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    The NFL's most stable and successful franchise had a fairly tumultuous offseason. It only seems appropriate considering what the league has witnessed over the past few months.
    While the NFL and its fans welcome the start of the regular season, maybe more than ever, the Patriots see if they can overcome a bevy of personnel changes as their quest to win a third straight Super Bowl begins against Randy Moss and the Oakland Raiders.

    Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, league officials and fans across the country must be happy their focus can finally turn to the games that count, as opposed to many ugly off-the-field issues that have made headlines in recent months.

    The Terrell Owens saga in Philadelphia was the big story for quite some time before significantly more grim matters took the forefront. First, it was the death of 49ers lineman Thomas Herrion, and now it's the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina that could force New Orleans to play its entire schedule outside of Louisiana.

    New England dealt with its share of disheartening news on a smaller scale, learning Tedy Bruschi would have to sit out this season due to a stroke he suffered just days after the team beat the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.
     
    ``We have a lot of respect and love for Bruschi. But he's gone,'' safety Rodney Harrison said. ``That's unfortunate for us, but we have to move on. Just like if I got injured they'd have to move on without me. That's just part of the game. That's reality.''

    Bruschi's situation and the sudden retirement of Ted Johnson leaves coach Bill Belichick without half of his starting linebackers. Journeyman Monty Beisel, former Pro Bowler Chad Brown and special-teams standout Matt Chatham are expected to fill in.

    The absence of Bruschi and Johnson certainly makes things tougher on defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, the longtime Belichick assistant who takes over for Romeo Crennel.

    ``I don't anticipate any problems. Eric's been in the system,'' Harrison said. ``We love both of those guys to death. We have all of the respect in the world for Eric, as well as Romeo.''

    While Crennel left to take over the Cleveland Browns, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis went on to Notre Dame. The game planning on offense will be done collectively by a group that includes Belichick, a defensive specialist, and quarterback Tom Brady. The two-time Super Bowl MVP often may be calling his own plays.

    ``Each year we've lost guys,'' Mangini said. ``We just have to adjust to the transition and that's what we're doing.''

    Another of the guys Mangini has lost is Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law, who signed with the Jets after missing much of last season due to a broken foot. Injuries to Law and fellow starter Tyrone Poole forced Belichick to use rookies Asante Samuel and Randall Gay, and that duo performed remarkably well to help New England win its third Super Bowl in four years.

    Samuel and Gay get a good test right out of the gate in 2005, trying to slow down Moss and a Raiders offense many predict could be very dangerous.

    ``I'm not looking at it as trying to find a new home,'' said Moss, who was involved in some controversy of his own during training camp when he seemed to indicate that he still smokes marijuana occasionally in an interview with HBO's ``Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel''.

    ``I'm just looking at it as a business and just going out there and doing my job.''

    Moss being dealt from Minnesota to Oakland may have been the most notable offseason acquisition of any NFL team. Team officials have been pleased with his attitude and work ethic in the preseason, and the wideout should open up Oakland's offense.

    ``He's got a little fight in him, got a little bit of an attitude,'' quarterback Kerry Collins said. ``He talks a little trash. But that's part of what makes him great. All the great ones do that.''

    Some are calling for a big year from Collins, having a group of talented receivers headed by Moss and Jerry Porter. He should also benefit from the addition of LaMont Jordan to a rushing attack that ranked last in the NFL last season.

    Many have long felt Jordan was a star in the making as his attempts were limited playing behind Curtis Martin while with the Jets. Jordan carried 93 times for 479 yards and two touchdowns in 2004.

    Though facing the defending Super Bowl champions is a tough way to start things off for a team coming off a 5-11 season, many Raiders are looking forward to the challenge.

    ``I think it's a great opportunity for us,'' Oakland center Jake Grove said. ``Obviously last year was disappointing, and this year we have a chance, a fresh slate to come out on national TV -- everybody's going to be watching -- and show people what we're all about.''

    2004 STANDINGS: Raiders - 4th place, AFC West. Patriots - 1st place, AFC East.

    2004 RAIDERS LEADERS: Offense - Collins, 3,495 passing yards and 20 passing TDs; Amos Zereoue, 425 rushing yards; Tyrone Wheatley, 4 rushing TDs; Porter, 64 receptions, 998 receiving yards and 9 receiving TDs. Defense - Tommy Kelly, 4 sacks; Phillip Buchanon, 3 INTs.

