CINCINNATI -- Hue Jackson renewed acquaintances with the Raiders before kickoff and after the final gun.
He even talked with a few of his former players during a 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, going onto the field to help break up scuffles that resulted in the ejections of Raiders defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly and Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth.
But in the end, Jackson took the high road and focused his job as an assistant coach for Marvin Lewis, rather than mention that Dennis Allen will need to win his last five games to equal Jackson's record of 8-8 as a rookie Raiders head coach last season.
"I can look at it in my own mind and maybe feel it was (special) because I know those players and I've been in that organization with Coach (Al) Davis and the rest of the players and his son Mark," Jackson said. "But at the end of the day it was just another football game, a game we needed to win, and I think our guys did a great job."
Jackson spoke with Carson Palmer, the quarterback he helped acquire for the Raiders on Oct. 18 of last season for first- and second-round draft picks after Jason Campbell broke his collarbone.
"I have a lot of respect for Carson," Jackson said. "Carson's a tremendous football player, and that's never going to change as far as I'm concerned. I wish him luck. I wanted to make sure him and his family are doing well, and I'm sure we'll run into each other somewhere down the line."
Replays indicated that Brisiel barely brushed the back of the leg of linebacker Rey Maualuga.
The Raiders ended up punting on the possession.
"Those guys miss calls every once in awhile, too," Brisiel said. "It's not unheard of. But it hurt. It was at a bad time. I've got to watch film of that one."
Brisiel was beaten for a sack by Geno Atkins on the Raiders first passing play of the game.
"I'm just really tired of losing, man," Mitchell said. "I'm going from anger, to sadness, to I don't know ... I just want to do something really, really wrong. It's just ridiculous.
"We've got to to do all the right things. Don't just say 'em. Go do 'em. And perform better in the game."
"For most of the game, they tried to put two guys over A.J. and tried to take him out of it," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "It opened up the running game. We were able to drive down and make some big plays in the run game. That's what we have to do in those situations."