Paul G's Instant Replay: Saints 38, Raiders 17

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Paul G's Instant Replay: Saints 38, Raiders 17

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Paul Gutierrez's Insider Take of the Raiders' 38-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday at the O.co ColiseumOAKLAND -- Marcel Reece rushed for a career-high 103 yards, on 19 carries, Carson Palmer extended his franchise record for 200-plus yard passing games to 16, with 312 yards through the air, and the defense showed up in spurts.But none if it was enough against a New Orleans team hitting its stride and running roughshod over Oakland to the tune of a 38-17 Saints victory. Palmer, though, had two costly interceptions, a pick-6 and also was intercepted in the end zone when his pass went through Brandon Myers' hands.Saints quarterback Drew Brees improved to 7-0 with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in his career against the Raiders after going 20-of-27 for 219 yards with three TDs.The Raiders' losing streak reached three games and they have been outscored by a combined 135-69 in that stretch.Late scoring run ends: The Raiders could not score in the final two minutes of the first half, ending their streak of doing just that in the first nine games of the season.Joselio Hanson, playmaker?: Simmer down. But at least the diminutive slot defensive back made his presence known. First, he forced a fumble by Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, though New Orleans recovered. One play later, Hanson blitzed and forced Drew Brees to take an intentional grounding penalty. Then, on the opening kickoff of the second half, Hanson ran down Travaris Cadet, saving a touchdown.Third-quarter woes redux: After getting outscored 14-3 in the third quarter, the Raiders have now been outscored by a combined 123-34 in the third this season, the worst such margin in the NFL.Automatic SeaBass: Even when he's off, he's on. Sebastian Janikowski's 40-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter bounced off the left upright but still went through. It was his 22nd made field goal of the season in 23 attempts, the lone miss being a record-attempting 64-yarder at the end of regulation against Jacksonville.Winning at something: After winning a challenge that overturned a 29-yard reception by Travaris Cadet, Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen improved to seven-for-seven in challenges, including the preseason, this year. So he's got that going for himwhich is nice.Flores keeps it real: Nothing like listening to a guy with four Super Bowl rings break it down on the radio, and Tom Flores kept up his brutal assessment of the Raiders defense. When Lance Moore somehow got behind Michael Huff and Mike Mitchell for a 38-yard TD on 3rd and 13, Flores spared no one. "It's beyond me how that can happen," Flores said. "Two defensive backs let a guy get behind themyou can't have brain cramps back there."Up next: The Raiders (3-7) travel to Cincinnati to face the suddenly surging Bengals (5-5), who thumped Kansas City, 28-6, Sunday and have former Oakland coach Hue Jackson on their sidelines as an assistant. It will also be a homecoming, of sorts, for Carson Palmer, the No. 1 overall pick of the Bengals in 2003.

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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