Raiders Blog and Q&A

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December 16, 2007
Postgame tidbits

OAKLAND – One thing you can’t say about the Raiders is that they’ve quit.

That Jerry Porter was so mad following the no-call when he appeared to be interfered with by Kelvin Hayden was a microcosm of how frustrated the Raiders were not to beat the Colts.

I believe the words aimed at head linesman Ed Camp were that he was a “lousy piece of (trash)” for not throwing the flag.

There was no laughing the locker room (there has been in the past) and not much of talk of being happy to only lose by seven.

That bodes well for the future.

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For the second straight week, the Raiders we’re unable to challenge a play in time because they didn’t see the replay.

I have no faith in officials when it comes to replays because I’ve seen too many that look obvious not go they way they should.

This time it cost them late. There’s a good chance Reggie Wayne’s third-down catch in the fourth quarter would have been overturned.

Then the Raiders would have forced a punt and probably won the game.

Instead the Raiders lost. Credit Peyton Manning for getting a play off fast before the Raiders had time to see the replay.
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Things with JaMarcus Russell didn’t go as well as they did in his last game. The energy and excitement that came with his debut wasn’t there.

That has a lot to do with the playcalling.

Kiffin came out running the ball so the fans couldn’t get into the game as quickly as they did two weeks ago, when Russell passed on his first play.

Also, the entire stadium knew he was going to play. There was a lot of anticipation last week because no one knew for sure he would play.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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