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Norv Turner was beaming over the play of his secondary in the wake of Oakland's 34-25 win over Tennessee. The Raiders are without their highest-paid player, cornerback Charles Woodson, and Derrick Gibson, a physical strong safety who does his best work near the line of scrimmage.

Since both players had multiple duties, it was an area of concern - especially since Woodson (broken fibula) is out a minimum of five more games and Gibson (dislocated wrist) is gone for the season after being placed on injured reserve. Lo and behold, the area of concern became an area of strength, though admittedly against a Tennessee receiving corps even more depleted than the Raiders' defensive... Recommended Stories

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