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    (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 Angeles Chargers on a last-second touchdown catch. That was the first of three straight Chargers losses. But they draw a favorable matchup in Week 11, with the winless New York...
    The Las Vegas Raiders have placed several starting members of the defense on the NFL’s coronavirus list. According to Ian Rapoort and Tom Pelissero, “nearly” every member of the starting defense has been put on the coronavirus list because of high-risk close contacts. If the players on the list keep testing negative, then they can return Sunday against the Chiefs. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) This is wild: Nearly the entire #Raiders starting defense is going on the COVID-19 list because of high-risk close contacts, but all are eligible to play in the game if they continue to test negatively, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2020 At least 8 starters and others who play key roles won’t practice, sources say. Some will only be eligible on Sunday. All they have to do is get ready to face the #Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes. https://t.co/7CGaqbXtth — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2020 Some players will be cleared by Saturday, others will be cleared by Sunday...
    Answering your mailbag questions heading in to Sunday night’s showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium: Q: Given the recent performance from Nick Morrow do you see Cory Littleton back in the starting role when he comes back off the COVID list? Or has Morrow earned his right to take that job? — @R8RLUVR The Raiders spent too much on Littleton to plant him on the bench, and frankly he started to look a little better the previous two weeks. There’s a good chance he won’t be available this week, though. That gives Morrow another week as an every-down linebacker against the best offense in the NFL. Having the best game of your career against Denver wouldn’t carry nearly as much weight as having another one against the Chiefs. Coaches love this kind of “problem.” Having Morrow play well in his place may give Littleton a little extra push. Instead of playing under the weight of expectations created by his contract, he’s fighting for actual playing time. That can only be a good...
    For most of the season, the Raiders have leaned on their offense. That changed Sunday when their defense forced the Broncos into five turnovers while leading the way in a 37-12 win over Denver at Allegiant Stadium. Safety Jeff Heath had two of the Raiders’ four interceptions and the defense held the Broncos to just one touchdown in garbage time as Jon Gruden’s team improved to 6-3. Nonetheless, the offense still flexed its muscles as bruising back Josh Jacobs ran for 112 of the Raiders’ 203 rushing yards. Here’s what the Raiders were saying after third straight victory: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders talks with Johnathan Abram #24 during warm ups against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)  Raiders coach Jon Gruden: Opening statement: Proud of our team. It was a physical game today. On their defense: “I think Jeff Heath started it off. You know, Jeff Heath has...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. It seems like the Las Vegas Raiders have hit this point every year but it has become very clear that they don’t have a good defense. They are allowing 32.8 points per game, which is 31st in the NFL. Despite many efforts to improve the group, it seems like they’ve only gotten worse since last year. The Raiders hit a point last year when they needed to revamp the defense and cut three players after a bad loss. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the team decided to make some moves on defense soon. Head coach Jon Gruden had a chance to talk about making potential changes. “Yeah, there’s a lot of people talking about are we making changes, are we going to bring in new coaches, new players,” Gruden said Monday. “We are where we are. We’re 3-3. We played some really good offenses. Just so you know, Tom Brady is a problem for a lot of people. … “We’re going to stick together, bond together. We’re going to...
    Don’t make the mistake of attaching too much significance to the Raiders’ 45-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Practice matters. Especially against a better opponent. For a time early in the fourth quarter Sunday at Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders were within 24-20 and it looked as if they could win. It was an illusion. Tampa Bay had too much talent on defense, Tom Brady at the top of his game on offense and a full week of practice. Repeat —  a full week of practice. Football is unrivaled in the importance of practice. It’s about nuance, detail and minutae. Practices are treated like gold. Coaches wince as if they’ve lost a loved one every time a new collective barganing agreement reduces time spent on the field. The Raiders’ week was turned upside down courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic. Not a big deal when measued against life and death struggles in the real world, yet destructive in a football sense. The Raiders’ most valuable offensive lineman Trent Brown tested positive on Tuesday, which led...
    After putting up a good fight for most of the game, the Raiders fell 45-20 to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Brady threw two of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help the Bucs pull away after the Raiders closed within 24-20 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game. The 43-year-old former Serra High star’s last TD pass, a 1-yarder to rookie Tyler Johnson, moved him past the Saints’ Drew Brees for the most career TD passes in NFL history (559). Brady faced little pressure from the Raiders’ defense while completing 33-of-45 passes for 369 yards to drop Jon Gruden’s crew to 3-3 on the season. The Bucs scored 21 straight points after the Raiders elected to kick a 42-yard field goal on a fourth-and-1 play to make it 24-20. The Raiders became just the second team since 2017 to elect to kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 while trailing by 4-8 points in the fourth quarter, according to the Associated Press. Here’s what the Raiders had...
