It's a big day for the Oakland Raiders and specifically their fans in Las Vegas. While the official move to their new home won't happen for a few years, the new stadium is officially set to get underway. While many fans have been awaiting the start of the building process on the new stadium, it seems that it's now time.
This isn't the Patriots-Broncos get-togethers we became accustomed to during the four years Peyton Manning was in Denver, and the Patriots are still one of the NFL's best teams., a stretch that included six head-to-head meetings and Lombardi Trophies for each organization. Manning retired after the 2015 season but Tom Brady remains (and at 40, there's no indication that he won't, in fact, play forever)
The same can't be said for the Broncos who, fell to 3-6 because of an indifferent defense and a horrendous special teams. The 41-16 loss is the fifth straight for Denver, despite a valiant effort from Brock Osweiler on Sunday night, and it shares the AFC West cellar with the Los Angeles Chargers.
For some perspective on just how bad things are going, but their defense allowed 18.6 points per game. They allowed 297 points all season and were the NFL's best defense on a per-play basis, consider this: The Broncos finished 9-7 a season ago and missed the playoffs, according to Football Outsiders.
Through nine games this season, the Broncos have allowed 239 points -- 26.6 points per game. The defense has slipped to sixth, though you wouldn't know it watching them the past two weeks when they were on the business end a 51-23 loss to the Eagles and Sunday's beatdown by Brady and company.
The Patriots, have the familiar look of the AFC's best team. The Steelers share the same 7-2 record and hold the edge in the playoff race for the No. 1 seed in the conference, meanwhile, but no one thinks Pittsburgh is better than New England.
Against the Broncos, Brady was clinical, even by his ridiculously high standards. He finished with 25 of 34 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers. He spent much of the evening targeting his tight ends and running backs (more on that below) while Denver's defense was helpless to do anything about it.
Then, two plays later, Rex Burkhead sauntered into the end zone to give New England a 7-0 lead with 12:36 to in the first quarter. The game was effectively over at this point.
If you're looking for a silver lining -- and you'll really have to squint to see it -- this is the best we can do: The Broncos have been terrible all season when it comes to giving up points off turnovers. So this shouldn't be unexpected.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters are close friends and that bond was tested when Kansas City’s Pro Bowler nearly burned Beast Mode’s house down when he stayed over one night and decided to start making lumpias, which are essentially Filipino egg rolls.
and after he decided to take a quick snooze and left the stove at Lynch’s house running,Unfortunately, Beast Mode’s pad nearly went up in flames., Peters did it when he was half asleep
per the Mercury News. “I think the heat and (expletive) and the grease started melting the microwave — the microwave,“I forgot to turn the damn oil off,” Peters said, the plastic dropped in the hot (expletive) oil, and then the house caught on fire.”
he may be shut down for the rest of season.,Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t played in a game since Week 3 due to a lingering and mysterious shin injury that he suffered in June. And general manager Reggie McKenzie indicated that if the team’s first-round selection can’t practice after the bye week
but we’re going to give him every opportunity to see if he can do it,Authentic Steve Largent Jersey
,“If he can’t go,” he added., he can’t go. Then we’ll just have to move on
might be the Raiders’ most talented cornerback and for that reason,Conley,Womens Steve Largent Jersey
, McKenzie and Co. have taken extra precaution in getting him back on the field., a former Ohio State product
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, and six interceptions. McKenzie and Co. fully believe that Conley will become the shutdown corner he was in college.
and with the injury lingering,The Oakland Raiders have been very quiet about the status of rookie cornerback and first-round draft pick Gareon Conley to this point. We know he's been dealing with a shin injury, it seems that the team has finally made a decision on his status., but not much more has been said to this point. Conley has played in just two games to this point in the 2017 season
As brutal as this news is to swallow, and the Raiders decided the best move was just to shut him down for the year.,Womens Mike Evans Jersey
, it's hard to say that we didn't see it coming. Conley hasn't even been able to practice on a limited basis
Sean Smith and David Amerson, it will be on TJ Carrie, Dexter McDonald,Now, assuming he's healthy. The team could also look to use second-round pick Obi Melifonwu at cornerback as well, or even potentially bring undrafted free agent Breon Borders up off the practice squad.
and offensive coordinator Todd Downing says the first order of business will be evaluating his own play calling.,The Raiders’ offense is laden with questions that must be addressed before they square off against the Patriots at Estadio Azteca in Week 11
” Downing said during media availability Wednesday.,“I want to really spend some time diving into it. Look at myself first as the play caller
Oakland’s production has taken a steep dive in 2017. The Raiders are currently averaging 21.6 points per game through nine games and rank No. 11 in total team offense despite having an outstanding offensive line and roster.,After averaging 26.0 points per game and finishing No. 6 in total team offense in 2016
Downing went on to explain how he would go about evaluating the job he has done thus far. “Where I called things. Why I called things. Make sure that I’m very thorough in that process.”
