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Climbing The Pocket: Episode 170 [Raiders Preview ft. Bill Williamson]

Bill Williamson joins Jayson Brown to provide the Raiders’ point of view on this weekend’s Vikings/Raiders matchup.

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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Bill Williamson, former St. Paul Pioneer Press beat reporter and current contributor at Forbes, Fansided, and the Bleav Podcast Network, joins Jayson Brown to provide the Raiders’ point of view on this weekend’s Vikings/Raiders matchup.

In this episode:

Tell us a little about yourself

  • 2000 - 2004 - Pioneer Press beat reporter
  • Dennis Green
  • Korey Stringer
  • Randy Moss
  • Cris Carter
  • 41 - 0 to the Giants

What’s the most memorable story from your time covering the Vikings?

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Korey Stringer

2001 NFL Pro Bowl - AFC v NFC Photo by Martin Morrow/Getty Images

Randy Moss

What’s the mood around the team given the crazy offseason?

  • Move on
  • Circle the wagons
  • Us against him
  • He abandoned us

How did things get so far off the rails with Antonio Brown?

  • Not going to team meetings
  • Brown not being bought in
  • Frostbitten feet
  • Helmet fiasco
  • Brown posting fine on Instagram
  • Gruden picked Antonio Brown over Mike Mayock

What are your thoughts on Derek Carr? How does he compare to Kirk Cousins?

  • Less mistakes than Kirk Cousins
  • Very similar
  • Higher ceiling from Derek Carr?
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

What are some of the other big storylines coming out of Oakland after Week 2?

  • Injuries a concern
  • Trent Brown isn’t practicing
  • Josh Jacobs groin injury and is dealing with an illness
  • Tyrell Williams hip pointer

Keys for the Raiders

  • Containing Dalvin Cook
  • Make Kirk Cousins beat you

Who should we know on the Oakland defense?

  • Gareon Conley
  • Vontaze Burfict
  • Maurice Hurst Jr.
  • Clelin Ferrell

Which matchups should make the Raiders most nervous heading into this game?

  • Minnesota WRs vs Oakland DBs
  • Hunter vs Trent Brown’s backup

Where do you expect Oakland to have the biggest advantage?

Score Prediction - 24 - 21 Vikings

Where can the people find you and your work?

@BWilliamsonNFL

Forbes

Bonus Question: What is the mood around the fanbase?