Raiders notebook

After committing five turnovers in a 30-17 loss to the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins knows those mishaps will not cut it if he hopes to give his team the best chance to win.

"It was a tough game and to be quite honest I was embarrassed by the way I played in the second half," said Collins, who fumbled twice and threw three interceptions. "I plan on playing better this week. A lot of the things that happened are correctable. That's the positive thing but obviously we have a big challenge this week."

The Oakland Raiders are 2-2 entering Sunday's road game against the Indianapolis Colts. Collins is the starter for the foreseeable future after he replaced Rich Gannon, who sustained a cracked vertebra in a 30-20 win over Tampa Bay. The Raiders have yet to put Gannon on injured reserve, which is a likely scenario, and are waiting for more definitive medical information before making a decision.

Collins added that while going against the Colts can present a temptation of wanting to outduel Indianapolis' extraordinary quarterback Peyton Manning; he must have his priorities in a better place.

"My experience in games like this has been that you try to execute the game plan," Collins said. "That's going to give you the best chance to be successful. That's going to be my approach going into this game. We all know how good Peyton is and how good their offense is but at the same time our offense has our own job to do."

Here's the kicker

On Sept. 21, someone fired several shotgun blasts at Jungle Palace, the Las Vegas home of celebrity animal trainers Siegfried and Roy, shouting, "We need to get (bleeping) Siegfried and Roy out of our country." Las Vegas police are searching for the owner of a white Chevy Astro minivan spotted at the crime scene, believing he might be the gunman.

Former Raiders kicker Cole Ford, who kicked for Oakland from 1995-1997, is the suspect, according to Sergeant Chris Jones of the Las Vegas Police Department. The LVPD stated in a press release the department has issued warrants for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and six counts of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Ford scored 221 points for the Raiders over two-plus seasons, making 45 of 62 field goals (a 72.6-percent average) and 86 of 89 extra points.

The police cautioned that the 31-year-old Ford should be considered armed and dangerous. The Nevada plates on his van are 953 RBJ. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

Other lineup movement

Running back Tyrone Wheatley told Sacramento radio station KHTK that he would miss 2-4 weeks after leaving Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. Amos Zereoue then would likely get the call. Guards Frank Middleton and Ron Stone are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. If they can't go then Brad Badger would be one replacement, leaving Chad Slaughter as the only other listed guard.

Road woes

The Raiders have lost their last 11 road games but the streak runs deeper in one sense. The last game Oakland won on the road came in a 27-7 on December 8, 2002, against the San Diego Chargers.

The last time the Raiders won when they were "truly" the road team, as in facing a hostile crowd in a stadium not at least half-full of their own fans came November 11, 2002 in a 34-10 win over the Denver Broncos. Two weeks later, the Raiders were 41-20 winners in Arizona; the stadium became virtually full of Raiders fans. The aforementioned win over the Chargers is usually a scenario where the Raiders have a heavy influx of their fans.

They won't have that luxury Sunday at the RCA Dome, a noisy venue.

"You hit them in the mouth and get up on them quick and they will sit on their hands," Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter said.

The Raiders remembering the snap count would be one place to start after committing eight false starts last week in Houston, while a loud venue but will never be mistaken for say Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.


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