Oakland indeed has a lot to improve upon on the offensive side of the ball with an important game with New England right around the corner.,Whether it’s Downing’s play-calling or the Raiders doing a poor job of executing said calls
ranking No. 29 in the NFL through Week 9. That means if Downing’s self-evaluation proves fruitful,Fortunately, Oakland has a good chance to do some serious damage in Mexico City next week., the Patriots’ defense has struggled in 2017
the Raiders have decided to shut down cornerback Gareon Conley for the season by placing him on the injured reserve list,After a mysterious rookie season that saw him barely see the practice or playing field due to a shin injury
Conley missed all of training camp with a mysterious shin injury after showing up during minicamps and getting both coaches and fans excited given his outstanding ball skills and physical talent.
respectively. He amassed a total of seven tackles and one pass defensed in said two contests.,Conley appeared in just two games during his rookie season in Week 2 against the Jets and Week 3 against the Redskins
if not the, and despite his limited playing time, Conley clearly appeared to be one of,Oakland’s secondary has been torched much of the season, best cornerbacks on the roster — making his loss difficult to absorb, yet almost entirely expected at this point.
for the year due to a shin injury Monday,The Raiders did what many had been fearing for months and shut down their first-round selection, cornerback Gareon Conley, per ESPN’s Field Yates. And despite the rhetoric, it was likely wise for general manager Reggie McKenzie & Co. to do so.
and the team has displayed ample patience with Conley’s lingering shin injury.,McKenzie stated he would see what the rookie could do during the bye week before determining his status for the rest of the season
and not one McKenzie,As such, Conley or the coaching staff should catch heat for., this was a deliberate decision to protect a valuable asset for the future of the franchise
Conley did trip himself up with the Raiders’ fan base earlier in the year, causing some fans to be turned off by the former Ohio State product., deciding to take to Twitter to refute McKenzie’s claims that he was dealing with shin splints
it was confirmed to be a shin injury of some kind and one that wouldn’t allow Conley to perform right now.,And while the exact nature of his injury remains unknown
But without him healthy enough to compete at an NFL level, ranking in the top 20 at his position. He posted a Pro Football Focus grade of 82.7., it has allowed cornerback T.J. Carrie to shine as the team’s No. 1 CB
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, and his recovery speed and performance has been a nice change of pace from the chronic injuries and disappointment of his counterparts David Amerson and Sean Smith.,Authentic 12th Fan Jersey
, Conley’s absence afforded fellow CB Dexter McDonald to get more consistent snaps
and the AFC West has already been crumbling around the Raiders over the past month. As such,Though the loss of Conley is disappointing given his talent, Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey
,fans shouldn’t expect Conley’s absence to impact the team’s playoff push too much given that it’s already played most of the season without him.,Womens 12th Fan Jersey
, it’s better to play it safe with someone as talented as him
apparently it's already started for some.,While the trash talk is probably going to be at an all-time high when the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots Week 11 matchup kicks off
maybe the two have some history potentially.,I guess it's technically on now? There's obviously a pretty good chance here that King was just messing around with the account. But who knows
and the 27-year-old has made the most of his chance.,The Oakland Raiders chose to place long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve with a back injury just before the 2017 NFL regular season began. It meant that a golden opportunity was in front of constant training camp kicker Giorgio Tavecchio
while making 22-of-23 extra points. The argument has obviously been made that even when Janikowski is healthy,Womens Russell Wilson Jersey
,On the season, Tavecchio has made 12-of-14 field goals with longs of 53 and 52 yards, that Tavecchio should remain as the team's kicker, for a few reasons.
that argument is more than likely the correct one.,Authentic Mike Evans Jersey
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,And while Janikowski holds a special place in the hearts of Raider Nation
and with the 39-year-old Janikowski set to become a free agent after this season,While Tavecchio is only under contract for this season, it's a safe bet that he wouldn't cost a ton for the Raiders to re-sign to a multi-year deal, he'd have to be re-signed as well. Even if Janikowski agrees to take a big pay cut, keeping the aging kicker over Tavecchio just doesn't make all that much sense.
the team would almost certainly lose him to another NFL team. There are plenty of kickers who are far worse than Tavecchio,Authentic Jameis Winston Jersey
,Tavecchio has shown the ability to kick in big moments and for that reason, so a team would jump at the chance to land a player with his upside., if he was waived in order to re-activate Janikowski