THIS WEEK’S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
- The Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Week 7 contest at O.co Coliseum on Sunday.
- Sunday’s game is the first home contest for the Silver and Black in nearly one month, as the Raiders last played at O.co Coliseum on Sept. 23, a 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Jacksonville will be visiting Oakland for the first time in eight seasons, as the Jaguars last played at O.co Coliseum on Jan. 2, 2005.
- The Raiders will be looking for the team’s first win over the Jaguars since the 1996 season, as Jacksonville holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time regular season series.
- RB Darren McFadden produced one of his most outstanding performances as a pro when the Raiders last faced the Jaguars. McFadden racked up a career-high 209 total yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns in a 38-31 loss at Jacksonville on Dec. 12, 2010.
- The Raiders have not yet played a full game with all five of the team’s projected starters on the offensive line this season. In total, starting offensive linemen have missed 20 quarters of play in five games due to injuries.
Carson Palmerwill face off against his former offensive coordinator, Jacksonville’s Bob Bratkowski. Bratkowski served as offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001-10, working with Palmer for the quarterback’s first eight seasons in the NFL.
RAIDERS RETURN HOME TO FACE JACKSONVILLE: The Raiders return home to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, marking the Silver and Black’s first home game since a 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 23. The Raiders were edged by the Atlanta Falcons last week at the Georgia Dome, 23-20. The Jaguars are coming off of their bye week, and enter Sunday’s game with a 1-4 record.
THE SERIES: The Raiders and Jaguars have met just five times since Jacksonville entered the NFL as an expansion team in 1995. The Jaguars hold a 4-1 advantage in the all-time regular-season series, having recorded four straight wins since Oakland won the first meeting between the two teams in 1996. Sunday’s game will mark Jacksonville’s first visit to Oakland since the 2004 season.
DMAC’S DAY: RB Darren McFadden recorded one of his finest days as a pro the last time the Raiders and Jaguars locked horns. McFadden produced a career-high 209 yards from scrimmage on Dec. 12, 2010, at Jacksonville as the Raiders dropped a narrow 38-31 decision. McFadden rushed 16 times for 123 yards (7.7 avg.) with two touchdowns, and added three receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown. All three of his touchdowns came on long plays, as McFadden scored on runs of 36 and 51 yards and recorded a career-long 67-yard touchdown reception.
DINGED UP GROUP: The Raiders have not played a full game with all five projected starters on the offensive line this season. They’ve sustained key injuries now at three of those five positions, most recently losing RG
SEABASS STREAKS: K
LOST STARTS: The Silver and Black’s depth has been tested early in the 2012 season, as six of the team’s 22 starting positions have been hit by injury. In total, the Raiders have lost 13 starts due to injury through five games.
BIG-PLAY GOODY: RB
CHALLENGE=REVERSE: Head Coach Dennis Allen successfully challenged a completion ruling at Atlanta last week, marking the third successful challenge by the Raiders this season. Including the preseason, the Raiders have successfully challenged six rulings, recording the best challenge-success rate in the league. The team’s three successful challenges are already one more than the total from last season.
TOTAL YARDAGE HIGH: The Raiders established a season high with 474 total yards (149 yards rushing and 325 yards net passing) of offense at Atlanta last week. It marked the most for a Raider team since generating 520 total yards of offense in the 2011 season finale against San Diego.
WELCOME BACK: The Raiders and Jaguars have not met in Oakland since the 2004 season, which is tied for the longest active stretch between home games against an AFC opponent for the Silver and Black. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee have not played in Oakland since 2004 and Buffalo has not visited O.co Coliseum since the 2005 season. Sunday’s game will mark just the fourth time that Jacksonville has played in Oakland since the Jaguars joined the NFL in 1995.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS vs. JACKSONVILLE: S
PRIDE AND POISE UNDER PRESSURE: QB Carson Palmer has engineered two late scoring drives to win or tie games so far this season. Against Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, Palmer drove the Raiders 45 yards on nine plays, putting K Sebastian Janikowski in position to nail a 43-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired. At Atlanta last week, Palmer rebounded from throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown to pilot an eight-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 2-yard touchdown run by RB Darren McFadden, to knot the contest at 20 with 40 seconds left in regulation.
IRON MEN: Several Raiders look to extend personal games-played/ games-started streaks this week. DT
Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen coached the secondary for the New Orleans Saints alongside Jaguars secondary coach Tony Oden from 2008- 10...Allen was the assistant defensive line coach with the Saints from 2006-07 while Jaguars special teams coordinator John Bonamego coached the special teams with New Orleans...QB Carson Palmer and Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski worked together with the Cincinnati Bengals for Palmer’s first eight seasons in the NFL from 2003-10...Bratkowski served as offensive coordinator for the Bengals from 2001-10... Jaguars assistant head coach/quarterbacks Greg Olson was quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers while Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver served in a quality control role for the 49ers in 2001...T