ATLANTA -- Carson Palmer outplayed Matt Ryan.Palmer passed for 353 yards with a touchdown. He rekindled his chemistry with Denarius Moore. He led the Raiders on what might have been a signature game-tying drive.But that's not what the Raiders quarterback wanted to talk about after the Raiders' 23-20 loss to Atlanta. Rather, he wanted to apologize for the costly pick-6 he threw that Asante Samuel returned 79 yards with 2:40 to play.Even if Palmer, you could say, made up for it on the ensuing 2-minute drive that tied the game at 20-20."We had a great gameplan, and I let the team down," Palmer said. "I let our fans down. Making that mistake I made is crucial. It's on me. It's my fault. We fought hard all game long, and that's what we expected. That's what coach expects of us. That's what he preaches -- finishing -- and I didn't do a good enough job of finishing."I feel for our fans. I know our fans wanted it. Put the blame on me. It's completely my fault. I have to do a better job of protecting the ball. I made a crucial mistake and let our team down and let everybody down."Maybe yes. Maybe no.GUTIERREZ: Moral victory? What moral victory?
This much is true, though, when Palmer threw that interception, the Raiders were already in field-goal range to take the lead. Palmer was trying to hit Denarius Moore on the right sideline when Samuel simply jumped the route. And he was gone."My safety, William Moore, gave me the wrong coverage, so I said, 'Forget it,'" Samuel said. "So I said, 'I'm going to do whatever I think,' so he put me in the right position and I just made a good read and broke on it."Said Palmer: "I didn't think he was going to make the play he did. You have to give him credit, he made a good play. But I can't put us in that position. I need to at least make that tackle. It's a mistake I can't make. It's a mistake I made that cost us the game. It can't happen."Palmer completed 23 of 33 passes for those 353 yards, the fourth-highest total of his 14-game Raiders tenure. He was also sacked three times by defensive end John Abraham, who had a field day toying with tackles Willie Smith and Jared Veldheer."We studied a lot of film going into this game," said Abraham, whose strip-sack of Palmer ended with the Falcons having possession at the Raiders 2-yard line. "I felt like I could have a big day. They had a younger tackle (in Smith) who I knew I could rattle easily."Palmer, though, was not having it. His level of accountability made sure of it."It's hard to look at the positives," he said. "It just hurts. It hurts."
OAKLAND -- Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat down during the national anthem prior to Saturday's preseason game versus the Los Angeles Rams, as he did the week before at Arizona.
Lynch hasn't addressed his reason for sitting during the national anthem, an action several others have used to protest racial issues and the mistreatment of minorities in this country. He has sat intermitently during his career, while standing at attention and remaining in the locker room at others.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the movement last year by kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner. Lynch was retired in 2016, but voiced support for Kaepernick in an interview with Conan O'Briend.
Lynch wasn't the only Raider making a gesture during the anthem. Rookie safety Shalom Luani kneeled during part of the song. Quarterback Derek Carr placed his hand on Khalil Mack's shoulder during the song. Bruce Irvin had his fist in the air.
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has been vocal about his protest while sitting through the anthem twice in as many preseason games.
Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.
Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.
The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him.
"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."
A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.
If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison.
A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.
This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season.
More to come...