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Raiders News

Amari Cooper is supposed to be the Raiders’ offensive centerpiece, but they couldn’t find him in the loss to the Rams – The Athletic
Amari Cooper had just three targets and one catch for 9 yards. That’s not nearly enough for the Raiders.

Oakland Raiders fear Andrew DePaola has torn ACL
Raiders long-snapper Andrew DePaola is feared to have torn an ACL when he was injured in the first quarter of Monday night's loss to the Rams, a source said.

The Raiders lost Jon Gruden's first game back. And man, could they have used Khalil Mack. - Chicago Tribune
Jon Gruden's return to coaching resulted in a second-half unraveling and a 20-point loss at home to the Rams. The Raiders had practically no pass rush, with Khalil Mack having been dispatched to Chicago in a trade that looks worse by the day.

Rams too much to handle after promising start from Raiders | Silver and Black Pride

Oakland’s next drive ended in one of the most embarrassing interceptions of Derek Carr’s career. It was truly bizarre as Carr softly lofted the ball directly to the waiting arms of Rams linebacker Cory Littleton. The ridiculous moment was made even worse because it came right after another great play by Jared Cook where he carried tacklers several extra yards on a 32 yard reception. What looked like signs of life for the Raiders quickly turned into a deadly mistake from Derek Carr.

Watch: Jared Cook big catch sets up Beast Mode who carries entire Rams D into endzone as Raiders start season with TD drive | Silver and Black Pride

A few plays later, with the Raiders at the 10-yard-line, Marshawn Lynch got the ball and ran up the middle. He went 7 yards before being met by Rams defenders. But he wouldn’t be denied. With some help from his friends on the offensive line, Lynch refused to go down and carried the entire Rams defense into the end zone for the score.

Jon Gruden says Khalil Mack “obviously didn’t want to play here” | Silver and Black Pride

This is a pretty hardline stance from Gruden, considering that teams rarely let elite players actually play out their contracts and hit free agency. Quarterbacks and top-level edge rushers almost never reach the open market. In my view, to say ‘Mack was under contract’ ignores the work that should have been done to extend said contract.

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch hilariously roasted on Twitter for high school picture | Silver and Black Pride

It really is a great picture of him in his youth, but the difference between that picture and an image taken today was just too drastically different to not have hilarity ensue. Enjoy the roasting for yourself though!

Rams reportedly offered the Raiders first and third-round picks for Khalil Mack | CBS Sports

We already knew the Rams, along with half the league, were interested in Mack. Now, we know what they offered for him. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams offered first and third-round picks to the Raiders in exchange for one year of Mack.

AFC West

Broncos Day After: 10 takeaways from Denver’s 27-24 win over Seattle | Denver Post

The Broncos’ defense started their six-sack, three-takeaway opener with a sack of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in 3.88 seconds.

Von Miller’s three sacks just the beginning? That’s what Broncos think |

But beyond the numbers, Miller is poised for a huge season if the Broncos can take the formula of a Week 1 win into autumn and beyond. The Broncos have other rushers in the formation now, most notably Chubb, the team’s first top-five draft pick since Miller.

CBS announcers ripped the Chargers after embarrassing Chiefs-fan takeover in LA | USA Today

As Chiefs fans took over StubHub Center on Sunday, it got to the point where the CBS crew had to call out the puzzling move from San Diego to Carson, Calif.

Chargers not off to good start in TV ratings in San Diego or L.A. | San Diego Tribune

The Chargers, who flopped on the field in their opener Sunday, losing as favorites to Kansas City, didn’t fare much better in living rooms across Southern California.

The Chiefs gave us a peek at the future of NFL offenses | USA Today

During his time on the Chiefs staff, Brad Childress may have had the most unique job of any NFL coach. His official title: Spread game analyst. His task: Track offensive trends showing up around all levels of the sport and helping to integrate them into the Chiefs offense.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes lifts Chiefs in second career start |

He made no such errors against the Chargers. He played a mistake-free game, one reason the Chiefs were able to maintain their lead the rest of the way after scoring a touchdown just two minutes in.

NFL News

Sam Darnold’s resiliency shines through in Jets’ victory |

It was a typical “Welcome to the NFL, rookie” moment, where the nervy young gun quickly learns the perils of testing professional secondaries. A pick-six like that would have ruined other first-year quarterbacks’ evenings. But Darnold was different on Monday night.

Officiating chief: Refs erred on call against Browns’ Myles Garrett |

The NFL’s head of officiating said Monday that officials erred when they penalized Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for roughing the passer, leading to a Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown one play later in the second quarter of Sunday’s 21-all tie that extended Cleveland’s long winless streak.

NFL Week 1 Celebration Grades: Tyreek Hill takes top honors, Joe Mixon needs to mix it up | CBS Sports

With that in mind, it’s time for our the first too-serious breakdown of the season. Dust off those dancing shoes, we’re going grading.

The biggest injuries of NFL Week 1 |

The NFL is back, which means -- unfortunately -- that so are injuries. Whether you’re checking on your favorite team, or key contributors to your fantasy squad, we’ve got you covered with the latest from our NFL Nation reporters:

Packers unsure of Aaron Rodgers’ status for Week 2 |

We’ve seen these situations before from essential players. Philip Rivers played an AFC Championship Game with a torn ACL. Ben Roethlisberger has had about 30 dates with an oversized shoe due to ankle and foot injuries.