Week Four of th 2011 NFL Season pits the Raider Nation at home in the Black Hole against the New England Patriots.
Does anyone remember the Snow Bowl (or should that be, Snow Job)?
Both teams are 2-1, and both teams lost to the Buffalo Bills after racking up big leads in the first half. Their historical team on team records, meanwhile, are tied. And yet, the plot thickens yet more …
New England Traitor or Oakland Raider?
A former New England Patriot, who grew up across the Bay from Oakland in San Mateo, is now playing for Oakland! So how does HE feel about this matchup?
And let's not forget the Darren McFadden factor!
His name seems to be on everyone's lips. How many yards will he rush for against the Patriots in today's game?
What They're Saying About the Raiders Patriots Game
Mouths are wagging. I've done my reading. And I can't wait for the opening kickoff …
Here are my Top 10 Favourite Pre Game quotes on the match up between the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots from the coaches of both team, a former coach of the Oakland Raiders, some of the players from both the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots, and a couple of journalists.
One got two quotes. Can you guess who? (Or why?)
- “[The sellout is] tremendous. It means the fans are beginning to truly like and understand what we're doing here. I thank them for that. Now we need to go out and play Raider football the way we know we can play and give them something to keep them screaming about.” – Hue Jackson, coach, Oakland Raiders.
- “[The Raiders are] “really a couple of seconds away from being 3-0. [They are] very explosive, got a lot of big pass guys, playing with a lot of confidence, and we're going out there on the road”. – Bill Belichick, coach, New England Patriots.
- “We'd get off the bus in New York City, and these fans knew who you were. You'd walk around Oakland, and they're thinking you were a truck driver or something.” – Tom Flores, former coach, Oakland Raiders.
- “It isn't me against New England. It's the Raiders against New England.” – Richard Seymour, defensive tackle, Oakland Raiders (and former New England Patriot).
- “[Raiders football is] nasty, rip your head off brutality.” – Richard Seymour, defensive end, Oakland Raiders .
- “We know the Patriots are coming to town and how quickly things can change. You win one, you're the greatest thing in the world. You lose one, and it's, 'same old Raiders.'” – Jason Campbell, quarterback, Oakland Raiders.
- “They beat the Jets last week and with them in our division, we know how tough a team they are. They play at home. Their crowds really gets into it. It's a damn good team, defense, offense, special teams.” – Tom Brady, quarterback, New England Patriots.
- “[Darren McFadden is] a tough back. He's a guy that can go anywhere on the field and has the speed to always take it to the house. You see that on film. You see him break long runs. We've seen him make runs where he has to run outside and get first downs. It will be a challenge for the defense just to come prepared and, most important, tackle.” – Devin McCourty, cornerback, New England Patriots.
- “[The Raiders are] a tough team that will line up and smack the Patriots in the mouth. They did it last week against the Jets.” – Karen Guregian, reporter, Boston Herald.
- “ . . . love or hate the Silver and Black, it's hard to deny that the name 'Oakland Raiders' at the top of the standings is a good thing for a league long known for rewarding copycats and conformists. The Raiders have never been accused of being either,” – Eddie Pells, national writer, AP.
Copyright: Michael Taylor Pictured: Raiderettes to the Rescue on last matchup between the Oakland Raider and the New England Patriots Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons