Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 34, Steelers 31


Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 34, Steelers 31

OAKLAND -- On a day in which Marcus Allen was welcomed back to the Raiders family by lighting the Al Davis flame, the Raiders met an old adversary in the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Raiders also were paid a visit by another welcome guest -- a leaky defense that came through when needed.Sebastian Janikowski drilled a 43-yard field goal as time expired Sunday to beat the Steelers after trailing most of the day. It was rookie coach Dennis Allen's first victory as an NFL head coach.McFadden gets it going, kinda: Darren McFadden entered the game averaging 2.1 yards per carry and all interested were told non-stop that all he needed was to break one run and he'd be back in his comfort zone. Well, early in the first quarter, after an audible at the line by Carson Palmer, McFadden hit it, and 64 yards later he had the second-longest run of his career and a touchdown. Only the 70-yarder he broke last year against the New York Jets was further. Still, on five other carries in the first half, McFadden had all of four yards. He got hot in the second half, though, and finished with 113 yards on 18 carries. It was his 10th career 100-yard rushing game.No pressure, no chance: The Raiders' defensive front four did its duct taped-together cornerbacks no favors as it could get little to no pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, who extended plays with aplomb. And with no sacks, Roethlisberger picked apart the secondary, especially the middle of the field.Hey, a takeaway: The Raiders' first takeaway of the season came in the second quarter, when Desmond Bryant popped Jonathan Dwyer and Joselio Hanson recovered the fumble. It marked the sixth straight season in which Hanson recovered at least one fumble.Fewer penalties: The Raiders did not have a penalty called on them until there was 1:30 left in the third quarter, when Tommy Kelly was flagged for a personal foul for his, ahem involvement in a post-scrum melee on a Steelers touchdown. Oakland finished with three penalties for 25 yards while the Steelers were flagged ten times for 81 yards.Where was the flag here, though?: Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone by Ryan Munday and carted off the field. His helmet was removed by medical personnel and there seemed to be no movement, until he raised a thumb to the crowd on his way out. He was taken to Eden Medical Center with a neck injury.What another turnover?: Indeed, as the Steelers drove downfield in the fourth quarter, Pat Lee stripped Antonio Brown. And after the ball plopped around a bit, Philip Wheeler recovered it, with 10:45 to play. The Raiders converted the fumble recovery into points as Sebastian Janikowski's 32-yard field goal tied the score at 31-31 with 6:30 to play.

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.