Author: Chris McClain

Raiders lose control of division with loss to Chiefs

The Oakland Raiders went into Kansas City looking to take the sold lead of the AFC West but quickly realized they’ll have to get some help if they plan on winning the division. The Chiefs outmuscled the Raiders from the beginning, forcing Derek Carr and the Raiders offense to struggle to get anything going. With the offense struggling, the Raiders defense was forced on the field for a majority of the time but played well in the first half. Following a first quarter field goal, the Raiders gave up their lone first-half touchdown when rookie running back Kareem Hunt got over the goal line up the middle, giving the Chiefs the early 10-0 lead. The Chiefs would tack on two more field goals to give the Chiefs a 16-0 lead heading into the half. The Raiders defense continued to be put in tough positions in the second half. Back up against the ropes, it was second-year player Karl Joseph that came up with the big play intercepting Alex Smith to give the ball back to Carr. But the Raiders offense couldn’t do anything with it once again, going three-and-out and punting the ball back to Smith. With a short field, it took the Chiefs offense just four plays to go 38 yards, including a 13-yard run by Charcandrick West to extend their lead to 26-0. The Raiders got a...

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Raiders move into tie for division lead with win

The Oakland Raiders went into Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants knowing they had a chance to hold part of the division lead after the Kansas City Chiefs fell to the New York Jets during the morning games. With the Giants putting together a rebuilt team and facing questions about their head coach, it looked like the Raiders would be too much for them. The Raiders defense came out to a quick start by forcing three consecutive three-and-outs against new Giants starting quarterback Geno Smith. Meanwhile, the Raiders offense started off to a quick start. It took just...

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Countdown to Paydirt: Rebuilt Giants come to Oakland

The Oakland Raiders stand just one game behind the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs after last week’s home victory over the Broncos and will now host a rebuild New York Giants team. Holding a disappointing 2-9 record, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo decided to make a change under center. After making 210 consecutive starts at quarterback, Eli Manning will sit on the bench to start Sunday’s game, giving way to Geno Smith. Smith has faced the Raiders three times before, holding a 2-1 record. Smith presents a different matchup for the Raiders as he is more mobile and...

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Report: Michael Crabtree suspended two games

The Oakland Raiders will have to continue their hunt for a playoff berth without one of their top offensive weapons for the next two weeks. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that the NFL is suspending wide receiver Michael Crabtree for two games without pay for his involvement in Sunday’s fight with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. NFL: Michael Crabtree of the Oakland Raiders and Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos have been suspended without pay for two games each for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game between the Raiders and Broncos. — Ian...

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Raiders stay in playoff hunt with win over Broncos

The Raiders continue to stay in the playoff hunt in the AFC West as no team seems to want to win it. Andy Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Buffalo Bills during the morning games, keeping Jack Del Rio and the Oakland Raiders a fighting chance. Little did we know that the Raiders would take a “fighting chance” quite literal. It didn’t take long for the sparks between Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib to reignite. On just the Raiders second possession of the game, Crabtree blocked Talib to the ground out...

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