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Raiders Post-Game Quotes After Beating the Steelers

QB Carson Palmer

On the final drive: “It’s tough to find anything to exploit against that defense. They’re a stingy group. They have a great pass rush. They’re really physical on the back end. You just have to go through your reads, especially in a two-minute situation. In the corners minds, there’s always the possibility of getting beat, being the guy that gets beat for the touchdown. So we took advantage of some of the underneath routes and we knew with Janikowski, if we could just get him past the 30-yard line or around the 30-yard line, he’s pretty consistent from hitting there. So really just they brought a couple blitzes and we took advantage and hit some hots on some of their blitzes and just got completions. It started off rough with the first two plays, but just got a couple of completions there in the end and got Janikowski within his range.”

On no-huddle early in the game: “Yeah, get us in a rhythm, it opens up some of the run game, but also really tires out their big guys. Their front seven is 300-plus pounds across the board and when you get in that no huddle you can tire guys out and we knew that would be an advantage for us. We got some of that no huddle going early and they did a good job stopping it a couple times and we came back to it later in the second half and really ran it well and did a good job.”

On the win: “We kind of felt coming in that we were already written off and we know we’re a good team. We just had some unfortunate things happen the first two weeks and we didn’t handle business and play well enough. We knew we could win this game. We knew we were playing against a good opponent, but we knew we were the only ones that really believed we could win. We were just fortunate, we got some turnovers on defense, the defense played great, got us the ball back, got us some short fields, we hit some big explosive plays and we’re fortunate to get the win.”

RB Darren McFadden

On the touchdown run: “It was a great hole that opened up for me and I just hit it running. I saw the end zone and I made one move on the guy and just hit it running. I was glad to get there.”

On if he was expecting the hole to open up: “When I run the ball, I expect to hit it every time. It was one of those things when I saw the hole, I just hit it running and the safety came down and I made him miss and just took off and used my speed.”

On if this game was a relief: “It feels good. For me, I always tell myself that first big one always feels good. It’s like a weight off your shoulder. It feels good out there. We just want to go out there, keep working hard, and just keep getting better each week.”

On the win: “It’s a great win for us. It’s one of those things; it’s a confidence booster for us. We want to go out there and just keep building on this and keep stacking wins.”

WR Derek Hagan

On his performance today: “Whenever your name is called, you’ve got to be ready. My number was called in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t called in the first half, but in the fourth quarter, that’s when the game is on the line. We talked about that all week, just coming out and making sure we’re bringing the wood. We played four quarters of football. That team, the Steelers, they played one heck of a game. [We’re] definitely glad we got the first victory.”

On QB Carson Palmer in the 4th quarter: “Carson just knows how to keep his composure. He’s a veteran. He’s been in this league for a long time. He’s played the Steelers many, many times. I think he’s played the Steelers the most out of anybody else on this team. He knows what they were going to do today. They pretty much did the same thing they did six, seven years ago when he was playing with Cincinnati. Obviously, they’ve got a legendary D-coordinator over there. He’s been running certain things that other teams have seen, that we’ve seen. We knew their tendencies and we were able to hit them with some big plays when it really counted.”


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One Response to “Raiders Post-Game Quotes After Beating the Steelers”

  1. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    Big Ben might be the most under-rated QB ever. CP3 showed that he is still in the same class as the elite QB’s of this league. Big props to Reggie for bringing back Derek Hagan, a sure handed possession receiver, a professional. Note that CP3 has been able to hook up with any receiver he has had time to work with in practice. To wit, Brandon Myers and quickly, Hagan and DMoore.

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