Raiders buck NFL's ebbing attendance trend

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Raiders buck NFL's ebbing attendance trend

Long a league-wide sore spot when it came to home attendance and blackouts, the Raiders flipped the script on the NFL last season, selling out every regular season home game for the first time since the team returned to Oakland in 1995.Blackouts seem to be a thing of the past for the Silver and Black, who have had 57 televised home games and 79 blackouts the past 17 seasons.And get this -- while average game attendance in the NFL as a whole is down 4.5 percent since 2007, per the Wall Street Journal, the Raiders' attendance has actually gone up the past two seasons.RELATED: Raiders 2012 regular season schedule
In 2009, Oakland averaged 44,284 at home, the lowest since the team returned from its 13-season sojourn in Los Angeles. A year later, the Raiders drew an average crowd of 46,431 to the Coliseum, perhaps buoyed by the team's first non-losing season in seven years.Then, last year, in selling out every home game, the Raiders jumped to an average crowd of 59,242, meaning two years after a low mark, the Raiders had their third-highest average home crowd in 12 years.Only the average home crowds of 62,130 in 1999, when every Raiders home game was blacked out, and 60,636 in the Super Bowl season of 2002, when the Raiders sold out the final five home games, have been higher.The Coliseum's listed capacity of 63,132 is the second-lowest in the NFL, ahead of only the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field, which is 61,500. And the Raiders last year played in front of 93.8 percent capacity at home, the 22nd-best number in the 32-team NFL.

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.

Carr put that megaphone to good use.

Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.

The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.

That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.

Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.

In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.

Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.

That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.