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Rolling Raiders will go back to Gradkowski when healthy

It is heady times in Raider Nation.

Sunday’s 33-3 victory over the Seahawks was better than last week’s drubbing of Denver, if that was possible.  The team finally has back-to-back wins.  They are relevant (and .500) this late in the season for the first time since 2002.  And they suddenly have a good problem at quarterback.

Jason Campbell completed 15-of-27 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns in his second straight highly efficient performance.  It was a day that had to make Al Davis smile; his prized quarterback acquisition shined, while his recently maligned top draft picks Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey both topped 100 yards.

Even though Campbell is playing well, however, he’s still not the starting quarterback.  Coach Tom Cable said Bruce Gradkowski will be the team’s starter when he his recovered from his shoulder injury, according to  NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.

For this week, we doubt the issue will matter.  Gradkowski doesn’t seem that close to returning yet.

At 4-4, the Raiders have a must win against the Chiefs Sunday if they want to stay in the AFC West race.  (Falling 3 losses behind with seven to play is asking too much.) If Campbell can win that game, perhaps Cable’s answer will change.

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29 Responses to “Rolling Raiders will go back to Gradkowski when healthy”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2010 10:27 PM

    As good as the offense has been lately, it’ll even better when Grads comes back.

  2. Mike_in_Texas says: Oct 31, 2010 10:37 PM

    Now Where is Warren Sapp?
    “I’ve said it before, Nobody handles success worst than the Raiders, I’m Picking Seattle”

  3. Mike_in_Texas says: Oct 31, 2010 10:39 PM

    All I want is Bruce starting when we go back to Pittsburgh. We all know if there is one team that can go to Pittsburgh in the Cold and win, its the Raiders…With Bruce ofcourse.

  4. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2010 10:45 PM

    Mr. Green says: October 25, 2010 12:25 AM
    Now watch the Raiders fall flat on their face and get rolled over by Seattle next week. The Chiefs will cruise to the AFC West title.
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    Well, at least you had the “rolling” part right, “Mr Green”.

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2010 10:46 PM

    DonthatetheJetscausetheyarebetterthanyourteam says: October 27, 2010 9:28 AM
    10-1 ,Seattle shuts the GD Raider fans up this week, I mean doesnt Oakland do this every year with a signiture win to only follow it up with with 5 game losing streak,
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    Nice call, lol.

  6. Junior says: Oct 31, 2010 10:59 PM

    “It was a day that had to make Al Davis smile; his prized quarterback acquisition shined, while his recently maligned top draft picks Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey both topped 100 yards.”
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    They are only maligned in the eyes of ignorant media and fans who think you can judge a player with less than 3 years of NFL experience.
    I still can’t understand why so many in Raider Nation are such unabashed Gradkowski supporters. Gradkowski had his best career game against Pitt last year. As great as that was, his career numbers are very average. He’s a great spark plug off the bench (both he and Campbell have 1 win off the bench), but he’s 0-2 as a starter this year.
    Campbell is getting comfortable in this offense and doing what he was brought in to do. Keep rolling with the hot hand of Campbell.

  7. kilo31actual says: Oct 31, 2010 11:03 PM

    If ain’t broke don’t fix it. Stick with Campbell.

  8. Testify says: Oct 31, 2010 11:23 PM

    where is evan silvas article?

  9. INVAIDUH says: Oct 31, 2010 11:23 PM

    Now take us into the bye week with a win..

  10. R8R_BOB says: Oct 31, 2010 11:34 PM

    Someone cut my tongue out……
    I want to say that the RAIDERS should stick with Campbell but I want to say that Bruce was the starter when he got hurt and it would be unfair to take the job away from him because he got hurt. Nevertheless, if the RAIDERS with Campbell at qb beat the Chiefs in KC where the RAIDERS haven’t won there since 2007 it won’t matter if Bruce is healthy because Al Davis will tell Cable to play Jason.

  11. Burritto says: Oct 31, 2010 11:35 PM

    I have had bad experiences with Raiders fans and I have no respect for the ownership and management there, but I’m happy for the Raiders players themselves. They’ve earned everything they’ve gotten.

  12. raideralex99 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:38 PM

    The Raider defense won this game NOT Campbell. Campbell’s numbers look good on paper BUT in that first half he had four 3 and out series and they Raiders should have had this game put away in the first half.

  13. Warchief01 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:43 PM

    It’s about time and long overdue the Raiders started getting peoples attention and looking like the Raiders. Congratulations on two well played games and deserved wins.

  14. Proud Marine says: Nov 1, 2010 12:11 AM

    Warren Sapp you hater

  15. boknowsvt says: Nov 1, 2010 12:16 AM

    # raideralex99 says: October 31, 2010 11:38 PM
    The Raider defense won this game NOT Campbell. Campbell’s numbers look good on paper BUT in that first half he had four 3 and out series and they Raiders should have had this game put away in the first half.
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    Look who he was throwing to: DHB, JLH, and Jacoby Ford. I have a feeling that he would have put up better numbers and more points with a big target like Chaz Shilens or even Louis Murphy if they were healthy.
    Give the man some credit…he threw some really nice passes today. The way he threaded the needle to Marcel Reese was amazing.

