Raiders, Jackson suffer 34-14 loss to Dolphins

Oakland falls into tie for division lead with Broncos after being beaten on the road by Miami.

December 05, 2011|By Charles Rich,

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.


The Oakland Raiders, coached by former Glendale Community College quarterback Hue Jackson, lost sole possession of first place in the American Football Conference's West Division on Sunday with a 34-14 road loss against the Miami Dolphins. The Raiders (7-5) had won three games in a row entering Sunday's action, but Oakland's loss, coupled with the Denver Broncos' 35-32 road win against the Minnesota Vikings, left the two teams tied for first with four games remaining.

Miami (4-8) limited the Raiders to 304 yards of total offense. The Dolphins held the Raiders to 46 yards rushing.

"We didn't play well. That's on me," Jackson told the Associated Press. "I didn't get them ready.

"We couldn't run. We couldn't stop the run. We didn't pass very well. Just a bad day at the office."


Things don't figure to get easier for the Raiders, who will next travel to face the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Packers are 12-0 and earned a last-second 38-35 road win Sunday against the New York Giants.


After missing the first half of the season recovering from a broken ankle he sustained last season, former Flintridge Prep standout Ramses Barden is easing back into game shape. Barden, a wide receiver for the New York Giants, caught one pass during the Giants' 38-35 home loss against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Barden grabbed a nine-yard pass from quarterback Eli Manning with 10:25 left in the second quarter.

Barden spent the beginning of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He was activated Nov. 5.

In five games, Barden has caught seven passes for 84 yards. In 14 career games with the Giants, who drafted the former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo star in the third round in 2009, Barden has caught 13 passes for 184 yards.

The Giants have lost four straight games to drop to 6-6 in the National Football Conference's East Division. New York trails the Dallas Cowboys by one game in the division. The Giants and Cowboys have two head-to-head meetings left, including Sunday at Dallas. The teams will close out the season at New York on Jan. 1.


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