    COVID-19 cases in US grow at a speed not seen since July, the summer peak A McDonalds worker accuses the chain of firing her after she protested against a lack of masks and other safety concerns in a new whistleblower lawsuit Pressing Week 6 fantasy football questions: Can the Bills copy what Raiders did to beat Chiefs? Each week of the season brings with it a new set of questions. Here, we’ll attempt to lay out five of the most pressing in the NFL. The answers to those will reveal deeper truths about how the rest of the story of the 2020 season will unfold. We’ll find that these revelations will have a lasting impact on not just fantasy managers, but the league as a whole. 1 - Which defense steps up in Kansas City vs. Buffalo?When two of the best offenses of the 2020 season square off in Week 6, your attention should actually be focused on the other side of the ball. How the Chiefs and Bills defenses perform in this matchup will tell us much more...
    Louise Glück, American poet, wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 Amazon moving Prime Day to October is the latest example of the e-commerce giants dominance of the retail calendar NFL picks against the spread, Week 5: Do the Raiders stand a chance against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs? We’re on to Week 5 in the NFL, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears kicking off on Thursday. That means it’s time once again for our weekly look at the point spreads in order to help you win some money. © Provided by For The Win Last week, Steven Ruiz went 7-6-1 (30-228-4 overall) and Charles Curtis went 7-6-1 (30-28-4 overall). We now go to each of them for comments before their picks. Charles: We’re tied heading into Week 5. But spoiler alert: this week’s spreads are impossible and I’m already dreading the outcomes. Steven: Yeah, if I’m you, I’m turning around now and returning next week. This one could be brutal. (All bets courtesy of BetMGM) NOTE: Bills-Titans and Broncos-Patriots were off the board as of publishing time. Buccaneers at Bears (+3) ©...
    We’re 16 quarters into the 2020 season, and the Raiders have given no indication they can field a defense that could contribute to a nine- or 10-win team. That was supposed to be the next step. Adding new personnel at all three levels and finally giving defensive coordinator Paul Guenther enough weapons for a fair fight. Guenther had a new vantage point Sunday in a 30-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Allegient Stadium, working from the coaches booth instead of on the field where he usually operates. Coach Jon Gruden said he thought it went well in terms of communication, allowing Guenther to more freely interact with middle linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and get a bird’s eye view of what his unit was doing on a play-to-play basis. Yet what Guenther saw, along with everybody else, wasn’t good enough. Not even close. The Raiders gave up another 30 points to what appears to be a very good Buffalo team and to a quarterback in Josh Allen whose play has taken a remarkable jump in his second...
    The NFL isn’t all that different than any other sport in that it comes down to getting star quality performances from your stars. The Raiders spent a lot of money in the off-season adding more talented personnel to their defense, with the cornerstones being linebacker Cory Littleton and defensive tackle Maliek Collins. Littleton received a three-year contract worth up to $36 million as the Raiders big-ticket item in free agency. Collins cost $6 million for one season, but was called the key to the defense by both coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordiantor Paul Guenther. And while there are extenuating circumstances in that there was no off-season for a head start on getting with the program, Littleton and Collins through three games have yet to deliver the goods. Littleton has rarely left the field but unofficially has nine tackles and six assists in three games with one tackle for loss. He arrived with the reputation of being one of the pass defending linebackers in the NFL and that hasn’t shown itself either. Collins, who as a three-technique...
    Mere dissatisfaction with the Raiders defensive performance turned in to something more emphatic following a 36-20 road loss to the New England Patriots. Mainly, fans want Paul Guenther fired. Sooner, rather than later. It was by far the most prevelant theme among mailbag submissions this week. So for all of you that sent Guenther questions — or simply requested, demanded and profanely insisted he be canned — here’s the deal: Guenther is not getting fired. Definitely not now, probably not later. He almost certainly lasts the season unless the Raiders actually get worse. He was Jon Gruden’s hand-picked guy. The two are friends, share the same agent, and Guenther’s Mike Zimmer style of defense is the way Gruden wants his teams to play. There is little doubt the Raiders defense has been bad since Guenther came aboard. No need to rehash the gory details. In Guenther’s defense, this is really the first time the Raiders have actually spent serious money on his unit, and three games is too soon to give up unless the...
