Megatron a mega-problem for Raiders


Megatron a mega-problem for Raiders

OAKLAND -- The biggest "Matchup to Watch" in my Raiders-Detroit game preview was the one between Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.And while Routt fared well early in one-on-one coverage against Johnson, it was Megatron who took over late.Because while Johnson caught nine passes for a career-high 214 yards with two touchdowns, Routt picked up four penalties for 41 yards -- two pass interference calls and two defensive holding calls.One of each penalty were with Johnson as the recipient of the free plays, so to speak.And on his record-setting day, even Johnson seemed amazed.

"Thats ridiculous," he said while laughing. "It's a blessing to be up here with this team and have Matt (Stafford) as a quarterback, you're able to go out there and make plays for our team. I've never had anything over 200 yards. Thats crazy."Johnson's previous high in single-game receiving yards? The 161 yards he had against Cleveland on Nov. 22, 2009."You have to take advantage of it on the outside," Johnson said of the one-on-one coverage. "It's up to us, I feel. It's up to us as receivers to make plays for our team and lead us to victory."Routt was unavailable for comment but strong safety Tyvon Branch was asked about Johnson."He is a good player," Branch said. "We have a lot of great players and we made a lot of plays on Calvin today. Unfortunately, we didn't make the ones that counted."

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.