Some links from Oakland on the Raiders' perspective leading into Sunday's game against the Patriots:
1. Expectations rising for 2-1 Raiders. After an impressive win over the Jets, players want to carry the momentum into Sunday's test, writes Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. Fans are rallying behind the Raiders. "I think they feel what we feel," linebacker Rolando McClain says. "We feel like we're turning this Raider program around, and I think they feel the same thing."
2. Brown has inside scoop on Patriots. In an extensive blog entry by Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times that touches on coach Hue Jackson's brash talk and running back Darren McFadden's excellence, linebacker Ricky Brown discusses his time with the Patriots in training camp. "They’re an extremely hard-working team. I’ve seen them practice. They’re out there conditioning. They’re out there practicing at a high tempo. And that’s all stuff, that’s a recipe for success in the NFL and, obviously, they’ve had success in the past. Tom Brady is a phenomenal player. He’s one of those special guys in the league and, for as hard as he plays on Sunday, he also plays that hard throughout the week."
3. Black Hole is back. Columnist Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group writes on the atmosphere of the "Black Hole" in Sunday's win over the Jets, with Magic Johnson in attendance for the game. "This facility, synonymous in recent years with empty sections and invisibility -- the vast majority of Raiders home games have been blacked out -- thundered and shook as it has not since Network Associates owned the naming rights at the turn of the millennium," Poole writes.
4. Building a Bully. Coach Hue Jackson has made a commitment to "Building a Bully" and Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about how that is becoming a reality with everyone chipping in from a blocking perspective.
5. Richard Seymour's X-rated performance. The San Francisco Chronicle's "Silver & Black" blog catches up with defensive lineman Richard Seymour, who crosses his arms to make an "X" when he sacks a quarterback, like he did Sunday against the Jets and Mark Sanchez. "When I throw up the ‘X,’ that means it’s time to put the kids to bed,” Seymour says. “It’s X-rated out there. That means if you’re 13 and under, don’t watch this."