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Raiders to play in London in 2014

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders will be one of three teams to play one of their eight regular-season home games in London’s Wembley Stadium, with the opponent and date yet to be determined, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Also playing home games in London will be the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

“We are excited to embrace this great opportunity to assist in building NFL popularity worldwide,’’ Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement released by the league.

Two Raiders players, defensive lineman Jack Crawford and offensive tackle Menelik Watson, are from the United Kingdom. Crawford was born in London and grew up there before moving to the United States in high school. Watson is from Manchester, moving to the United States to play college basketball.

The Raiders have played outside the United States five times since 1990, but never in a regular-season game.

The last time the Raiders played outside the United States was on Aug., 27, 2001, when they faced the Dallas Cowboys at Azteca Stadium.

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  • The_Judge37

    Well they cut him. And he was cut by a UFL team after two months.

  • SnBG

    Oh stop, there was nothing to indicate that Flynn had a bad attitude.

  • bcz24

    Not for nothing, but EVERY team brings in players for workout’s every single week. We only got coverage for it yesterday because we brought in 13 guys, when it is usually only 2-3.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Kubiak comes to mind.

  • bcz24

    It’s true. It’s on the Raiders own site as well.

  • Theghostronin79

    Hey, Watson kept him clean in Seattle…..Good chance he plays at Arrowhead

  • bcz24

    Update… practice is later today. Tuesday is always our day off. No updates to be had.

  • 408RAIDER

    Bring on the chiefs!!

  • The_Judge37

    He’s going to have to get the ball out quicker. But KC has a good secondary so it’ll be tough. Other than that the Running game has to help him out.

  • The_Judge37

    Didn’t know they get two days off?

  • bcz24

    I don’t know, Brice Butler seemed to gain some ground Sunday night with that clutch catch on 3rd and 14

  • Theghostronin79

    Not until it was too late….Once he was already wearing SnB Gear.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Yep. I think Chris Weinke is coaching up guys now also lol

  • Theghostronin79

    Well, that’ s how they been rollin’ this year anyway.

  • SnBG

    TP has to check the ball down more, we have to run the ball better. The D can stand up to Smith so it will be on the O to score.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    He was closer to awesome than Flynn was week 17 of last year.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    There were reports that Flynn was a slacker. Slacker = bad attitude.

  • The_Judge37

    Pryor won’t be able to carry this offense by himself vs the Chiefs. They’re record may be smoke n mirrors, but their defense has legit athletes and more talent than we’ve seen to date. Maybe Ford can dust off the leash and take Flowers for a walk again.

  • SnBG

    Our D held the Peytons to there lowest score so far this season. Good job Reg with that dumpster diving. It will be on the O in this game.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    I thought Tuesday was film day.

  • SnBG

    You need to go to you’re AA meeting.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Yea I think Justin Houston or Derrick Johnson will be a TP spy and they both are quick enough to keep up with TP with proper angles. Will be a tough matchup.

  • Theghostronin79

    We can make these guys one dimensional. We took Charles away last year when we REALLY sucked. Smith gets flushed easy and is ZERO threat running. He looks awkward, and rarely gets the 1st with his feet….
    The real question will be, can we move the ball effectively against them, and “PROTECT” the rock. They got some Hawks over there.

  • hwnrdr

    That is true. That was a clutch catch!

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    What happened to the “2 comments below” “3 comments above” bars? I was just getting used to them.

  • SnBG

    I don’t think the Chiefs are a smoke and mirrors team. They are legit.

  • The_Judge37

    And that’s why no one respects your football opinions

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Verlander has found his magic, I’m afraid. It’s gonna be tough. A’s have to be patient but they can’t fall behind. Give a great pitcher a 1 or 2 run lead early and he’s a terror.

  • Theghostronin79

    I think they’re BUNK…….But we’re about to find out. I don’t feel like eating a pile of crow Monday morning…. But I’m prepared to do so.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Anyone see the Matt Millen, “A Football Life” piece? It was great. Talk about the greatness of the Raiders.

  • Theghostronin79

    Well, maybe it is…..but there’s no “Practice”…..No media, No tweets until Wednesday afternoon usually

  • bcz24

    Monday is post game film review and that kind of crap, Tuesday, is the players day off, however the more dedicated ones (like TP) are at the facility doing film review and working out.

  • The_Judge37

    We have to make them respect the speed and deep ball early. Keep Eric Berry out of the box. Keep Flowers and Smith playing way off.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    No, I’ll have to check it out.
    But I did see the Frontline NFL concussion piece.
    A “League of Denial” is an understatement.

  • The_Judge37

    Ok thanks.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yet another Matt.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    See my avatar? Who you think that is?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I still got ‘em.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And a heads up play by Butler.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    Wouldn’t you know, as soon as I posted that they reappeared.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Fair enough.
    Go Raiders

  • 408RAIDER

    its the chiefs!! As long as pryor stays healthy we have a shot. Pound the rock and we should be good..

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    I thought it was a llama with a helmet in its mouth. LOL

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Already well-trained and successful qbs don’t grow on trees. Sometimes a coach finds a diamond in the rough or sometimes a guy hits his stride and finally “gets it” like a golfer, who with one minor fix in his swing suddenly becomes a winner or who matures, likes Jason Dufner, and becomes a real winner. Most of the time, though, it’s a case of a coach and esp. a GM being able to match a qbs skill set to the O around him.
    We’d see a lot more successful qbs if they were given time to develop in a WCO that requires short, accurate passes that result from great timing (but you have to give the guy + the O practice together to develop that timing). You don’t need a guy with a huge arm to do that. You need a guy with some smarts to make line changes and you need a guy who’s in the film room all the time with his receivers, and you need backs who can catch balls. Problem is, teams draft guys with skills that don’t mesh. They get a qb with a huge arm but never find the big time long ball speedster who can catch it. Or they get a big bodied guy they think can go over the middle who has no moxy or bad hands.
    Bill Walsh was the king of knowing who to draft or trade for for his kind of O.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    The damn things flicker like mad on a tablet. Makes me crazy.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Check down to who? Marcel Reece doesn’t necessarily have break away speed. KC’s LB pursuit is crazy good.

  • SnBG

    I’ll come back at you when the season is over. The Cheifs are legit. You don’t make 5-0 in the NFL with smoke and mirrors. Sorry bro, just the facts.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Agree, they have a really good, disciplined D, and their O, behind Smith, can get it done. Remember how Smith became a winner once Harbaugh got him–he manages games well and can fire the needed completion. He’s just not fancy, but he’s a competitor and the while team is well balanced.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Too small to see it on a tablet.

  • SnBG

    Reece still needs to be a hot read and Pryor has to get the ball to Rivera more. There where several times when guys coming across short where open last week. He’s not going to get the opportunity to throw the deep ball much.