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Past doesn't worry Curry

DENVER -- The catch on Nov. 28, 2004, is one that isn't easily forgotten. Ronald Curry looked part receiver, part point guard (which he was at North Carolina) as he went up for an alley-oop.

Curry's one-handed, leaping catch in the back of the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown in a blizzard against the Denver Broncos is frozen in time in a large photo that hangs in the Raiders' Alameda headquarters.

The play put him on highlight films for years to come.

Curry is well past it.

"That's a long time ago, man," Curry said. "I haven't thought about it since it happened. It was a catch that I didn't plan on making. It was a great play but I take pride in what I do and I expect to make plays."

Curry also expects to win, something the Raiders haven't done lately, especially against AFC West opponents.

The Raiders have lost 14 consecutive games to division rivals, the last win coming in that game in the snow, 25-24. The Raiders play the Broncos today, looking to end that skid, along with a 10-game losing streak that dates back to Oct. 29 of last season. To help the Raiders break through, Curry might need to pull off some of the skills he displayed in that game nearly three years ago.

The Raiders are just hoping he plays as well as he did a week ago when Curry had 10 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown against Detroit.

In his sixth season with Oakland, Curry's skills as a quarterback at North Carolina help him make the transition to receiver -- one who always seems to be open.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin wonders if that's why quarterbacks the past couple of seasons seem to look for Curry in a pinch, but acknowledged Curry is adept at getting open.

"He does have a very natural feel for the position and the game in general," Kiffin said. "Ronald, if he had chose to play a different position, be a DB, he'd be phenomenal there. He's just one of those types of athletes."

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