Week 14 Preview: Raiders Set to Host Redskins

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DATE: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 1:05 p.m. PT
SITE: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA

THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference West, face the Washington Redskins, members of the National Football Conference East.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised on FOXwith Dick Stocktonproviding play-by-play and Charles Davishandling color analysis.*If sold out per NFL blackout rules, the game will air in the Bay Area onKTVU Channel 2 and in Sacramento onKXTV Channel 40*.

RADIO: The game will air on Raiders Radio originating on KSFO 560 AM, the Silver and Black's Flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and former Raiders player, assistant and head coach Tom Flores will man the booth for the 12th straight year. The radio pregame show and postgame show will feature Raider Legends George Atkinson and David Humm along with KSFO's Rich Walcoff.

SPANISH RADIO:Raider games air in Spanish on*radio stationLa Kaliente, KZSF 1370 AM. Armando BotelloandAngel Dinamita handle announcing duties. Bay Area radio personalitiesVictor ZaragozaandSal Acevedo* are the sideline reporters.

NATIONAL RADIO:Sunday's game will also air on radio nationally on the Compass Media Networks with Lee Hamilton and former NFL performer Curtis Conway calling the action.

CONNECTIONS

RAIDERS: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Redskins CB Kevin Barnes and Redskins C/G Edwin Williams played together at Maryland…QB JaMarcus Russell was teammates with Redskins S LaRon Landry at LSU…LS Jon Condo and Redskins T Stephon Heyer were teammates at Maryland…Linebackers Coach Mike Haluchak held the same position with the Washington Redskins from 1995-96…DT William Joseph and Redskins DT Cornelius Griffin were teammates with the New York Giants.

REDSKINS: Offensive line coach Joe Bugel was assistant head coach/offense coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (1995-96) and Head Coach of the Raiders in 1997…DT Lorenzo Alexander is from Berkeley and attended St. Mary's High School and Cal…DE Andre Carter is from San Jose and attended Cal…T Levi Jones is from Santa Cruz…RB Quinton Ganther is from Fairfield…CB DeAngelo Hall played for the Raiders in 2008…G Paul Fanaika is from Millbrae.

SERIES: Sunday's game marks the 11th regular season meeting between the Raiders and Redskins. The Silver and Black have won seven of the previous 10 contests between the two storied franchises, including four of the last five. The teams first met in 1970, the first year after the AFL-NFL merger, with the Raiders winning, 34-20, in Oakland. The franchises also squared off in Super Bowl XVIII, which the Raiders won, 38-9.

LAST TIME: The Oakland Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins, 16-13, on November 20, 2005 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. After trailing 13-3 at halftime, the Raiders fought back for a 16-13 win on the strength of a 49-yard touchdown strike from QB Kerry Collins to WR Jerry Porter early in the third quarter, a relentless defensive effort, and three field goals from K Sebastian Janikowski, the third of which came with 1:08 left in the game, capping the comeback for the Raiders and providing the final outcome.

SUPER BOWL XVIII REMATCH:Sunday's Raiders-Redskins game is a rematch of the participants in Super Bowl XVIII when the Raiders won 38-9, in Tampa, Florida to claim their third World Championship of Professional Football. RB Marcus Allen was named the game's Most Valuable Player after rushing for a then-Super Bowl record 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a then-Super Bowl record 74-yarder. The Raiders jumped out to a 7-0 lead early when Derrick Jensen blocked a Redskins punt and fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. QB Jim Plunkett extended the lead to 14-0 in the second quarter when he found WR Cliff Branch for a 12-yard touchdown. Washington kicked a field goal to get on the board before LB Jack Squirek picked off a screen pass at the Redskins five-yard line with 12 seconds left in the half and trotted into the end zone to give the Raiders a 21-3 lead at halftime. Washington scored a touchdown on the first drive of the second half, but TE Don Hasselbeck blocked the extra point, making the score 21-9. The Raiders answered with a five-yard Allen TD run to go up 28-9. Then Allen ran 74 yards for the touchdown to put the Team of the Decades up 35-9. K Chris Bahr tacked on a late field goal to provide the final margin of victory and cap the Raiders' third Super Bowl title.

LAST WEEK: The Oakland Raiders defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers in Pittsburgh, 27-24. The Silver and Black scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the win over the Steelers. K Sebastian Janikowski tied the score at three with a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. Janikowski booted another field goal (43 yards) to draw the Raiders near at 10-6 at the half. QB Bruce Gradkowski threw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter—a 17-yarder to WR Chaz Schilens, a 75-yarder to WR Louis Murphy and a game-winning 11-yarder to Murphy with nine seconds remaining in the game.

NEXT WEEK:The Raiders go on the road to face the AFC West Broncos in Denver on Sunday, December 20.

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