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?
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)
Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Scan the Raiders roster and there’s a lot of good, young talent. But it’s thin on veterans.
That’s where 32-year-old safety Reggie Nelson comes into play. Nelson’s entering his 10th season, but his first with the Raiders after spending the past six years in Cincinnati. That didn’t stop him from being announced recently as one of the team’s four captains.
“To be voted amongst your peers, that’s a great thing,” Nelson said Wednesday as the Raiders held their first practice of the regular season in preparation of Sunday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Karl Joseph was listed Tuesday as the Raiders’ second-team strong safety for the season-opener. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
ALAMEDA — Karl Joseph wasn’t down on himself Tuesday after the news came out that he was shifted to second-team safety on the Raiders’ depth chart for Sunday’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.
“I didn’t expect anything given to me,” Joseph told this newspaper. “I’ve just got to keep learning, keep getting better and keep growing as a player and everything else will fall in its place.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself and I have no doubt in myself that I’ll get my spot back.” Continue Reading →
Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
The Karl Joseph era apparently won’t begin with him in the starting lineup.
The Raiders released their updated depth chart Tuesday and have Nate Allen listed as the starter at strong safety. Joseph, the team’s first-round pick, had held that spot since the team’s initial depth chart of the exhibition season.
It’s not a huge surprise if you consider how Joseph has been used in recent weeks. In the third exhibition game against Tennessee in which the starters played into the third quarter, he played only 22 defensive snaps. That was the fewest among projected starters. Continue Reading →