Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 26, Chiefs 16

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Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 26, Chiefs 16

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KANSAS CITY -- For the first time in the history of this rivalry, the Raiders have won six straight games in Kansas City, with Oakland beating the Chiefs, 26-16, before an announced and silenced crowd of 74,730.The Raiders won the turnover battle, its offense was just opportunistic enough and the defense continued its ascent. The crowd was never a factor. At least, not after the first play of the game, when Carson Palmer tried to hit Darrius Heyward-Bey deep down the left sideline against former seven-year Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt and underthrew the ball for an interception.Also, Denarius Moore had a touchdown reception for the third straight game, the first Raiders pass catcher with such a streak since Zach Miller in 2010.Then there's this: if Denver loses to New Orleans Sunday night, the Raiders will be in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West at 3-4.Taking advantagekinda: The Raiders recovered two Chiefs fumbles -- a muffed punt and a blown snap on the first play of the second half -- and intercepted a Brady Quinn pass and a Matt Cassel toss to win the turnover battle by a plus-three margin. The only Oakland turnover was Carson Palmer getting picked off by Stanford Routt on the first play of the game. The four turnovers resulted in two field goals and a touchdown for the Raiders, who would have preferred three TDs, of course, given the advantage in field position.A first for McClain: Rolando McClain has responded positively to his role being reduced of late. The middle linebacker had his first sack of the season in the first quarter, dropping Brady Quinn. McClain also got the first forced fumble of his career on the play as Quinn dropped the ball, though Kansas City recovered.A second home?: Sebastian Janikowski has said this is his favorite stadium in which to kick, and the numbers show it. After going four-for-four Sunday, Janikowski has converted 32 of his 36 field-goal attempts here. He did miss from 37 yards out midway through the fourth quarter, but Kansas City was offsides so Janikowski moved up and converted from 32 yards.Sacks galore: Oakland entered the game with seven sacks on the year. They had three against the Chiefs with McClain, Richard Seymour and Philip Wheeler doing the honors.Dirty play?: Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali called the Raiders a "dirty" team this week. He had a nearly "clean" sheet of his own, getting credited with two tackles and no sacks. And the Raiders were called for two penalties for 20 yards after having 21 penalties for 168 yards the previous two games combined.
Remember me?: Much was made of the Raiders targeting Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt and his big contracts with the Raiders and Kansas City. Darrius Heyward-Bey made him pay dearly when he used him on an out-route on a 32-yard catch and run touchdown in the third quarter.Up next: The Raiders (3-4) are home to play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4), who are coming off a big win at Minnesota.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

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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.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”