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