RB Darren McFadden and the Raiders host the New England Patriots this Sunday. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
DATE: Sunday, October 2, 2011, 1:15 p.m. PT SITE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference Western Division, are now in their 52nd season of pro football competition. The Silver and Black face a fellow original American Football League and current American Football Conference member for the fourth straight week in the 2011 regular season—the New England Patriots—this Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
TELEVISION: This week's game will be televised on CBS, with Kevin Harlan handling play-by-play, and former NFL playerSolomon Wilcots as color analyst. If sold out per NFL blackout rules, the game will be broadcast in the Bay Area on KPIX Channel 5. The game will also air in Sacramento on KOVR Channel 13 as well as on KHSL in Chico, KION in Monterey and KJEOin Fresno.
RADIO: The game will air live on Raiders Radio Network originating on KITS LIVE 105.3 FM, the Silver and Black's flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and Raiders two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Flores will man the booth for the 14th straight year. The radio pregame and postgame shows feature Raider Legends George Atkinson and David Humm.
SPANISH RADIO:Raider games in the 2011 airs in Spanish in the Bay Area on Radio station KCNL 104.9 FM withFernando Arias and Ambrosio Ricohandling announcing duties.
RAIDERS-PATRIOTS SERIES: The Raiders are tied with the New England Patriots 14-14-1 in regular season contests since the teams began pro football competition as original members of the American Football League in 1960. The teams have met three times in the postseason, with the Raiders winning, 24-21 on December 18, 1976 in Oakland in an AFC Playoff contest. The Raiders went on the capture the World Championship of Professional Football by beating Minnesota, 32-14, in Super Bowl XI at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Patriots defeated the Raiders, 27-20 in an AFC Divisional playoff game on January 5, 1986 in Los Angeles. The Patriots defeated the Raiders, 16-13, in overtime in a 2001 controversial AFC Divisional Playoff contest in New England.
RAIDERS: DT Richard Seymour played for the Patriots from 2001-08… Head Coach Hue Jackson, defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and assistant linebackers coach Rick Hunley coached for the Cincinnati Bengals while Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco played there…WR Derek Hagan played with Patriots S Josh Barrett at Arizona State…DE Jarvis Moss and WR Louis Murphy played with Patriots OLB Jermaine Cunningham and ILB Brandon Spikes at Florida…CB Chris Johnson played with Patriots WR Deion Branch at Louisville… T Joe Barksdale played with Patriots RB Stevan Ridley at LSU…S Mike Mitchell played with Patriots WR Taylor Price at Ohio University…S Jerome Boyd played with Patriots S Patrick Chung at Oregon…CB Joe Porter played with New England CB Devin McCourty for the Rutgers…DT John Henderson played with Patriots DL Albert Haynesworth at the University of Tennessee…LB Bruce Davis played with Patriots WR Matthew Slater at UCLA…LB Ricky Brown went to Boston College… DT Desmond Bryant went to Harvard.
PATRIOTS:QB Tom Brady is from San Mateo … DE Andre Carter is from San Jose and played at Cal…WR Julian Edelman is from Redwood City and attended College of San Mateo…G Logan Mankins and C Ryan Wendell attended Fresno State…RB Shane Vereen went to Cal.
LAST WEEK:The Oakland Raiders beat the New York Jets, 34-24 on Sunday, September 25 in the Silver and Black's regular season home opener at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders scored on the opening drive, going 76 yards in just five plays with RB Darren McFadden scoring on a 2-yard run. McFadden also scored on a career-long 70-yard run in the second quarter with K Sebastian Janikowski converting on a 54-yard field goal just before halftime intermission to tie the score at 17. The Raiders scored a touchdown near the end of the third quarter on a 23-yard run on a reverse by rookie WR Denarius Moore then, less than a minute later, scored again, which was set up by a fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff by rookie RB Taiwan Jones. RB Michael Bush scored on a 1-yard run. Janikowski booted a 49-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
NEXT WEEK:The Raiders face their fifth American Football Conference opponent and are on the road for the third time to open the 2011 NFL regular season taking on the Texans in Houston on Sunday, October 9.