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Pressure surge: Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin getting to the quarterback

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:49:35 UT

When rookie linebacker Nicholas Morrow joined the Raiders this spring, one established teammate on the defense quickly caught his eye. “The first time I watched ... film on practice and I saw Bruce (Irvin), I was like, ‘Wow, Bruce is the game-changer on defense,’ ” Morrow said. “He can cover, he can blitz the quarterback and he has good run defense, so he’s definitely the game changer.” After a quiet first half this season, Irvin has been making his impact felt more the past three weeks. The linebacker’s five sacks lead the league over that span and give him 7.5 on the season, a half-sack behind his career high set as a rookie in 2012. He has 15 total tackles and two forced fumbles in those games.

Raiders put linebacker Cory James on injured reserve

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:21:48 UT

The Raiders placed starting weakside linebacker Cory James on injured reserve Wednesday because of a nagging knee injury, ending his season. James had been inactive for the Raiders’ previous two games. He last appeared Nov. 26, playing 15 snaps against the Broncos. In 10 games this season, James recorded 67 tackles, a forced fumble and two passes defensed. James first appeared on the injury report in Week 1 and reappeared in Week 6. He was officially listed as questionable for every game from Week 6 until Sunday, when he was listed as doubtful. By shutting down James, the Raiders open the possibility of his having surgery before the season ends.

What’s up with Raiders’ QB Derek Carr? It’s a deep question.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:41:30 UT

On his final throw Sunday in Kansas City, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr stepped up in a shrinking pocket and fired a pass 40 yards downfield intended for receiver Johnny Holton. The ball bounced off Holton’s outstretched hands and into those of safety Steven Terrell for an interception. Carr was visibly upset after the Raiders’ 26-15 loss — strikingly so for a player normally effusive in his optimism. He invited reporters to “put it all on me,” and fans, frustrated by the Raiders’ languid showing in a pivotal game, were happy to oblige. “I think we were all pretty upset,” Carr said Wednesday, “but you know, if you’re not, then you’re obviously not putting enough into it.

Raiders ‘not happy at all’ about K.C. showing, but hope to turn the page

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:53:01 UT

Head coach Jack Del Rio made it clear Monday he remained “pissed off” about the Raiders’ listless loss in Kansas City over the weekend. A day later, that feeling still permeated the Raiders’ locker room. “I’m pissed off too — just as pissed off as Jack,” tackle Donald Penn said. “I think all of my teammates are pissed off, too. Very upset. Not happy at all.” Tied for first place in the AFC West entering Sunday’s game, the Raiders fell behind the Chiefs 26-0 and lost 26-15. It mirrored previous losses to Washington and New England this season in which the Raiders came out looking flat on a big stage.

Raiders’ Jack Del Rio still angry about Sunday’s pratfall in K.C.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:58:11 UT

Barely more than 24 hours after Sunday’s flat, deflating loss, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio still was seething when he arrived at his weekly news conference Monday. And it didn’t even take a pointed question to get him going. “Here’s what I know,” Del Rio said upon sitting down. “As players and coaches, we are as frustrated and pissed off about what occurred yesterday as you can be, as anybody out there. Losing a game like that hurts. “There are no words I can say here today that are going to take away that pain or make those who care about the Raiders feel better. So I’m really not going to try. We’ve got to coach it better, we’ve got to execute it better.

Raiders snap counts: Lynch productive, but in limited use

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:53:12 UT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A telling aspect of how much the Raiders’ offense struggled in the first half Sunday was how little the unit was actually on the field. The Raiders had five drives in the first half against the Chiefs and ran just 22 plays. They did not convert a third down until their fourth drive and finished the first half with four first downs. The offense ended up running 55 plays, but the Chiefs still dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 36:40 in handing the Raiders a 26-15 loss. Sustaining drives has been a problem all season for the Raiders, who are 30th in the NFL in plays run per game (59.6). Often that correlates with a team struggling to run the ball.

Raiders’ stats & facts at Kansas City

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:44:38 UT

Number of the day 11 Season-low rushing attempts for the Raiders — the result of being shut out until the fourth quarter. Marshawn Lynch averaged 8.7 yards per carry at Kansas City, but had only seven attempts (just two in the second half). The Raiders entered with the league’s 25th-ranked ground game (93.3 yards per game); they had only 70 yards Sunday. They are 2-4 this season when they rush for fewer than 90. Next game Raiders fans might be thrilled that their team will play a Dallas team in Week 15 that will be without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The Chiefs’ Alex Smith outmatches Raiders despite a less-than-spectacular day

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:44:02 UT

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Final score: Boring Game Manager 26, Gnarly Swashbucklers 15. Yes, Alex Smith beat the Raiders at Arrowhead again. The Raiders might never forgive the 49ers for kicking Smith out the door in favor of that new kid, Colin Kaepernick, back in 2013. On Sunday, Smith game-managed the Raiders into oblivion with a ho-hum, 20-for-34 day, 268 yards and a 71.7 passer rating, far below his season mark of 107.2, which is higher than he has ever finished for a season.

