December 6, 1993 |
Sputtering offense? Dropped passes? Missed opportunities? Not the Raiders. Not Sunday. One week after playing their worst game of the year against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Raiders came up with perhaps their best, considering the place, the opponent and the circumstances, coming back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Buffalo Bills, 25-24, before a stunned sellout crowd of 79,478 at Rich Stadium. After struggling offensively for much of the season, the Raiders scored their highest point total of the year against a Buffalo defense that hadn't given up more than 23 points to any opponent.
October 2, 1992 |
As Jeff Jaeger trotted off the Raider practice field Wednesday, a reporter asked him about doing an interview Thursday. "Sure," Jaeger said, "if I'm still here." Insecurity? More like reality. Every NFL field-goal kicker who has ever taken aim at a goal post knows that, regardless of his previous accomplishments, his job is usually about as sure as a 54-yarder into a howling wind. Take Jaeger, for example. A year ago, he was on top of his game.
November 29, 1991 |
Raider kicker Jeff Jaeger leads the AFC in scoring with 95 points and ranks second in the NFL behind the Washington Redskins' Chip Lohmiller, who has 106 points. Raider punter Jeff Gossett leads the NFL with a 38.9-yard net punting average. He is first in the AFC and second in the NFL with a 45.4-yard gross punting average. Raider punt returner Tim Brown is first in the AFC and third in the league with an average runback of 13.
October 14, 1991 |
There were two games in one, two Jay Schroeders, two Raider teams, really. There were two Jeffs, Jaeger and Gossett, the kicking heroes, too many memorable plays to remember and too many hearts beating too fast. For Seattle, there was too much Ronnie Lott. In the end it was Jaeger, the hometown product, his relatives in the stands, kicking a 37-yard field goal with 8:33 remaining in overtime Sunday night to give the Raiders a wild 23-20 win over Seattle before a crowd of 61,974 at the Kingdome.
October 3, 1991 |
The Raiders' most lethal scoring weapon has never taken a meaningful note in a team meeting. He doesn't attend practices because, well, they bore him. He takes leisurely lunches and daydreams of lowering his golf handicap. His coach, Art Shell, never speaks with him. "Well, he says 'Hi,' " the player confessed, "but it's not like I'm going to go up and ask him about some blocking scheme. I've got friends, they ask me about the offense and defense, and I don't have a clue. I really don't."
December 27, 1985 |
When Jeff Jaeger first walked on to the University of Washington campus to try out for the football team in 1983, his only aspiration was to make the Huskies' junior varsity. Not to be the starting punter or placekicker. Just to make the team. Three years, 63 varsity field goals and 76 extra points later, Jaeger, a junior, is 17 field goals away from breaking the NCAA record of 79, set by UCLA's John Lee this season. Jaeger, who tied Lee for the highest field-goal percentage (87.