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Raiders fall to Packers

Oakland and Jackson knocked out of first place in the division after 46-16 loss.

December 12, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

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JACKSON, RAIDERS STUMBLE AGAIN

The Oakland Raiders, coached by former Glendale Community College quarterback Hue Jackson, appeared to have things under control in the American Football Conference's West Division a few weeks ago. However, a two-game slide and the emergence of Denver Broncos second-year quarterback Tim Tebow has seen Denver overtake Oakland for first place in the division.

The Broncos hold a one-game lead over the Raiders with three games remaining. Oakland's defense continued its struggles on defense Sunday, as Oakland suffered a 46-16 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Denver's 13-10 overtime home win against the Chicago Broncos allowed them to grab hold of first.

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The Raiders trailed, 31-0, at halftime. They allowed 391 yards of total offense against the undefeated Packers (13-0).

Jackson said the Raiders need to turn things around quickly after allowing 40 points per games in losses against the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay.

"I'm not going to let this team keep going backward," Jackson told the Associated Press. "The last two weeks, we haven't come close to playing or looking like the football team we've been."

Quarterback Carlson Palmer threw for 245 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions for Oakland, which will next face the visiting Detroit Lions on Sunday.

REID, EAGLES GET BACK ON TRACK

The Philadelphia Eagles, who are coached by former Glendale Community College offensive lineman Andy Reid, kept their faint playoff hopes alive Sunday with a 26-10 road victory against the Miami Dolphins. Philadelphia entered the season as a favorite my many to win the franchise's first Super Bowl title, but have fallen on hard times with speculation rising that Reid's job might be in jeopardy.

The Eagles (5-8) won for only the second time in six games. They will need to sweep their final three games — beginning with Sunday's home contest against the New York Jets — to have any shot at winning the National Football Conference's East Division for the second season in a row.

On Sunday, Philadelphia recorded nine sacks and forced three turnovers to help snap a two-game losing streak in front of a large contingent of Philadelphia fans.

"The fans were unbelievable," Reid told the Associated Press. "Unbelievable. At times you almost felt like you were at home.

"They were loud. They were aggressive, right from the get-go."

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