Raiders: Game grades at Kansas City

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:31:41 UT

Offense This was ugly. The Raiders were shut out by the 30th-ranked defense in the NFL until six minutes into the fourth quarter. They had 68 yards and four first downs at halftime. Their first nine drives ended in seven punts, an interception and a fumble. Their fourth-quarter gains came far too late. Defense The Raiders held Kansas City to field goals on four of its first five scoring drives. Two of those easily could have been touchdowns, though, but for a dropped pass and an overthrow. Kansas City faced 3rd-and-16 and 3rd-and-10 on its first touchdown drive and converted both. The unit had four sacks.

Raiders lose at Kansas City, fall out of 1st-place tie

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:23:03 UT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In their most important game of the season, the Raiders turned in arguably their worst performance. Sunday’s game was a matchup between teams tied for first place in the AFC West. But though two late touchdowns narrowed the final margin, the Raiders looked for most of a 26-15 loss like they were nowhere near Kansas City’s level, and certainly not in the AFC playoff picture. “We obviously came in with high hopes,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “Everything we wanted to accomplish in our season was in front of us. It was a big day and a big moment. And we did not play well.

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper reinjures ankle in loss at K.C.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:40:13 UT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Receiver Amari Cooper’s return to the field lasted less than a half. Cooper reinjured his left ankle on a play in the second quarter of the Raiders’ 26-15 loss to the Chiefs, head coach Jack Del Rio said. Cooper first injured the ankle in a win over Denver on Nov. 26 and was attempting to play at Kansas City after sitting out the previous Sunday’s game against the Giants. With 7:09 left in the first half, running back DeAndre Washington took a pitch to the left behind Cooper and was tackled into the back of Cooper’s leg. Trainers attended to the receiver on the field before he gingerly walked off the field. Cooper did not return to the game.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper active against Chiefs

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:37:05 UT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Receiver Amari Cooper is active for the Raiders in today’s AFC West matchup against the Chiefs. Cooper suffered a concussion and ankle injury Nov. 26 against the Broncos and did not play last Sunday against the Giants. He cleared concussion protocol this past week and practiced Friday for the first time since the Denver game. With Michael Crabtree back from a one-game suspension, the Raiders have both their top two receivers for a key game at Arrowhead Stadium, where they have not won since 2012. Both teams are 6-6 and in a three-way tie for first place in the division with the Chargers.

Derek Carr’s Sunday to-do list: Conquer Arrowhead

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:41:51 UT

The list of Raiders quarterbacks to win a game at Arrowhead Stadium includes such franchise luminaries as Ken Stabler, Jim Plunkett and Daryle Lamonica. It also includes Rich Gannon, who won there three times, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and, yes, JaMarcus Russell. It does not, as yet, include Derek Carr, who did not hesitate when asked where a win at Kansas City ranks on his career to-do list. “Definitely number one right now,” Carr said. “Especially this week.” For the Raiders, Sunday would be an opportune time for Carr to complete that task in a stadium where he has not played well.

Raiders’ Amari Cooper could play against Chiefs

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 06:20:01 UT

Amari Cooper returned to practice Friday with the Raiders, who could have the receiver active for Sunday’s critical division game against the Chiefs. Though Cooper is listed as questionable for the game at Kansas City, he practiced Friday for the first time since he suffered a concussion and ankle injury on the same play Nov. 26 in a win over the Broncos. Cooper cleared league concussion protocol this week, and head coach Jack Del Rio said Cooper showed improvement with the ankle over several days. “Coop was pretty gradual throughout the week, getting better every day,” Del Rio said Friday. “Did some running on the side earlier in the week.

LB Nicholas Morrow goes from D-III to role on Raiders defense

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 03:26:09 UT

Mikey Ward’s first impression of the freshman didn’t exactly portend an NFL future: “He was pretty scrawny,” Ward said. Undersized for a linebacker, sure, but fast. Ward, a senior at the position, quickly saw that, too. In the first quarter of his first college game, against Millikin University, Nicholas Morrow jumped in front of a 5-yard out route near the sideline for an interception — a “freak play” that Ward said few players at Greenville College would, or could, have made. “This is us projecting back on memories, but I think a couple seniors were looking at each other like, ‘This guy’s special,’” Ward said by phone.