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    The early days of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t scream “future Super Bowl contender,” and for the most part, that’s been true.  The Buccaneers did make it to the Super Bowl once, though, and they won that game. That makes them one of three franchises, prior to Super Bowl 55, to have won their lone appearance in the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay has a chance to add to that history in the 2021 playoffs. Tom Brady’s addition for the 2020 season made the Buccaneers a level of contender rarely seen in the club’s history. With Super Bowl 55 slated to take place in Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021, the Buccaneers could become the only team to win the Super Bowl while playing in their home stadium. Here’s more to know about the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl history ahead of the possibility of adding to it in 2021. Buccaneers Super...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders HC Jon Gruden. It’s only been three years since Jon Gruden returned to the Raiders but confidence in his ability as a coach has started to wane for many. He may have a Super Bowl under his belt but Gruden hasn’t led a team to more than 10 wins since 2005. The most frustrating thing about his second stint with the Raiders is that the team was in a position to make the playoffs in 2019 and 2020 but fell apart. Owner Mark Davis isn’t going to fire Gruden barring an unforeseen circumstance but the veteran coach should be feeling pressure to win. Davis gave him a ton of money so he can stay patient. However, the fan base lost patience a long time ago. Another non-winning season and Gruden could be in trouble. In fact, Chris Roling of Bleacher Report believes that the...
    All in the Family 50th anniversary: See TVs greatest families You Are NOT Ready to Retire Until You Can Answer These 7 Questions The Houston Texans are a total mess yet again This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Provided by For The Win The Houston Texans didn’t make the playoffs this season but as we get ready for what should be a very fun divisional round this weekend they are making news and it’s not for anything good. ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’t SIGN UP NOW Ad ESPN+ Franchise QB Deshaun Watson is far from happy with the team and last weekend there was a report that he would consider sitting out the 2021 season. Yikes. That report came a few days after a cryptic...
    New Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is just getting started, so it’s not as if he’s got a detailed scouting report of what he has to work with. As a result, when Bradley met with the media Tuesday via teleconference, he was short on specifics about the players who will carry out his plans to repair a defense that helped keep the 8-8 Raiders from being a playoff team despite having an above average offense. Bradley did, however, talk about his philosophy, the opportunity to join the Raiders and what he expects to see from his unit going forward. He was heavily influenced by what he learned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their “Tampa 2” scheme and helped implement the “Cover 3” system along with Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks. Some highlights from the choice of coach Jon Gruden to repair one of the NFL’s...
    Getty Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders. After interviewing a number of top defensive coordinator candidates, the Las Vegas Raiders have come to a decision. The team announced the hiring of former Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Welcome to Las Vegas, Coach. We have hired Gus Bradley as our defensive coordinator » https://t.co/8xRvXKpKnH pic.twitter.com/trpr74atDI — Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) January 12, 2021 Bradley was previously rumored to be the favorite for the job but the Raiders continued to interview a number of other candidates. Instead of going with an unknown quantity, Jon Gruden decided to stick with what he knows. Bradley served as Gruden’s linebackers coach in Tampa Bay from 2006 to 2008. After his time with the Buccanneers, the coach was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks where he helped build the “Legion of Boom,” which became one of...
    Gus Bradley will be a huge boost to the Raiders’ defense in 2021. Here’s what you can expect to see from Las Vegas next season.  Credit the Raiders for taking a big step towards solving their defensive issues. The hiring of Gus Bradley as the team’s new defensive coordinator should pay big dividends for Las Vegas right away. Bradley was most recently employed by the Chargers in the same position before he lost his job when Anthony Lynn was let go by Los Angeles. The Raiders made sure he didn’t stay unemployed for long. They moved quickly to secure his services in plenty of time to give him input in the team’s offseason personnel moves. Part of his appeal to the Raiders organization is his ability to work well with the team’s current defensive personnel. Some fans in Las Vegas might have wanted to see a coach with a more...
    Tiger Woods former mistress Rachel Uchitel speaks out about their affair Ask Millionacres: What Does It Mean If My Condo Is Non-Warrantable? ESPN announces new 30 for 30, “Al Davis vs. The NFL,” premiering on Feburary 4 Viewers of the NFL Playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans on ESPN were treated to a nice surprise on Sunday, the arrival of a previously unannounced 30 for 30 documentary. The newest addition to the award-winning doc series will feature longtime Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis, whose maverick machinations often found him at odds with the National Football League. © Provided by Awful Announcing Get ready Raider Nation ? Al Davis vs. The NFL premieres on February 4th. pic.twitter.com/iw4IBMIxnq — 30 for 30 (@30for30) January 10, 2021 “Al Davis vs. The NFL” is set to premiere on ESPN on February 4 at 9:00 p.m. The doc is directed...
    Cory Littleton could have said no and simply vanished into the offseason the way he seemed to disappear in so many games. On the day after the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 32-31 to finish a disappointing 8-8, the media relations staff was doing its best to round up players requested by the media to wrap up a season many would rather not talk about. It was all done by conference call because of COVID-19 protocols. Players are contacted through text messages as opposed to the usual cleanout day when reporters in the locker room can approach them face-to-face. It would be easy enough to ignore the text messages from media relations staffers, as some certainly did. Instead, Littleton didn’t run from anything. It was a season that in terms of quality play Littleton was disappointed in himself. He disappointed an organization which signed him to a...
    The Raiders began the process Monday of identifying what it will take to squeeze a few more wins out of a roster which will return a nucleus of players plus whatever else they can add through the draft and free agency. The plan doesn’t include finding a sunny spot in a warmer locale for some rest and relaxation. “Our goal is not 8-8,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said in his season-ending video conference. “You shouldn’t go on a cruise or on a vacation if you’re 8-8. We’ve got to take a good look at how we can close ther gap” The first order of business will be hiring a coordinator to repair one of the most flawed defenses in franchise history, with some names familiar to Gruden emerging as candidates. Gruden said the personnel staff will be gathering information on draft eligible players and sorting through whether...
    Grading the Raiders’ 32-31 win over Denver Sunday to close out the regular season: PASS OFFENSE: B-minus Let’s get the bad out of the way first. Three of the Raiders’ four turnovers came on pass plays — two interceptions by Derek Carr and a lost fumble by Darren Waller. Carr slightly underthrew Nelson Agholor on a post (Agholor may or may not have had a chance to catch it, being that a Denver defender had early contact). But when it mattered, Carr delivered his 21st fourth-quarter comeback and finished 24 of 38 for a season-high 371 yards and third-down touchdown strikes to Waller (28 yards) and Bryan Edwards (26 yards). He threaded a two-point conversion pass for to Waller for the game-winner. Zay Jones came through with a 37-yard catch on the game-winning drive. Waller finished with nine recpteions for 117 yards. Theo Riddick had four catches for 40...
    If the Raiders can’t play a postseason game, at least they finished their regular season in style on Sunday. Missing the playoffs for the 17th time in the past 18 seasons stung a little less after a thrilling, last-second 32-31 victory over the Broncos in Denver. Darren Waller, who earlier in the day set the Raiders’ all-time single-season record for receptions, caught a two-point conversion pass from Derek Carr with 24 seconds left to enable the Raiders to finish the season at 8-8. The optimists who are able to overlook another season ending after just 16 games will point out the Raiders have improved their record in each of Jon Gruden’s three seasons as their coach. There were also some big performances from Carr, who went over the 4,000-yard mark as a passer for the second straight season while throwing for 371 yards and a pair...
    The season has ended for Raiders right tackle Trent Brown. Raiders coach Jon Gruden left open the possibility Friday that it’s not necessarily the end of the line. Brown sustained a knee injury late in the Raiders’ 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins and was ruled out of the regular-season finale Sunday in Denver, concluding two seasons where he was paid more than anyone on the roster but healthy enough to answer the call less than half the time. “It’s disappointing no doubt. Very disappointing,” Gruden said in a video conference. “We brought him in here and paid him to be the LeBron James of right tackles. He’s had a lot of adversity. He’s had injuries, a number of injuries, and it’s hurt our football team no doubt, but that’s part of this business. “For the time being, we’ll play the next man up, but hope to...
