Last week, in the wake of the death of Al Davis, we were pretty kind to the Raiders and their fans around here.
That’s all over now.
It’s Raider Week, Addicts, and it is time for the hate and vitriol to flow. I know Al wouldn’t have it any other way.
We’ll have plenty on the Faiders later today. But until then, here is your Morning Fix…Raiders Week Edition!
“We’re straight,” said fullback Le’Ron McClain, who has seven carries for 15 yards after coming to Kansas City from Baltimore in the offseason. “We’ve got Thomas, Jackie, me and Dex, so we’re four strong back there. I think we’re fine. We got it going in a positive way against the Colts, which gives us something to build on.”The trick, Haley said, is learning how best to use the pieces the Chiefs have.
The Chiefs have kept Battle around primarily because he’s a strong special-teams player, but assistant head coach Maurice Carthon has long championed Battle as a runner, too.
Sunday’s game in Oakland is without a doubt the biggest of the season thus far. The Raiders are also winners of two in a raw and are currently playing what looks to be the best football of any team in the division. They’re only losses this year have come against New England (5-1) and Buffalo (4-2).The Raiders are also emotionally charged and focused following the passing of legendary owner Al Davis.
“There isn’t bad timing (with the bye),” WR Steve Breaston said. “It’s a long season. You just have to handle it right. As a team, we’ve been looking forward to this next game.”
Colt McCoy was largely ineffective and Peyton Hillis was as big a non-factor in today’s game as Sarah Palin in the presidential race. McCoy led the Browns on two scoring drives, one coming late in the contest. Yet when Cleveland recovered an on-side kick and needed McCoy most the Texas native was MIA.All afternoon long the Raider made Al Davis proud by putting pressure on McCoy while playing tight coverage downfield. Aaron Curry wasn’t a huge factor in his East Bay debut but he did enough to justify starting after just one practice. Sorry, Quentin Groves.