Raiders notes: The scourge of penalties returns

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Raiders notes: The scourge of penalties returns

ATLANTA -- A familiar, and just as unwelcome, guest returned to roost with the Raiders in their 23-20 loss to the Falcons -- penalties.The Raiders were flagged a season-high 12 times for 110 yards on the day, while the Falcons had just two penalties for 25 yards."Obviously, penalties affected us," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, "and we have got to tip our hats to Atlanta. They came to play and they did just enough to win the game. That was a good football team. A good challenge for us. We just came up on the short end of the stick."The Raiders, who entered the game with a combined 19 penalties for 143 yards, were actually called for 13 penalties, though a holding on right tackle Willie Smith was declined.Instant Replay: Falcons 23, Raiders 20
The Raiders were called for offensive holding seven times, with Smith getting flagged three times (with the one declined). Left tackle Jared Veldheer also had a holding as well as a false start.Call it the John Abraham Effect. Abraham had three sacks for 28 yards.Falcons coach Mike Smith, on the Raiders' effort: "We're very fortunate guys, and my hat's off to the Oakland Raiders football team and their coaching staff. They did a great job in having their guys prepared. They were humming today."After not having a single interception in four games, the Raiders picked off Matt Ryan three times in the first half.Joselio Hanson, Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch had the picks."We know when they come, they come in bunches," Huff said.With 104 yards receiving, on five catches, Denarius Moore became the Raiders' first 100-yard receiver this season."The game is never over until the clock strikes zero and you have to fight until the end," Moore said. "If you haven't noticed, it seems that every time we lose, we come back twice as hard."RELATED: Palmer: 'I let the team down; I let our fans down'
Carson Palmer acknowledged the chemistry between him and Moore has been rekindled."It's time," he said.Darren McFadden averaged just 2.6 yards per carry on 27 attempts, with a long run of 14 yards.Mike Goodson usher for 59 yards on four carries, including a 43-yard burst.And according to Goodson, it was all behind the zone-blocking scheme."Same scheme," he said.So why the positive results for him?"Probably just execution," he said.A pair of decisions that perhaps haunted the Raiders -- Allen's decision to punt, rather than attempt a 5758-yard field goal in the first quarter, despite Sebastian Janikowski hitting from 64 yards in warmups and nailing a 52-yarder later in the quarter (though, he has been on the injury report with a groin issue). And, as seemingly always, going into a prevent defense with 40 seconds to play that allowed the Falcons to move into range for Matt Bryant's game-winning 55-yard field goal. Tony Gonzalez had catches of 10 and 13 yards in the middle of the field during the drive.
The last time the Raiders won a game in the Eastern Time Zone was in Week 13 of the 2009 season, at Pittsburgh in the Bruce Gradkowski game. The Raiders are 0-7 in such games since that day. And since the 2002 Super Bowl season, they are 5-23 in the Eastern Time Zone. Also, the Raiders have lost 10 straight post-bye week games.

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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