    The Raiders will finish the regular season Sunday along with 31 other NFL teams. Going into the final game in Denver needing a win to finish 8-8 is not what anyone had in mind, but there’s at least some minor consolation in finishing a season that appeared in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When teams reported to a training camp in late July, they were greeted by daily testing, strict and evolving protocols and the dilemma of trying to avoid a contagious and potentially deadly virus transferred through the air in a sport in which the whole concept of social distancing is foreign. “At the beginning, it looked like there was no chance we’d even play football this year,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “The fact that we got to play, I’m super thankful we got to this point. Hopefully we can finish with a win...
    Darren Waller was riding an exercise bike getting warmed up for the second half of the last game played in Oakland when a couple of Raiders legends approached. It was Tim Brown and Marcus Allen, telling Waller to keep up the good work. “I don’t know if they know how much it meant to me right then,” Waller said Thursday in a video conference. “To even be mentioned with (Brown) is pretty crazy.” Waller’s meteoric rise has him on the short list along with Travis Kelce and George Kittle as the best tight ends in the NFL. Brown took it even further as he pondered seeing his franchise record of 104 receptions fall by the wayside should Waller catch seven passes Sunday against the Denver Broncos. “I think he’s still wet behind the ears, man,” Brown said in a phone interview this week. “I don’t think...
    Raiders coach Jon Gruden had no interest in participating in a post-mortem before the body was cold. Not with another game on the schedule and the Raiders having a chance to get to 8-8 with the pyrrhic victory of improving from a 7-9 finish a year ago. Yet the reality is the Raiders again tantalized their fans with the possibility of a postseason and instead they’re on the outside looking in for 17th time in the last 18 years. “Statistics are what they are,” Gruden said. “You can read about it and everybody’s going to have their own opinion, but we made some real strides in some areas and we’ve not made strides in others. It’s real obvious and we’ll address that at the end of the season.” The end of the season is Sunday in Denver against the Broncos (5-10), with the bright spot being...
    Threw a bit of a change-up for this week’s mailbag, asking readers their first priority when it comes to fixing the Raiders after another late-season skid that finds them out of the playoffs. The response was so considerable in terms of Twitter and email  I couldn’t begin to list them all. Since many had similar themes, I’ll address some of those ideas and list some of the responses below each item. Responses will be edited for clarity and decorum. Here goes: All things Jon Gruden When coach Jon Gruden says “it’s on me” fans have taken that to heart after three seasons and an 18-29 record after Mark Davis hired him to replace Jack Del Rio. Lots of “Gruden should be fired” sentiment. If not, then he should give up all personnel-selection to general manager Mike Mayock, and surrender play-calling duties. For what it’s worth, don’t...
    Brian Flores-led Miami Dolphins missed out on the AFC East title this season. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills made their way to their first divisional title since 1996. However, they were determined to bag a win in Week 16 as they went up against Jon Gruden’s Las Vegas Raiders. The Dolphins made their way to a narrow one-point win over the Raiders last night. They are second in the AFC East with a 10-5 record after beating their opponents last night. But things could have gone differently had Dolphins backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick not stepped in to replace Tua Tagovailoa in the middle. ALSO READ – Aaron Rodgers Finishes Fifth in Pro Bowl Fan Voting Behind Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Russell Wilson Tua Tagovailoa will keep his place in the Miami Dolphins starting lineup The Dolphins are now on a two-game winning streak at the moment. They were...
    So here we are again. A 7-8 record with one play-out-the-string game remaining in Denver. The Jon Gruden reboot is 18-29 since 2018 and the Raiders are recipients of the slings and arrows of their own fan base courtesy of Saturday night’s 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Damon Arnette, the rookie corner who allowed Mack Hollins to run past him on the 34-yard completion from Ryan Fitzpatrick, was sparring with trolls on Twitter. Running back Josh Jacobs, not long after getting a “SCORE THE TOUCHDOWN” response to a piece of Bible scripture, posted a separate tweet which said. “On your job do you do what your boss tells you to do? And if you don’t what happens? Interesting.” The message was deleted within minutes of its posting. If a bad team has a record below .500 and a mediocre one wins half its...
    Anthony Quinn Warner, person of interest in Nashville bombing, was longtime resident with electronics expertise Live politics updates: GOP Sen. Toomey warns Trump legacy will be chaos and misery if he doesnt sign COVID relief Anatomy of a Stunner: Ryan Fitzpatrick throws the Raiders out of the playoffs Saturday night Jon Gruden decided to work the clock, take the field goal and as he put it, place the Dolphins “up against the wall.” © Provided by Touchdown Wire Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was happy to fight back. In absolute stunning fashion the Dolphins were able to drive into field goal range in the closing seconds thanks to a tremendous read and throw from Fitzpatrick, and a bit of a coverage breakdown from the Las Vegas Raiders. On the play in question, a huge connection between Fitzpatrick and Mack Hollins, the Raiders run a prevent version of Cover 2. So...
    Anthony Q. Warner is being investigated in connection with Nashville Christmas blast, authorities say 2 House newcomers decline to say if theyll back Pelosi for speaker Jon Gruden played for a field goal instead of a touchdown at the wrong time and it cost the Raiders a shot at the playoffs © Provided by INSIDER Jon Gruden. AP Photo/Steve Marcus The Las Vegas Raiders blew a late lead in disastrous fashion to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night. In the final minutes, Jon Gruden had to decide between a touchdown or draining the clock before a go-ahead field goal attempt. Gruden opted for the field goal, taking a 25-23 lead with 19 seconds remaining. A calamity of errors on the next play led to the Dolphins' game-winning field goal. Gruden said he had no regrets about his decision to play for the field goal. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Ryan Fitzpatrick. AP Photo/David Becker Ryan Fitzpatrick pulled off another incredible comeback for the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night. After entering the game in relief of Tua Tagovailoa, Fitzpatrick provided a much-needed spark to the Dolphins offense. With just 19 seconds left, Fitzpatrick threw up a miracle ball to wide receiver Mack Hollins while being dragged down by his facemask. The completion and penalty combined to put the Dolphins in position to score the game-winning field goal. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Ryan Fitzpatrick pulled off another miracle on Saturday night for the Miami Dolphins. After the Dolphins' offense slumped through much of the first three quarters of their game against the Raiders, head coach Brian Flores pulled starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in favor of Fitzpatrick, hoping for a spark. His presence was felt immediately, with Fitzpatrick leading the Dolphins to the Raiders' 4-yard line before...
    Grading the Raiders’ 26-25 loss Saturday night to the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium: PASS OFFENSE B The Raiders were plenty explosive against one of the NFL’s top defenses as Derek Carr, playing with a groin strain, completed 21 of 34 passes for 336 yards including an 85-yard scoring pass to Nelson Agholor. Agholor caught five passes for 155 yards and also drew the 49-yard penalty on Byron Jones that seemingly put the Raiders in position to win the game. Darren Waller added five catches for 112 yards. Consistency was a problem, as a Raiders team that’s been pretty good on third down was 0-for-10 against the top third-down defense in the NFL. Bottom line is they did enough through the air to win even with settling for four field goals from the Dolphins 25 or better. RUN OFFENSE: C Josh Jacobs, who needed an in-game I.V.. because...
    As far as losses go, the Raiders couldn’t think of one that’s stung as much as their crushing, last-second loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night. Coach Jon Gruden and his players were stunned after Jason Sanders blasted a 44-yard field goal through the uprights with one second left to give Miami a 26-25 win at Allegiant Stadium. Unbelievably, the Raiders somehow lost after seemingly winning the game on Daniel Carlson’s field goal with 19 seconds remaining. The Raiders tried not to score a touchdown before Carlson’s kick, preferring to rely on the strategy of taking as much time off the clock as possible. It turned out 19 seconds was just enough time for the Dolphins to officially knock the Raiders (7-8) out of the postseason race while handing them their fifth loss in six games. The game came down to two costly mistakes on one...
    U.S. jobless benefit cut-off pushes millions to financial cliff-edge Momota wins Japan title to cap comeback after car crash NFL fans rightly crushed Jon Gruden after the Raiders wild loss to the Dolphins The last four minutes or so of Saturday night’s Dolphins-Raiders game were absolutely bananas and it all ended with two certainties – Miami pulled off an incredible victory thanks to some wild Fitzmagic and Jon Gruden made a boneheaded decision that cost his team a win. © Provided by For The Win After falling behind by a point with less than two minutes to go, Las Vegas had the ball at second-and-goal from the Dolphins’ 6-yard line. Gruden and the Raiders then decided to not go for a TD on either second or third down, choosing instead to eat up the clock and settle for a short field goal that gave them a one-point lead. It...
    Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden blamed Patrick Mahomes for how he called the end of the Raiders-Dolphins game.  It’s gotten to the point where Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs don’t even have to play in order to win. Because of that, Las Vegas will miss the playoffs for the third-straight year under Gruden. Perhaps worst of all, he just confirmed that his team’s biggest rival is living rent-free inside the decision-making part of his brain.
    Neither team is ready to call it a season between the Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins. For those of you who fell asleep during the Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins game, it’s cool. You didn’t miss much. This time though, Fitzmagic sparkled his way to victory. Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa on Ryan Fitzpatrick, who made the no-look pass of the season: “They call him ‘Fitzmagic’ for a reason.” pic.twitter.com/npEfDfdk5T — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2020 Fitzpatrick finished 9-of-13 with 182 yards and a touchdown. His no-look connection to Hollins is the definition of magic, thus setting up the chance to win. On top of all that, when Gaskins crossed the goal line, guess who was the first person to congratulate Fitzpatrick? The kid himself. Fitzpatrick had Miami sitting at 3-3 when the team elected to go in favor of Tagovailoa. He didn’t complain. He didn’t...
    The fly sensation is back for a second time in 2020.  Three football games were played on Saturday night. First, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2007. Then, things became interesting in the NFC with Arizona losing a crucial game. While this game might not have fans, at least there’s a great cameo for all to enjoy. Now, let’s get the commentators to talk to our fly boy about his travels to the game. Next: Dolphins could make history in both playoffs and NFL Draft
    The Raiders bring down the curtain on Year 1 at the “Death Star” Saturday night, never expecting  their new home to be the place their season went to die. There are myriad reasons the Raiders will soon officially be eliminated from the playoff race. It could happen Saturday night when they host the Miami Dolphins, who are in the thick of the postseason picture at 9-5. The Raiders, having lost four of of their last five, are 7-7 because they have been unable to defend their home turf at Allegiant Stadium, where they have a 2-5 record as opposed to 5-2 on the road. Owner Mark Davis determined in August he would be a no-show for home games out of respect to the season-ticket holders who can’t attend due to the coronavirus pandemic. What nobody knew at the time was the Raiders would join him. It was...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Las Vegas Raiders need to retool their roster if they want to make the playoffs next year. Here are three players they should look to unload this offseason. For much of the 2020 regular season, the Las Vegas Raiders looked poised to cruise into a relatively comfortable playoff berth. Unfortunately for Jon Gruden and his coaching staff, a late-season swoon has effectively ended their chances of crashing the NFL‘s postseason party. That collapse should make everyone on the Raiders’ roster nervous heading into the offseason. There aren’t many guys who should feel completely comfortable about their chance of returning to the team next year. Las Vegas already needs to make some roster cuts to fit into next season’s lower-than-projected salary cap number. It’s an even safer bet that Gruden and Mike Mayock will look to reshuffle the roster to...
    The exact origin of the quote remains in doubt, and even Vince Lombardi claimed he never said “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” The man whose name adorns the Super Bowl trophy later told author James Michener what he really said was “Winning isn’t everything. The will to win is the only thing,” although as the original quote gained steam, Lombardi was fine with the condensed version and even repeated it on occasion. Which brings us to the Raiders, another late-season fade, and being on the outside looking in at the playoffs as they’ve done for every year except one since 2002. The Raiders were 6-3, fell to 7-7 and need a prayer that won’t be answered to sneak in to a wild card playoff spot that wasn’t available a year ago. It’s another in a long line of failures and a letdown to the fan...
    The first time Derek Carr talked with Jon Gruden after the latter was named head coach in 2018 included the following request: “You have to be available.” Carr’s response, as he recounted Tuesday during a video conference, came in two words: “Yes sir.” So it comes as no surprise that Carr, who left a 30-27 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers with a significant groin strain, is working toward starting Saturday night when the Raiders (7-7) host the Miami Dolphins (9-5) at Allegiant Stadium. Carr, with no media present, took practice snaps along with Marcus Mariota, who played well in the loss to the Chargers. If Carr can’t play, Mariota will start his first game since Oct. 13 of last season for the Tennessee Titans. The actual decision will come from Gruden and the Raiders medical staff, who must take into account Carr’s ability...
    Having fielded questions about Raiders’ management and coaching in Part I of the mailbag, it’s on to Part II regarding personnel and the roster. Questions are edited for content and decorum: Q: Are you noticing a change in the fan base? It seems to me they are no longer OK with years or mediocrity and their patience has worn thin. Feels different than it has in a long time. Wonder if you’re seeing a historic shift in sentiment? — @TravisBrown100 The fan base has gradually become more angry and it’s easy to see why. Back in the day when my dad has Raiders season tickets, the team was perennially one of the best in the NFL. For the better part of the last 20 years, it’s been one of the worst. Calling it mediocrity in many cases is being kind. Back to back mediocrity in 2019-20 is,...
    US health officials: No need to ban flights from UK even as it battles new COVID-19 strain De Blasio doubles down on redistribute wealth remark: Fox News got it exactly right The rare double game-winning field goal miss is a feat worth celebrating On the evening of December 17th, locked in a tie with the Las Vegas Raiders and with 51 seconds left on the clock, the Los Angeles Chargers missed a field goal. The Raiders soon lined up for a kick of their own; that failed when the holder couldn’t get the snap down. My brain said, “Huh! Two teams missing field goals in the last minute of a tie game! I wonder when that last happened? Let’s go to Pro Football Reference and find out.” © Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Two teams hadn’t both failed on field goal attempts in the final minute of a tie...
    Raiders coach Jon Gruden is focused on finishing out the season before determining how to proceed on defense 2021. During his time with the Raiders (1998-2001), Tampa Bay (2002 through 2008) and the Raiders again (2018 to present) he’s had four: Willie Shaw, Chuck Bresnahan, Monte Kiffin and Paul Guenther. All have run a 4-3 as their base defense. Guenther is the first to be fired during a season. Here are names that could come up, keeping in mind some could be unavailable because they’re under contract or could be hired as head coaches: (Name, age, current or most recent position) Rod Marinelli, 71, Raiders interim coordinator: Has a head start in the form of a three-game audition. A 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers was not promising, although predictable on a short week. If the Raiders can go from awful to average in the last...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Las Vegas Raiders will be seeking a permanent defensive coordinator after the season, and these 5 guys should be top candidates. After allowing over 200 yards on the ground in back-to-back games, the Las Vegas Raiders fired defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has stepped into the role as the interim guy, and down some key pieces Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert threw for over 300 yards against the Raiders on Thursday night. Any way you can slice it, the Raiders have a big issue defensively as they fade from the playoff picture this year. Adding more talent to the mix on that side of he ball in the offseason will be a priority, and a new full-time coordinator will be tasked with fostering notable improvement. Entering Week 15, the Raiders were 25th or worse in the...
    The Raiders are back there they started when the season began. They’ve got two quarterbacks and they’re not going to the playoffs. The Raiders gave up 30 points, and they scored 27, which holds steady to their numbers through a 2020 season where their best hope is to incrementally improve a game or two from 7-9. Which came one year after 4-12. Some things to keep in mind as the season and offseason play out with both Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota under contract: Beware of recency bias Mariota was better than anyone could have imagined. Darren Waller said he wasn’t surprised, but I’m guessing Jon Gruden was floored in a good way. This was the two-way Mariota who won the Heisman Trophy at Oregon. The cool leader who seemed unaffected by pressure and attention. The player Gruden had in his strip mall offices in Florida for...
    The Los Angeles Chargers beating the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 Thursday night didn’t put up huge TV ratings. According to ShowBuzzDaily.com, the game between the Raiders and Chargers peaked with an average of 8.95 million viewers on Fox, which is far from a great number for the NFL. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) These numbers aren’t really great at all for the NFL, especially considering how the league has been dominating the ratings lately. The NFL has been putting up numbers, and that simply didn’t happen at the same level last night for the Chargers and Raiders.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) Granted, the game was between two teams who aren’t playing for much at all,...
