The Oakland Raiders are getting bit hard by the injury bug.
First it was quarterback Jason Campbell likely out for the rest of the year with that fractured claivcle. And now the silver and black won’t have the services of runningback Darren McFadden who is having a breakout season. He has missed practice all week after he sprained his right foot early in the game vs. the Chiefs.
Power runner Michael Bush will take over along with rookie Taiwan Jones. As a result, the Raiders might have to go with more of a passing game.
Coach Hue Jackson is pulling every rabbit out of the perverbial hat that he can. After taking a gamble to sign Carson Palmer for two draft picks, Jackson decided to add Palmer’s teammate at Cincinnati, receiver TJ Houzmanzadah. The 34-year old was never a highly recruited player and played at the junior college level.
Expect Oakland to pressure Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow who has been receiving criticism all over the country. Tebow has been sacked 13 times in two games and completing only 47 percent of his passes. Adding insult to injury is this obsession of fans and some media mimicking his prayer stance and posting photos of themselves ‘Tebowing’ on social media websites.
The Raiders, Chiefs, and Chargers are all tied for first in the AFC West with 4-3 records. Because the Raiders second biggest rival are the Broncos and given what’s at stake in the division, this game will likely be low scoring and very competitive.
Raider nation also helped out by selling out the Coliseum so it will be televised locally on CBS 5 with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorff calling the action. As always, the game can be listened to on the radio with Greg Papa on the play-by-play and the color analyst is former two time Super Bowl winning coach, Tom Flores.