Raiders game plan vs. Jacksonville

Published: Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 - 10:41 am

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

RAIDERS GAME AT A GLANCE

Opponent: vs. Jacksonville

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 5 1/2

Records: Jaguars 0-1, Raiders 0-1

TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Spero Dedes play-by-play, Steve Tasker color), 950

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny vs. Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor

Pryor showed last Sunday that teams will have to respect his running ability. Posluszny, who set a franchise record last season for tackles, leads a defense that must decide whether to blitz Pryor – and risk giving up big plays downfield – or challenge its line to contain him. If the Jaguars dare Pryor to beat them through the air, he'll have to avoid the costly mistakes (two interceptions) he made against the Colts. The Jaguars didn't see any of the league's marquee dual-threat quarterbacks last season, but they won't be totally in the dark – new head coach Gus Bradley came from Seattle, where he was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• In last year's game, the Jaguars had two first downs after halftime with quarterback Chad Henne in for an injured Blaine Gabbert. Henne will start in place of Gabbert again today. Keeping Henne under duress is a priority for a Raiders defense that sacked Andrew Luck four times last weekend after generating little pressure during the preseason.

• The Jaguars rushed for just 54 yards against Oakland last year but did not have Maurice Jones-Drew for most of the game. Jones-Drew, behind only Adrian Peterson in rushing yards per game since 2009, averaged 3 yards on 15 carries in Week 1 but is still adjusting to a new zone-oriented running scheme.

• In his first game in years without Shane Lechler holding for him, Sebastian Janikowski missed a 48-yard field goal last week after not missing from inside the 50 all of last season. Janikowski and punter Marquette King should only get more comfortable, which will be important for Janikowski's signature longer attempts.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS

• Out: TE David Ausberry (shoulder), T Menelik Watson (knee)

• Probable: K Sebastian Janikowski (right calf); S Tyvon Branch (shoulder)

JAGUARS

• Out: QB Blaine Gabbert (right thumb/right hand), CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle)

• Doubtful: TE Marcedes Lewis (calf)

• Questionable: CB Alan Ball (groin), WR Mike Brown (back), G/C Will Rackley (knee), LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring)

• Probable: DT Roy Miller (knee), G Uche Nwaneri (knee), WR Cecil Shorts III (groin), RB Jordan Todman (shoulder)

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