Raider game plan vs. Carolina

Published: Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 - 9:03 am

A look at today's Raiders game vs. Carolina; including, game information, matchup to watch, three keys to the game and injury report.

RAIDERS GAME AT A GLANCE

Opponent: at Carolina Panthers

Time: 10 a.m.

• Line: Panthers by 8 1/2

Records: Raiders 4-10, Panthers 5-9

TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein), 1140, 950

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton vs. Raiders' defense

The Raiders had perhaps their best defensive game of the season last week, their first shutout in 10 years, but it came against the Chiefs – and no one will confuse Brady Quinn with Newton. In the past two games, wins over Atlanta and San Diego, Newton has passed for 518 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards and another touchdown.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• The Raiders' offensive line must spring Darren McFadden, who rushed for 110 yards on 30 carries in the victory over the Chiefs for his third 100-yard game of the season. A balanced attack is critical.

• Can the Raiders contain Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams? He has gained 256 yards (149 rushing, 107 receiving) in the past two weeks with a touchdown reception in each victory.

• If the Raiders can get into Chiefs territory, there's a good chance they'll score, though it more likely will be a field goal rather than a touchdown. Sebastian Janikowski has made 29 of 32 attempts this season, including 5 of 6 in the victory over the Chiefs. His misses have come from 61, 64 and 51 yards.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS

Out: DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring).

Questionable: S Tyvon Branch (neck/ankle), WR Juron Criner (hip).

Probable: CB Phillip Adams (concussion), T Khalif Barnes (triceps), TE Richard Gordon (biceps), S Mike Mitchell (neck).

PANTHERS

Questionable: RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), G Garry Williams (illness).

Probable: C-G Thomas Austin (illness), T Byron Bell (illness), DT Dwan Edwards (wrist).

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