Raiders to build on passing game

Raiders to build on passing game

Lane Kiffin has said repeatedly that the Raiders aren't built to be a passing team, but over the last two weeks Oakland has been fairly successful throwing the ball, something quarterback Daunte Culpepper believes the team can build upon.

"The one thing that stands out in my mind is that all 11 guys on offense, for the most part, did their job more plays than not," Daunte Culpepper said Wednesday. "When you do that, you're going to be more consistent and you can afford to be more aggressive and you can take shots down the field. That's what happened the last couple of weeks. It feels good and hopefully we just continue to work at it and get better at it."

Culpepper passed for a season-high 344 yards and one touchdown in the Raiders' 29-22 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 18 then came back a 170-yard day in the 20-17 win over Kansas City, a game in which Culpepper didn't put up big numbers but consistently made big plays with his arm.

Wide receivers Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry, who have been overlooked for much of the season due to the Raiders' reliance on the running game, both made critical catches in the win over the Chiefs and have become more involved in the offense as Oakland seeks a way to loosen up opposing defenses.

"The main thing is we just have to continue to work together as a team because this group of guys, this team, we haven't had a whole lot of time together working other than this season," Culpepper said. "Being able to complete balls downfield is always a plus. If teams overlook it then I guess that can be an advantage for us but we just have to continue to work."

The Raiders should get a good indication of how effective their passing offense can be this week against Denver. Anchored by cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Dre Bly, the Broncos are ranked 10th against the pass this season and are only allowing 203.4 yards per game through the air.

"People say (the Raiders) don't get deep that well just because they haven't called that many deep balls," Bailey said. "That doesn't mean they don't get deep. They definitely can get deep. Curry, you know he's hungry coming through what he's been through in his career. (Porter) is very competitive … so if he gets his confidence going early, you're in for a long day.

"Those are two guys you've definitely got to watch out for."

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