Raiders rested, ready to battle rival Chargers

first_img That’s because the Chargers are coming to town Sunday to face the Raiders (1-3) for the first time this season. “I always watch `Monday Night Football,” Routt said. “I’ve already watched so much film on them. Tonight I’ll probably be able to call out some their tendencies and favorite plays they like to run.’ The Raiders tried to learn a little bit extra from Monday night’s game, which San Diego (2-3) lost 24-22 to Pittsburgh. While the Chargers have a short week to get ready for Oakland, the Raiders should be well-rested and prepared after having a week off following their win over Dallas. Having an extra week hasn’t proved to be much of a benefit for the Raiders in recent years. They lost the game following the bye week in three of the last four seasons, including a 23-17 home defeat to the Chargers last year when both teams had the extra week to prepare. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 164 yards and a touchdown in that game. The Raiders know they have to key in on those two players again this week. “We have a lot more things we can do scheme-wise against a team like that,’ Morrison said. “Hopefully everything we put in can be effective. With the way … they utilize the tight end, have to change your coverages. You can’t always use your base coverage. You have to keep them off-balance. You have to give them different looks. If you give them the same looks, they’ll pick you apart.’ Oakland returned to practice Monday after taking three days off over the weekend. Coach Norv Turner said the team spent the four extra days of practice since the win against the Cowboys working on improving its efficiency on third downs and in the red zone and preparing specifically for the Chargers. The Raiders have converted just 30 percent of their third-down conversions second worst in the NFL and have scored only five touchdowns in 12 trips inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. While Turner said it’s hard to surprise a division opponent that plays your team twice each year, he plans to put in a few changes “I don’t know if you ever fool anyone, but you give them different wrinkles and you give them things that may look like something you’ve run before and you actually run something different out of it,’ Turner said. “It still comes down to executing and going out and blocking and tackling and running a route and throwing and guys making plays.’ @tagline: Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ALAMEDA — Stanford Routt plops down in front of his television every week to watch “Monday Night Football.’ But the Oakland Raiders’ rookie defensive back paid closer attention this week when San Diego hosted Pittsburgh. last_img
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NewsAlert Canadas Sebastien Toutant wins gold medal in Olympic big air

first_imgBOKWANG, South Korea – Canada’s Sebastien Toutant has won gold in men’s big air at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.The 25-year-old from L’Assomption, Que., scored 84.75 points on his first run and 89.50 on his second for a combined 174.25 points. Toutant didn’t land his final run, but he didn’t need to.In big air, each rider gets three runs with the points from their top two combined for a total score. Jumps are judged based on difficulty and execution — including amplitude and landing.Kyle Mack of the United States won silver while Britain’s Billy Morgan took bronze.Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., who won silver in slopestyle last week, finished ninth with 117.75 while Regina’s Mark McMorris, the slopestyle bronze medallist, was 10th after struggling to land his first two jumps.Big air was making its Olympic debut.Toutant finished 11th in slopestyle last week.last_img read more

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