This is the most important game of “The new era in Raiders Football”. Sunday’s game in Cincinnati can very well determine if Dennis Allen is the head coach of The Raiders next year, it might even determine if he is the coach of Oakland next week. Who knows what Mark Davis is going to do if The Raiders get embarrassed again like they did for the past couple of weeks. Mark Davis spoke to the media after the blow out of epic proportions last Sunday against the Saints and he does not like the “new era in Raiders football” Here is what he said about the current coaching situation:
“You have players and you coach ‘em and you play. You got to be Raiders.” Mark Davis went on to say “I’m embarrassed,” “I’m pissed off. I’m not happy.” He did say The Dennis Allen had a contract when some really talented reporter asked him if he would fire the 3-7 head coach of the Raiders but we all know how much a contract means in the NFL. Now onto Sunday, Why is this the biggest game of the year for Allen and his coaching staff? They will be going head to head with the man who brought the Raiders 1 play away from winning the AFC West last year with basically the same players Allen has this year. Same players totally different results so far. Hue Jackson was the head coach of The Raiders now he is the OC of the Bengals. He has done wonders to the Bengals this year making them a very good team even blowing out the Superbowl champs NY Giants 2 weeks ago. This is a game where Hue Jackson could stick his middle finger up right at Reggie McKenzie all while saying I told you so to Mark Davis. How will Mark Davis respond if Hue Jackson blows up the Raiders? What if Hue Jackson Offense puts up 55 on The Raiders? I think we all know that would be devastating for Mark Davis. Who knows what Davis would do if that happens he could even fire Reggie McKenzie even know most think McKenzie has another year no matter what happens this year. The fact remains that this year has been one of the worst years of Raiders football ever, This new regime has been awful. Mark Davis himself even said this team is regression not progression. Raiders have been bad but if they can somehow someway turn this thing around they can still get a wild card spot in the playoffs by running the table and getting a little bit of help. Every game is now a playoff game for The Silver and Black and the road starts Sunday against The Bengals….JUST WIN BABY!
TEAMS BY THE NUMBERS:
RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (31), PASS (6)
RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (23), PASS (24)
BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (20), PASS (10)
BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (18), PASS (15)
OAKLAND (3-7) At CINCINNATI (5-5) Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS.
OPENING LINE — Bengals by 7½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Oakland 3-7; Cincinnati 4-5-1
SERIES RECORD — Raiders lead 20-8
AP PRO32 RANKING — Raiders No. 30; Bengals No. 17
LAST MEETING — Raiders beat Bengals 20-17, Nov. 22, 2009
LAST WEEK — Raiders lost to Saints 38-17; Bengals beat Chiefs 28-6
STATS AND NOTES:
Raiders 18-8 against Cincinnati in regular season and 2-0 in playoffs. … Raiders have lost three straight, their longest streak of season. … Carson Palmer, Cincinnati’s first overall pick in 2003, still holds Bengals marks for career completion percentage (62.9) and passer rating (86.9). He also holds single-season records for attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and passer rating. His six TD passes are a single-game record. … It’ll be Palmer’s first time facing Bengals since they traded him to Oakland last year for first-round and second-round pick. Palmer will be third former Bengals quarterback to play at Paul Brown Stadium for another team, joining Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jeff Blake. … Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson was Raiders coach last season when they traded for Palmer. … Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey needs 95 yards receiving to reach 2,000 career. … TE Brandon Myers has career highs in catches (50), yards receiving (554) and TDs (3). … Oakland’s defense has given up 93 points in last two games and 322 overall, most in NFL. … Bengals WR A.J. Green has caught TD pass in nine straight games, one shy of Carl Pickens’ club record over 1994-95 seasons. He’s first to have TD in nine straight games during one season since Jerry Rice set NFL record with 12 straight TD games in 1987. … Bengals have scored in their last nine possessions inside 20-yard line, with seven TDs and field goal.
INJURY AND LATEST NEWS:
The Raiders will be without running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson and defensive tackle Richard Seymour for the third straight game. All three missed practice Friday before being declared out for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals game by coach Dennis Allen.
“They made progress this week,” Allen said, “but they’re not ready to go yet.”
That means regular fullback Marcel Reece will start at running back for the third straight game, with second-year player Taiwan Jones and rookie Jeremy Stewart the backups once again.
Reece is fresh from a game in which he amassed 193 yards rushing and receiving. He said he’s just trying to hold down the fort until the other backs return.
“We have so many play makers on this team that no one’s that guy,” Reece said. “Darren McFadden’s the bell cow for this team and will be the bell cow for this team. Right now we’re kind of playing running back by committee. When it really comes down to it, you’re just trying to make plays the way you’re supposed to make plays.”
Desmond Bryant will start in place of Seymour.
Coach Allen spoke about the lack of sacks for Raiders defense. “We’ve got to do a better job of winning our one-on-ones, whether that be in coverage or whether that be in the rush,” Allen said. “Those things work together. It really comes down to individual battles, and we’ve got to win more individual battles.”
Defensive lineman Dave Tollefson said the sacks will come as long as he and his defensive mates keep working hard and play within the context of the scheme.
“I played on (New York Giants) teams that got a load of sacks, and it was a group effort,” Tollefson said. “You got to keep pounding that rock. You got to just keep working, keep working and that wall will break down.”
Raiders goal is to feature a balanced offensive attack. Injuries and situations in games oftentimes dictate otherwise. Given that, the Raiders are the most lopsided offense through 10 games, with 66.1 percent of their plays being passes. By comparison, the Texans and 49ers are the most-balanced teams in the league, right about 50 percent pass and 50 percent pass. Coach Allen said ”It was extremely important” for the Raiders to have a balanced offensive attack. “When you throw the football that many times, eventually bad things happen,” Allen said. “We have to have balance, we have to be able to run the football, we have to make teams play us honestly.”
Bengals fans hoping to get a look at Carson Palmer, the quarterback that guided their team from 2004-10, won’t be able to do so if they live in the Cincinnati area. The game is blacked out locally.
Strong safety Tyvon Branch (neck) said he’s “ready to roll” after missing last Sunday’s game. He started 57 straight games before sitting out against the Saints.
Bengals WR Andrew Hawkings is doubtful so is TE Richard Quinn. Bengals are very healthy healthiest they been all season.
It’s a must win for both teams, It’s also 2 totally different teams coming into this game. 1 team is red hot and so is The Qb’s hair and the other is a disaster can you guess which are which? It’s easy to pick The Bengals in this game after all just look what The Raiders have dome lately. Raiders only beat 1 decent team this year The Steelers but that game had replacement refs. The other wins came out of a Over time game against The 1-9 Jags the other to the Chiefs. But I’m not going to take the easy way out of this one. Bengals will be over confident and The Raiders players will want this game more than anything. They will want to beat Hue Jackson and they will in a close game