Greetings Silver and Black Pride community. Once again I pleased to bring to all of you our player/fans interaction and interview with Tyvon Branch with #09 in the weekly installment of the series: Talkin' With Tyvon 2010
This week's Q&A with Tyvon follows the dominating victory against the Seahawks 33-3 with Tyvon and the team full of confidence going into this Sunday's showdown against the Chiefs. In addition to following Tyvon here on a weekly basis, you can also keep up with Tyvon and his thoughts by following him on his twitter page @tyvonbranch.
Tyvon will be back here to respond to questions not comments, so you are invited to pose your questions to Tyvon in the comments section. Your questions and Tyvon's answers from the previous week will posted later posting.
Full Q&A after the jump.
Hello Raider Fans!! It has been a good two weeks here in Oakland. Thank you guys for showing up and supporting us. We are looking forward to a wild crowd on Sunday!!!! We expect you guys to be out in full force. It is good to be a Raider right now, and we are rolling with it. We are starting to really gel as a team, and we have to build off our successes and learn from our mistakes. It has been a good week of practice, and I like the focus I see this week from everyone.
TRW: The Raiders really backed up the big win in Denver with a huge and convincing win against the Seahawks to go back-to-back for the first time since 2008. Many Raiders and coaches have said they are disappointed to be 4-4, believing they should be 8-0, realistically, the Raiders "should" be 6-2. What is the feeling now, the confidence level and the outlook now after the last two dominating performances?
TB: We are feeling good. Confidence breeds confidence, and right now we are playing off of that big time. We’ve got a tough team coming in this week so we have to get after it again.
TRW: The defense has really stepped up and seems to be really attacking their opponents physically now, to the point where you guys are wearing down your opponent. Does this have to do with really playing to the scheme and now reacting as opposed to thinking?
TB: Definitely both. You cannot do one without the other. I am out there thinking the whole time, but as I get a better feel, the reacting comes naturally.
TRW: You got yourself a hell of a pick off a deflection that started with Routt where you were in the stride and in the right place in the right time. These last few victories, you seem to be around the loose ball a lot. What's going on there? Also, it looked like after the pick you were going to do that punch out dance again on the sideline, then you cut it short. What's going on there?
TB: We practice swarming to the ball all the time, and I have been in the right place at the right time the last few weeks. I was never about to do the dance this week though…maybe after my next touchdown!
TRW: The Raiders are playing a meaningful game in week 9 for the first time since 2002 with the Chiefs coming into Oakland this Sunday with the Raiders having a chance to get within a half a game of 1st place going into the bye week. The Raiders have already this season got two monkeys off their back by beating the Chargers and by winning two in a row. Now, the remaining monkey will beating the Chiefs at home and winning a big game in Oakland. Without giving away any secrets, what should Raiders fans expect this week from the Raiders versus the Chiefs? What is it that the Chiefs offense present to the Raiders defense that you really need to be ready for?
TB: Expect a good game. We are focused and prepared. Their running game is tough and they rotate a lot of guys in there with some real skills. It is going to be some real smash mouth Raiders football!!
Thanks Tyvon and best of luck against the Chiefs.