    The Deets is a weekday morning dose of commentary — delivered at 7 a.m. — from sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach that wraps up everything important in the world of sports and looks forward to another crazy day ahead. The ramifications of the long break-up fully set in on Monday night. That first week, even with the new name, didn’t quite hit. But the Raiders playing a home game in Las Vegas — that struck a chord from over here in the East Bay. It’s unofficially official: The Raiders are gone and they’re not coming back. Would you leave sweet digs like that? And with a new city and sweet new stadium, I couldn’t help but notice that the Raiders might just have a new kind of team, too. Don’t get me wrong, the Raiders’ defense has not turned a corner yet — it’s still the porous eleven Raiders fans have come to know and hate. But the offense? Through two weeks of the 2020 season, and following an impressive 34-24 win over...
    Alvin Kamara scored the first touchdown in Allegiant Stadium history. After hopping between Oakland and Los Angeles for 60 years, the Raiders opened up their brand new stadium in Las Vegas on a Monday Night matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In keeping with the tradition they’ve established since 2003, they’ve found themselves in an early hole. It was a Saints player who scored the first touchdown in Las Vegas history, as running back Alvin Kamara put New Orleans up 10-0 in the first quarter by plunging it in from close range. Derek Carr’s struggles against the New Orleans pass rush helped the Saints take over with solid field position. A nice catch-and-run from Tre’Quan Smith helped put New Orleans in position to take the lead. .@A_Kamara6 converts at the goal line for the #Saints TD! ????: #NOvsLV on ESPN????: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/pkp7nq0Q8u pic.twitter.com/ASksPvFMox — NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2020 Alvin Kamara could be in for a big day against the RaidersKamara, who just received a massive contract extension in the offseason, should be in for...
    The Las Vegas Raiders started the year off 1-0 thanks to Josh Jacobs.Josh Jacobs was the biggest reason the Las Vegas Raiders begin the 2020 campaign at 1-0. Needing every carry, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden leaned on his second-year bell-cow back to beat the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte in Week 1, 34-30. It was a quietly dominant performance out of Jacobs, as he was named The Dude of the Week, Man, as well as Snickers ‘Hungriest Player’ of the Week for Week 1. Gruden let his big dog eat en route to a satisfying victory.  View this post on Instagram  New city, same hunger. Let’s ride #RaiderNation #SNICKERSchain #ad A post shared by Josh Jacobs (@iam_joshjacobs) on Sep 15, 2020 at 3:04pm PDT Josh Jacobs is a big reason the Las Vegas Raiders can make the playoffs.Jacobs flexed all over the Panthers defense on Sunday. The former first-round pick out of the University of Alabama in the 2019 NFL Draft ran the ball 25 times for 93 yards and three delectable trips to pay dirt. This helped Jacobs crush...
    Week 1 is finally here, and our wait for the return of the NFL is over. What better way to celebrate the start of your new fantasy football season than by trying to identify some sleepers? Your Week 1 lineup is probably mostly set — the players you drafted early are your probable starters — but there’s always room to take one chance on an unheralded player, like Antonio Gibson, James Robinson, Zack Moss, when making your start ’em, sit ’em choices. Without a preseason, having three rookie running backs headline our sleepers article comes with plenty of risk, and it’s likely you don’t need to start Gibson, Robinson, or Moss unless you’ve been dealt a last-minute injury blow. Even so, all three have upside in season-long leagues this week, and they could serve as great DFS plays at assuredly low prices. WEEK 1 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker Beyond the running back position, we’ve gone with some proven commodities. There’s too much unknown to count on rookies at other positions....
    Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) The Las Vegas Raiders simply need more talent on defense to even consider themselves playoff contenders. Following the 2020 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders used up all of their first round picks acquired from the Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack trades. The ultimate goal for head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock was to build a playoff contender just in time for their move to the Sin City in 2020. While the offense is essentially set, their defense will prevent the team from clinching a coveted postseason berth this upcoming NFL season.Raiders first-round picks on defense have been a mixed bagThe Raiders had five first-round picks in the past two years, and three were used on defensive players. Back in 2019, the Raiders selected Clemson edge rusher Clelin Ferrell and Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram. This year, the Raiders took Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette. Ferrell came as a bit of a shock, considering the likes of Devin White and Josh Allen were on the board once...
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