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NFL capsule: Raiders 9.5-point underdogs vs. Falcons

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NFL capsule: Raiders 9.5-point underdogs vs. Falcons

OAKLAND (1-3) At ATLANTA (5-0)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSOPENING LINE - Falcons by 9 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 1-3; Atlanta 4-1SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 7-5AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 28; Falcons No. 2LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Raiders 24-0, Nov. 2, 2008LAST WEEK - Raiders had bye; Falcons beat Redskins 24-17STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons 5-0 for first time in franchise history. ... Oakland first-year coach Dennis Allen served as Atlanta's defensive assistant and quality control coach from 2002-05. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith one win away from tying Dan Reeves as winningest coach in team history. Smith has career record of 48-21. Reeves went 49-59-1 with Atlanta from 1997-2003. ... Falcons never trailed in first three wins, but they have rallied in fourth quarter last two weeks. ... Raiders QB Carson Palmer on pace for career highs in attempts, completions and yards passing. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez coming off best game with team, a 13-catch, 123-yard performance against Redskins. He also hauled in 99th touchdown pass of career. ... Atlanta tied with New England for best turnover margin in league, plus-10. ... Falcons S Thomas DeCoud has four interceptions. ... RB Darren McFadden has been held under 35 yards rushing in three of Oakland's four games. Raiders rank last in league in rushing, averaged just 60.8 yards per game. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan second-rated passer in league (106.1), trailing only San Francisco's Alex Smith (108.7). ... Atlanta K Matt Bryant 10-for-10 on season, including a 53-yarder. ... Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to return after being knocked unconscious against Pittsburgh three weeks ago.

Raiders send thoughts and prayers to Mexico after devastating earthquake

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Raiders send thoughts and prayers to Mexico after devastating earthquake

A catastrophic 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico on Tuesday. At least 139 people have died as buildings all around the affected area have collapsed.

The Raiders, who played the Texans in Mexico City last season and will face the Patriots there on Nov. 19, issued a statement regarding the earthquake.

"The Raiders have the people of Mexico City and the surrounding areas in our thoughts and prayers following today's earthquake. Mexico City is a special place for the Raider Nation and the most heartfelt sentiments of the Raiders family go out to all of our Mexican neighbors in this time of need."

The Raiders did not have an immediate comment on the status of the game against the Patriots which will be played at Estadio Azteca. According to media reports, the stadium sustained damage during the earthquake.

Expect Raiders-to-Vegas to hit snags, not roadblocks

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Expect Raiders-to-Vegas to hit snags, not roadblocks

There have been whispers at the edges of the Oakland Raiders-to-Las Vegas deal that kinks are beginning to show in the ongoing negotiations between the team and the city and state.
 
Kinks, though. Not insurmountable problems.
 
Rumors in both Oakland and Las Vegas that the Raiders have been examining the possibility of extending their temporary lease with the Coliseum to include the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 have picked up steam in the last several days, but the issues that have caused this impetus are described by sources at both ends of the deal as “not yet large enough to cause a real problem.”
 
As one source said, “The casinos want this (Raider deal to get done), and the casinos get what they want.”
 
The main sticking point is negotiations between team, the city, the state and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, which just hired a new athletic director, Desiree Reed-Francois, who is an expert on facilities use and once worked for the Raiders and the NFL Management Council as a legal assistant. She has been adamant about issues of stadium use (the Raiders and Rebels are to share the stadium), and the Raiders apparently have been playing standard NFL hardball on their part.
 
One source said that may not be the only issue involved, but that it is a considerable one – considerable that is, if you list the issues at hand. “Everyone wants the deal done, but they don’t want UNLV to get muscled too badly,” he said.
 
But the issue is enough that the Raisders have inquired about 2020-2, and Scott McKibben, the executive director of the Oakland stadium authority, told the Las Vegas Sun last week that he would be willing to negotiate a lease extension “for 2019 and beyond, if necessary.”
 
McKibben told the newspaper that the city currently loses money when the Raiders play at home, and would want changes in the current lease provisions for negotiations on an extension to proceed. Talks have not yet progressed because construction on the Las Vegas site have not yet begun.
 
The reason given by most experts as to why the stadium has not yet begun its construction phase is that any work done before there is an agreement would happen on the Raiders’ dime, not the city’s or state’s, and any potential liability would be the team’s to assume as well.

Thus, according to sources, the Raiders are talking about a lease extension in Oakland as a leverage play against Las Vegas.
 
Thus, we have your standard game of multi-headed chicken being played out in two states by two cities and two athletic organizations that have stalled the team’s expected relocation, at least a bit.
 
But, as that source said at the top of this piece, “The casinos want this,” and in Las Vegas, the house always wins. It’s just one more Raideresque complication in a litany of them.