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Bye week comes at right time for Raiders

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We’re checking in with each team during the bye week.  (At least we’re trying to.)

After looking at the Bears earlier Thursday, it’s time for one of the most fascinating teams of 2011: The Raiders.

Loss to Chiefs was outlier

Before last Sunday, the Raiders were one of the most consistent teams in the league. You knew what you were going to get: A powerful running attack and an aggressive defensive line.

The up-and-down play that marked the last decade was gone. They lost to the Bills and Patriots, but the effort was there.

And then the 28-0 home loss to the Chiefs happened. It allowed Kansas City back in the AFC West race. It raised further questions about the Raiders offense.

Right time for a bye

The Raiders needed this break. New pickup Carson Palmer has time to learn the offense with his receivers. The team’s best player Darren McFadden has time to get healthy after suffering a foot sprain against Kansas City.

It’s all on Palmer

It’s not fair to judge Palmer on his effort against the Chiefs. There was no way he could be ready that quickly. There were actually some throws that impressed.

With that said, Palmer has to win now. Coach Hue Jackson went all in with his trade for Palmer.

The division is there for the taking, but they need Palmer to at least replace what Jason Campbell did for them. Don’t assume that’s so easy. The Raiders offense has accounted for three points in six plus quarters since Campbell broke his collarbone.

McFadden a force

There’s no doubting that Darren McFadden is one of the five best running backs in the league now.  McFadden is fifth in the league in yards from scrimmage. The Raiders are second in rushing and first in rushing touchdowns. Few backs combine McFadden’s power, speed, and receiving ability.

There was some concern the team wouldn’t run block as well without coach Tom Cable, but they have been better.  The team needs McFadden to stay healthy in the second half.

Surprising offensive line

Left tackle Jared Veldheer has been a revelation for a surprisingly solid re-formed offensive line. Veldheer has the look of a future Pro Bowler.

Defensive line leads the way

The Raiders perimeter players on both sides of the ball aren’t great, but their lines shine. This is especially true on defense. Richard Seymour is having a huge season. Lamarr Houston is one of the more underrated players in football. Tommy Kelly is actually earning his money.

Holiday treat

The Raiders should stay relevant deeper into the season than they have in a decade. The AFC West will likely be decided on the final two Sundays of the year. The Raiders go to Arrowhead on Christmas Eve and host the Chargers on New Year’s Day.

Oakland has the pieces in place to take the division. They just need Palmer to get up to speed.

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28 Responses to “Bye week comes at right time for Raiders”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:02 PM

    Hopefully chargers lose this week…Go Raiders

  2. forthelove says: Oct 27, 2011 10:12 PM

    After the bye the Raiders have Denver, San Diego, Minnesota, Chicago and then Miami. If Carson Palmer is serviceable and McFadden stays healthy the Raiders can win 3 straight and possibly even 4 of the next 5.

  3. albigverg says: Oct 27, 2011 10:16 PM

    Damm right this bye comes at the perfect time. Its really comical how all these people are hating on Carson and the Raiders. When Oak had J Cambell at the healm everyone knocked him and our offense as our weak link. Every Raider fan imagined what the team would look like with a True Franchise Qb at the healm. Then we traded for Palmer who even at 50% (he was about 15% this weekend) would be better than Cambell. With that said any elite pro Manning, Kobe, Pujols would struggle at their respective craft if they are thrown from the couch to the field.. That is why we have OTAs and Preseason to work out the kinks. Carson is gonna light up Denver then San Diego.. Who will do this be simply being Average.. Cambell proved that this season.

  4. okldrdrs2111 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:16 PM

    I think it would be better if san diego beat kc. If san diego loses there is a 3 way tie. if san diego wins we are one game behind with 2 games to play against them and still ahead of kc

  5. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 27, 2011 10:20 PM

    Heres the truth,..if Campbell didnt get hurt the Raiders might, might have won the division only to get blasted come playoffs,…with Palmer, the short side is maybe we cant get him up to speed fast enough to win this year, although its very possible,..however the five year run they now have in front of them with a franchise QB, the skys the limit,..Jason Campbell was only going to bring a team to decency,…his injury, its a bummer for him but it was for sure a blessing for Oakland. I have spoken.

  6. cincybert says: Oct 27, 2011 10:27 PM

    I would like to see the Raiders back in the playoffs, but as one who has watched the steady decline of Carson Palmer the last 4 years, I am not optimistic for the silver and black. Carson needs more than just getting “up to speed.” What he needs is a new right elbow, a working left knee, and a pair of testicles. It’s unlikely he will find those during the bye week.

  7. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 27, 2011 10:36 PM

    Re: 2111,..interesting,..I like your theory but I still think a three way tie this monday is better then a game back,..however,..you may be right. Nation.

