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Danny Clark led the Raiders in tackles a year ago, averaging eight a game in 2004. But the game he played against Dallas in the Raiders' first win this season might have been the best of his career, according to coach Norv Turner, even though Clark only had five tackles.

"And he is playing only about half as many snaps as he did a year ago," Turner said, praising Clark's efforts.

"I agree to a certain extent," Clark said when asked if Turner's assessment was accurate. "As far as production goes, it wasn't my most productive game, but it was definitely my most physical.

"Going through that tape and dissecting it, I had huge hits and momentum-changing plays that I haven't (previously). So it was definitely a darned good output as far as middle linebacker play. But ... I can definitely go out there and make more tackles and more plays."

The number of tackles a player makes isn't always as significant as how far down the field those tackles are being made or how well he is setting up teammates to make the stop.

Clark had an enormous impact on the latter, using up opposing blockers and letting others make the tackle.

"I played good team ball," Clark said. "I think I led emotionally, with energy. We got there and I played with my heart, with the team and it showed.

"It had nothing to do with 0-3 (the team's record entering the game). It was just us all understanding that we were going to be a better football team and so we went out there and tried to get it done. And we did."

When the Raiders signed Clark as a free agent from Jacksonville prior to the 2004 season, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said the fans were going to love Danny Clark, not to mention his nickname - "Hammerhead."

Oddly enough, the nickname hasn't stuck quite like Clark has.

"I don't really use it ... I'm not really crazy about it," Clark said with a shrug. "It's something that's cool, but I just want to go out there and make plays and lead my team."

PLAYER NOTES

--QB Kerry Collins is 4-13 since becoming the Raiders' starting quarterback, but six of those games were against 2004 playoff teams. Five were losses.

--QB Marques Tuiasosopo will be a free agent at the end of the year.

--RB LaMont Jordan is 151 yards away from exceeding the 16-game total of the team's leading rusher a year ago, Amos Zereoue.

--RB Zack Crockett has a carry of at least 19 yards in each of the last four seasons and has 34 touchdowns in 244 carries in that span.

--WR Randy Moss is averaging 14.1 yards every time he is presented with a pass attempt (33 attempts, 465 yards).

--WR Jerry Porter has not dropped a pass this year in 32 attempted passes to him.

--WR Ronald Curry is out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon but he has not been replaced on the club's active 53-man roster.

--TE Courtney Anderson's 20 career receptions have resulted in four touchdowns.

--K Sebastian Janikowski is on pace to kick 44 field goal attempts this year, which would far surpass his career high of 33.

--LB Kirk Morrison, a rookie, has the team lead in tackles with 35.

--MLB Danny Clark is second on the team in tackles with 31.

--DE Derrick Burgess' three sacks are the most he has had in a season since his rookie year in 2001.

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