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Long Day in Lambeau; Raiders Pounded 38-7

Oakland Raiders quarterback Josh McCown (12) and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (21) walk off the field after the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 38-7.

Don’t blame the cold, the frozen turf, or the cheeseheads in the crowd.  The Raiders 38-7 drubbing at the hands of the Green Bay Packers had everything to do with a team that simply was back to playing bad football.  The Raiders had been playing much better, winning two in a row, but ran into a running back in Ryan Grant who ran over them for 156 yards.  They also allowed a punt return for a score and fumbled a ball in the end zone for another.

“I don’t think the cold didn’t tackle today,” Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said. “I don’t think the cold threw incompletions today. I don’t think the cold had nine penalties. We did.”  Grant was a big part in beating the Raiders, and now has four 100-yard plus rushing days in 2007, not bad for a guy that was not even the starter when the season kicked off.  “I can’t say enough about Ryan Grant,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think he’s really coming into his own.”  The back ran through Raiders all day long, breaking tackles and making 2-3 yard gains into 10-12 yard gains

The Pack was also helped by other Raiders mistakes, like bad coverage on a punt return by Will Blackmon that made it 14-0.  Blackmon was not done, as later on he recovered a Tim Dwight fumble on a punt return in the end zone that made it 31-7 late in the third quarter.  The Raiders made a game of it for awhile, with Josh McCown hitting Jerry Porter right before the half with a 25-yard score to make it 14-7.  The Raiders though were chilled in the second half, being outplayed and outscored 24-0 in the final 30 mintues.

McCown hung around for as long as he could as the Pack defense was bearing down on him at every turn.  He went 7-for-15 for 110 yards with one score and two picks.  Andrew Walter came in relief and went 5-for-8 for 38 yards.  Justin Fargas also suffered bruised ribs, but before leaving had 15 carries for 57 yards.  It was a long, cold day for a Raiders team that had won two straight.  Today they seemed more like the team that had lost six in a row at one point.

The Raiders will be at home for a huge test as they host the champion Indy Colts.

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