    Demand is low for COVID-19 antibody drugs but shortages loom Vice President Mike Pence and Wife Karen Publicly Receive COVID Vaccine Alongside Surgeon General Raiders Derek Carr could miss the remainder of NFL season The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off their second consecutive loss following Thursday night’s overtime defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers. Unfortunately for Las Vegas, things might be getting even worse. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's season is likely over. After leaving the Week 15 game early with a groin injury, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr couldn’t return and things didn’t sound promising from Jon Gruden. With the team’s season on the line heading into the closing weeks, Las Vegas could be in trouble. Speaker to reporters following Thursday’s loss, Gruden provided an update on his star quarterback’s injury. While Carr avoided the worst-case scenario, a significant tear of...
    Demand is low for COVID-19 antibody drugs but shortages loom Vice President Mike Pence and Wife Karen Publicly Receive COVID Vaccine Alongside Surgeon General PSA: Watch all the way to the end of The Mandalorian for a post-credits surprise WARNING: THE MANDALORIAN SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED CHAPTER 16 OF SEASON 2. © Provided by For The Win Ready? OK. I was almost one of the fans of The Mandalorian who stopped as the credits rolled on an awesome Season 2 Finale … but then I remembered: shows like this one like to sneak in some fun stuff at the very end. So: WATCH UNTIL THE VERY END! What happened, exactly? A scene featuring what used to be the headquarters of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine, with Bib Fortuna taking over as the head boss. Who should come down but Bobba Fett, who kills Fortuna and sits on a throne...
    Pence receives COVID-19 vaccine, Walmart-TikTok partnership, Ma Raineys Black Bottom: 5 things to know Friday Pence receives COVID-19 vaccine in televised appearance Marcus Mariota reflects on returning to the field with Raiders: To be truthful, it’s been a long journey Marcus Mariota has gone from No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft to the backup quarterback job with the Las Vegas Raiders, a fall from the high expectations everyone had when he left Oregon. © Provided by For The Win But on Thursday night, in a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime, he was back on the field after a Derek Carr groin injury and had a really good game — 226 passing yards, a passing touchdown and an interception, plus 88 yards rushing and a score on the ground. He also earned quite a bit of money in the process. After the game, he...
    Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden had NFL fans scratching their heads Thursday night as cameras caught him wearing an old Oakland Raiders hat while leading his team against the Los Angeles Chargers. Gruden had the old hat on -- a black cap with Oakland Raiders in white script. The veteran head coach appeared to have been told about the hat and changed it back to a Las Vegas Raiders cap at some point during the first half. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM He addressed the hat situation after the team’s overtime loss to the Chargers. "I apologize for not having the right hat on. Somebody played a pretty good trick on me," Gruden said. The Raiders and Chargers battled it out in overtime. Las Vegas had a long first drive that ended in a field goal, and then the team just needed a defensive stop to win...
    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert called his own number Thursday night to beat the Las Vegas Raiders. With time winding down in overtime and the Chargers sitting right outside the end zone, Herbert ran a QB sneak and jumped the line to win the game 30-27. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Watch the awesome moment below. Justin Herbert! QB SNEAK FOR THE WIN. #BoltUp #LACvsLV pic.twitter.com/RSZK6J84ie — NFL (@NFL) December 18, 2020 It really doesn’t get much better than that. The Chargers were knocking on the door, and Herbert dialed up his own number to put the game away. That’s the kind of ending Herbert and his teammates will be talking about for a long time.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) It’s also been a ton of fun watching Herbert...
    Vaccine hoaxes are rampant on social media. Here’s how to spot them. Rubio’s middle road on Trump’s election claims could draw a GOP primary challenge Jon Gruden is the reason why the Raiders arent going to the playoffs This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Provided by For The Win The Los Angeles Chargers, as they have been known to do for pretty much their entire existence, did everything in their power to give the Las Vegas Raiders a win last night but Jon Gruden just wouldn’t let it happen. And now the Raiders’ playoff hopes are all but over after their 30-27 overtime loss to Justin Herbert and Co. The man to blame for this is Gruden and Gruden only. Not only did he wear the very wrong Raiders hat to...
    The Raiders got a sterling performance Thursday from backup quarterback Marcus Mariota. But the inability to score a touchdown in overtime, followed by some defensive blunders on the ensuing possession, helped pave the way to a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. Mariota completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 88 yards on nine carries after starting quarterback Derek Carr suffered a groin injury in the first quarter. Here’s what the Raiders (7-7) said after the loss, which all but eliminates them from playoff contention. JON GRUDEN “I’d just like to say I’m really proud of our team. We lost a lot of men tonight, and had a lot of men missing and I thought Mariota came in and did a great job. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t find a way to win that game at the end,...
    Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden perplexed NFL fans watching the team take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night. Early in the game, the cameras panned to the longtime head coach and he was wearing a black hat with a white script that read Oakland Raiders. The team moved from Oakland to their new home in Las Vegas and fans were left scratching their heads as to why he may have been wearing the old school headwear. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Don’t worry, Gruden was apparently told of his fashion faux pas and he switched back to the Las Vegas Raiders hat. RAIDERS QB DEREK CARR LEAVES GAME WITH GROIN INJURY The Raiders were originally based in Oakland during the old American Football League days and played there until 1981 when the team relocated to Los Angeles. The franchise played in Los Angeles from...
    There’s still a chance. The Raiders could make the playoffs, but the hard truth is the path to a wild card berth includes finishing the season on a three-game winning streak. Based on the way the Raiders (7-6) have played the past three weeks, it’s by far the most daunting challenge heading in to Thursday night’s game.against the Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) at Allegiant Stadium. Judging from social media, many Raiders fans have thrown in the towel and it’s hard to blame them. Their team has gone to the playoffs one time in the previous 17 seasons and even in that year in 2016 lost quarterback Derek Carr to a broken leg on Christmas Eve. For the remaining optimists, the easiest way for the Raiders at 10-6 to make the playoffs is to have Cleveland (9-4) lose twice or Baltimore (8-5) lose once. The Browns are at...
    If the Raiders want to end their first season in Las Vegas with a playoff berth, they should know their work is cut out for them. At 7-6 going into Week 15’s home game vs the Chargers, the Raiders are in the current No. 9 position in the AFC, a game behind the No. 7 Dolphins (8-5) and No. 8 Ravens (8-5). Last season, the Raiders were still alive in the AFC wild-card race until Week 17, but their 7-9 final record wasn’t good enough to get the second wild card. Now that the NFL has expanded to a seventh team in each conference, they have extra life. With only three games left, here’s a look at the Raiders’ three different, narrow paths to the playoffs behind the AFC West champion Chiefs: MORE: NFL’s expanded playoffs, explained Raiders go 3-0 to finish 10-6 Jon Gruden’s team needs to do this...
    The start time for ” Thursday Night Football ” between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers is the usual kickoff time for Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season. That means that 8:20 p.m. ET on NFL Network and Fox from Allegiant Stadium, Derek Carr and the Raiders (7-6) face Justin Herbert and the Chargers (4-9) in a battle of two AFC West teams. Las Vegas is on the outside looking in of the AFC playoff picture, but there’s still a shot for the Raiders, making Thursday night a must-win game.   MORE: Watch tonight’s NFL game live with fuboTV Las Vegas won the first meeting of these teams this season, 31-26, suggesting what could be a high-scoring, close game, although the Chargers have been playing even more than rough than usual in a few recent weeks. If Herbert can top 300 yards passing, it should at least be...
    As part of the Raiders’ preparation heading in to their game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, interim defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli took his unit to the movies. Marinelli cued up a video of the things he wants to see in his first game taking over for Paul Guenther. He’ll need everything he can get against the Chargers, as four starters were declared out Wednesday as the Raiders went through final preparations: strong safety Johnathan Abram (concussion), linebacker Nicholas Morrow (concussion), defensive end Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) and cornerback Damon Arnette (concussion). As Marinelli explained Wednesday, he has a heavy emphasis on things that don’t require talent — effort, pursuit, gang-tackling. So the Raiders got an eyeful of John Lynch, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Marinelli coached the defensive line. They saw Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Peanut Tillman...
