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Raiders outlast Broncos, keep playoff hopes alive

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Raiders outlast Broncos, keep playoff hopes alive

Dec. 19, 2010
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OAKLAND (AP) After watching his team commit three turnovers, allow twobig play touchdowns to Tim Tebow and commit a penalty that wiped out ascore in the first half, coach Tom Cable didn't hold back at halftime."There's no reason to be calm or rational at that point," Cable said.The Raiders responded to thetongue-lashing, getting a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell toMarcel Reece to keep their playoff hopes alive and spoil Tebow's firstNFL start with a 39-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday."That's the most animated I've everseen him," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "From the time we came inhere, he was going off. From the time we came in here pretty much untilwe left, nobody really talked except Cabes."Jacoby Ford scored on a 71-yard runon Oakland's first play from scrimmage and Michael Bush added two shorttouchdown runs to keep the Raiders (7-7) in the hunt for a playoffberth after last week's wrenching 38-31 loss at Jacksonville.
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Oakland trails Kansas City by twogames in the AFC West and will need to win the final two games and gethelp in order to win the division.
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"I wish we were in a better position,but to still be in the fight, still be in the hunt, we've grown a longways," Campbell said. "The loss last week is not going to do any goodfor us to dwell on it. It's not going to help us this week. What wehave to do is control what's in front of us from here out."
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The Broncos (3-11) have long beeneliminated from the playoff chase, having lost nine of 10 games to tiethe franchise record for losses in a season. That, along with KyleOrton's bruised ribs, made the decision to give Tebow his first careerstart an easy one.For a player who became famous incollege for his exploits at the Swamp, Tebow must have felt at home ona wet day at the Oakland Coliseum.He managed to come up with some ofthe big plays that helped him win a Heisman Trophy and two nationaltitles at Florida, becoming the third player to throw a TD pass atleast 30 yards and run for a score of at least 40 yards in the samegame.But he also did not look smooththrowing the ball, a big reason why many questioned former Denver coachJosh McDaniels for trading up to take Tebow in the first round of thedraft. He finished 8 for 16 for 138 yards and ran for 78 more."You're playing against the biggest,strongest, fastest, but at the end of the day it's still playingfootball and so it wasn't extremely different," Tebow said.The key play for the Raiders wasCampbell's short pass to Reece that turned into a game-breaker. Reececaught the ball near the line of scrimmage with open space in front ofhim. He juked David Bruton near midfield and raced the rest of the wayto make it 30-20.
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The Broncos responded with StevenHauschka's third field goal, but Quentin Groves tackled CorrellBuckhalter in the end zone for a safety that put the Raiders back incontrol in their third straight win over Denver.The Raiders took a 23-20 lead intothe fourth quarter after Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal. Theteams traded field goals earlier in the third with the Broncos settlingfor theirs after Lance Ball dropped a pass in the end zone.Tebow turned two Raiders turnoversinto touchdowns in the first half, scoring on a 40-yard quarterbackdraw on third-and-24 when he ran through the middle of Oakland'sdefense and then broke tackles from safeties Michael Huff and TyvonBranch.Tebow then threw a ball up for grabsin the end zone that went through cornerback Stanford Routt's hands andwas caught by Brandon Lloyd for a 33-yard touchdown. Lloyd wasoriginally ruled out of bounds, but the play was overturned on a replaychallenge."He did what we expected of him,"Lloyd said. "He kept his poise, he kept his composure, even when it wastough out there. He didn't have any of those situations where he calledthe wrong play. I was impressed."The Raiders got some big plays oftheir own, with Ford scoring on a 71-yard end around on Oakland's firstplay from scrimmage and a 36-yard run by Darren McFadden setting upanother touchdown.Oakland tied the game at 17 late inthe half after Syd'Quan Thompson muffed a punt by Janikowski, fillingin for the injured Shane Lechler. Janikowski's 49-yard field goal tiedthe game.
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Notes: Kordell Stewart in 2000 andMichael Vick in 2002 are the only other players to have running andthrowing TDs like Tebow's. ... Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno left in thefirst half with a side injury. ... McFadden ran for 119 yards to reach1,112 for the season, becoming the first Raiders back to top 1,000since Justin Fargas in 2007. ... Raiders DT Richard Seymour left in thesecond half with a strained hamstring.

Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home

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Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn missed training camp holding out for a new, more lucrative contract. He missed Tuesday’s practice, the first back at the team’s training facility.

His protest began 26 days ago. The regular season is 19 days away.

Penn has worked out with top trainers and private offensive line coaches while away from the team, but still needs time to get back in the flow.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that Penn is expected back this week. He wasn’t there for the first of three sessions when the Raiders will focus on the third preseason game at Dallas. It’s the last meaningful exhibition, with players down on the depth chart expected to populate the preseason finale versus Seattle.

Penn doesn’t necessarily need to play in a preseason game to prep for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener at Tennessee, but it could help.

Head coach Jack Del Rio wouldn’t address Penn’s status, or whether there’s a deadline for him to report and be ready for the regular season.

The Raiders have managed with Marshall Newhouse on the left and Vadal Alexander on the right. The pair has fared well, though the line will be significantly stronger with Penn back and a Newhouse/Alexander competition on the right.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear weeks ago that the Raiders wouldn’t talk contract until a player reports. Penn preferred a contract get done before showing up. Weeks were lost to that impasse.

Quarterback Derek Carr hopes it will end soon, and that Penn will come back to the team.

“It would obviously mean a lot, if that’s what he chooses to do,” Carr said. “He’s our teammate. We want all our teammates here. We want to work hard together. We want to be together and joke together. It’s more than just football. We want to be there in his life, with him.

"It would mean a lot. Obviously, I would love it.”

If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

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If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

So Las Vegas’ army of legal books are in a moderate panic because they are so overexposed with Conor McGregor bets. Apparently, other than the Maloof brothers, they can’t scare up any Mayweather money at all.

Maybe this is the secret reason Mark Davis has declared publicly that the Raiders intend to colonize Los Angeles.

The latest evidence of the books’ distress is this Big Lead headline, which subtly hints, “Vegas Sportsbooks Are Exposed Like Never Before, Will Be Decimated if Conor McGregor Beats Floyd Mayweather.”

Well, if McGregor wins (and you’ll have to tell me about it because I’d rather watch feet sweat in the noonday sun than this), gambling in Vegas apparently will not exist any longer because the sporting apocalypse will finally be upon us. And if there is no gambling in Vegas, there is no Vegas, and all of a sudden the Raiders are moving to a town whose mayor is an iguana and whose chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds.

Hence, Davis’ answer to a question from Los Angeles Daily News writer Vincent Bonsignore about how L.A. has always been a Raiders’ town and that the team will get lots of its fans from the basin – fans who apparently cannot stomach either the Rams or the Chargers.

Ignoring Davis’ folly of answering that question that way at this time, when the NFL itself is wondering if, for its financial purposes, the mayor of L.A. is an iguana and the chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds, this news reminds us that the league has managed in less than two years to ruin the second-largest market in the United States by dithering, by backroom deals, by aversion of money spent by “the wrong kind of people” (see “brown”). That level of chaos is to be appreciated and enjoyed for what it is – nature’s way of telling rich people who’s boss.

Now, if nature doubles down and figures a way to make McGregor win and break Vegas, maybe the entire down isn’t destroyed but instead becomes a colony of Ireland, where the prime minister is not an iguana but a human, and the closest thing to tumbleweeds is a Guinness brewery.

Maybe if that happens, the Raiders end up playing in Dublin instead (a delightful little asterisk since there was a perfectly good Dublin not far from Oakland to begin with) – and they spend their entire time complaining that they have to share Croke Park and that there are too many markings on the field from all those damned hurling matches.

Of course this isn’t likely to happen, and Vegas keeps taking all the McGregor money you can throw at it. But one of these times, and sooner than we think, the apocalypse is not going to take no for an answer, and you will see Mark Davis with a pipe stuck bowl downward in his mouth standing next to a pot of gold.

Which of course will belong to the Bank Of America, because there are some things even the apocalypse can’t beat.