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 select CB Gareon Conley with No. 24 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders select CB Gareon Conley with No. 24 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

GAREON CONLEY
Position: Cornerback
College: Ohio State
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 195 pounds
Selection: First round, No. 24 overall

ALAMEDA – Ohio State cornerback was widely considered a top-15 talent entering this year’s NFL Draft. His stock took a free-fall this week, after being accused of rape.

Conley called the accusation “completely false,” in a statement issued Wednesday by his agent.

Conley has not been charged or arrested over the allegation, which stems from an interaction on April 9 at a Cleveland hotel.

The Raiders wouldn’t have made this first-round selection without doing extensive research on Conley’s legal status. They must feel confident Conley will be absolved of wrongdoing.

Conley is a quality football player and an excellent cover man. He has the size Raiders covet in cornerbacks, and allowed just 37 percent of his passes to be completed. Conley allowed just 14 catches for 159 yards last season, and an NFL passer rating of 14.0, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus. That was the best in college football last season.

Analysts say he’s good at making plays on the football, whether it’s batting down passes or intercepting passes. Conley excels in press-man coverage, but can work well in a zone as well. He diagnoses plays well, which allows him to make plays on the ball.

The Raiders need depth and competition at cornerback after Sean Smith and David Amerson weren’t as solid as expected in 2016.

Conley could be upgrade the secondary in 2017 and beyond if he lives up to his on-field potential.

Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

Tom Hanks went to Skyline High School in Oakland.

He is not happy that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

“When the Raiders leave, I am going on an NFL moratorium for two years," Hanks said on Monday night, according to Peter Hartlaub of The San Franicsco Chronicle. "You cannot take the Silver and Black, put them in an air-conditioned dome in the desert, make them play on artificial turf within a stone’s throw of the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, and call them the Raiders.

“Here’s the thing I don’t quite understand. And I’m not trying to -- this isn’t one of the causes I’m fighting for. I’m just thinking as a fan: It’s a billion-dollar industry, they have billion-dollar TV contracts. All the owners are billionaires. And yet when they want to build a stadium they’re going to use for 10 weeks out of the year, they expect the city taxpayers to buy the building.

“The only good thing that is going to come out of the Oakland Raiders leaving -- and there is nothing good that will come out of that, by the way -- is that the Oakland A’s might get their own ballpark.

“I must say I hate that frigging D.H. rule. I always have, ever since that bastard Charlie Finley installed it. We’re not proud of that over on the other side of the East Bay.”

The Raiders' new stadium in Las Vegas is scheduled to open in 2020.