Raiders-Broncos notebook

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter somewhat relented from his desire of wanting to void the last year of his contract. If Sunday's 25-24 win over the Denver Broncos was a free agent audition for Porter, he gave prospective employers plenty to watch.

Porter, who entered the game with just one touchdown reception, caught six passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage and touchdowns were both career highs. Porter caught touchdown passes of 41, 15 and 5 yards. The 5-yarder was the go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 left in the game.

Porter has waited patiently for his chance to be the lead horse and now has that role with the Raiders parting ways with future Hall-of-Famers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice. Porter, however, became miffed when learning the Oakland Raiders reportedly had him on the trading block. Porter went on to say that he would void the last year of his contract when the season ended.

The fifth-year veteran relented from his stance last week and said he would like to remain in Oakland. Whether or not he stays remains to be seen.

Rebound week for Curry

Raiders wide receiver Ronald Curry was a football and basketball star at the University of North Carolina but had his own edition of a rebound Sunday.

In last week's 23-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Curry dropped two passes on Oakland's final drive. In Denver, Curry had a big hand in the win in catching six passes for 110 yards.

Curry made a spectacular 6-yard touchdown catch with 6:26 left in the game. Curry made a leaping one-handed grab in the back of the end zone. On the game-winning drive, Curry had a 64-yard catch-and-run to set up Porter's go-ahead touchdown.

Walker's rejection

Before the season, offensive tackle Langston Walker looked like the only played on the offensive line with his job in tact. For the second straight game, however, Walker had what would be known as a rejection in basketball terms.

Walker preserved the Raiders win by blocking Jason Elam's 42-yard field goal attempt in the waning seconds. Walker was the Raiders projected starting right tackle before the season before prized rookie Robert Gallery replaced him.

Collins continues to find his rhythm

Oakland quarterback Kerry Collins put together his fourth consecutive solid game despite throwing two interceptions.

Collins completed 26-of-45 passes for 339 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. Collins has started seven games since starting quarterback Rich Gannon was lost for the season with a cracked vertebra.

In his last four games, Collins has completed 114-of-191 passes for 1,410 yards for seven touchdowns and six interceptions. In his first three starts, Collins completed 64-of-113 passes for 618 yards for one touchdown and seven interceptions.

Quick hits

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Raiders RB Tyrone Wheatley was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter.

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Oakland is still the only NFL team without a first quarter touchdown in 2004.

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The Raiders and Broncos were equally inept on third down. The Raiders were 3-of-12 while Denver went 2-of-11.

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The Raiders inactive players were WR Johnnie Morant, LB Maugaula Tuitele, LB Travian Smith, LB DeLawrence Grant, G Ron Stone, TE Courtney Anderson, WR Alvis Whitted, DE/LB Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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