Palmer: Raiders need to stick with run

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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The Falcons are giving up nearly 143 yards rushing per game and are 27th overall against the run.

"You can't throw everything out and just start over in the middle of the year," Allen said. "There have been a few tweaks, a few emphasis points but nothing like a drastic change other than we've got to execute better. We'll see what it looks like when we play on Sunday."

The lack of production from the ground game has forced Palmer and the passing game to pick up the slack. Statistically, at least, he has.

Palmer has completed 99 of 162 attempts for 1,081 yards in four games, with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

It should help that the Raiders' banged up receiving corps is starting to get healthy. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore, the projected starters coming out of training camp, are expected to be in the lineup together in Atlanta for just the second time this year.

Heyward-Bey returns three weeks after sustaining a concussion and neck strain after being knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-chin hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.

"He caught the ball really well today," Palmer said. "There wasn't one instance in practice or in meetings where he seemed a little foggy at all. That's always the issue. It's time. With the work we got in last week and this week we hope to really kind of take off with those two guys on the outside."

Notes: Tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) were held out of practice. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (groin) and defensive tackles Tommy Kelly (foot) and Richard Seymour (knee) were limited.

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