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Hue Jackson Blames Everyone But Himself for Raiders Loss

Heading into Sunday, the Raiders had a fairly decent shot at making the playoffs. They needed a win against the highly-inconsistent Chargers at home and a Broncos loss to the Chiefs. Tim Tebow and company could not handle Kansas City, but the Raiders blew their opportunity anyway. Oakland’s defense could not stop the talented San Diego offense. After the game, head coach Hue Jackson expressed disappointment in pretty much everyone but himself.

“I’m pissed at my team,” Jackson said after the game according to the Oakland Tribune. “At some point in time, as a group of men, you go in the game, and you can say whatever you want about coaches, you win the game. Here’s your time. Here’s your time to make plays. So, yeah, I’m pissed at the team. I’m also, like I tell them, I’ll always put it on me, but I am pissed at my team.”

Typically a coach will shoulder the blame for a loss regardless of the circumstances, but Jackson didn’t exactly give us the impression that he was willing to do that.  Not only did he take aim at his players, he also expressed disappointment in defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.

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Who is the Favorite to Reach the Super Bowl from this Year’s Mediocre AFC?

This has truly been a strange year in the NFL.  Granted, every year is strange in the world of professional football.  We have teams that start out smoking hot and finish the season 6-10.  We have others that start out 1-4 and scratch and claw their way into the playoffs.  This season, however, seems to be more of a mystery than ever — particularly in the AFC.  The Packers are the clear-cut favorite to win the NFC and the Super Bowl at this point, but what about the rest?  With the AFC up for grabs, here’s a look at the teams that are in the hunt. We start with the least likely to play in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 and end with the most.

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Report: Raiders Close to Landing Carson Palmer for First-Round Pick (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The trade is done. According to Glazer, the Raiders gave up a first-rounder in 2012 and a future second-rounder that could turn into a first base on Palmer’s play. It’s official: Oakland does not consider the NFL Draft to be an important tool for building a team.

Al Davis may be gone, but that hasn’t stopped the Raiders from exploring trades that will make you scratch your head.  With an upcoming game against the Chiefs, Oakland has a legitimate shot at entering the bye week with a record of 5-2 and in obvious playoff contention.  Jason Campbell is reportedly going to miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, meaning the Raiders need a quarterback.  Does that make Carson Palmer worth a first-round pick?

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Raiders and Bengals are close to working out a trade that would send Palmer to the west coast for a 2012 first-rounder and a conditional pick.  Bengals owner Mike Brown had previously refused to give in by trading the disgruntled quarterback, but who wouldn’t make this deal?

If the deal does indeed come to fruition, this is a complete panic move by the Raiders.  Could Palmer help them this season and give them a decent shot at making the playoffs?  If he is the Palmer of old, yes.  However, Carson has been spending his free time tailgating at USC this season and has not been particularly effective since 2007.  He has no intention of ever playing for Cincinnati again, so I don’t know how the Raiders got themselves into a situation where they have to give up a first-round pick knowing that is the case.  A first-round pick can turn into a franchise-altering player.  Even if he has something left in the tank, Palmer does not make the Raiders Super Bowl contenders this season or in the future.

Jason Campbell’s Injury Might Cut Down Raiders’ 2012 Draft Even More

Jason Campbell’s injury suffered in the second quarter Sunday could further deplete an already weak 2012 draft for the Silver and Black. Campbell is likely to be sidelined six weeks after having surgery on his broken collarbone Monday. Even if he can recover that quickly, the Raiders are already hitting the phones in search of a replacement.

As reported earlier, the Raiders are going after Carson Palmer. Sure doesn’t sound like the they have a lot of faith in backup Kyle Boller. Of the many obstacles in the way of landing Palmer, perhaps none is greater than the assets the Raiders have to offer. That, and of course there’s Mike Brown who refuses to trade Palmer.

In his usual fashion, the late Al Davis had his Raiders wheeling and dealing. They’ve already surrendered a 3rd round pick to take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, as well as trading a 7th rounder for their most recent addition in Aaron Curry. Campbell himself was acquired from the Redskins for a 4th rounder. Their 2nd rounder was dealt to New England in this year’s draft. All these moves have trimmed the Raiders’ 2012 draft to only 1st, 5th, and 6th round picks. Not much to bargain with.

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Raiders Beat Texans With Only 10 Men on Field for Final Play

Maybe the spirit of Al Davis was truly guiding the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The Raiders beat the Texans in Houston 25-20 thanks to a Michael Huff interception on the final play of the game. Houston was at the five yard line and had an excellent chance to score, but Huff stepped in front of receiver Jacoby Jones to pick off Matt Schaub’s throw.

The amazing part about Oakland’s triumph is that they only had 10 men on the field for the play. Astute Raiders fan Preston Jones made the observation and notified several Raiders reporters.

Beating the Texans as a road underdog was already a major accomplishment for the 3-2 Raiders. Winning the game on the final play with only 10 men on the field is even more impressive. Maybe this was Al Davis paying his team back for their Sunday tribute.

You can see a video of the play at NFL.com

Raiders Paid Tribute to Al Davis with Win, Sticker on Helmet

The Oakland Raiders paid tribute to former owner Al Davis, who died on Saturday, by winning one for him in Houston Sunday. The Silver and Black came back from a 14-6 second quarter deficit to win 25-20. Safety Michael Huff sealed the win with an interception on the game’s final play, and said afterwards that the victory was for Davis.

“We know he’s looking down on us right now,” Huff said. “This win is for him. I appreciate everything he’s done for this organization. He’s never gone in our eyes. We’ll never let him go. He’s with us.”

Not only did the team pull off a win for Davis, they also added stickers to the back of their helmets to honor him. Stadiums around the league held a moment of silence before the early games to remember the renegade owner. The fan tributes to Davis weren’t exclusive to Raiders fans either:

The person who seemed to show the greatest emotion following the win was head coach Hue Jackson, who went to the ground and began crying. He’s done a very good job with the team. Al Davis would be proud.

Photo Credits: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Al Davis Left a Legacy of Good and Bad

It’s amazing how a day many Raiders fans eagerly anticipated for years was received so differently. Longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died Saturday at the age of 82. He was part of the team for 49 of its 52 years of existence, eventually becoming the face of the franchise. Known as a bright football mind, a pioneer, and a renegade, Davis left behind a legacy of positives and negatives.

Al Davis won three Super Bowls GM of the Raiders. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He was the AFL Coach of the Year in 1963, and he became commissioner of the AFL in 1966. He helped force a merger between the AFL and NFL, and he constantly fought for the good of the overall game of football.

Davis was the first person to draft an African American quarterback, and the first person to heavily scout traditional black schools. Under Davis, the Raiders hired the first Hispanic head coach, the first African American head coach, and they became the first organization in major sports to hire a female for an executive role.

A true renegade who did things his way, Davis heavily valued specialists, venturing to draft kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Ray Guy in the first round.

While doing things his way, Davis butted heads with many people.

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