Gutierrez: Black Hole Halloween


Gutierrez: Black Hole Halloween

OAKLAND Every Raiders home game is Halloween on Hegenberger, so there doesnt seem to be a whole lot different in how fans are coming dressed up today for the game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Black Hole has long been deemed a huge homefield advantage. But check this out: the Raiders are only 1-2-1 at home on Halloween.In 1971, the Raiders tied the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-20. In 1976, they beat the Denver Broncos, 19-6. In 1993, in Los Angeles, the Raiders fell to the San Diego Chargers, 30-23. And in 1999, back in Oakland, the Raiders lost to the Miami Dolphins, 16-9.Overall, the Raiders are just 1-4-1 on Halloween, getting outscored by a combined 141-79, with their most ignominious showing the 42-14 beatdown they endured at San Diego in 2004.Anyone check out the NFL Networks show last night naming the Top 10 Raiders of all time? Lets just say there were some curious choices. Following then, their list:10) Marcus Allen
9) Willie Brown
8) Jim Plunkett
7) Cliff Branch
6) George Blanda
5) Tim Brown
4) Ken Stabler
3) Fred Biletnikoff
2) Howie Long
1) Art Shell and Gene Upshaw
00) Jim OttoInitial thoughts? Where, in the name of all that is holy in Silver and Blackdom, is Ray Guy. Also, Plunkett is too low, Long too high and where is Jack Tatum? Oh yeah, Tim Brown?Raiders inactives WRs Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee), CB Chris Johnson (concussion), RB Michael Bennett (hamstring), LBs Travis Goethel (back) and Thomas Howard (knee), DT John Henderson (foot). Bruce Gradkowski is the 3rd QB.Among the Seahawks inactives cornerbacks Kelly Jennings and Walter Thurmond and rookie left tackle Russell Okung.Raiders captains were RB Darren McFadden, DE Matt Shaughnessy and RB Rock Cartwright.

Broncos buck Osweiler with rude welcome back in Denver

Broncos buck Osweiler with rude welcome back in Denver


DENVER -- The Denver Broncos ruined Brock Osweiler's homecoming Monday night, incessantly hurrying, hitting and harassing their former teammate in a 27-9 win over his Houston Texans.

Coach Gary Kubiak returned to the sideline following his second health scare in three years, and he had to like what he saw as the Broncos (5-2) snapped a two-game skid in sending the overwhelmed Texans home at 4-3.

C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker energized Denver's sputtering ground game, both running for a touchdown. Anderson gained 107 yards on 16 carries and Booker had 83 on 17 hand-offs.

But the big story was Trevor Siemian, Peyton Manning's surprise successor, outplaying Osweiler, who was groomed to be Denver's next QB but instead bolted to Houston in free agency.

Osweiler left for bigger numbers in Texas - both in his bank account and his stat sheet - but he spent this night quickly getting rid of the ball, constantly overthrowing DeAndre Hopkins in double coverage and otherwise running for his life from Von Miller & Co.

Although he avoided sacks, Osweiler was just 22 for 41 for 131 yards with no TDs and no interceptions. Siemian was 14 of 25 for 157 yards, a TD and no interceptions.

Osweiler's fumble at his own 25-yard line was scooped up by Chris Harris Jr. on the first play of the fourth quarter. That led to Brandon McManus' chip-shot field goal that made it 24-9 and snuffed out Houston's hopes of a comeback.

Anderson scored on a 7-yard run and Siemian hit Demaryius Thomas from 4 yards out as the Broncos took a 14-6 halftime lead.

Osweiler took a couple of big shots from safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward in the first quarter but the Texans led 6-0 on a pair of 43-yard field goals by Nick Novak.

Novak's 29-yarder made it 14-9, but Stewart punched the ball from running back Alfred Blue's grasp and linebacker Todd Davis plucked it out of the air. That led to Booker's 1-yard TD run.

Kubiak missed Denver's last game when doctors ordered him to take a week off after he was transported via ambulance to the hospital following Denver's last home game, on Oct. 9, with a complex migraine condition, which can mimic a stroke. Kubiak had a mini-stroke in 2013 while coaching the Texans.

Like Osweiler, this was his first game against his former team.

STREAK BREAKER: Denver's dazzling defense is a real dawdler , having allowed scores on five of six opening drives coming into the game. That didn't stop them from deferring when they won the toss. The Texans went three and out on their first two possessions, the first time all season the Broncos hadn't allowed points on their first two defensive series.

OH NO, OKUNG: Broncos left tackle Russell Okung cleared concussion protocol to make the start. But he was rusty a week after his pair of penalties resulted in a nullified touchdown and a safety in a 21-13 loss at San Diego. This time, he was whistled for a pair of holds that negated a nifty first-down run by Booker and a 28-yard grab by Thomas.

INJURIES: Texans right tackle Derek Newton was carted off the field with what looked like serious injuries to both knees in the first half. He crumpled to the grass while blocking Miller. Newton was dropping back to pass block midway through the first quarter when his left knee buckled first and then his right knee gave way. For Denver, linebackers Brandon Marshall (leg) and Dekoda Watson (head) left in the second half.

RING OF FAME: The Broncos honored former safety John Lynch, linebacker Simon Fletcher and kicker Jason Elam by inducting them into their Ring of Fame during halftime ceremonies. Lynch, who played in Denver from 2004-07 after 11 seasons in Tampa Bay, will be inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor next month.

Reports: 49ers open to trading WR Torrey Smith, teams interested

Reports: 49ers open to trading WR Torrey Smith, teams interested

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A league source told the 49ers are neither shopping Smith nor is a trade anticipated.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.