  8. dannymac17 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:42 PM

    JoeToronto, where are you to proclaim the Raiders the 2011-12 superbowl champs?

    Oh thats right, you cant with that embarrassing loss to the Queefs at home.

  9. steviekthr3e says: Oct 27, 2011 10:50 PM

    Good to see the young guns at WR stick around. This Palmer project will work out- at the least equal out to Campbell-like game management.

    Great time for this bye. Run DMC needs to get healthy-always good to have Bush backing up. Huey just needs to stick to the ground game.

    On a comical note, I wonder what Jamar-mar wouldve done with this week off?

  10. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 27, 2011 11:04 PM

    Lol cincybert,..your bitterness shows, but in reality nobody wants to play in cincy, nobody, what Palmer did was awesome,…they have never won a superbowl and thats not by accident,…you think that dude from TCU is legit?…ya ok,..lmao.

  11. humb0lt says: Oct 27, 2011 11:22 PM

    The best thing for the Raiders is they can’t get shutout at home and lose by four touchdowns. Their QBs can’t throw six INTS. The opposing defense can’t outscore the Raiders’ offense by two TDs. Their stadium won’t be three-quarters empty by the end of the third quarter.

    Not even the Raiders can manage to embarrass themselves on the field and, their fans, the NFL, and the nation against the bye week.

  12. raiderapologist says: Oct 27, 2011 11:46 PM

    dannymac17 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:42 PM

    JoeToronto, where are you to proclaim the Raiders the 2011-12 superbowl champs?
    Oh thats right, you cant with that embarrassing loss to the Queefs at home.

    My 17 year old daughter wasn’t even alive the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game.

  13. tedmurph says: Oct 27, 2011 11:49 PM

    IMO the division is wide open. The Raiders have a lot of good things in place and a lot of good players. I don’t know if I would have done the Palmer thing, but I understand why they took the shot. They didn’t want to take a step back, and Boller or some other reclaimation project wasn’t gonna get it done. Bold move. That being said, I think all the ‘I told ya so’ yahoos concerning Palmer are idiots. It may turn out he has nothing left, or not. To ask a guy his age to come off the street , with no OTAs, no training camp and 3 practices and judge him on that is ridiculous. He had no chance. We’ll see.

  14. mcthompso says: Oct 28, 2011 1:05 AM

    Making anything out of the loss last week is nothing but being bias. there was no way the raiders were going to win with boller or a half prepared palmer. it was a loss. but a loss without a quarterback. i mean, does anyone really expect the colts to win much this year? same concept as last week for oakland.

    difference is, what we have going forward is much stronger than curtis painter.

  15. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 28, 2011 1:12 AM

    Sucks for Humbolt he doesnt have what it takes,..and clearly that bothers him,..hang in there dude.

  16. nomesayin says: Oct 28, 2011 2:07 AM

    “And then the 28-0 home loss to the Chiefs happened. It allowed Kansas City back in the AFC West race. It raised further questions about the Raiders offense”
    I wouldn’t say that it raised further questions about the offense. It merely reinforces how important McFadden is to the offense. The plays are designed to exploit what MCFADDEN does best. I guess you might say that it raises further questions about the Raider offense WITHOUT McFadden.
    Also, it raises the question of Kyle Boller’s dedication & preparation. There’s no way he should be that bad. You see Carson Palmer & the WRs working overtime during the bye week. You don’t hear of Boller sacrificing his bye week to join them, do you?
    He promised his wife he’d take her to Bimini.
    This is a BUSINESS, Kyle. It is a mortal sin to show up, at home, and stink that bad in front of the home fans when you have 5 or 6 games blacked out every frickin’ year. Especially since you could have avoided the whole debacle by putting more work in. Get with the program, Tinkerbell.

  17. cmack21 says: Oct 28, 2011 3:47 AM

    Palmer is going to lead them into 4th place in the division

  18. asublimeday says: Oct 28, 2011 3:54 AM

    I would like to see the Raiders back in the playoffs, but as one who has watched the steady decline of Carson Palmer the last 4 years, I am not optimistic for the silver and black. Carson needs more than just getting “up to speed.” What he needs is a new right elbow, a working left knee, and a pair of testicles. It’s unlikely he will find those during the bye week.
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    Not a fan of either cincy or Oakland but this is funny.

    And true. Carson has been done for a while.

  19. joetoronto says: Oct 28, 2011 5:27 AM

    dannymac17 says: Oct 27, 2011 10:42 PM

    JoeToronto, where are you to proclaim the Raiders the 2011-12 superbowl champs?

    Oh thats right, you cant with that embarrassing loss to the Queefs at home.
    *************************************************
    I don’t proclaim anything, dannymac, you must have me confused with somebody else, or you’re just confused, period.

