Sebastian Janikowski dealt with the aftereffects of missing three field goal attempts the best way he knew, by showing up Monday morning for a kicking session that typically isn't part of his weekly routine.
In his first public comments since he missed a 32-yard field goal attempt on the game's final play in Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Janikowski said Monday that he envisioned a memorable game based upon his pregame warm-ups.
"My warm-ups were crazy good," he told Bay Area News Group. "Those were the best warm-ups I've had in my career. You go into a game and you think, 'Man, I got everything.' "
As it turned out, Janikowski had little go his way Sunday. LaRod Stephens-Howling returned his game-opening kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown and then Janikowski missed wide right from 41 and 58 yards, before he missed wide left on a potential game-winner.
"Everything just went wrong," Janikowski said. "I watched the film, and my follow-through was horrible. I watched (it) for hours. It was just terrible."
Janikowski drilled a 55-yard field goal in pregame warm-ups and followed it up with a 63-yarder. He exited the field feeling as if anything was possible.
He never envisioned missing one field goal attempt, let alone three. He missed three against Tennessee on Dec. 22, 2001 -- including one on the Raiders' final play while they trailed 13-10 -- which he cited as an example of how he can bounce back from this
Coach Tom Cable said he has all the confidence in the world in Janikowski, who is the game's highest-paid kicker (he signed a four-year, $16 million contract in the offseason.). On Monday, Cable pulled aside Janikowski for a pep talk.
"I told him I love him, I'd go to him again in the same situation, and he would probably have to win two or three games just like that for us this year," Cable said. "And he'll probably do it."
Cable said Janikowski took the first step to putting the forgettable game behind him.
"What's important is he was out early (Monday) morning kicking balls. What do you do? When you get a setback, you analyze it, you look at it and you say, 'How can I fix it?' and you go to work. And he did that."
Janikowski said he appreciates the support he's received from Cable and his teammates.
"It's like a lot of people say, 'You win as a team, you lose as a team,' " Janikowski said. "But I take it personal. That's something, if you call me at 3 in the morning, I can do that. It's just one of those freaky things. I don't know what happened. My finish wasn't there. It's nice to hear that they got my back. It helps me mentally coming to work Wednesday and trying to get going again."
That's the good news. The problem is, the Raiders aren't making much out of their frequent visits in the vicinity of game-altering touchdowns. Only three of Oakland's 13 trips inside the red zone have resulted in touchdowns.
The Raiders are 30th in touchdown efficiency, with Pittsburgh and Washington the only teams worse through three games.
"That's one of the things that we're going to really evaluate critically here in the next 48 hours ... ," Cable said. "We will tear it apart and find out if we need more balance. "... The plays are there. We're just not making them, that's the bottom line."
The Raiders are 30th in terms of average points per trip inside the red zone at 3.0. They scored one touchdown in five trips inside the red zone against Arizona.
McFadden has run for 345 yards, which trails only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (392) and the Texans' Arian Foster (406).
Of more importance to McFadden, he said, is the high praise he received from numerous Arizona players about how hard he ran Sunday.
"That was a compliment from those guys," he said. " ... You have to give credit to the offensive line. They've been doing a good job. You just want to keep working hard and getting better every day."
McFadden is 12 yards shy of matching his 2009 total and 155 away from a career-high.
Houston (2-1) at Raiders (1-2), 1:05 p.m. CBS