143

Raiders notes: McKenzie saw a contender in Week 1, team awaits word on Aldon Smith, encouraging signs from Mario Edwards Jr.

Share
Reggie McKenzie felt the Raiders were a contender after they beat the Saints in Week 1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Reggie McKenzie felt the Raiders were a contender after they beat the Saints in Week 1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Note: You’ve probably noticed this blog is started to get populated again. After being gone the last few months after our new website was launched, the powers that be have decided to try to revive the site that so many of you once used on such a regular basis. While all the Raiders content will still primarily generate from http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/oakland-raiders/ and http://www.eastbaytimes.com/sports/oakland-raiders/, the hope is to also deliver a good compilation of our content here in the form of daily notebooks. We know a lot of people were upset when the blog died off and went elsewhere, but the hope is to again give you a place to hang out and read about and chat about the Raiders.

ALAMEDA — The Raiders’ road to resurgence was clear from the season opener for general manager Reggie McKenzie.

“The guys felt like there were going to win the game,” McKenzie said Thursday. “Being in the locker room afterwards, it felt like they were supposed to win.”

That opener, of course, was the dramatic 35-34 win over the New Orleans Saints that included coach Jack Del Rio’s bold and successful decision to go for a game-winning two-point conversion with 47 seconds to play.

“It set a tone,” McKenzie said of that call. “It set a tone for the confidence that the coaching staff had in the players and the players had in each other.” Continue Reading

Share
25

Raiders vs. Bills final score predictions?

Share
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills and Asst. Head Coach/Defense Rob Ryan make their way onto the field through the tunnel before the start of NFL game action against the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field on November 27, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, NY – NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills and Asst. Head Coach/Defense Rob Ryan make their way onto the field through the tunnel before the start of NFL game action against the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field on November 27, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

While the Raiders (9-2) appear certain to snap their 13-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Bills (6-5) are looking to snap their NFL-worst streak of 16 consecutive years without making the postseason.

Upsetting the Raiders at the Coliseum on Sunday would go a long way toward giving the Bills a postseason shot. But can Rex Ryan and his brother Rob march into Oakland and figure out a way to derail the Raiders?

They won’t, according to our Jerry McDonald, who is predicting a 28-20 Raiders win on Sunday.

McDonald feels as though the combination of the Raiders’ offensive line and Derek Carr will be enough to trump anything the Bills bring to the Coliseum.

What’s your prediction for Sunday’s game?

Share
2

The never-ending Aldon Smith wait continues — even for Raiders brass

Share
(D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

(D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

The latest from Jimmy Durkin

ALAMEDA — Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is just like everybody else — waiting for any news on a potential reinstatement of outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

McKenzie spent a half hour with Raiders beat writers on Thursday morning and said he’s still heard nothing from the NFL on Smith, who is now two weeks removed from the one-year anniversary of his banishment from the league. He reportedly applied for reinstatement on Oct. 3 and the league is supposed to make its best attempt to reply within 60 days, which would be Friday.

“Those guys, they’ll let us know in due time,” McKenzie said of the NFL. “I’m sure they’re in communication with each other with that. They don’t fill us in on anything in that process.”

McKenzie wouldn’t rule out Smith playing an impactful role for the Raiders this season. Videos posted recently by Smith show him to be in good physical shape, although getting into football shape could be a different story.

“If he’s cleared,” McKenzie said, “we’re going to go through the proper channels and see where he’s at physically and mentally and all that. So to totally discount this year, no, we wouldn’t do that.”

What’s your take? Is no news bad news for the Raiders?

The other latest news out of Alameda:

Mario Edwards does some agility work

Jerry McDonald predicts the matchup with Buffalo

Yet another award for Khalil Mack

NFL actually letting players show off their flashy shoes?

Share
152

Raiders rewind: The night Bo Jackson destroyed Bosworth, Seahawks

Share
Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson takes a breath on the bench after a 91-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game against the Seahawks in Seattle, Nov. 30, 1987. Jackson had 122 yards in the first half of the game.  (AP Photo/Robert Kaiser)

Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson takes a breath on the bench after a 91-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game against the Seahawks in Seattle, Nov. 30, 1987. Jackson had 122 yards in the first half of the game. (AP Photo/Robert Kaiser)

It was 29 years ago tonight when Raiders rookie running back Bo Jackson introduced himself to the nation on Monday Night Football.

