Raiders key matchup No. 1: McFadden vs. Johnson

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Raiders key matchup No. 1: McFadden vs. Johnson

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final part in a series that spotlighted three Raiders-Broncos matchups to watch Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Key matchup No. 3: Dennis Allen vs. John Fox
Key matchup No. 2: Michael Huff vs. Peyton Manning
Tale of the tape
Darren McFadden: 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, fifth season, Arkansas
Steven Johnson: 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, rookie, KansasDENVER -- Perhaps Raiders coach Dennis Allen put it best this week when asked how he prepared for Darren McFadden in last year's season opener as Denver's defensive coordinator."I tried to get as many hats around him as you can," Allen said. "We didn't sleep a lot that week."And for good reason. All McFadden has done against the Broncos of late is run wild, and run some more.Consider: McFadden's 637 career rushing yards against Denver, in seven games, are his most against against any opponent, and he is shooting for his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game against the Broncos on Sunday, having already run for 165 yards on Oct. 24, 2010, 119 yards on Dec. 19, 2010 and 150 yards on Sept. 12, 2011.Not that McFadden, who is listed as "probable" to play with a sore shoulder, has Denver circled on his calendar, at least, not that he's willing to admit publicly. The Raiders have won four straight in the Mile High City."It's one of those things, going against Denver, you get it going," he said with a shrug. "I feel like it's something I did over the last few years and I want to just try and continue to do that every time I go out against them."It's just how the ball bounces. You go out there and have a good game, it just so happens it's been against Denver most of the time."And with middle linebacker Joe Mays suspended for this game for his violent hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, the task of spying McFadden could just to fall upon Mays' backup in undrafted rookie Steven Johnson, who led the Broncos with 15 tackles in the preseason but has yet to register one in the regular season. And he's only appeared in one game so far, at Atlanta.That would be a huge task to ask of the rookie, though, and Broncos coach John Fox said Friday he was not going to reveal who would be playing at any of the linebacker positions until game time."Its pretty evident theyre trying many different ways to get the ball in (McFadden's) hands," Fox said. "It doesnt take long to turn on the tape and see him rip off that sixty-some yarder. He did something very similar to us the last time he was here."So hes definitely one of the more explosive backs in the National Football League. All you've got to do is turn on the tape, and our players have seen that thus far."The Raiders, no doubt, want to see more of it. Oakland is 8-2 when McFadden runs for at least 100 yards.

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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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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