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September 25, 2011
Raiders get "X-rated" in beating the Jets

OAKLAND - Richard Seymour didn't wait until the late-night hour to get "X-rated."

The Raiders defensive tackle was in that mood around 1 p.m. on Sunday when he saluted fans during pregame introductions by crossing his forearms about his head.

"When I throw up the 'X,' that means it's time to put the kids to bed," Seymour said. "It's X-rated out there. That means if you're 13 and under, don't watch this."

It took until the second half for things to get beyond PG-13 for Jets quarterback Sanchez.

The Raiders sacked Sanchez four times in the second half of their 34-24 win over the New York Jets at Coliseum.

Until Jarvis Moss recorded one of his two sacks, the Raiders had gone six quarters without a quarterback takedown.

The hardest Sanchez had fallen in the first half was when he dove for the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run that helped the Jets get out to a 17-7 lead.

Seymour relished playing the Jets, who like to be the bullies Hue Jackson is trying to turn the Raiders in to. Anytime the Raiders play an opponent like that, Seymour said he likes Oakland's chances.

"I thought we were physical on both sides of the ball, up front, offensive line and defensive line," Seymour said. "Anytime you can be physical, it's a tough, violent game that we play, and we always preach all week long that the most violent team wins. We always try to establish that early on, on offensive and defensive line."

Seymour will have a chance to keep it X-rated next Sunday against his former team, the New England Patriots.

*The Raiders lost safety Michael Huff (concussion) and cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) during the game. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee) was already inactive.

That left the Raiders to turn to rookie Chimdi Chekwa and second-year player Joe Porter for cornerback help.

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes said the Raiders didn't have trust in their defensive backs to plan man and resorted to playing a lot of zone.

It worked well enough on Holmes who had only one catch for 19 yards.

The only other injuries were fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) and running back Darren McFadden (groin). McFadden said he was fine and that his groin was getting tight but wasn't strained.

Tight end Richard Gordon filled in at fullback for Reece as did running back Rock Cartwright in passing situations.

"One thing people didn't understand today is we had a lot of things lined up for Marcel Reece," said Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell. "And when he went down, it kinda threw a hole in our whole offense and what we were trying to do as an offense as far as play action game and moving the ball, getting him out wide. And I thought Rock Cartwright stepped up and played the fullback position and he did an outstanding job. I thought Gordon, our other tight end, he had to go from tight end to playing fullback. And those things are not easy to do, especially in the heat of battle against a team like the Jets who do a lot of complex things as far as the defense. And we had some guys go down so it kind of hurt us. But at the same time we were able to overcome it."

*Jets coach Rex Ryan on his team's run defense:

"I don't know what rush defense you're talking about because they had 234 yards, (7.3 yards) a carry. I've never had that happen I don't think in my life but it just happened. We've got to look at it, find out why it's happening. I thought we had a great week of practice. We've got to give them credit. They made plays."

*Nick Miller was inactive so Denarius Moore handled punts and Taiwan Jones handled kickoffs.

Moore returned three punts for 15 yards with a long of 14. Jones returned three kickoffs for 52 yards with a long of 28.

*You might have to give the Raiders a break for how many passing yards they allowed because of injuries (339 net yards) but it still needs to be addressed.

The Raiders have had coverage problems in each of their games. Some of those problems include missed tackles on screens, most noticeably when Rolando McClain missed LaDainian Tomlinson in the first quarter on a 74-yard pass to set up the Jets first touchdown.

The Jets led in time of possession (33:14 to 26:46) and outgained the Raiders 439-383.

The way the Jets moved the ball in the loss left Ryan confused.

"(Raiders coach) Hue Jackson had his team better prepared than I did obviously," Ryan said. "So I tip my hand to him. This thing stings, there's no question. You have 439 yards on offense and you lose the game. It's unbelievable."

*Darren McFadden's rushing total (171) and long run (70 yards for a score) were both career highs.

*Moore continues to be the Raiders best big-play threat not named McFadden. The rookie's 23-yard run on a reverse for a touchdown was another example.
He allowed Samson Satele to spring him with a big block on Jim Leonhard and did the rest by extending the ball across the goal line for the score.

*Campbell was sacked once against the Jets and the Raiders didn't commit a turnover. The Jets had two giveaways.

The play of the offensive line deserves a lot of credit. Campbell has been sacked only twice this season. The group has also shown it can be a running group or pass protect with equal efficiency.

Jackson enjoyed reminding the media there were a lot of questions about the line this summer:

"You guys jumped me every day about who was going to be on the offensive line. Remember that in training camp? Oh yeah, oh yeah. Who's the line, who's the line? Well hold on. You guys were laughing at me half the time. I told you these guys were working. I give a lot of respect and kudos to our line coaches Bob Wylie, Steve Wisniewski. Are you kidding me? Those guys do a tremendous job with that group and then Kelly Skipper with the running backs, Adam Henry with the tight ends. I couldn't ask for a better group of men coaching guys because they motivate those guys to get this thing done. We're just blocking the way we know how to block. Our thing is finishing. We want to finish every block that we have. That's what it's all about."

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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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