Hot Topic and Player Notes

If the Raiders had one sparkling moment on defense in 2004, it came at the expense of Drew Bledsoe, the guy they'll see this week in a different uniform. The Raiders were on Bledsoe like a pack of wolves in Oakland's 13-10 win over Buffalo. They sacked him seven times, which turned out to not be the harbinger they thought it would be that Rob Ryan's defense was together.



It took them six games to record another seven sacks. But at the time, the way the Raiders took advantage of Bledsoe's lack of mobility, it appeared that what had been recorded in that game was the quarterback's epitaph.

Since then, of course, Bledsoe has moved on to Dallas, where he has an old colleague, Bill Parcells, on his side.

And his career is hardly looking like it's on its last legs. He has 40,658 career passing yards and needs 342 to become the eighth NFL quarterback to reach 41,000 yards.

He's hardly more mobile than he was a year ago. He's been sacked six times in three games and currently ranks as the third-leading passer in the league with a rating of 103.7.

Not even the Raiders figure on a repeat of what happened last September.

"It's a whole new offense for him," said Raider linebacker/end Tyler Brayton. "This (Dallas) offense is so much better equipped than when we played him last year. I don't think you could take a lot from that game. It never was we were doing this or he was doing that ... it was just a combination of things that went our way that day,"

Coach Norv Turner agreed.

"I think Buffalo was in the second game of a new system," he said. "There was some uncertainty with what they were doing. We were in a new system, there was some uncertainty with what we were doing. We took advantage of those circumstances.

"Dallas has a very sound system with what they do in protection. They've been doing it for a long time. They always have somewhere quick to throw the ball and a good variety of receivers."

Because of the confusion of running his own offense and dealing with the mystery that was Oakland's defense, Bledsoe held onto the ball for extended periods in that game.

Said Parcells of Sunday's game, "It would be in his best interest not to do that."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB LaMont Jordan (calf) once again practiced on a limited basis Thursday, missing the last half dozen plays. Coach Norv Turner said he was not concerned that Jordan would miss Sunday's Dallas game.

--DT-DE Ed Jasper (ankle) did not practice at all Thursday and his status for the game will not be determined until Sunday shortly before kickoff.

--FB-TE John Paul Foschi (knee) did not practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision as well.

--LT Barry Sims, who faces Dallas' sack and QB pressure leader Greg Ellis Sunday, said the team's rushing problems against the Eagles had less to do with LB Jeremiah Trotter attacking the middle than with the remainder of the line's inability to generate a push elsewhere to force the Eagles to change.

--P Shane Lechler, who holds for K Sebastian Janikowski, said the 3-for-7 numbers Janikowski has posted are so far off what he has done in practice that it shouldn't be of concern. "It's just a slump, he'll kick his way out of it," Lechler said, pointing out that Janikowski not only did not miss a kick pre-game in Philadelphia before going 2-for-4, he did not miss a kick Wednesday. Janikowski is one of five Raiders who do not speak to the media.

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