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Raiders News

Raiders QB Derek Carr nears NFL completions record for first 5 seasons -
Carr already has joined Manning as the only two quarterbacks to begin their NFL careers with five straight seasons of 300 or more completions, albeit during a season in which the Raiders are 3-11 heading into Monday’s home finale against the Broncos.

Raiders' priority should be providing Carr better protection
The Raiders must make it a priority in the last two games and into the off-season to better protect $125 million investment Derek Carr.

Raiders QB Derek Carr on pace for rare season in yards, sacks | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Derek Carr is on pace to join a rare club this month. Its membership requires some punishment.

Jon Gruden hoping to ‘restart’ Nathan Peterman with Raiders - Silver And Black Pride
Have you ever called technical support for an electronic device before? You probably have. Most of us have. The first thing the person on the other end of the phone (or chat room if you like)...

Raiders rookie spotlight: P.J. Hall showing progress after slow start | NBCS Bay Area
P.J. Hall burst onto the draft scene from a small school all the way into the second round. Now that he's over the pressure, the rookie is closing in on his potential.

Gabe Jackson played most of season with partially torn pectoral for Raiders
It's hard enough to play offensive line in the NFL when you're completely healthy. Oakland Raiders guard Gabe Jackson wasn't healthy for practically the entire season and continued to suit up each week and do the best job he could. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal

AFC West

Chiefs News: Le’Veon Bell is the best player Chiefs could add in ‘19 - Arrowhead Pride
Chiefs headlines for Friday, December 21.

KC Chiefs plan to use Eric Berry more vs. Seattle Seahawks | The Kansas City Star
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry played a half against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he figures to see more action in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Chargers' Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon expected to play Saturday
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has improved from his hip pointer and is expected to play, as is running back Melvin Gordon.

Chargers hope wins turn StubHub into true home field
Should L.A. advance to the AFC title game as the higher seed, the Chargers will host the game at StubHub. But is playing at home really an advantage?

New coach is expected in Denver – ProFootballTalk
The Denver Broncos stand one loss away from the franchise's first consecutive losing seasons since 1971-72. And that apparently will be enough to get G.M. John Elway to make a change.

Miller, Broncos aim to avoid back-to-back losing seasons
Broncos pass rusher Von Miller quickly sacked any notion that there's nothing left to play for in a season that's gone awry. Or undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay needing nine yards to reach 1,000. Miller insisted he won't have any trouble finding the prerequisite motivation.

NFL News

NFL MVP: Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack deserve to be front-runners
Yes, being an offensive player is nearly a prerequisite for NFL MVP consideration. But it's time to give two defenders their due.

Josh Gordon's health, not his NFL career, should be priority
Receiver Josh Gordon needs support and compassion, not scorn, after announcing that he’s stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.

Bright spots for the 16 NFL teams out of playoff picture - 2018
Saquon Barkley has been fantastic. The Browns are building a great defense. These are the promising takeaways from poor seasons.

How the 2018 Season Answered the NFL’s Great Running Back Value Debate - The Ringer
From James Conner in Pittsburgh to Phillip Lindsay in Denver, teams found rushing success from unheralded options this season — and that could have repercussions throughout the league

What’s the value of an NFL running back in a pass-obsessed era? -
I’m not sure, but let’s at least measure their production better.