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Raiders News

Both Raiders and Browns have reason for beef with some terrible officiating Sunday | Silver and Black Pride

The zebras should never be the story in a game. But they inserted themselves into the storyline of this game big time. The Browns fans are more angry because in the end, they would lose on three late calls in which they feel they were robbed. One of which they are absolutely right. While the Raiders feel like they spent the day digging out of holes from two earlier bad calls.

Jon Gruden says pump your brakes, Raiders have ‘long way to go’ | Silver and Black Pride

Despite putting up 45 points, the offensive execution wasn’t close to perfect. For example, the miscommunication near the end of the fourth quarter between Carr and Cooper could have easily cost the team the game.

Raiders vs. Browns: Oakland game grades | SF Chronicle

Weird grade for a unit that gave up 42 points and was gashed for big plays. But the defense did produce four turnovers, including a pick-six and two crucial fumble recoveries that got the Raiders and their crowd back into it. Pass rush is still an issue: Baker Mayfield had all day to throw.

NFL explains how refs were correct in controversial Browns-Raiders review | For the Win

A day later, the league is backing the call, explaining that the command center was able to stitch together angles to determine that Hyde’s elbow was down before the ball crossed the line to gain.

The Morning After: Huge win against Browns propels Raiders into easiest part of their schedule | Silver and Black Pride

They really needed this win, especially with their most important stretch of the season coming up. The Raiders have the Chargers in L.A. next (overrunning an opponents stadium is huge motivation), then the struggling Seahawks, the Colts at home and the 49ers (again likely overrunning opponents stadium). If the Raiders can go 3 and 1 over those 4 games they suddenly would be back to being a .500 team.

Raiders CB Daryl Worley activated as roster decision looms | Las Vegas Review Journal

Worley returned to the Raiders under a temporary roster exemption. Essentially, Worley can practice this week as a 54th member of the team before a roster spot must be cleared no later than Saturday afternoon.

AFC West

Patrick Mahomes leads game-winning drive as Kansas City Chiefs survive vs. Denver Broncos | USA Today

The Chiefs and their fans will only care about their 4-0 start. But this was the first time Kansas City failed to score at least 38 points this season.

Earl Thomas Trade Rumors: Chiefs Were ‘Inching Closer’ to a Deal Before Injury | Bleacher Report

The Kansas City Chiefs were negotiating a trade for Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas before he suffered a season-ending leg injury in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor reported Monday.

Broncos lose balance, then game to Chiefs | ESPN.com

With a three-point lead and 6 minutes, 26 seconds left in the game, the Broncos pitched aside the power formations. They lined up in a three-wide set with a failed run out of an open formation on first down, then had a pass for no gain and a sack on the next two plays. What followed was a balky punt from Marquette King, and just like that, all the good work was undone.

Chargers getting help on defensive line, but still searching for answers at kicker | LA Times

Three missed kicks Sunday have the Chargers assessing not only Caleb Sturgis but also long snapper Mike Windt and holder Drew Kaser.

Patrick Mahomes converted a pivotal third down with a left-handed throw | For the Win

This wasn’t Mahomes’ best game. At least statistically. But it was, by far, his most impressive. He was pressured all night but continued to make plays to keep the Chiefs in the game.

NFL news

At NFL’s one-quarter mark, these three contenders have real cause for concern | The Washington Post

Three teams at biggest risk, in descending order of concern: The Falcons, Vikings and Eagles.

Debrief, Week 4: Handing out 2018 NFL first-quarter awards | NFL.com

Shortening overtime from 15 minutes to 10 prior to last season was an under-the-radar rule change that continues to provide major benefits. For one, the Colts’ defense simply didn’t need to be on the field for more than 90 snaps on Sunday. That game needed an ending.

The Patriots just reminded the rest of the NFL that they aren’t done yet | The Washington Post

Did anyone truly believe that the Miami Dolphins would go to Foxborough, Mass., and win to put the Patriots three games back in the AFC East race before the calendar turned to October? Those who doubted the ability of Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady to turn things around did so at their own peril.

Jameis Winston to start at QB for Bucs vs. Falcons | NFL.com

It just took one half of football for Jameis Winston to get his starting job back.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen diagnosed with lymphoma | NFL.com

Allen, 65, said he has begun treatment and that he and his doctors are optimistic he will once again beat the disease.