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Raiders news

Raiders will face the Bears in London next season | Silver and Black Pride

Make it three times in five years the Raiders will play in London. The NFL announced today that their international game will once again happen across the pond in jolly old England where they will host Khalil Mack and the Bears. I suppose that’s one way to ensure Mack doesn’t have to take the field in Oakland as the opponent.

Marshawn Lynch is buying up real estate in Oakland to combat gentrification | Silver and Black Pride

Mostly, Marshawn is well known for giving back to his Oakland community. It’s why he’s the Raiders Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. His most recent endeavor is to combat gentrification.

Ex-Raiders/Cowboys RB Darren McFadden fell asleep behind the wheel in Whataburger drive-thru, arrested for DWI | Silver and Black Pride

According to the report, McFadden was asleep behind the wheel of his 2019 Yukon and police were forced to break the windows on his passenger side to get to him. The former NFL back was arrested and taken to the station and booked on charges of DWI and resisting arrest.

Raiders TE Jared Cook named to 2019 NFL Pro Bowl replacing Travis Kelce | Silver and Black Pride

Cook is the only Raiders player this season who will suit up for team as the team’s leading receiver and the second leading receiver in the AFC among tight ends.

How unique is the Raiders’ Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock dynamic? | ESPN.com

But for Mayock, hired as McKenzie’s replacement on Dec. 31, to actually acknowledge the situation and add, “I’ve got zero problems with that,” well, that was news. Because ever since Gruden returned to the Raiders (with McKenzie entering his seventh season), the key word was “collaborative,” as in Gruden and McKenzie would work in a “collaborative” manner.

AFC West

Chiefs considering making defensive staff changes | NFL.com

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the Chiefs are mulling changes to the defensive staff, up to and potentially including defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. Reid was mum on the topic when asked about it Monday.

Dee Ford takes blame for critical offsides penalty in Chiefs’ loss | ESPN.com

Linebacker Dee Ford said he was at fault for lining up offside on a play late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game that could have cost the Kansas City Chiefs a berth in the Super Bowl.

Broncos QB of the future? Missouri’s Drew Lock ready to impress during Senior Bowl Week | The Denver Post

Does a 10-times-better Lock make sense for the Broncos with the 10th overall pick? He sure does. And without a trace of arrogance but a ton of confidence, he thinks he should be at the top of the group.

C.J. Anderson taunts John Elway after Rams’ Super Bowl berth | 247sports.com

Anderson, especially, was elated on the heels of L.A.’s huge road win, and he couldn’t resist the temptation to throw a jab in the direction of John Elway. Per Lindsay Jones of the Athletic, Anderson had a message for Elway in the Rams’ locker room after the game.

Breaking: Chargers to Host Chiefs in Mexico in 2019 | Bolts from the Blue

This year the Chargers will host a home game in Mexico City! That is a much better international game for the Chargers to draw. First of all, after playing in San Diego for the majority of their existence, there are quite a few Chargers fans in Mexico already. There should be plenty of Bolts jerseys and gear in the crowd when the team takes the field in Mexico City.

NFL news

NFL to again discuss reviewing PI calls after Sunday’s no-call in NFC title game | ESPN.com

However, that has already been a big topic of discussion for the past several years within the NFL’s competition committee -- with coaches such as the New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton and the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick among many longtime advocates for expanded replay.

Explaining NFL Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3: How Roger Goodell could theoretically intervene in Rams vs. Saints outcome | Sporting News

Roger Goodell theoretically has the power to intervene in the controversial ending of the NFC championship game matchup between the Rams and Saints. While it is highly unlikely to be applied, there is a section of the NFL rulebook that allows the commissioner to take action after the occurrence of an “extraordinary act.”

The N.F.L. this season finally appeared to have accomplished its goal of “getting back to football” after several years of off-field turmoil that ranged from player misconduct to weekly protests during the national anthem. But the league’s bounce-back season was knocked off stride on Sunday, as officials in the two conference championship games made baffling, controversial calls that to some degree overshadowed the otherwise thrilling matchups.

Ranking the Top NFL Free Agents in the 2019 Class | Bleacher Report

But for now, the full-blown class is worth a raise of the eyebrow. A pair of potential Hall of Famers sits in the top three, while defenders who can apply pressure on passers from all angles and downs make up most of the top 10.

NFL looking into report of laser beam pointed at Tom Brady | Boston Herald

The green-tinted beam flickered off Brady’s upper body and face twice, video clips tweeted by a reporter from KMBC show.