Paul G's Instant Replay: Dolphins 35, Raiders 13

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Paul G's Instant Replay: Dolphins 35, Raiders 13

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The heat, humidity and Reggie Bush were too much for the Raiders as their troubles in South Florida continued in a 35-13 defeat to the Miami Dolphins as Bush carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 172 yards and two scores. He had 197 yards of total offense.Oakland could not build on its 10-7 halftime lead and, as former coach-turned radio broadcaster Tom Flores said on the air, "Kind of sad to see the Raiders, especially the defense, wilt in this humidity."The offense was no better. Late in the game, the Raiders had -1 yards rushing in the second half.McFadden's Miami troubles continue: Darren McFadden has had his issues with the Dolphins in his career. Entering the game, he had just 15 yards against Miami on 11 career carries in two games and it barely got better Sunday. Early in the game, McFadden was poked in the eye and had to leave the game before returning with a protective shield on his facemask. At the half, McFadden had just 17 rushing yards on seven carries and he finished with 22 yards on 11 attempts. he also dropped a sure touchdown pass in the right flat from Carson Palmer late in the first half.Condo makes his return, to no avail: Two-time Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo was back and did not have any errant snaps, unlike his replacement last week in Travis Goethel. But he was high on several, though they did not cost the Raiders.Moore is less?: Denarius Moore made his season debut and had three catches for 67 yards. He left the game, though, in the third quarter with cramping issues.Tackling issues return: Long a bane of the Raiders' existence, the run defense, or lack thereof, returned. Against San Diego, the Raiders allowed just 32 yards rushing for the game. The Dolphins, meanwhile, carved up the Raiders for 259 yards on the ground, including long runs of 34 yards and a TD run of 65 yards in which four Raiders had a shot at himand missed.Cornerbacks get toasted: Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill picked on Pat Lee and Joselio Hanson all day as Brian Hartline finished with a career-high nine caches for 111 yards. Yes, Tannehill vs. Lee was my No. 1 matchup to watch, and the rookie gassed the Raiders' defense with the no-huddle offense. Imagine what Peyton Manning will do in two weeks at elevation.Who stood out, in a positive way?: With McFadden getting his eye tended to, Mike Goodson took a screen pass in the right flat and, following a huge block from Mike Brisiel, scooted 64 yards for the score. It was the only time the Raiders would lead, 10-7. Also, tight end Brandon Myers caught six passes for 86 yards. And Palmer threw for 373 yards on 24 of 48 passing with a TD and a pick.Who stood out, in a negative way?: Too many to talk about...

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

PHOENIX -- All signs point to the Raiders being approved for relocation to Las Vegas. It could happen as early as Monday, when the topic will be discussed at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. It could be Tuesday. Or in May. Or at any point in a conference call.

The timing is less important than the ultimate outcome. The when is uncertain. The what seems likely, though not guaranteed, at this stage.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 approval votes to relocate and start construction on new digs.

The Raiders have presented a solid application to the NFL, centered on a stadium proposal in Las Vegas that includes $750 million in public funds for stadium construction. Bank of America, who is financing the project, is expected to loan the Raiders money to complete a financing plan that includes the public contribution and $500 million from the team and the NFL.

The Sports Business Journal reported on Sunday that the estimated stadium cost has dropped to $1.7 billion, and will receive $200 million in infrastructure improvements not included in their construction contribution.

League sources continue to say approval is expected. There is great confidence within the Raiders organization a vote will go their way.

Some issues remain, though none are significant roadblocks. A stadium lease hasn’t been finalized and a site hasn’t been formally announced – it’s reportedly set for a spot just off the Las Vegas Strip near Russell Road – so approval would likely come with conditions that could be met in time.

The Raiders worked a sweetheart deal that mines significant money from the public. They don’t have investors with direct ties to gambling. And, as important as anything else, the NFL doesn’t believe Oakland has a viable plan to keep the Raiders in an otherwise attractive, booming market.

That includes the latest proposal from the Oakland and financial partner Fortress Investments announced on Friday that makes certain concessions aimed at getting the Raiders back to the table.

The Silver and Black haven’t worked with East Bay officials in more than as year, as they’ve shifted complete focus to their Las Vegas quest.

The revised Oakland plan didn’t move the needle, a league executive said. That point was made crystal clear in a letter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.

“The material that we reviewed earlier today confirms certain information that had previously been communicated orally, such as a willingness to bring bank financing to a stadium project, and a proposed valuation of the land at the Coliseum site,” Goodell wrote in a letter obtained by Bay Area News Group. “It also confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time. In that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies.”

That virtually eliminates the prospect of Oakland planting doubt in NFL owners’ minds heading into a pivotal discussion on the topic Monday at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.

It’s possible the stadium and finance committee will make a formal recommendation on the Raiders application to relocate. That could precede a vote, and generally holds significant weight among undecided owners.

A league source said the new Oakland plan will be a talking point, though it may not be viewed in a flattering light. That’s especially true in light of Goodell’s letter.

“At this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties,” Goodell wrote. “In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown. Other significant uncertainties, which we have previously identified, remain unaddressed. We had hoped that the past two years would have allowed both of us to develop a viable project.”

 

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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