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Raiders-Broncos recap, final score: Oakland’s finest take center stage as Raiders come away 27-14 winners in potential Coliseum sendoff | Silver and Black Pride

Just a first down was needed and the Raiders got it in strong fashion. Doug Martin went through right tackle absolutely destroying Will Parks and picking up 12 yards. That put the Raiders in first and goal from the five, but no need to score. They could just kneel it out and leave this field – perhaps for the last time ever -- as winners.

Raiders ‘Special teams demon’ Dwayne Harris talks about his 99-yard touchdown punt return like it’s no big deal | Silver and Black Pride

Monday Night in Oakland got a moment of pure excitement thanks to Dwayne Harris picking up a ball the Broncos saved from bouncing into the end zone and returning it 99 yards for a touchdown. As you might expect, Jon Gruden was pretty excited about the play. Probably even more excited considering his offense had done nothing up to that point and yet they held a 7-0 lead.

Matt Millen undergoes successful heart transplant |

Millen, 60, needed the transplant as a result of being diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare disease in which an abnormal protein known as amyloid builds up in organs with the potential to cause many health issues. In Millen’s case, amyloidosis affected his heart.

Oakland’s own Marshawn Lynch lights Al Davis torch in Raiders possible final game in the town | Silver and Black Pride

The 32-year-old back is in the second year of a two-year deal with the team, so it’s possible this could be his final act as a member of his beloved hometown Raiders. It’s a nice gesture. Both for him and the Oakland faithful who showed up in the pouring rain to come out and support their Silver & Black on prime time.

From the Heidi Game to the Holy Roller, these are the 10 greatest Oakland Raiders moments | USA Today

These are the greatest moments in the 46 seasons of Oakland Raiders football.

AFC West

Chargers have to fix poor starts before postseason |

Over the past five games, the Chargers have been outscored 43-14 in the opening quarter.

It appears Chargers will have a rematch with Ravens in first round of NFL playoffs | LA Times

With one loss, the Chargers went from looking to be the No. 1 seed in the AFC to looking at a completely different postseason fate — one more worrisome and entirely less inviting.

Chiefs show desperation in turning to rookie cornerbacks at Seattle |

Playing the rookies, though, says a lot about Chiefs’ desperation to repair their woeful defense. They turned to Ward as a starter in place of injured Kendall Fuller and Smith as the third corner in place of the benched Orlando Scandrick.

Chiefs fall to 0-2 when trying to clinch AFC’s top seed | Yahoo Sports

The Chiefs got a do-over Sunday night in Seattle, only to watch Russell Wilson and the Seahawks shred defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s much-maligned bunch in a 38-31 victory.

Wrist injury forces Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay from Raiders game |

Lindsay had 46 yards rushing on 10 carries when he left game, which gives him 1,037 yards rushing for the season. He did not return to the game and spent much of the fourth quarter sitting with teammates on the bench.

Broncos Face Major Questions Throughout Franchise After Dismaying Loss to Raiders | Sports Illustrated

The Raiders claimed their first division victory of the season on Monday night, defeating the Broncos 27-14 at the Oakland Coliseum. Monday’s victory marked Oakland’s best defensive performance of the season, holding Case Keenum and the Broncos to 232 yards passing.

NFL News

Tom Brady ‘not getting into specifics’ on knee injury |

The good news for Brady and the Patriots is that a victory in Week 17 over the New York Jets would ensure a playoff bye. Brady certainly looks like he could use the rest.

Pete Carroll’s best season: Nobody saw these Seahawks coming |

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has enjoyed bigger moments. He’s won a Super Bowl, a couple national championships and served as the architect of one of the best defenses in NFL history. There’s basically little to question about the legacy Carroll has created, which is why his latest season is so impressive. After all he’s done in his career, the job he’s done this year has to be his finest.

Revenge of NFL defenses: Teams that have flipped the script, and what’s next |

Offense was king in 2018. If you were paying close enough attention, though, you might have noticed defenses came to life when we counted them out. In that legendary 54-51 Monday Night Football matchupbetween the Chiefs and Rams in November, the defenses combined to score three touchdowns, and the Rams won after their defense came up with back-to-back interceptions of Patrick Mahomes late in the fourth quarter.

Baker Mayfield, Not Saquon Barkley, Is Obvious Choice for NFL Rookie of the Year | Bleacher Report

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is already a star and one of the league’s best running backs, but his presence hasn’t provided the same jolt to his organization.

Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield appears to stare down former coach Hue Jackson during game | Fox News

In the fourth quarter, Mayfield connected with tight end David Njoku on a 66-yard catch and run that sealed the win, with Mayfield then taking three snaps out of the victory formation as the clock wound down. But after the big pass to Njoku, Mayfield was seen running downfield staring at Jackson. The rookie also appeared to backpedal in an effort to get a longer look at Jackson.