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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.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

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...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”