Raiders learn from one of the best

The Oakland Raiders are actually trying to win. It is conceivable that belief requires more than that after watching Sunday's game. But – the players swear it is true. Cincinnati's offense is, however, what the Raiders aspire to be and not who they are today.

Oakland quarterback Aaron Brooks:

You got the ball on their side of the 50 so many times. What happened when you got there?

"I swear we are trying. We are trying our buts off. It's a lot of mishaps. The one pass that got intercepted, there was just a miss communication between Randal (Williams) and I. I expected him to stop, but he saw another thing and he took two steps further than I expected. That's the type of play that could have kept the drive alive and possibly lead to a touchdown. I always feel that we are able to move the ball from 20 to 20. The red zone is where you make your money."

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis:

What are your thoughts on T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson each gaining 100 yards receiving in the same game?

"It's good. They got it in the scope of winning the game, that was a big, big difference. I know they were excited about the challenge. And obviously we answered the bell, and we protected and got the ball out where it belonged."

Oakland wide receiver Ronald Curry:

How was it out there?

"Randy (Moss) going down gave me an opportunity to play more. I got into a nice grove on one drive, and we just kept moving."

Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer:

What are your thoughts on the Raiders defense?

"We didn't need to get to the field to know that's a good defense. We knew going into it. You can see it on film. Nnamdi Asomugha, No. 21, is a heck of a corner. (CB) Fabian Washington is extremely fast. And then (DE Derrick) Burgess ... against anyone else, he is a great player, but when you put him on Willie (Anderson), he turns into an average player. And then there's Warren Sapp. They have good players and they have stats to back up their good players. We knew what we were getting into, we knew it was going to be a tough game, and we knew that if we came out and executed and did our stuff correctly, we'd be successful. And we were."

Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson:

Did they play more Cover 2 than you thought they would?

"They played everybody man-to-man this year. But you get to the Bengals, with a different type of animal at receiver, and the looks change."

Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha:

Why do you think your defense struggled?

"Their offense is loaded. What are you going to do? Are you going to call 'man to stop the run? If you call 'man, then they are going to start throwing all over the place. They've got Carson Palmer, Rudi Johnson and three wide-outs. That right side of the offensive line just has some beasts."

Cincinnati wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh:

This is the first time you guys have ever had two 100-yard receivers and one 100-yard rusher in the same game. Was it just a good all-around effort?

"Yeah, pretty much. They play a lot of man-to-man. We knew if they played a lot of man-to-man, we could move the ball. If it wasn't for turnovers, we might have each had (more). When you get past somebody playing man-to-man, there's a lot of room. When the offensive line plays the way they played, it's going to be hard to beat us. They've played great the last four games."

Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell:

Was this just a case of your good defense running into an offense that was better than them?

"Yes. We have to give Cincinnati credit. They were very efficient in what they were trying to do. We didn't get any pressure on the quarterback. Therefore, he was able to complete some passes, because they have an outstanding receiving corps. We couldn't get the stops that we normally get with our defensive unit."


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