  16. DEMOLITION says: Nov 1, 2010 1:00 AM

    Look I prefer Grads over Jason too. But give credit where credit is due.
    This was a team effort and he contributed to the win.
    Just like RBs need carries to get in rhythm and get better as the game comes along, so do some QBs.
    Let’s be happy about this win. We finally have a legitimate offense after suffering from the dreaded Bed and Breakfast offense with a dose of Robitussin afterwards.
    Some people find anything to complain about.

  17. Wardo says: Nov 1, 2010 1:17 AM

    With the way the Raiders defense is playing they could bring back Vince Evans and still have s hot.

  18. Cerberus says: Nov 1, 2010 5:16 AM

    Junior:
    The first problem is that Rosenthal doesn’t know the definition of “maligned”. Which according to Merriam-Webster is defined as follows:
    to utter injuriously misleading or false reports about : speak evil of
    So, unless Rosenthal considers McFadden and DHB maligned because he speaks falsely or evil about them, he hasn’t a clue.
    R8R_Rob:
    Davis doesn’t tell his coaches who to play like you’ve been taught by mediots and mediot-wannabe’s like Rosenthal. Cable makes the call, and that is why like the other HC’s he is responsible for his actions.
    Burrito:
    We don’t respect or like you either.

  19. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2010 6:21 AM

    R8R_BOB:
    This is clearly Tom Cable’s team, he’s been making decisions that go against the grain for 2 years now.
    He was very clear after the game again, Bruce is the starter.

  20. mpoles says: Nov 1, 2010 6:29 AM

    Here’s an interesting question for NFL stats-lovers. ) I don’t know the answer, but I’d be interested:
    When was the last time an NFL team had THREE different running backs each get more than 100 yards from scrimmage (i.e. rushing + receiving) in the same game?
    Last night, McFadden had 135, Bush 106 and fullback Marcel Reece had 122. That’s gotta be pretty rare. Anyone any ideas?

  21. eazy e raider says: Nov 1, 2010 6:34 AM

    yea its scary we put up 33 pts with no murphy,shillens,and zack miller didn’t even have a catch.Stick with the hot hand in campbell.This was a dominating game offense,defense.The penalties was the only problem as normal and their special teams kind of shaky.

  22. gooboy6 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:24 AM

    good to see Raiders-Chiefs meaning something again

  23. tooz56 says: Nov 1, 2010 8:15 AM

    Jason Campbell completed 15-of-27 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns in his second straight highly efficient performance
    You call 55% compilation a “highly efficient performance” ?? And he wasn’t all that great Vs Denver either. Campbells numbers look good because his “maligned top draft picks Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey” and Mike Bush had a ton of yards after the catch. The tipped ball Bush caught was a terrible low throw that took a great bounce. DHB’s TD was on a poorly thrown ball that was short, he was WIDE OPEN and had to wait for the ball. The guys is 6’5″ and has way too many passed knocked away at the LOS as well. Is he playing better then he did at the start of the season, NO DOUBT !! BUT he has also played the last 2 games with HUGE leads, a GREAT running game and a defense that is playing GREAT ! He is NOT good under the pressure of a tight game. Bruce thrives in those situations !
    Hopefully we can beat the Chefs next week with Campbell, go into the bye week, and have Bruce ready for Pittsburgh.

  24. blacktoothgrin says: Nov 1, 2010 8:37 AM

    I like Bruce and all, but you go with the hot hand. If Campbell wins next week, how can you bench a guy that is on a 3 game win streak and beat all of the teams in our division. No Murphy, no Miller and he puts up 310 and 2TDs, he’s on a roll.

  25. R8R_BOB says: Nov 1, 2010 9:13 AM

    # joetoronto says: November 1, 2010 6:21 AM
    R8R_BOB:
    This is clearly Tom Cable’s team, he’s been making decisions that go against the grain for 2 years now.
    He was very clear after the game again, Bruce is the starter.
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    joe, I would agree with you but I have two words for you: Kevin Kolb.

  26. jb10 says: Nov 1, 2010 10:27 AM

    campbell has played well. they td pass to dhb was short but the td pass to reece was a thing of beauty!
    if he wins against kc it make it very hard to bench him.
    btw the kc game is in oakland this week not kc.

  27. raidertg says: Nov 1, 2010 11:05 AM

    I don’t get it. So many “Raider fans” are always backing Bruce. What has he really done? Yes he is a great story and worked his way from the bottom to be a “starter”. But when he starts and the teams game plan for him he loses. A couple OK game coming in late and winning does not make you a great QB.
    JC on the other hand has managed the last two games very well and is get used to a new team. Yes his first game was bad but it was just that his first game with a new team. JC is and should be the clear cut starter! He has earned it!!

  28. raideralex99 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:06 PM

    raidertga … clearly Bruce is the better than JC but neither one is great both are average … it’s just that Bruce is a leader and JC is not.
    You will get your answer soon enough when JC goes against a good defense his 3 and out drives will kill the team especially the defense.
    Don’t get me wrong … JC did not turnover the ball and that’s all I ask for.

  29. Raiderfankirk says: Nov 2, 2010 10:16 PM

    You guys act like two games is good or something.Over 500 yrds rushing .Campbell has’nt done shit.Bruuuuuce!!!

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