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October 2, 2011
"Bonehead" play, phanton penalty and more

OAKLAND - Last Wednesday Jason Campbell said all it would take was a loss today before everyone starting talking about the "Same old Raiders."

There were signs of those Raiders that were losers of 10 or more games a season most of the last decade.

The Raiders still can't stop the run. And the offense took a turn for the worse starting with what Jason Campbell called his "bonehead" interception in the second quarter in Oakland's 31-19 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

As I assumed, Campbell wanted to throw the ball out the back of the end zone. It ended up in Patrick Chung's hands for an interception.

Campbell was understandably upset with himself:

"Wasn't no read. Just a bonehead, like I was going to throw the ball outside, and I started running around trying to make a play. It was just one of them, I've gotta throw it out of bounds. I was looking to throw it out of bounds at that time and I was going to throw it out of bounds. I kind of lost control of it a little bit as I was throwing it. So it was just one of those things. It happened. I'm not happy it happened at all. I probably beat myself up more than anybody would, because I pride myself on taking care of the football and put the team in a good position to win, and unfortunately I didn't do that."

Then there was Campbell's second interception in the fourth quarter by defensive tackle Vince Wilfork:

"Just never saw him. He's a D-lineman. He played coverage downfield, so I was gonna drop the ball off to Darren, and just never saw him. We was blocking him, so I guess he just did a good job of reacting to the ball. He picked Philip Rivers like that the same way, to his credit. But I just never saw him."

This wasn't the kind of game the Raiders needed from Campbell to win. He had to be at his best against Tom Brady and he wasn't. Though Campbell passed for 344 yards, the two turnovers made that for naught.

*Then there was the pass interference call that wasn't.

In the third quarter the Raiders trailed 24-10 and were setup for first-and-goal after Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington was flagged for pass interference covering Jacoby Ford.

The call was announced to the crowd. The chains moved.

Then after "discussion" it was decided Arrington and Ford's feet merely became tangled and that there would be no penalty.

That resulted in a field goal instead of a touchdown.
To his credit, Raiders coach Hue Jackson didn't go into a "conspiracy against the Raiders" tirade:

"They picked up the flag. They said it's not, so it's not. So like I said, I'm not going to play into all the penalty stuff, because I don't think it does anybody good. Bottom line is they picked up the flag, I had a discussion with them, they gave me a reason, whether it was the right reason or the wrong reason, it doesn't matter. They picked it up, put it in their pocket, and OK, here we go. Next play."

I thought it was a horrible decision. Why even announce the penalty only to change it? But hey, I've been wrong a lot in my life, so I can accept that.

*Richard Seymour said his penalty for unnecessary roughness wasn't a matter of being too excited to play his old team by taking it out on Brady:

"They said that they blew the whistle, but it was so loud I never heard a whistle, but the ref said it was unnecessary roughness, but I was like, 'He wasn't down,' but they said I tried to sling him down, or whatever the case."

*The Raiders have lost both games in which Campbell has passed for more than 300 yards and won both games Darren McFadden has run for over 100 yards.

The Raiders gained 160 rushing yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry but McFadden had just 75 yards on 14 carries. Falling behind certainly cut into McFadden's running opportunities.

*On the other hand, the Raiders run defense remains atrocious. The Patriots piled up 183 yards in 30 attempts. And once again, the Raiders gave up another long run (33 yards) that ended with a Stevan Ridley touchdown.

*Patriots coach Bill Belichick had this to say about his latest trip to Oakland:

"(The Raiders are) better than they were (in 2008). I think they're a good team."

*Tight end and backup fullback Richard Gordon left the game with a hand injury. Running back Michael Bush (ankle) was the other injury mentioned by Jackson.

Safety Michael Huff and linebacker Ricky Brown both sat out with concussions. Fullback Marcel Reece (ankle), cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring), defensive end Matt Shaugnessy (shoulder) and receiver Louis Murphy (groin) were also inactive along with offensive lineman Stephon Heyer.

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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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