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RaiderNation
11-23-2009, 08:15 PM
Thanksgiving game, hoping for a close game so I dont get too much **** from my family. Coming off a short week I expect a slow start from both teams, then one will establish themselves and gets some points. Hope Seymour is healthy enough to play.

Predictions

24-17 Cowboys

Xonraider
11-23-2009, 08:17 PM
700 - 0 Raiders.

Gradkowski throws for an all time record 100 touchdown passes.

RaiderNation
11-23-2009, 08:17 PM
700 - 0 Raiders.

Gradkowski throws for an all time record 100 touchdown passes.

DHB with 13 of those TDs..... but he also drops 33 balls

LonghornsLegend
11-23-2009, 08:18 PM
I expect a close game too, Chaz played great last time we played. Is DMAC 100% yet? I hope we have out **** together this week, not sure if it's possible to play like **** 3 weeks in a row but Garrett will figure out a way somehow. In all honestly I think it's going to be a game though, Cincy is playing better ball then us right now and you guys beat them.

Xonraider
11-23-2009, 08:21 PM
In all seriousness if we beat the Bengals we CAN beat the Cowboys. I mean, seriously, their pass defense isn't that good and they had troubles scoring on Washington. As long as we can stop Marion Barber (IF we can of course) and prevent a big play we can beat the Cowboys. Will it be easy? Of course not, but Gradkowski has a game under his belt and the team looks different with him.

thule
11-23-2009, 08:24 PM
Dallas will run Barber 10 times...and he'll likely be averaging over 6 ypc because that is what we do.

This is one of those grit games. 4 days rest...whatever team wants it more gets this win. I have a feeling one team jumps up early...and the game bores on after that.

SwagU
11-23-2009, 08:26 PM
If the Raiders want to win it comes down to this guys play:

http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/8994/021009gradkowski300vx5.jpg

All hail Bruce Almighty!

RaiderNation
11-24-2009, 04:21 AM
Ya main thing is stopping the run this week. They have a 3 headed monster at RB.

Injury report:
DE Richard Seymour, Questionable, Back Strain
DE Greg Ellis Probable, Knee
WR Nick Miller, Out, Shin
WR Javon Walker Questionable, Hamstring
LB Jon Alston Questionable
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba, Questionable, Ankle

Im sure Seymour will play since this a big game

RaiderNation
11-24-2009, 11:24 PM
Bets on how many times Lechler hits the big screen? I say 2 or 3 times

Stash
11-25-2009, 01:38 AM
It's hard to pick the Raiders to win, every time they look good they come out with a stinker the following week. They definitely looked better with Bruce but I think the Cowboys will get back on track this week. I just hope we play hard and make it a close game.

thule
11-25-2009, 01:44 AM
Bets on how many times Lechler hits the big screen? I say 2 or 3 times

I'll bet you he doesn't hit it.

thule
11-25-2009, 01:45 AM
West coast team coming east on 3 days rest....this is a terrible situation for you guys. Might be the deciding factor of the game.

Young Legend
11-25-2009, 11:24 AM
Eh we all know how the Raiders play after they get a big win.And it's not good.Hopefully this time it's different cause now they have a leader at QB.but Seymour is ready to go which will help a lot and the Cowboys offense line is not so good.

But Oakland needs to use McFadden correctly.its a shame how they are using him.

Raiderz4Life
11-25-2009, 09:18 PM
I'm just hoping for a decent Thanksgiving Game....i still wonder why they keep the Lions in Thanksgiving games....a win would just be icing on the pie

SwagU
11-25-2009, 10:05 PM
I really hope the Raiders can put up a fight because my dad is a Cowboys fan, so if the Raiders get smoked im getting crap all week. Raiders were alright last week, I think were by far more in sync as a team with Bruce taking the snaps instead of JaStinkus. I found that Gradkowski is a great game manager and can control this offense, something Russell could never do. Im hopeing we dont get smashed, a theme this year is getting killed after coming off a win, it's happened after all three wins.

Raiders gotta get the offense going early, keep the pace the whole game and that D-line has to shut down Dallas' run game and force Romo to throw it, which I believe we can defend. Hopeing for a great thanksgiving game.

Young Legend
11-26-2009, 10:26 AM
The Raiders have to come out passing.

SwagU
11-26-2009, 04:03 PM
We are horrible on 3rd downs. Offense is getting slugish now after a good start, something we needed to avoid. Atleast its looking like a defensive battle so far but the offense needs to get in a groove to win this game.

