy with another game being played in New York?
MCGLOIN: “We win Sunday, that’s how you do that. But no, it’s not a statistic we’re proud of. Any time you’re traveling across the country to play, it’ll be difficult, but for me, it’s exciting to go back East and play in the cold. The weather is going to be a nice change for me. That stat is something we’re aware of and we’re keeping that in the back of our minds.”
QUESTION: You’ve played a lot in snow games, I assume and how does that change the way you approach the game?
MCGLOIN: “I have, yeah. It doesn’t. I’m used to it. I grew up in the East my whole life, so I’m used to playing in the cold weather. I’m used to the grip of the ball, how it feels, how to keep your hands warm and moist, things like that. So that won’t be too much of an adjustment for me.”
Charles Woodson: ‘We’re really looking forward to the game’ (NFL.com)… Raiders safety Charles Woodson joins “Around the League” to talk about their upcoming game against the New York Jets. (watch video)
Raiders backfield thinned by injuries (by Michael Wagaman, Associated Press)… The Oakland Raiders may have to reach way down on the depth chart to fill out their backfield for Sunday’s game in New York. …That forced the Raiders to turn to a player who hadn’t taken a single snap at running back since 2012. (read more)
Raiders notes: Taiwan Jones takes snaps at running back (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… Even after staying off the practice field for five days, the Raiders were so depleted at running back Wednesday they put cornerback and special teams ace Taiwan Jones back in a white jersey and gave him the ball. …”Once I got out there, everything coming naturally, like riding a bike,” Jones said. “The more reps I got, the more comfortable I was.” (read more)
McFadden not at practice, Jones working at RB once again (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… It’s likely that Jones is back at running back for now as a result of recent injuries to running backs Rashad Jennings, Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart. (read more)
Darren McFadden has ankle injury (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… After five carries for 13 yards in the Oakland Raiders’ 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, the Raiders running back missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. This after he missed the previous three games with a strained right hamstring. (read more)
Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders headed for divorce? (by Chris Wesseling, NFL.com)… Three weeks ago, we noted that running back Rashad Jennings’ ascension was an ominous sign for Darren McFadden’s future with the Oakland Raiders. Now it appears McFadden’s latest ankle injury might have soured the organization on his potential once and for all. (read more)
Tyvon Branch returns to Raiders practice (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch practiced for the first time in months on Wednesday, marking a probable return for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. (read more)
Branch: ‘If my leg holds up, I can make an impact’ (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… “If my leg holds up, I can make an impact,” Branch said, in his first public comments since the injury. “That’s part of my game, coming in and making plays. If I have a chance to come out and make some plays, I want to do that for my team.” (read more)
Raiders-Jets Preview (CBS Sports.com)… New York’s offense is averaging 4.82 yards per play to rank 29th in the NFL, and the team goes 3-and-out on nearly a third (32.3 percent) of its offensive drives, which is the worst in the league. The Jets are the only team not averaging at least 300 total yards (295.5) since the beginning of October. (read more)
NFL Week 14 point spread update – Weather likely to be a factor (The Linemakers, SportingNews.com)… Oakland keeps cashing tickets to the tune of an 8-4 spread record, and the Jets can’t score. Bettors took the Raiders at early numbers of +3, and the line is down to 2.5 at some Vegas sports books. (read more)
Rex Ryan happy with Jets’ glimpse of future, despite uneven results from rookies (by Darryl Slater, New Jersey Star-Ledger)… If the Jets cannot beat the floundering Oakland Raiders on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, most people who follow them will begin looking toward the future, and maybe even at candidates to replace coach Rex Ryan. (read more)
Rex Ryan haunted by offenses past, present (by Rich Cimini, ESPN)…Tony Sparano, a one-and-done offensive coordinator with the Jets, will be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday as a member of the Raiders’ staff. (read more)
Jets Injury Report: Santonio Holmes isn’t peachy (by Jane McManus, ESPN)…Jets Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes, wearing red glare-reducing contact lenses, said that the hamstring injury he aggravated last week in practice had improved by Wednesday, when he was limited in practice. Holmes played just a few snaps with the offense against the Miami Dolphins and missed two practices last week. (read more)
Are these Raiders different from last year? (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… And while a loss is a loss is a loss, this year’s team has been more, shall we say, competitive. …So as deflating as not being able to hold onto an early lead has been for the Raiders — if the NFL draft were held today, they’d have the No. 7 overall pick — they still are harboring high hopes of running the table. But let’s be realistic. (read more)
Oakland’s Schedule Did Raiders Favors In 2013, But Team Couldn’t Capitalize (by Sam McPherson, CBS [local] Sacramento)… National Football League schedules are set up to ensure competitive balance and rotational matchups, so the fans of America’s favorite sport can stay engaged in the season, all year and every year. And the 2013 Oakland Raiders seem to have gotten some good luck with their schedule this season, though they were unable to capitalize on it, and it’s one of the many reasons the team is just 4-8 in Coach Dennis Allen’s first year on the job with the Silver and Black. (read more)
Oakland and Alameda County Officials Face Realities of Coliseum City Development Plans (Analysis by OaklandLocal.com)… A $113 million municipal debt is still owed on the remodeled O.co Coliseum following the return of the Raiders in 1995, according to Alameda County Auditor Pat O’Connell. Taxpayers could be on the hook for the debt until at least 2025. The city and county also subsidize the Coliseum with an additional $10 million paid annually by each body. In addition, the similarly remade Oracle Arena still has over $90 million in debt remaining, said O’Connell. (read more)