    The NFL has some horrendous coaching every week. In Week 14, Doug Marrone and the Jacksonville Jaguars took the reins.  So what does Doug Marrone have to do to get himself fired, anyway? Gruden hired Guenther not just because of their personal relationship but based on the reputation he built as a linebackers coach and coordinator for the 2010s Cincinnati Bengals. Gruden then filled Guenther’s defense with 2010s Bengals. The 2018 Raiders defense featured Reggie Nelson, Frostee Rucker and Leon Hall in significant roles, plus journeyman defenders from non-Bengals teams like Tahir Whitehead, Derrick Johnson and Rashaan Melvin occupying roster spots that should have gone to younger players. Gruden and Guenther, golf and carpool buddies off the field, spent the 2018 season jawing at each other on the sideline as the old, slow Raiders defense wheezed around the field in Patrick Mahomes’ contrail. Mike Mayock signed on to the Gruden...
    For the third straight game, the Raiders got caught trying to be something they’re not right now — a playoff team. The Raiders defense couldn’t stop the Colts and the Raiders offense couldn’t play catch up quick enough and it added up to a disappointing 44-27 thrashing at the hands of Indianapolis on Sunday. The loss left the Raiders at 7-6 and needing to win all three of their remaining games to have a shot at making the playoffs in the crowded AFC chase. Not even coach Jon Gruden wanted to discuss playoff implications as he did a Jim Mora impersonation while swatting away postseason questions. Another rough performance by the Raiders defense — they allowed 456 yards and more than 40 points for the second time in three weeks — has put additional pressure on the team. And, since they’re going to host the Chargers in...
    Jon Gruden’s Raiders offense is the franchise’s best in nearly 20 years. Quarterback Derek Carr is having a career renaissance. Running back Josh Jacobs — even in his banged-up state — is a game-changer. Tight end Darren Waller is putting up absolutely crazy numbers, and Nelson Agaholor and Henry Ruggs might be the most underrated wide receiver combination in the NFL. All this behind an offensive line that — at times — has been elite. You would think, in an NFL where offense is king, all that would be enough. But it’s not. It’s not even close. Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen #27 breaks up a pass to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton #13 during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)  Related Articles What the Raiders are...
    Coronavirus updates: CDC gives final approval to Pfizer vaccine; first shipments roll out; inoculations could start Monday Florida adds almost 9,000 new COVID cases — Miami-Dade tops 2K for 11th time in December Kenny More Just Snagged the Interception of the Year Kenny Moore just made an all-time defensive play for the Indianapolis Colts with a stellar one-handed interception we'll be talking about for a while. The fourth-year cornerback used all of the athleticism his 5-foot-9 frame possesses to snag the pick in the end zone and prevent a sure touchdown for the Las Vegas Raiders. © Provided by The Big Lead Kenny Moore snags and incredible interception for the Indianapolis Colts The Colts led the Raiders 17-14 with 3:36 left in the second quarter on Sunday, when Derek Carr dropped back on third and eight from the 13-yard line. He lofted a pass into the end zone...
    More On: Sports Picks NFL Week 14 predictions: Dolphins will make the Chiefs sweat Why you can feel confident in this pick for FOX Bet’s free $100,000 contest Broncos vs. Panthers line, prediction: Ride with Denver Take the over in Big Ten college hoops battle The Wildcat returns for his 24th season in The Post. Including the 1997-2019 seasons in the Bettor’s Guide, Cat’s record in print stands at 535-537 (54.2 percent) against the spread. SUNDAY RAIDERS (+2.5) over Colts Las Vegas finds itself in a favorable tech spot — catching Indianapolis off a narrow, bitter divisional loss to the Texans. When hosting Houston next week, the Colts have a clear shot at quick revenge. The Raiders are focused on making their way into AFC postseason party after staging a narrow escape against the Jets. The home ’dog needs it more. It’s a take (+2.5), for one unit. MONDAY...
    More from: Mike Vaccaro Army-Navy game offers a constant in year of turmoil Why Ray Perkins will forever be the man who made Bill Parcells possible Jets can only hope rock bottom moment comes with silver lining Giants proved they are legit Giants have chance to join New Yorks more out-of-nowhere success stories By now, you probably know that the Jets’ unspeakable last-second meltdown last Sunday against the Raiders came exactly 50 years to the day after they lost an eerily similar game to their old AFL rivals, when Daryle Lamonica completed a 33-yard TD pass to Warren Wells with :01 left in the game, giving Oakland a 14-13 win at old Shea. In so many ways — besides that hard-to-believe coincidence, of course — that was an appropriate celebration for this Jets season which, in addition to looking as if it’s headed full-steam ahead to 0-16, also commemorates...
    It’s time for the Raiders to identify themselves as a contender or resign themselves to another late-season fade sure to infuriate a loyal but skeptical fan base. The Indianapolis Colts (8-4) are a game head of the Raiders (7-5) in the race for one of three AFC wild card berths going in to Sunday’s game at Allegiant Stadium. They provide a barometer of whether the Raiders playoff aspirations are legitimate. Beat the Colts and the playoffs seem real, with the likelihood of 10 wins necessary to qualify. A loss wouldn’t take the Raiders out of contention, but they’d probably have to win their last three to get in. Based on the way they’ve played of late, that’s a tough sell. The last time the Raiders went to the playoffs in 2016, quarterback Derek Carr was out with a broken right fibula. “It’s been a long wait...
    Welcome to Waller World. Nothing like a 13-catch, 200-yard game across the Hudson River from the Big Apple to make people sit up and take notice. The focal point of the Raiders’ passing offense, Waller is listed as a tight end but liable to line up almost anywhere. On one of his two  touchdowns in a 31-28 road win over the New York Jets, Waller ran a simple hitch route, Derek Carr hit him for a 5-yard gain and Waller did the rest to complete a 38-yard scoring play. Waller and Carr have come a long way from the first time they took the field together after the Raiders had claimed the tight end off the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. Waller may be 6-foot-6, 256 pounds, but he isn’t Dave Casper or Todd Christensen. “I just remember throwing him his first route...
    With a 6-6 record going into Week 14’s Thursday night game against the Rams in Los Angeles, the Patriots are alive in the NFL playoff picture. New England, however, still has the odds stacked against it to make the NFL playoffs for an 18th consecutive season. The Patriots currently are No. 10 in the conference with their .500 record. Before thinking about catching either the No. 6 Dolphins (8-4) or No. 7 Colts (8-4) for one of the final two AFC wild-card spots, they also need to jump both the No. 8 Raiders (7-5) and No. 9 Ravens (7-5). The bad news is two games are a lot of ground to make up in only four weeks. The good news is the Patriots already have the right kind of wins that can help them extend their postseason streak with Bill Belichick and without Tom Brady. Here’s a look at New England’s...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr. Heading into the season, the Las Vegas Raiders‘ offensive line was supposed to be a major strength for the team. Through 12 games, the group of expected starters has only played three snaps together. With Richie Incognito done for the year, they won’t be getting their expected starting lineup together this year. However, they could be getting a big boost soon. Trent Brown is the Raiders’ highest-paid player but has only played one full game all year. He just had a long stint on the COVID-19 list but is finally back at practice. Though he might not play this Sunday, quarterback Derek Carr is very excited to have the big man back. “It’s lovely to see Trent out at practice,” Carr said Wednesday. “Anybody would be silly to say it wasn’t. Our offensive line, I...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr. Heading into the season, the Las Vegas Raiders‘ offensive line was supposed to be a major strength for the team. Through 12 games, the group of expected starters has only played three snaps together. With Richie Incognito done for the year, they won’t be getting their expected starting lineup together this year. However, they could be getting a big boost soon. Trent Brown is the Raiders’ highest-paid player but has only played one full game all year. He just had a long stint on the COVID-19 list but is finally back at practice. Though he might not play this Sunday, quarterback Derek Carr is very excited to have the big man back. “It’s lovely to see Trent out at practice,” Carr said Wednesday. “Anybody would be silly to say it wasn’t. Our offensive line, I think, is the best in the...
