Raiders Blog and Q&A

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November 9, 2008
The offense is bad (but you knew that, right?)

OAKLAND - The Raiders offense continues to be sad.

At least the Raiders scored this time.

The team is averaging seven points under Tom Cable after managing six points today in their 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Raiders have gone nine quarters without a touchdown.

For those of you who thought Andrew Walter playing instead of JaMarcus Russell would make a difference, it really didn't.

Walter completed less than 50 percent of his passes (14 for 32). He was sacked three times.

And in only two series, Marques Tuiasosopo was sacked twice.

Cable said the gameplan isn't an issue.

"(Greg Knapp and I) work on that together and we'll continue to do so," Cable said. "I thought it wasn't really about play calling. I thought it was our ability to stay out of those third and longs. Really, the game on first and second down I thought we were really quite proficient but golly, penalty here, penalty there, next thing you know, it's third and 9, it's third and 8, it's third and 11, it's third and 20, it's third and 14. It's just too much to overcome. We're not there yet so we'll continue to go to work on it and keep working our tails off to score touchdowns."

For the record, the Raiders had four offensive penalties. Only one was in the second half.

The defense gave the Raiders the ball three times in Panthers' territory. The offense managed two field goals and an interception with those chances.

And it's obvious the Raiders have little confidence in their wide receivers.

Of 15 completions, only two were to a wide recevier. Both were by Javon Walker.

Most of the passes called were set up for the running backs and tight ends.

If the offense is to score, the receivers need to make some plays.

*The Raiders turning Sebastian Janikowski into a circus sideshow might have resulted in an injury.

Janikowski said he hurt his quadriceps on his 58-yard field goal attempt with 13 seconds left.

He said he'd been standing around for 10-12 minutes and wasn't ready to go in.

"I thought we were going to go for it, so as a kicker you just stand on the sideline and watch it," Janikowski said. "Then he called it and there were no balls into the net so I couldn't get warmed up."

Four of five misses by Jano have been from beyond 50 yards, including the ridiculous 76-yard try against San Diego

SeaBass became the team's all-time leading scorer with 865 points, surpassing George Blanda's 863 with his second field goal of the game..

"I'll probably just frame it, put it in a box and just keep it in my office," Janikowksi said of the ball.

*According to Stats, LLC, Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme became the second quarterback since 1970 to throw four interceptions, complete less than 30 percent of his passes and still win a game.

Ken Anderson was the other, going 4-19 with 4 picks and 75 yards in 14-10 win over Raiders on Oct. 19, 1975.

*Players that did not finish the game were center Jake Grove (calf) and receiver Chaz Schilens (high ankle sprain).

Quarterback Andrew Walter (ankle) and receiver Javon Walker (ankle) left the game but returned.

*Former Raider Josh McCown stopped by the Raiders locker room to say hello. He chatted with Walter and seems to be enjoying being on a team with some stability on the coaching staff for the first time in his career.

McCown even had a little fun with me. I usually wear a suit on gameday and when he jokingly asked me if I was feeling a little presidential considering the result of the recent presidential election.

McCown is a good guy and I'm glad to see him on a good team.

*The Raiders radio broadcast said Russell didn't just have a knee tendonitis. It said he also has a bone bruise.

Other Raiders out with injuries included running back Darren McFadden (toe) who missed a third straight game.

Defensive end Derrick Burgess (triceps) missed his fifth straight. Linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) missed his second straight game.

Receiver Ronald Curry isn't hurt, but obviously he's fallen into the doghouse. He was inactive, which is probably a first for a healthy team captain.

At this rate, you have to wonder when Michael Huff will be inactive. He's been reduced to being a special teams player.

Clearly, someone doesn't like either player.

*Rashad Baker had two interceptions today. He had two in his career and none since 2005.

*Cable went out of his way to praise the play of cornerback Chris Johnson, who replaced DeAngelo Hall as a starter.

Nnamdi Asomugha said the team helped Johnson with double coverage whenever Johnson was on Steve Smith.

*Mario Henderson played in the first half in this rotation with Kwame Harris at left tackle. Harris played the entire second half.

When Henderson was in, tight end Zach Miller still did a lot of the pass blocking against Panthers' star defensive end Julius Peppers.

*Tui's appearance in a game was his first since Oct. 22, 2006.

*A look at a dominant defender:

Here's Peppers' stats for the day:

Seven tackles
Three sacks
One quarterback hurry
One pass defense
Two forced fumbles

"It was a good day production wise for me individually," Peppers said in stating the obvious.

Peppers wasn't sure how the defense did as a whole, but noted the most important thing.

"We didn't give up a lot of points and that's the main thing that counts."

No need to worry, Julius. These Raiders don't score a lot on anyon.

*It's also the second week in a row the Raiders allowed three sacks by a defender.

John Abraham did the same thing for Atlanta last week.

--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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