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Oakland Raiders need to make more 'moment of truth' plays FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Oakland Raiders think they got into the end zone and answered the challenge. But because of a questionable holding call, the Raiders were forced to try to get back in the end zone (something they didn't do on their other eight offensive drives). In the end, they couldn’t. So, as the Raiders -- who elevated their defensive play in their 16-9 loss at New England on Sunday ...

Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 16-9 loss to New England at Gillette Stadium: What it means: The Raiders were gutsy, but the reality is they fell to 0-3. The Oakland defense was better and it kept the Raiders in the game. Yet the Raiders' offense couldn’t come through when needed. Receiver Denarius Moore let a ball bounce out of his hands in the red zone, and it was ...

Latest Loss Exposes Oakland Raiders' Lack of Overall Talent The Oakland Raiders ' late push fell short Sunday in a 16-9 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough. It wasn’t a moral victory for the Raiders, but it was a good reminder that coaching isn’t the only reason the team is 0-3. Head coach Dennis Allen’s team fought hard for four quarters, but it wasn’t enough to get a road win against a Bill Belichick -coached squad that hasn’t lost more than ...

Patriots' sluggish offense beats Raiders 16-9 The New England Patriots had trouble getting into the end zone. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made sure the Oakland Raiders stayed out of the end zone in the final minute. An interception by the 325-pound Wilfork near his goal line gave the heavily favored Patriots the ball with 51 seconds left, and they ran out the clock to hold off the Raiders 16-9 on Sunday. ''I just happened to catch it ...

Patriots vs. Raiders: Predict the Score Making a score prediction for the Patriots' week three match-up against the Oakland Raiders. Tomorrow afternoon, the Patriots finally kick off their home slate with an intra-conference match-up against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are 0-2 and are coming off an ugly home loss to the Houston Texans.

Still 'too early' for Raiders to fire Dennis Allen Some Oakland Raiders fans are already calling for coach Dennis Allen to be fired. However, Ian Rapoport reports that it's still too early for owner Mark Davis to make a move.

Tom Brady trolls Oakland Raiders fans with Tuck Rule reminder on Facebook It has been almost 13 years, but Tom Brady doesn't mind turning back the clock to troll the fans of the Oakland Raiders.

Oakland Raiders lose 16-9 to New England Patriots Rookie quarterback Derek Carr and winless Oakland Raiders give Tom Brady and New England Patriots all they can handle in NFL game at Foxborough

5 Takeaways from the Patriots-Raiders If the Patriots' performance against the Oakland Raiders is to be considered anything close to the team's best effort, there needs to be a careful rethinking of the roster, particularly on offense.

Despite Team Struggles, Oakland Raiders Rookies off to Great Start This was supposed to be the year that the Oakland Raiders escaped from the cellar of the NFL . The Raiders operated with a skeleton crew the last couple of years and without much success, but they brought in a few veteran swashbucklers in the hopes of stealing more victories in 2014. Head coach Dennis Allen was supposed to captain the turnaround, but the Raiders started taking on water in Week 1 ...

Ken Stabler
 Ken Stabler

"Snake" was at the forefront of the Oakland Raiders glory years under Coach John Madden. In his 10 Raider years, the left handed All-America quarterback from Alabama was named to the Pro Bowl five times ('73 to '77) passed for more than 200 yards 36 times in league play, in 1977 led the Raiders to Super Bowl victory over Minnesota. While a Raider he set a record of 143 attempts without an interception, completed 1,182 passes for a Raider record. Enshrined into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Kenny "The Snake" Stabler (born December 25, 1945) is a former American football quarterback who played quarterback at the University of Alabama and for the Oakland Raiders under coach John Madden (1970-1984). He is left-handed, and at the time of his pro career left-handed quarterbacks were looked on as being unsuitable for professional football, with a variety of semi-credible excuses being given for this view. One such was that the spin on passes would be the reverse of "normal", resulting in problems for receivers.

Born on Christmas Day 1945 in Foley, Alabama, the left-handed Stabler became a highly touted football player in high school, earning the nickname "The Snake" from his coach after a long, winding touchdown run. He was recruited by Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant and joined the team in 1964. In 1965 he led Alabama to a national championship. He finished his career with the Crimson Tide in 1967, having compiled a 28-3-2 record as a starter. He was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft in 1968. Stabler first made his mark in the NFL in a 1972 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After entering the game in relief of Daryle Lamonica, he scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard scramble. The Steelers, however, came back to win on a controversial, deflected pass from Terry Bradshaw to Franco Harris, known in football lore as The Immaculate Reception.

After suffering severe knee injuries, Stabler became less a scrambling quarterback and more a classic, drop-back passer, known for deadly-accurate passes in the 10-to-20 yard range and an uncanny ability to lead late, come-from-behind drives. During the peak of his career he had an impressive receiving corps consisting of sprinter Cliff Branch, sure-handed possession receiver Fred Biletnikoff, and Hall-of-Fame tight end Dave Casper. As a starter in Oakland, Stabler was named AFC player of the year in 1974 and 1976, and was the NFL's passing champion in 1976. In 1977 he guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, after a narrow playoff victory over the New England Patriots in which he scored the winning touchdown on a surprise quarterback keeper. In the 1977 AFC Playoffs against the Baltimore Colts he threw a crucial 4th quarter pass to Dave Casper that set up a game tying field goal that sent into overtime in which the Raiders eventually won; that incredible 4th quarter pass was dubbed The Ghost To The Post.

In 1980 he was traded to the Houston Oilers for Dan Pastorini, whom Raiders' owner Al Davis regarded as a more effective deep passer. The Oilers in turn saw Stabler as the missing ingredient that could finally get them past the Steelers and into the Super Bowl. Ironically, Pastorini lost the starting job in Oakland to Jim Plunkett after an injury, and Plunkett then led the Raiders over Stabler and the Oilers in the playoffs. Stabler played one more season with Houston and then finished his NFL career with a three-year stint with the New Orleans Saints.

He currently provides color commentary alongside Eli Gold for broadcasts of Alabama football.

 


 

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