    One thing’s for sure though, you’ll see a different Raiders team next time they play the Chiefs.

  20. twindaddy says: Oct 28, 2011 7:15 AM

    Lol cincybert,..your bitterness shows, but in reality nobody wants to play in cincy, nobody, what Palmer did was awesome,…they have never won a superbowl and thats not by accident,…you think that dude from TCU is legit?…ya ok,..lmao.
    —————————————————-
    You may as well have said you don’t know what you’re talking about, because that’s what I got from that idiotic statement.

    Carson Palmer hasn’t been good since 2007. After his elbow injury in early 2008, he hasn’t been able to throw the same. The ligament in his elbow was 20% “frayed”. They recommended Tommy John surgery. He declined. And it looks like it was a mistake.

    Since then (especially last year) Carson has had accuracy issues. His deep ball doesn’t go as deep (or look as pretty). He consistently overthrows receivers. And for some reason his decision-making ability has atrophied. He threw many pick-sixes last year and 20 total interceptions and defended it all as “trying to make a play.”

    None of that has anything to do with whether or not he wanted to play in Cincinnati. He has lost some of his talent to throw the ball and tried to make up for it by trying to make things happen instead of taking what the defense has given.

    In the future, please refrain from speaking about that which you know nothing about.

    Also, “that dude for TCU” is legit….so far.

  21. dizzieb says: Oct 28, 2011 7:26 AM

    Blogging, I do not think it is bitterness at all. Palmer has been bad for a few yrs. Will he play better than what he did last week? Yes, but that pick 6 is vintage Palmer — seen it for years.

  22. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 28, 2011 7:40 AM

    A JoeToronto blast and a queef reference in a single thread. It’s gonna be a good Friday! Any medical advice today joe?

  23. jmclarkent says: Oct 28, 2011 7:46 AM

    You are welcome, Jabroni.

  24. bwisnasky says: Oct 28, 2011 8:05 AM

    bloggingpoodlewalker says:
    Oct 27, 2011 10:36 PM
    Re: 2111,..interesting,..I like your theory but I still think a three way tie this monday is better then a game back,..however,..you may be right. Nation

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    Look at the Bolts schedule… next week they have GB, which they most certainly will probably lose, so the Raiders wouldn’t be a game back, as long as they take care of the Denver at home. I’d rather have SD knock a little wind out of KC’s sails.

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    humb0lt says:
    Oct 27, 2011 11:22 PM
    The best thing for the Raiders is they can’t get shutout at home and lose by four touchdowns. Their QBs can’t throw six INTS. The opposing defense can’t outscore the Raiders’ offense by two TDs. Their stadium won’t be three-quarters empty by the end of the third quarter.

    ———————————————

    Really Humbolt.. you’re going to brag this week after losing a 21-10 halftime lead to the Jets? After your own high powered offense only scored 14 points themselves in a game? When your “franchise quarterback” ran a 2 minute drill worthy of Jamarcus Russell standards? This is when you are going to come out slamming another teams performance? Really???

  25. snarkzilla says: Oct 28, 2011 9:38 AM

    Too bad the bye can’t last the rest of the season so the Raiders can preserve a winning record.

  26. raiderapologist says: Oct 28, 2011 7:14 PM

    twindaddy says: Oct 28, 2011 7:15 AM

    Since then (especially last year) Carson has had accuracy issues. His deep ball doesn’t go as deep (or look as pretty). He consistently overthrows receivers. And for some reason his decision-making ability has atrophied. He threw many pick-sixes last year and 20 total interceptions and defended it all as “trying to make a play.”

    Can’t say I watched Palmer play last year, but he did have 26 touchdowns to go with those 20 picks, with a completion percentage close to his career average. The Bengals rushed for 1522 yards last season. Oakland has 1115 through 7 games. It’s an uphill climb for Palmer this year, coming in late, rag arm, no training camp, tiny testicles, little practice time, and all that, but we will all know more in a few weeks than we do now.

  27. huejackson says: Oct 28, 2011 7:28 PM

    last sundays game did not even count..
    Cheifs beat Boller..
    Raiders will win the west no problem
    Raiders are the best team in the NFL..
    I doubt they will even lose another game this year now.. Palmer was playing a pre season game against the Chiefs..He only knew 10 plays!
    I would bet anything that Raiders beat the Broncos by more than 21 points..
    Tebow will get hurt

  28. bigdaddyjada says: Oct 29, 2011 1:11 AM

    I love hearing all the talk of Campbell only being mediocre and unable to take us to the big game, but apparently we aren’t looking at the numbers he had the same completion percentage and QB rating as the last QB that took us to the show, loosing Campbell sucks not just for him but this team; however, Palmer will be great in Oakland we kinda have a thing about bringing in weathered QB’s and making them hot.

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