    Getty Cam Newton The New England Patriots‘ playoff hopes are still alive. After winning four of their last five games, including a 45-0 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the Patriots are 6-6. With just four weeks remaining and sitting two full games out of the last AFC playoff spot, there is work to be done for the Patriots, and they will also need some help from other teams. Here are the three biggest occurrences the Patriots need to make the postseason. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!Simply Win OutIf the Patriots win the rest of their games, they will finish the season at 10-6, which is usually good enough to secure a playoff spot. You’d have to think that in a year that has seen the NFL add a seventh playoff position, that record would be...
    Even at 7-5, the Las Vegas Raiders might be the one team that can slay the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs.  Travis Kelce made history Sunday night against he Denver Broncos. After recording eight catches foe 136 yards, the 31-year-old became the first tight end to tally five 1,000-yard seasons. Mahomes has been near flawless this season passing. In games against opponents other than the Raiders, he’s thrown for 3,127 yards, 27 touchdowns and has yet to commit a turnover. Against Las Vegas, he’s thrown for 688, four scores but also threw his two lone interceptions on the season. Meanwhile, the Raiders pass rush has forced five sacks in both appearances, the most by a club this year. Of the five interceptions from Derek Carr, two have come against the Chiefs’ secondary. One was with 19 seconds left after Mahomes’ late-window touchdown. Outside of that, both outings have been his...
    Derek Carr. AP Photo/Adam Hunger Derek Carr and the Raiders pulled off a miraculous Hail Mary to beat the Jets on Sunday. The Hail Mary was made possible by the Jets' baffling decision to send an all-out blitz against Carr, leaving wide receiver Henry Ruggs III with just one man to beat. After the game, Carr said he "couldn't believe" the Jets gifted them such an easy chance to win the game. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders had no business winning on Sunday against the New York Jets. Trailing the winless Jets 28-24 with just seconds remaining, the Raiders were down to their final throws on Sunday, in desperate need of a miracle. Their prayers were answered in shocking fashion. From just past midfield and third-and-10 with just 13 seconds remaining, Carr dropped back and was met with an...
    Gregg Williams. Frank Franklin II/AP Images The New York Jets fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Monday. The move comes after the Jets lost on a Hail Mary to the Las Vegas Raiders, where Williams did not send any players to help deep coverage. The Jets' decision was unprecedented and baffled the NFL world. The Jets are 0-12 and lead in the race for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It did not take long for the New York Jets to hold someone accountable for their last-second loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. The Jets on Monday fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The move comes after the Jets (via Williams' call) sent an all-out blitz at Derek Carr in the game's final seconds. There were just 13 seconds left in the game,...
    Marcus Maye left the field with a towel over his head after the Jets embarrassing loss on Sunday. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun The Jets lost embarrassingly on Sunday, giving up a Hail Mary touchdown to the Raiders in the final seconds. The loss can be attributed to the Jets' decision to send a blitz after Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on the decisive play. After the game, Jets defensive captain Marcus Maye called out defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for the call. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The New York Jets suffered their most brutal loss of the season on Sunday, giving up a Hail Mary touchdown to the Las Vegas Raiders in the final seconds to fall to 0-12. With the Raiders in need of a miracle to win, the Jets sent the house at quarterback Derek Carr, which resulted in Las Vegas wide receiver Henry Ruggs III...
    After beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, Travis Kelce accidentally gave credit to the Oakland Raiders.  In what turned out to be one heck of a ball game, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to avoid and upset and took down the Denver Broncos 22-16 at Arrowhead Stadium during Sunday Night Football. Inexplicably, the Chiefs had issues scoring touchdowns while in the red zone, but they did just enough to come away with the big AFC West victory. After the showdown, though, star tight end Travis Kelce made headlines for what he had to say, but it’s sure to fire up Raiders fans and build their confidence. That’s because Las Vegas is clearly on Kelce’s mind. Travis Kelce says “hats off to the Raiders” and then Patrick Mahomes comes in to cool him off. ???? pic.twitter.com/kOQCPkvbhR — NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 7, 2020 Travis Kelce showing love...
    The nonsense is out there, and it’s unstoppable. Even analyst Boomer Esiasion of CBS, who should know better as a former NFL quarterback and one-time MVP, seemed to be suggesting the New York Jets lost to the Raiders on purpose. “I have a headache thinking about this…the fact that Gregg Williams would play that coverage in that situation? It’s almost like the Jets drew that up to lose the game,” Esiason said Sunday in the aftermath of a 31-28 win by the Raiders on a 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III with five seconds remaining. Social media went further. A tank job. Losing for Lawrence. Tanking for Trevor. That would be Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson quarterback and alleged sure thing in the NFL draft. Why else would the Jets send the house when all they needed to do was keep the Raiders from crossing the goal...
    Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce dropped a bizarre line after beating the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs and company took care of business Sunday night against the Broncos to earn a 22-16 win. Following the victory, Kelce was asked about the slow offense, and said “hats off to the Raiders” when talking about the defense. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) chiefs not even worried about the broncos kelce thought they were playing the raiders pic.twitter.com/hc74RGxrsI — Tony X (@soIoucity) December 7, 2020 The Kansas City Chiefs and Kelce are so great that the players don’t even know who they’re playing against apparently. They just went out and won an “SNF” game against the Broncos, and Kelce is talking about playing the Raiders. If you don’t find that funny, then I don’t know what to tell you. Kelce said hats off to...
    It really shouldn’t have been this difficult against the winless Jets, but the Raiders managed to escape with a 28-24 victory on Sunday, thanks to Derek Carr’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III with just five seconds left. Losing to the hapless Jets would not only have been embarrassing for the Raiders, it also would have crippled their chances to earn a postseason berth. However, Carr’s hookup to Ruggs was just the last of a few big plays the Raiders desperately needed to end their two-game losing streak. Here’s what the Raiders had to say following their victory: Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden looks on before an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)  RAIDERS COACH JON GRUDEN: “That was a great win for us. Really proud of our...
    Derek Carr could hardly believe his eyes. The Raiders quarterback had just missed Nelson Agholor to the post Sunday against the New York Jets. It was third-and-10 from the Jets’ 46-yard line with 13 seconds left. The Jets led 28-24 and the Raiders’ playoff hopes were about to go up in smoke against a team that came in with an 0-11 record. Surely, the Jets would play a soft coverage designed to allow a short completion and run out the clock. The Raiders had no time outs. “Sure enough, I saw the safety start cheating over. I saw the nickel start to creep in,” Carr said after a miraculous 31-28 road win. “The (weakside) linebacker was creeping in. The Mike (middle linebacker) started walking up. I was like, `oh, buddy.’ ” Oh, buddy indeed. Carr changed the protection at the line of scrimmage and rookie...
    The Jets are refusing to let Trevor Lawrence slip from their grasp. The New York Jets appeared set to avoid going 0-16 with a victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, only to prove they are the kings when it comes to tanking for the number one overall pick. New York led 28-24 after a Ty Johnson touchdown run and appeared to have clinched a victory that would have led to mixed feelings among their fans after a red-zone stand that kept the Raiders from retaking the lead. However, Las Vegas got the ball back and produced a dramatic late turnaround by going 61 yards in four plays on a drive that started with just 35 seconds remaining. Rookie Henry Ruggs III was the hero for the Raiders, the receiver sealing a 31-28 triumph as he beat undrafted free agent cornerback Lamar Jackson on a stop-and-go move to get open downfield...
    Derek Carr threw a beautiful pass, allowing rookie Henry Ruggs to run underneath it for a game-winning touchdown On a third down with less than 20 seconds remaining, the Raiders threw up a prayer. It was answered in the form of a Ruggs touchdown, as the speedster ran right past the Jets secondary for a last-second touchdown that keeps them in the AFC playoff picture. The Jets, meanwhile, kept their tank for Trevor movement alive. Derek Carr hits Henry Ruggs for the win. #Jets will stay winless, which might just be a good thing. Holy cow.pic.twitter.com/WT4eD70mYr — NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 6, 2020 How was Ruggs III so open? We don’t have a good answer, there. It’s the Jets, either Adam Gase is trying to lose game or they’re the most inept team we’ve ever seen. Perhaps it’s a little bit of both.
