Author: Chris McClain

WATCH: Crabtree, Talib ejected after sideline brawl

It didn’t take long for sparks to fly in Sunday’s game between longtime rival Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, but it didn’t come in the form of offensive scoring. On just the Raiders second possession of the drive, Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib were ejected from the game after a brawl on the Broncos sideline. On a five-yard gain by running back Marshawn Lynch, Crabtree blocked Talib to the ground out of bounds, causing Talib to retaliate and teammates from both sides to join in on the fight. Crabtree lost his helmet and went toe-to-toe with Talib, with both players being ejected for their involvement. Here's 7 Broncos going after Michael Crabtree on the sideline. Crab did start it, but man … — Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 26, 2017 Talib and Crabtree got into it last year during the last game of the season when the cornerback grabbed Crabtree’s chain and pulled it off his neck on the field. After the game, Crabtree said he “made a business decision” when he chose not to retaliate against the cornerback. The Raiders also lost left guard Gabe Jackson, who was also ejected for making contact with an...

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Raiders fire DC Ken Norton, Jr.

The Oakland Raiders made a coaching change Tuesday as they relieved defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., giving the defensive play-calling duties to assistant John Pagano, who was hired in the offseason. “After careful thought, I have made a difficult decision to part ways with Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator,” said Head Coach Jack Del Rio. “I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach, but I feel that moving assistant Head Coach John Pagano into the play-calling role will best utilize his wealth of experience. I appreciate Ken’s passion and commitment to the...

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Raiders dominated in 33-8 loss to Patriots

The Oakland Raiders looked to build on their bye week as they went into Mexico City to host the New England Patriots in what was dubbed a “home” game for Jack Del Rio and the Raiders. Derek Carr and the offense got the first crack at getting on to the scoreboard. Offensive coordinator Todd Downing looked to get the rushing attack going, handing the ball off four out of the first 5 plays. Unfortunately, the drive would stall when wide receiver Seth Roberts dropped Carr’s third-down pass, giving future Hall of Famer Tom Brady the ball. Brady wasted no time, going 9-for-9 on the opening drive for 61 yards, including finding running back Dion Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown reception. Brady’s perfection carried into the Patriots’ second drive, as he completed his first 12 pass attempts to tie his career-best start to a regular season game. His perfection would come to an end when he tested Sean Smith deep on 3rd and 5, forcing the Patriots’ first punt of the game. Carr was able to find some success on his second drive. finding tight end Jared Cook for a 26-yard gain but that’s about all they would get as they’d be forced to punt again. Wasting no time, Brady took advantage of the extra possession by finding Brandin Cooks for a 52-yard pass on the first play of the...

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Countdown to Paydirt: Hosting the Patriots in Mexico

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a much-needed bye week but will travel to Mexico City for a “home” game against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. It’s a tough task for a Raiders team that is a disappointing 4-5 for the season after a struggling offense has stalled them while injuries on the defensive side of the ball has frustrated Ken Norton, Jr. and head coach Jack Del Rio. And now the Raiders defense will go up against the NFL’s top offense, averaging over 409 yards per game. The Raiders have just the...

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Raiders bounce back with win against Dolphins

The Oakland Raiders took on the Miami Dolphins Sunday night looking to bounce back from a rough loss to the Buffalo Bills. A week after struggling against the Bills defense, quarterback Derek Carr and the Raiders offense got the first opportunity to put some points on the board. Unable to run the ball, Carr found a chemistry with tight end Jared Cook who hauled in three passes for 59 yards and three first downs on the opening drive. Unfortunately, the Raiders’ drive would stall and they’d have to settle for a Giorgio Tavecchio field goal to give them the 3-0 lead. The Raiders were once again thin at the cornerback position with Gareon Conley and David Amerson once again missing the game due to injuries. The lack of depth showed as Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler found both Jarvis Landry and DaVante Parker wide open on the opening drive. Luckily for the Raiders, penalties would stall the drive as the Raiders would force a punt to begin the game. After trading Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline this week, it was one of his replacements that got the Dolphins on the board first. Cutler connected with Damian Williams who broke a couple of tackles for a touchdown. A missed extra point and the Raiders would be down 6-3. The Raiders special teams would be caught napping...

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