RaiderNation
11-27-2009, 01:02 AM
We gave up 195 yard rushing. 148 were runs up the middle.... Suh or McCoy please

Komp
11-27-2009, 01:16 PM
One of those two in the 1st and either an OT or a good MLB/OLB in the 2nd....our LB's have been mediocre to bad for a very long time.....Morrison is clearly not a quality starter

SwagU
11-27-2009, 04:02 PM
I agree with both of you our run-D is horrendous. We need a quality DT, obviously Tommy Kelly has not worked out to be the pro bowl DT AL expected. Kelly to me always seems so lazy, ive seen him on more then one occasion give up on a tackle, I am absolutely in love with Suh and if he falls to us I would be in heaven. I think we also address the OL, either then Gallery none of our O-line can play consistent. As for the LB situation I think Morrison is horrible in the middle, I would like to see if he can play the outside, but as for the middle we need someone that can make some big plays.

Raiderz4Life
11-27-2009, 08:18 PM
I've always thought Kirk was solid but not spectacular....I just don't think he's the type of thumper you need to hold down the Middle specially with our soft D-Line

RaiderNation
11-28-2009, 03:31 AM
If the value is there(Suh,McCoy,Okung are gone) would you guys take Rolando McClain?

619
11-28-2009, 11:47 AM
The Thursday game once and for all convinced me that we need a top flight LT. I still believe in Henderson and that he'll continue to be a solid offensive lineman for us, however, he's not agile enough to handle the league's better pass rushers, and certainly if we're not gonna help him out with double-teams on that side (at least on occasion). I don't believe Okung is a realistic option because he should go top 5 where we probably won't be picking. Bryan Bulaga would be my first option followed by Anthony Davis. Trent Williams is a RT-only, imo, so he shouldn't be in consideration.

RaiderNation
11-28-2009, 10:33 PM
Watching Clausen tonight, I really hope we draft him if Suh and McCoy are gone

Abaddon
11-30-2009, 09:52 AM
Al's drafting a CB in Rd1 or 2. You can bank on that. He's due.

Komp
11-30-2009, 01:10 PM
I could totally see Al taking a CB/S on Day One this year....especially with the struggles of Chris Johnson....

Rolando McClain will be a fantastic LB in this league. The only thing that worries me is he plays on a defense that is usually superior to the offense it is playing against. Is he a product of a great defense, or does he make a good Bama D a great one by being there?

619
11-30-2009, 09:54 PM
I could totally see Al taking a CB/S on Day One this year....especially with the struggles of Chris Johnson....

Rolando McClain will be a fantastic LB in this league. The only thing that worries me is he plays on a defense that is usually superior to the offense it is playing against. Is he a product of a great defense, or does he make a good Bama D a great one by being there?

I've watched a lot of Bama, this year especially, and I could tell you without hesitation that he is the real deal that he is made out to be. I have him down as one of the 5 or 6 best eligible players for the upcoming draft class. The best instinctual LB I've seen since Patrick Willis.

RaiderNation
11-30-2009, 10:03 PM
Anybody notice that Trevor Scott played a lil bit of OLB last game? He looked pretty good back there. 2 sacks and almost picked a ball. If we move to a 3-4 he could be a nice OLB.

I like McClain alot too. If the pieces fall right, I wouldnt mind picking him(Suh, McCoy, Clausen, Okung, Locker)

SwagU
11-30-2009, 10:11 PM
Im stuck on where we go 1st round, do we go after a OT, QB, DT, LB. I know it isn't Al's way but if there was ever a draft to trade back and collect more picks I think it's this one.

619
11-30-2009, 10:14 PM
Anybody notice that Trevor Scott played a lil bit of OLB last game? He looked pretty good back there. 2 sacks and almost picked a ball. If we move to a 3-4 he could be a nice OLB.

I like McClain alot too. If the pieces fall right, I wouldnt mind picking him(Suh, McCoy, Clausen, Okung, Locker)

Any way to get his talent on the field more is a positive. It also allows Shaughnessy to play more snaps, which makes the most sense since he is the more complete every-down end. This is what I like to see and hope for from our coaching staff - better utilization of our players, particularly our youth.

I'm ready to roll with Gradkowski into next year if the right QB isn't available through trade or the draft. There is no part of me that wants to deal with Russell, and would rather continue to see Bruce build a rapport with our receivers/backs, and the overall precision and timing of the offense.

We need to go OT in round one under almost any circumstance, imo, however if the front office doesn't feel the same way then McCain would be an outstanding BPA we could go to.