    (CBS Los Angeles) — The Kansas City Chiefs still have the inside track on the AFC West title. But there could very well be some bumps in the road. Their remaining schedule features a few tough matchups, not to mention rematches with each of their three division rivals. That starts this Sunday with the Las Vegas Raiders, the only team to beat them so far. The Raiders, at 6-3, are coming off a thrashing of the Denver Broncos, and will be looking to stay in the mix of what’s become a very competitive AFC playoff race. Six teams hold a 6-3 record in the AFC, but only one of them leads their division. The Broncos host the resurgent Dolphins, one of those 6-3 playoff contenders behind rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami is riding a five-game winning streak, the Broncos have lost two straight. Their last win came against the Los...
    If the best ability is availability, then the Raiders are faced with the most accomplished running back in the history of the NFL. Within the destruction wrought by an 0-11 season for the New York Jets is Frank Gore, still running hard and flattening opposing pass rushers at age 37. In his 16th season, Gore has played in 237 games, having broken the previous record of 227 set by Emmitt Smith. Brought in originally to be a backup for Le’Veon Bell, Gore instead leads the Jets with 521 yards on 141 carries. It is the most yards gained by a back his age, surpassing Marcus Allen’s 505 yards with Kansas City age 37 in 1997. The Jets host the Raiders (6-5) Sunday at the Meadowlands Gore has played in every game, started 10 times and has 89 more touches than any other player on the...
    Jon Gruden won’t underestimate the New York Jets again -- even if they are the only winless team in the NFL. The Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Metlife Stadium on Sunday to take on 0-11 Jets but Gruden is preparing his team like he would for any other matchup after recalling the beatdown the Jets put on the Raiders last season in Week12.  MIKE TOMLIN SLAMS STEELERS’ PERFORMANCE IN WIN OVER RAVENS: ‘I’M REALLY DISAPPOINTED’  “I don’t think I need to say much,” Gruden said during a press conference on Wednesday. “All you do is turn the film on, they got after us in all phases. I got a lot of respect for their coaching staff. [Defensive coordinator] Gregg Williams and [head coach Adam] Gase have given us problems before. I don’t need to say much else.” The Raiders went into their last meetup with the Jets exactly where...
    Talk about going from a valley to a peak. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was back among the mediocre, losing three fumbles and throwing a pick six in a 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. If Carr was listening, his critics among the fan base, social media and mainstream media were like sharks with chum in the water. All along, Carr has maintained that 2020 was different. He doesn’t care about the slings and arrows that have no bearing on his job as an NFL quarterback or outside it. As painful as the loss was, it receded into the background the moment he met Brooklyn Carr Monday for the first time. Brooklyn is the fourth child of Derek and Heather Carr and the first girl. “Heather did all the work, but I was able to hold my baby daughter in my arms for the first time and...
    After a shockingly bad loss in Week 12, can the Las Vegas Raiders get back on track and make the playoffs? If the playoffs started this week, and of course they don’t, the 6-5 Las Vegas Raiders would be out. They have given the Kansas City Chiefs their only loss this season, with a competitive effort in a 35-31 loss to the defending champs in Week 11. Three of their other losses, to the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, don’t look bad. It’s one thing to lose to the now 4-7 Atlanta Falcons, who have played better under interim head coach Raheem Morris. But the Raiders lost in blowout fashion on the road in Week 12, 43-6, as quarterback Derek Carr laid an egg (215 passing yards, four turnovers) against the league’s second-worst pass defense. Carr was so bad that Nathan Peterman posted a slightly better...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse With the season one the line for the Las Vegas Raiders, these changes could keep them in the playoff picture.  Let Carr set up a third and short and keep the clock rolling. Adam Gase and Sam Darnold have proven to crack under pressure and with little time, they’ll be looking for an exit. Next: Get to Sam Darnold quickly and often Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse
    Jon Gruden was sitting in his home office for his weekly teleconference Monday, banished from the Raiders practice facility under the latest NFL coronavirus protocols. Gruden looked comfortable enough, with game ball mementos on a shelf in the background as well as helmets from the Raiders and the University of Dayton where he went to college. He appeared at ease, probably because a number of Raiders including running back Josh Jacobs could be good to go for their Week 13 road game against the New York Jets. Still, watching game film of the Raiders’ 43-6 road loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons, however, made Gruden feel as if he’d just left the oral surgeon. “When you go to the dentist and have to have your teeth pulled out? It’s pretty much like that,” Gruden said. But Gruden watched anyway, and recited a litany of mistakes that...
    ATLANTA (CBS / AP) — Jon Gruden felt an apology was appropriate after his Raiders set season highs for penalties, turnovers and sacks allowed. The Las Vegas coach also was looking to quickly erase Sunday’s 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “I apologize to the Raider nation and really compliment the Falcons,” Gruden said. “They played a hell of a football game and we did not.” It was an especially ugly outing for quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked five times, threw an interception that was returned by Deion Jones for a touchdown and had three of the team’s four lost fumbles. Carr said the team had a poor week of practice following last week’s 35-31 loss to Kansas City. “I didn’t think personally we had our best week of practice,” Carr said. “Personally I felt we were a little flat. Clearly that was the case in the game.” Gruden said he’s not worried...
    It was so bad it’s hard to know where to start. And it could have been worse. If the Raiders’ defense hadn’t kept forcing Younghoe Koo to kick field goals — five in all — how many points would the Atlanta Falcons have scored? As it is, 43-6 is a solar plexus punch for anyone who dared to dream this Raiders team would emerge from its near-miss of a Kansas City sweep resolute in the belief that a march to the playoffs was inevitable. My own prognosis hasn’t wavered since August. The Raiders could be good enough on offense to be a nine or 10-win team if their defense could come up with enough stops to make it happen. For one week, that hypothesis was set on its ear.  The Raiders actually weren’t bad on defense against the Falcons. It was the offense, coached by Jon...
    After he had fumbled for the third time Sunday, and well after he had thrown an interception that was returned for a touchdown, quarterback Derek Carr just stood on the Raiders sideline and shook his head in disbelief. “I haven’t felt this way in awhile,” Carr said. “It’s a gut-punch for sure.” After a near-flawless performance last week at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, Carr and the Raiders’ offense fell flat in what became a 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Carr completed 22 of 34 passes for 215 yards, but was sacked five times and also had a career-worst four giveaways that resulted in 20 points for the Falcons. Carr fumbled three times — two of which were the result of Falcons pressure coming off the edge — and also threw an interception early in the third quarter to Deion Jones,...
    Following his team’s 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden started off his postgame news conference with an apology. “The Falcons played a hell of a football game, and we did not,” Gruden said. “The turnovers, the penalties. Inexcusable. It’s a reflection of me. We’re a lot better team than that.” The Raiders had five turnovers. Quarterback Derek Carr fumbled the ball three times and also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Deion Jones early in the second half. Las Vegas also had 141 yards in penalties in what became their most lopsided Raiders loss since a 52-0 defeat to the St. Louis Rams on Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. Here’s what the Raiders were saying following the defeat: Raiders coach Jon Gruden Had you seen anything in practice this week that would indicate that you...
    With the Las Vegas Raiders playing inconsistently, could their playoff hopes be over before the final month of action?  Last Sunday night, Derek Carr dazzled. He danced behind his offensive line and extended plays. He hung in strong against the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense and connected for a 1-yard touchdown to give his team a lead with minutes to spare. Next: Who should replace Cam Newton in New England?
    Texas Tech football may have attempted the worst onside kick in the history of time.Texas Tech did an awful job on this onside kick and Oklahoma State burned them. When Brady Pohl attempted the onside kick for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, he was hoping his teammates would have his back. Jason Taylor of the Oklahoma State Cowboys adeptly grabbed the onside kick attempt, parted the recovery front of the Red Raiders and took it all the way for special teams pay dirt. This made it 28-24 Pokes after the Red Raiders’ special teams gaff. This did not play out how Texas Tech wanted it to ???? pic.twitter.com/M56iisPJLP — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 28, 2020 This is why Texas Tech remains Texas TechOklahoma State may not be anything more than the fourth-best team in the Big 12, but the Cowboys are too talented to not take advantage of poor...