Jackson’s iconic 91-yard touchdown run into the Kingdome tunnel and his flattening of Seahawks linebacker Brian “The Boz” Bosworth on another TD run helped build the legend of Bo. Jackson not only finished with 221 yards rushing and three touchdowns, he essentially helped finish Bosworth’s career in the process.

Which Jackson touchdown 29 years ago is most memorable for you?

Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson (34) runs over Seattle Kenny Easley (45) for a 12 yard gain in the second quarter of Monday Dec. 1, 1987 NFL game in Seattle.  Jackson ran for 221 yards including a 91 yard touchdown run. Los Angeles won 37-14.(AP Photo/Barry Sweet)

Los Angeles Raiders Bo Jackson (34) runs over Seattle Kenny Easley (45) for a 12 yard gain in the second quarter of Monday Dec. 1, 1987 NFL game in Seattle. Jackson ran for 221 yards including a 91 yard touchdown run. Los Angeles won 37-14.(AP Photo/Barry Sweet)

Share
92,747

A new location for your Raiders coverage

Share

As many of you have already noticed, we have made some changes to the way you receive your Oakland Raiders coverage, but not the coverage itself.

The Bay Area News Group recently launched new and improved websites that function much better across all platforms (desktops, mobile, tablets) and improve our ability to get the latest news out to you as fast as possible.

With that launch, the Inside the Oakland Raiders blog will no longer be populated. The blog will still be here in an archived form, but we won’t be adding new content. What we would post here, and all the rest of our Raiders coverage — and your ability to comment on our posts — is now at EastBayTimes.com/sports/oakland-raiders and MercuryNews.com/sports/oakland-raiders.

We understand this is a stark change for many who have called this blog home over the years and generated many a hearty discussion. Rest assured, all the content that’s been available over the years on this blog will still be there on the website along with much, much more.

You’ve probably noticed the “Inside the Oakland Raiders” weekly video show, a nod to the blog’s name that will be a weekly staple throughout the season and you can find it on EastBayTimes.com here or MercuryNews.com here. There’s also the new “Raiders Talk” podcast that should come twice a week during the season and periodically throughout the offseason. The podcast is now available on iTunes.

More is certain to come as we adjust and learn everything our new websites can provide. A weekly Raiders mailbag is in the works and suggestions are always welcome if there’s a feature you might like to see.

Thanks as always for reading over the years and we hope you enjoy the new website.

Share
11,040

Raiders notebook: Smith benched, Carr’s somersault, musical chairs on the line

Share
Derek Carr celebrates after somersaulting his way to a first down.

Derek Carr celebrates after somersaulting his way to a first down.

Note: All the latest Raiders coverage is available on our new website, which now lets us post content immediately. Check everything out there.

NEW ORLEANS — The Raiders signed Sean Smith to be a shutdown corner. He spent the final quarter and a half of his debut Sunday watching from the sidelines.

Smith was benched after giving up a 98-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Cooks in the third quarter of Oakland’s 35-34 comeback win over the New Orleans Saints. Continue Reading

Share
1,213

Raiders recap: Kelechi Osemele is not a nice guy; Howard out vs. Saints; Dennis Allen has no hard feelings; unprecedented continuity in coaching

Share
Oakland Raiders tackle Kelechi Osemele during the team's football minicamp Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Oakland Raiders tackle Kelechi Osemele during the team’s football minicamp Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Here’s a recap from stories today on our web site:

ALAMEDA — The name Kelechi Osemele used to bring a grimace in the defensive meeting room of the Raiders.

As the left guard of the Baltimore Ravens, Osemele won no friends with his penchant for picking unsuspecting defenders off when they least expect it.

“You watch K.O., and he’s the guy that plays to the whistle and gets in the last shove,” Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis said. “You don’t really like him too much unless he’s on your team.”

Click here to read the story in its entirety:

Continue Reading

Share