    2004 PATRIOTS LEADERS: Offense - Brady, 3,692 passing yards and 28 passing TDs; Corey Dillon, 1,635 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs; David Givens, 56 receptions, 874 receiving yards; Daniel Graham and David Patten, 7 receiving TDs. Defense - Willie McGinest, 9 1/2 sacks; Eugene Wilson, 4 INTs.

    2004 RAIDERS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 80.9 yards per game (32nd in NFL); Passing Offense - 241.1 ypg (8th); Total Offense - 322.1 ypg (17th). Rushing Defense - 125.8 ypg (22nd); Passing Defense - 245.2 ypg (30th); Total Defense - 371.0 ypg (30th).

    2004 PATRIOTS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 133.4 ypg (7th); Passing Offense - 224.2 ypg (T-11th); Total Offense - 357.6 ypg (7th). Rushing Defense - 98.2 ypg (6th); Passing Defense - 212.5 ypg (17th); Total Defense - 310.8 ypg (9th).

    LAST MEETING: Nov. 17, 2002; Raiders, 27-20. At Oakland, Calif., Zack Crockett had a pair of short-yardage rushing TDs, and Rich Gannon scrambled for another to lead the Raiders.

    STREAKS AND NOTES: Raiders - With the team cutting TEs Teyo Johnson and Rickey Dudley, Courtney Anderson and Zeron Flemister are the only tight ends remaining. ... Speedy CB Fabian Washington was taken with the 23rd overall pick out of Nebraska, but is listed second on the depth chart behind Nnamdi Asomugha. CB Charles Woodson, who signed a one-year tender for $10.5 million this offseason, starts at the other corner. ... Since reaching the Super Bowl in 2003, Oakland has gone 9-23 to post the team's worst two-year record since Al Davis arrived in 1963 to coach and eventually own the team. Patriots - New England has gone unbeaten at home the last two seasons, and has won 17 consecutive games at Gillette Stadium since losing to the Jets on Dec. 22, 2002. ... RB Dillon had just 18 rushing attempts during the preseason, but averaged 5.3 yards per carry. ... WR David Terrell, an offseason free-agent signing who played with QB Brady at Michigan, was one of 17 players cut Saturday.

    2004 ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Raiders - 2-6 on the road; Patriots - 8-0 at home.

    INJURIES: Raiders - OUT: WR Doug Gabriel (finger). QUESTIONABLE: RB Justin Fargas (knee); WR Porter (hamstring). Patriots - QUESTIONABLE: LB Tully Banta-Cain (knee); WR Andre' Davis (foot); WR Givens (chest); T Brandon Gorin (thigh); DE Jarvis Green (thigh); WR Bethel Johnson (thigh); DT Dan Klecko (knee); S James Sanders (ankle); CB Duane Starks (thigh). PROBABLE: QB Brady (right shoulder).

    Should be a high-scoring affair - if Collins can remember to hit the right jerseys with his passes

    GO RAIDUHS!!!
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      Originally posted by 210@Sep 8 2005, 11:30 AM

      That bullshit call saved his career.

      He may have been forgotten for that fumble.
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          Originally posted by Jack Sparrow@Sep 8 2005, 11:34 AM

          That bullshit rule saved his career.

          He may have been forgotten for that fumble.
          FTFY....right call, bullshit rule.

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            Originally posted by Blues Fan in SF@Sep 8 2005, 11:35 AM



            How's that outfit working out for Steelers' fans?

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                  RAIDERS!
                  Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cardinalgirl@Sep 8 2005, 11:41 AM
                    RAIDERS!
                    That hurts. :(

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                      What happens if I say, "No, I am not ready for some football"?
                      The noise was good, but I thought they phoned in a lot of the funk.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gibsongirl@Sep 8 2005, 10:43 AM
                          What happens if I say, "No, I am not ready for some football"?
                          Then Hank Williams, Jr. comes over to your house and sings that song for you until you are. (B)
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                            The Autumn Wind

                            "The Autumn wind is a pirate
                            Blustering in from sea
                            With a rollicking song he sweeps along
                            Swaggering boisterously

                            His face is weather beaten
                            He wears a hooded sash

                            With his silver hat about his head
                            And a bristly black moustache

                            He growls as he storms the country
                            A villain big and bold

                            And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
                            As he robs them of their gold

                            The Autumn wind is a Raider
                            Pillaging just for fun

                            He'll knock you 'round and upside down
                            And laugh when he's conquered and won"

                            Sing it loud and proud BF.

                            Go Raiders.

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                              Originally posted by cardinalgirl@Sep 8 2005, 07:41 AM
                              RAIDERS!
                              I love you
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