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As fans of AMC’s adrenaline packed Breaking Bad will attest, the show’s success was all in the chemistry. From the actors, to the writing, to the direction, all aspects came together to paint an enthralling and unpredictable television series. Although this series ended last week, Raider fans will be glued to the television tonight to witness a current drama unfolding before their eyes.
Sebastian Janikowski, the Oakland Raiders’ kicker and Raider Nation fan favorite, the Breaking Bad adage couldn’t be more poignant for his 2013 season. Just as Walter White was a master at cooking methamphetamine for 5 seasons, Janikowksi has been automatic and incredible when kicking the pigskin. For years, especially in the last three, Janikowski has split the uprights constantly for the Silver and Black, becoming a main force for the offense and puncturing opponents’ hearts with sure fire 20 yard chips or booming kicks that make 50 yards look like child’s play. However this year, Janikowski’s current batch is anything but pure.
In just four games into this young 2013 NFL season, Janikowski has missed three field goals including one inside the Colts’ dome in week one. His third miss, and hopefully last of the year, was a 52 yard attempt that came during last weekend’s home loss to the Washington Redskins. While that kick was from distance and in the dirt, many NFL fans would brush that off as a victim of circumstance. Not the Raider Nation. Just as we expect our fans to be the most passionate and unique, we expect exceptional quality from our number 11. And when you consider that our offense struggles to move the ball and put up six, especially last week when the lackadaisical Matt Flynn was throwing the ball, Janikowski’s influence on the scoreboard becomes even more crucial.
This year began as a mixed bag for Janikowski. Although he signed a staggering 5-year, $19 million contract extension making him a Raider for life, he was to perform without the excellent Shane Lechler. Lechler, who left the Raiders this off-season for to the Houston Texans, was an extraordinary punter for the Silver and Black and forged a great relationship with Janikowski. That tandem spoke highly of the teams special teams and now it’s most nuanced, often overlooked trait, is being exposed so far this season. Lecher held Janikowski’s place kicks for thirteen loyal seasons, creating a telepathic bond of timing and efficiency. Now with new punter Marquette King, Janikowski’s kicks have gone wide of the posts, and that new bond is noticeably imperfect.
King and Janikowski are working diligently in practice to improve their timing and the comfort level between them. Fans should not doubt Janikowski’s kicking prowess, because when you when you switch from working with an all pro for over a decade, there is going to be some rust.
Tonight against the San Diego Chargers, Janikowski will have the best opportunity, under the lights and on national television, to remind their AFC rivals that the Polish Powder Keg can still split the uprights from any point on the field. With Terrelle Pryor back in the lineup, the Raiders will immediately be more competitive than last week and this game could come down to three points, a kick, and a moment of chemistry.
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BREAKING: The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn, according g to source. — Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) October 7, 2013 The post Report: Raiders Release QB Matt Flynn appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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The Oakland Raiders have moved on from their supposed heir apparent quarterback Matt Flynn today. From the moment he first donned the silver and black uniform Flynn has looked like the backup to JaMarcus Russell that he once was in college. While the Raiders will not miss Flynn at all, his quick departure calls into question general manager Reggie...
According to Mike Silver of the NFL Network, if free agent quarterback Josh Freeman signs with the Raiders, it will be as a starter over Terrelle Pryor.
If Josh Freeman goes to Oakland, it’d be as a starter over Terrelle Pryor @MikeSilver says.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 6, 2013
This makes absolutely no sense to me. Freeman’s completion percentage has been...
In the most important game of the year for both of these teams, the 2-2 Chargers come into Oakland Coliseum to face an upstart Raiders team. After a rough week 4, the Raiders could use an offensive spark, so seeing Terrelle Pryor return should be good news. The Chargers, meanwhile, are a few fourth-quarter blown leads away from being 4-0, thanks to a resurgent year for Philip...
The Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders are both doing all they can to make O.co Coliseum a winning place, no matter what their playing ground looks like.
The Raiders beat the Chargers at home 27-17 on Sunday night, one day after the A’s held off the Tigers 1-0 in their American League Division Series. But the wins didn’t just mean a good weekend for Oakland fans — it also meant...
For NFL fans on the east coast getting up to your first cup of coffee Monday morning, two things happened in Oakland while you were sleeping. First, there was an NFL game between the Chargers and Raiders which kicked off at 11:35 ET (and ended during your REM stage) and there was an earthquake during the second quarter of the game.
Neither of which anyone on the Right Coast has...
Under the bright lights of the O.Co Coliseum, on the latest kickoff in NFL history, the Oakland Raiders showed they were well awake to beat the San Diego Chargers, by the score of 27 to 17. Despite being without five starters in RB Darren McFadden, OLs Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wiskiewski and Tony Pashos, and safety Tyvon Branch, the Silver & […]
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis took a tour of the old Concord Naval Weapons Station the other day - with an eye toward whether it could be just the place for a new stadium for the team.
"He made no commitments but my feeling he liked the looks of the property" said Concord Mayor Dan Helix.
Helix joined Davis and a handful of others on the 90-minute tour Friday including...
In time for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers the Raiders have signed OL Jack Cornell to the active roster from the team's practice squad. To make room on the roster the team waived offensive guard Antoine McClain.
Cornell had been on the Raiders' practice squad for the past three weeks. The Raiders have been losing players to injury of late. Lucas Nix is...
Tweet The Oakland Raiders have released Matt Flynn according to Sport Illustrated’s Jim Trotter. The news — of course — was broken on the mean streets of Twitter. BREAKING: The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn, according g to source. — Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) October 7, 2013 This comes down to a variety of reasons, but […]
Oakland Raiders veteran defensive back Charles Woodson broke the NFL record for defensive touchdowns, after he picked off Phillip Rivers and returned it 25-yards for 6 points. He broke the 12-all tie he had with Hall of Fame DB Rod…Read more →
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Poor Matt Flynn just can’t seem to catch a break.
Following an incredible Terrelle Pryor performance resulting in a huge divisional win against the Chargers Sunday night, the Raiders have parted ways with quarterback Matt Flynn. The release came only 12 hours after the Raiders were deemed victorious over the division rival Chargers. This news comes 6 months...
Free safety Charles Woodson scooped up a Danny Woodhead fumble late in the third quarter Sunday night and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
That marked the 13th defensive touchdown for Woodson during his 16-year NFL career. It also moved Woodson into a tie with former Raiders safety Rod Woodson and former safety Darren Sharper for the NFL record.
The play helped the Raiders...
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings sustained a hamstring injury and did not play in the second half against San Diego.Fantasy Spin:Jennings was productive in the first half with 10 carries for 41 yards. If he can't go and always-injured Darren McFadden is still sidelined, the team will have to make do with Jeremy Stewart and fullback Marcel Reece.
Just a week after Matt Flynn looked awful as the starter of the Oakland Raiders the team has released him.
On Monday the Raiders released Flynn after dropping him to third string prior to Sunday’s game against San Diego.
BREAKING: The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn, according g to source.
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) October 7, 2013
With Terelle Pryor back...