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Raiders News

Raiders sign former Cowboys DE Kony Ealy | Silver and Black Pride

Those obviously are not jaw dropping stats, but he has been somewhat productive for a 5 year veteran. Hopefully either Ealy or Jacquies Smith can step in and provide some sort of spark for the struggling Raiders defense, though it can’t really get too much worse from what’s been on the field anyway.

Raiders sign journeyman DE Jacquies Smith to fill void left by Bruce Irvin release | Silver and Black Pride

The 6-2, 260-pound defensive end has 13.5 career sacks, all of which came in his first two seasons in the league with the Bucaneers in 2014-15. That was also the only 18 games he’s started in his career.

Making the argument that the Raiders aren’t the worst team in the NFL | NBC Sports Bay Area

You might find that hard to believe if you have not yet forgotten what you watched four days ago in Santa Clara. You might have concluded that such lack of inspiration from the visor to the helmets cannot be matched by any other team. You might have decided that this is as low as it gets.

Are players really dying to play for the Raiders or is this just a Jon Gruden hustle? | Silver and Black Pride

Yeah, Galette, the current free agent edge-rusher that had his last 10-sack season in 2014. Navorro Bowman, who led the Raiders in tackles last year, has repeatedly said he would like to return as well. Perhaps Dez Bryant and Colin Kaepernick are dying to play for the Raiders too?

Former Raiders 2nd round pick Obi Melifonwu signs on with the Patriots | Silver and Black Pride

After being slow to return last offseason, drawing the ire of Jon Gruden, he eventually made it back, only to once again get injured and once again be placed in injured reserve. On October 23rd, he was waived from IR, which is usually a sign he believes he is healthy enough to resume playing. Now two weeks later, he has found a home in New England.

2018 Raiders as hopeless as 2006 team and perhaps worse | Silver and Black Pride

The 2018 team re-hired head coach Jon Gruden after wrongfully trading him following a 10-6 playoff season in 2001. Gruden went 48-26 and to the playoffs in two of his four years as Raiders head coach from 1998-2001. And so far in his first year back in the Raiders’ director’s chair, he’s been ineffective just like Shell at 1-7 midway through the year. The offense hasn’t been good but it’s the defense that’s hitting the all-time lows the 2006 offense hit.

AFC West

Broncos may not fire Vance Joseph during the season | Broncos Wire

If Joseph finishes under .500 again, it’s hard to imagine him being brought back for the 2019 season. Fans may just have to wait until the offseason for Denver’s front office to make a move official.

Broncos’ Matt Paradis ‘out for a while’ with fractured fibula |

The Denver Broncos have not played a game without Matt Paradis at center since the 2014 season, and now they might have to finish out whatever becomes of this season without him after he left Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with a lower leg injury.

NBC’s Rodney Harrison says the Chargers are a better team than the Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

One thing to note about the Chargers: They are 6-0 against teams with a .500 record or worse and 0-2 against teams with a winning record. That, of course, includes a loss to the Chiefs.

Chiefs open as biggest favorites of 2018 season over Cardinals in Week 10 | Chiefs Wire

Even with Arizona coming off their bye week, Vegas is not giving the Cardinals much of a chance in this game. According to Oddsshark, the Chiefs are favored to win by somewhere between 16.5 and 18.5 points.

Chargers reportedly cut Caleb Sturgis as nightmare kicking situation continues | CBS Sports

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said he was going to evaluate the team’s situation at kicker after watching Caleb Sturgis struggle on Sunday and it appears that evaluation is going to end with Sturgis out of a job.

NFL News

Patriots’ Win Over Packers Earns Highest Ratings of 2018 Season |

The highly-anticipated matchup soared in both local and national television rankings, finishing as the highest-rated Week 9 game in the 13-year history of NBC’s Sunday Night Football (SNF).

ESPN: Nevada Sportsbooks Lost $7-10M from Sunday’s NFL Week 9 Action | Bleacher Report

On Monday, David Purdum of reported it was “one of the betting public’s best” days as three heavily wagered teams—the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers—all covered the point spread during Sunday’s action.

The NFL’s partnership with ‘Fortnite’ is probably a bad idea, right? | USA Today

Like a father trying to prove to his kids that he’s actually cool, the NFL has struck up a partnership with Fortnite, the immensely popular video game that all the youths are playing.

Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell bids farewell to Miami |

As much as everyone might want to speculate on what this might mean, we simply don’t know if Bell is any closer to returning to the Steelers. As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted Sunday, the team still doesn’t know when or if Bell will report before the Nov. 13 deadline to maintain his playing eligibility for the 2018 season.

Veteran RB Chris Johnson retires after 10 seasons |

While he had a one-year stop with the New York Jets in 2014, Johnson’s best seasons came with the Tennessee Titans from 2008 to 2013 as one of the NFL’s most explosive dual-threat players with the ball in his hands. Johnson produced six straight seasons with 1,000-plus yards rushing, including a 2,006 yards rushing effort in 2009, and amassed 58 total touchdowns (50 rushing) in that span.