Paul G's Instant Replay: Chargers 22, Raiders 14


Paul G's Instant Replay: Chargers 22, Raiders 14


OAKLAND -- Itwas a quick and emotional start, for both the Raiders' new offense and theRaiders' new defense. But with unimaginative playcalling, a relative lack ofplaymakers with Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford still out, the result became aspredictable as the offense. The defense appeared much-improved from last yearand was serviceable. The offense, which was a strength last year and wasnonetheless overhauled? Not so much. McFadden is the Raiders offense: Darren McFadden caught ateam-record 13 passes, for 86 yards. He also carried the ball 15 times for 32yards. But the attack was too one-dimensional and the Chargers simply startedkeying on him as the outcome became apparent.You thought long-snapping was easy?: Jon Condo is a two-timePro Bowler and the Raiders never officially listed a backup to him. So when hewas knocked out of the game in the second quarter, you wondered who wouldhandle the duties. It fell to backup middle linebacker Travis Goethel, whosefirst snap was true for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. But his second, on apunt, was a ground ball, and Shane Lechler was tackled for a big loss.Speaking about injured Raiders: Left cornerback Ron Bartellwas playing his first game since breaking his neck in the 2011 season openerfor the St. Louis Rams. And after giving up passes of 46 yards and 23 yards hewas again felled by injury. A shoulderelbow injury ended his night beforehalftime.A familiar look returns: The point of emphasis for TommyKelly throughout training camp was to keep the eager defensive tackle fromjumping offside. "I know what you're trying to do," Allen would tellKelly, time and again, "but watch the ball." Alas, Kelly twice jumpedoffsides -- and both times on third down -- to keep Chargers drives alive. Hewas pulled from the game shortly thereafter to think about it but returned. Moving with no reward: The Raiders had 204 yards of totaloffense in the first half, and did not score a touchdown. It was the most yardsthey had in a first half sans a TD since 1999, against Tennessee.Who stood out, in a positive way?: McFadden, obviously. AndDerek Hagan caught a few nice passes. Defensively, the D-line dominated theChargers' offensive lineearly. Miles Burris also flashed at WLB.Who stood out, in a negative way?: Kelly had two costlypenalties and Rod Streater seemed to shrink in the spotlight, losing a fumbleand not coming up with several passes he caught in camp and in exhibitiongames. He did catch a two-yard touchdown with under a minute remaining,however. Goethel also struggled as long-snapper, obviously.

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.