Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

November 22, 2009
Raiders-Bengals live game blog

Greetings from the Coliseum. It's Asian Heritage Day and, as such, a halftime show by area martial artists will be offered as dedication to Bruce Lee. Looking forward to that, as well as seeing if the Raiders have and, ahem, fight in them today against the Bengals....

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No word on if the Cobra Kai dojo will make an appearance...Fear, does not exist in this dojo, does it?

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Follow me on Twitter @paulhgutierrez

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Raiders inactives - WR Todd Watkins, LB Jon Alston, OL Khalif Barnes, OL Erik Pears, WR Javon Walker, WR Nick Miller, DT William Joseph...Charlie Frye is 3rd QB

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Bengals RB Cedric Benson (hip) is inactive...expect Larry Johnson to get the start.

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Raiders place LB Ricky Brown (ankle) on IR, promote undrafted rookie David Nixon, linebacker from BYU...

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We have a CC Sabathia sighting...

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Looks like many Raiders fans have come to the game dressed as green seats...VERY small turnout. Looks like an exhibition game crowd.

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Raiders captains - Justin Fargas, Tyvon Branch and Ike Ekejiuba

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Bengals win toss, elect to receive...

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Bengals drive 78 yards in 14 plays in 9:28, culminating in Carson Palmer's one-yard dive for a TD. Bengals 7, Raiders 0, 5:32 to play in 1st quarter

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Raiders drive stalls at own 40 yard line, forced to punt,.

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Bengals have outgained Raiders in yardage after one quarter, 130-13

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Blitzing Branch strip sacks Palmer, Morrison recovers, then he fumbles, Ball finally recovered by Ellis at Cincy 34...

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Two plays later, Gradkowski gives it back, fumbling snap from center. Bengals ball at OAK 32...12:17 to play in second quarter

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Fantasy football geeks are LOVING Carson Palmer right about now...Cincy QB sneaks in for his 2nd TD, Bengals 14, Raiders 0, 7:12 to play in second quarter. Drive goes 68 yards in 9 plays, taking 5:05. Oh yeah, all 9 plays were RUNS!!!

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PRETTY looking 25-yard pass from Gradkowski to Schilens down the middle of the field...so THAT'S what it looks like.,

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Gradkowski hits Zach Miller with a 10-yard TD...Bengals 14, Raiders 7...59 seconds left in half. Raiders go 71 yards in nine plays, taking 2:58 to score theur EIGHTH TD of the season...

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Janikowski lines up for 57-yard field goal try, misses wide right but gets another chance because Marvin Lewis called timeout...SeaBass than over-corrects, misses wide left and short as the half ends. Bengals 14, Raiders 7...

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SeaBass opens second half scoring with 52-yard field goal...Bengals 14, Raiders 10, 9:59 to play in third quarter. Drive included nifty 7-yard sideline reception by DHB, though he did almost drop the ball.

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Raiders DL Richard Seymour (back) will not return. Was injured on first drive of the game.

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Bengals have the ball at the 1 on third and goal before a blitzing Stanford Routt sacks Carson Palmer for an 18-yard loss.

Then a bad snap and Shayne Graham misses a 37-yard field-goal attempt.

Raiders take over ball at their own 27 with 5:05 to play in third quarter. Bengals 14, Raiders 10

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Michael Bush fumbles, Geathers returns to the 13...Raiders defense holds and Bengals get a 25-yard field goal. Bengals 17, Raiders 10...3:29 to play in third quarter.

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Bengals FB Jeremi Johnson fumbles at Raiders 15, recovered by Desmond Bryant...Bengals 17, Raiders 10, 11:31 to play

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Raiders drive to midfield but stall. Crowd BOOS Raiders' decision to punt from own 47 on 4th and 1 with 7:47 to play, trailing by a touchdown and extra-point

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Greg Ellis with a HUGE sack of Palmer at the 3-yard line...Bengals punt, Raiders take over at Bengals' 43. 6:08 to play...

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Gradkowski BLASTED by Fanene on first play, resultant wobbly pass intercepted by Joseph at Bengals' 22. Raiders challenge but looks like a clean pick. 6:01 to play

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Sorry, y'all, had Internet issues and then went down on the field for the last 2 minutes and then had to come up and pound out three stories...

As I'm sure you're aware, the Raiders pulled it out...

Trailing 17-10, the Raiders took over on their own 20 with 2:12 to play. Gradkowski drove the Raiders down field in 99 seconds and 11 plays. The big plays were a 4th and 10 conversion, when he hit Chaz Shilens for a 16-yard pickup, and then the 29-yard TD pass the Louis Murphy. The rookie receiver caught the ball at the 1 and then was able to break the goal line for the tying score with 33 seconds to play.

On the ensuing kickoff, rookie Brandon Myers stripped Bengals returner Andre Caldwell of the ball and recovered on the 17. Four plays later, and with 12 seconds to play, Sebastian Janikowski split the uprights for the 20-17 lead.

The game ended when Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted Carson Palmer's Hail Mary pass at the 7...


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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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