    Now comes the hard part for the Raiders. Exceeding the expectations of a loser is easy compared to meeting the expectations of a winner. The Raiders are coming off a 35-31 to the Kansas City Chiefs, a defeat that enhanced their reputation nationally. A lot of the good things the Raiders have done seemed to gain notice. They’re 6-4, nearly swept the defending Super Bowl champions and have played one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. The punch line status of coach Jon Gruden is giving way to the recognition he and general manager Mike Mayock have built a team worthy of the playoffs. Nowhere to go but downhill. The Raiders visit the Atlanta Falcons Sunday (10 a.m.), an underachiever that fired its head coach Dan Quinn and elevated Raheem Morris, the man who took Gruden’s job when he was relieved of his command at...
    Anyone who had hopes of Raiders newcomers Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley screaming off the edge to pressure former Atlanta teammate Matt Ryan got a dose of reality Friday from coach Jon Gruden. McKinley, the former first-round draft pick out of UCLA by way of Richmond’s Kennedy High, won’t be making the trip and has been placed on injured reserve. Beasley, also a former first round pick who was released by the Tennessee Titans, will likely remain on the practice squad when the Raiders (6-4) visit the Falcons (3-7). Reclamation projects rarely pay immediate dividends. Both players were first-round picks by the Falcons, Beasley No. 8 overall in 2015 and McKinley No. 26 in 2017. They arrive hopeful of re-igniting careers which have fallen on hard times. Since the Raiders are ranked 31st in the NFL in sacks with 11, ahead of only the Jacksonville...
    Jon Gruden: the grinch of Thanksgiving. The Raiders coach was not in a festive mood Wednesday when asked if there was a favorite dish that needed to be on his table Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner. “You’re killing me with some of your questions, man,” Gruden told the inquiring reporter. “I’m just hoping I got a place to go. Right now, we lose to Kansas City, I’m lucky to have a place to go.” Gruden was apparently still getting over Sunday night’s crushing loss to the Chiefs, in which the Raiders took the lead with 1:43 left, only to have Patrick Mahomes play hero and spark another game-winning drive with 28 seconds to spare. Despite the 35-31 loss, Gruden still had plenty to be thankful for. The Raiders are 6-4 after going a combined 11-21 in Gruden’s first two seasons back on the sideline. While they missed out on a...
    Jon Gruden believes the cliche “you are what your record says you are,” but not all 6-4 records are created equal. “We are what we are,” Gruden said Monday at his teleconference. “We’re 6-4 with six games left and we’ve got to get ready for the Falcons.” If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Raiders were 6-4 last season. Yet the Raiders are in much better shape than a year ago to get to 10 wins, which in most cases means a wild card playoff berth. They’re currently seeded No. 7 in the third and final spot. The way the playoffs are set up this year, the division winner in each conference receives a bye. As it stands, that would be Pittsburgh (10-0) in the AFC with Kansas City (9-1) at No. 2. That would put the Raiders, with both Tennessee and Cleveland at 7-3, on track...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A byproduct of the NFL playing its games in front of few, if any, fans because of the novel coronavirus is that viewers can hear loud and clear all the quarterbacks hollering out their calls, cadences and credos. Along with all those audibles wrapped in super-secret code. And Derek Carr has been the biggest star of this pandemic phenomenon. Carr came up short in his showdown with Patrick Mahomes on Sunday night at empty Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where the Raiders lost a 35-31 thriller to the Kansas City Chiefs. But the Raiders QB was the social media darling for his audacious audibles, especially when he hollered out “ James Hardin!” before handing off for a 6-yard gain. Oh, the delicious irony of Carr not passing the ball on that play, something even the Raiders’ official Twitter account pointed out. Other audibles included: “Chris Mullin!”...
    The Los Angeles Lakers star gives major props to Patrick Mahomes for his late-game theatrics to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to victory. On NFL Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers-Indianapolis Colts game was arguably the contest of Week 11. Any game following that would be a tough act to follow. But Sunday evening’s Kansas City Chiefs-Las Vegas Raiders contest was an exciting, offensive duel that enticed even the most casual of fans. With the Raiders taking a late 31-28 lead on a Jason Witten touchdown reception, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had over a minute and a half to retake the lead. Mahomes only needed about 50 seconds, as he hit a wide-open Travis Kelce in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Even though viewers were left in stunned awe, this is the type of performance you expect from Mahomes. That includes Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who...
    Three snaps. That’s how many plays the Raiders projected offensive line will play together in 2020. Left guard Richie Incognito, who has been attempting to rehabilitate an Achilles’ injury since Week 2, is done for the year, coach Jon Gruden said Monday at his weekly virtual press conference. “He had season-ending foot surgery,” Gruden said. “I hate to admit that, but we’ve tried everything we can. Richie’s tried everything he can to get back out on the field. His season is over.” The Raiders went in to the season depending on the strength of a starting offensive line that included left tackle Kolton Miller, Incognito, center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson and right tackle Trent Brown. Brown lasted three snaps before reinjuring a calf, not to return until Week 5 against Kansas City. Incognito finished the opener against Carolina and then lasted 11 snaps...
    Doctor Who holiday special teaser reveals return of beloved character Black Friday Sales: How to Find the Best Deals and Earn Cash Back What went wrong for the Raiders defense on the Chiefs game-winning touchdown? The Raiders had a chance. They held a 31-28 lead over the NFL’s best team. Just under two minutes on the clock. One more defensive stop. That’s all they needed to wrap up a sweep of the Chiefs and notch a perception-altering victory. © Provided by For The Win You didn’t have to watch the game to know how things ended. Patrick Mahomes did what Patrick Mahomes typically does: He ripped out the defense’s hearts out with a ruthlessly efficient, seven-play drive that covered 75 yards and ended with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Travis Kelce. The drive and the touchdown itself just looked entirely too easy… (I did not choose the thumbnail...
    The Chiefs beating the Raiders 35-31 put up some monster TV ratings. According to ShowBuzzDaily.com, the “Sunday Night Football” game between Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr peaked with an average of 16.182 million viewers on NBC. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kansas City Chiefs (@chiefs) My friends, those are some huge ratings and there’s no other way to put it. Those are absolutely monster ratings for NBC and the NFL. At this point, I don’t think anyone can say with a straight face that the league is struggling to draw eyeballs. Clearly, people are excited and paying attention to big games.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kansas City Chiefs (@chiefs) The league might have gotten off to a slow start this season in the...
    Derek Carr and the Raiders were bested by Patrick Mahomes on “Sunday Night Football,” but the real winner of the night might have been Carr’s audible calls.  With no fans in Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, the natural sound from the field came through loud and clear on the NBC broadcast. That meant that when Carr yelled out “James Harden,” “Pistol Pete,” “Purple Walrus” and more, it came through loud and clear to the millions of Americans tuned in to the game. Kansas City won 35-31, but did Mahomes yell out seemingly random NBA players’ names during the middle of the game? Didn’t think so. This wasn’t a new feat for Carr. When Las Vegas played at Kansas City on Oct. 11, Carr went into his bag of audibles and pulled out both a “Bruce Springsteen” call and a “Joe Montana” call. Maybe The Boss and one of the best QBs...
    The Raiders have six games to prove what is possible but far from a sure thing. A 35-31 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs aside, the Raiders had a playoff-type look Sunday night. They’ve played eight quarters against a team that’s lost exactly one game in in more than a calendar year — to the Raiders — and were 28 seconds away from making it two. The driving forces are coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr, but their presence doesn’t guarantee anything beyond the Raiders at 6-4 being a watchable team the rest of the way. Five things we’ve learned about the Raiders Sunday night: 1. The gap has been closed The offseason mission was to match up better with the Chiefs. With a 40-32 win and a 35-31 loss, consider the gap closed. Probably more than most thought possible. ...
    The Raiders were 1:43 away from an improbable sweep of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Then Patrick Mahomes and the mighty Chiefs’ offense took over. With the Raiders clinging to a 31-28 lead, Mahomes led Kansas City on a seven-play 75-yard drive that ended with him throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds left. A last-ditch interception thrown by Derek Carr sealed Kansas City’s 35-31 victory. The loss dropped the Raiders to 6-4 and probably ended their hopes of preventing Kansas City (9-1) from clinching its fifth straight AFC West division title. Here’s what the Raiders were saying following the gut-wrenching defeat: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts to losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 35-31 as he leaves the field after an NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on November 22,...