Raiders pick Manning twice in 31-26 loss to Colts

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Raiders pick Manning twice in 31-26 loss to Colts

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OAKLAND,Calif. (AP) Peyton Manning put Indianapolis in the lead with his armand sealed the game with his legs. No matter what happened against theOakland Raiders, Manning knew he'd need one more big game to get theColts back into the postseason.Manning threw three touchdown passesand iced the game with a 27-yard keeper to help the Colts beat theOakland Raiders 31-26 Sunday in a game that turned out to have littleplayoff meaning."All we did was win today," Manning said. "We have to find a way to win again next week."The Colts (9-6) allowed Jacoby Fordto return the opening kick for a touchdown, overcame a pair ofinterceptions by Manning in the second half and survived four fieldgoals from Sebastian Janikowski, including two from more than 50 yards,to move within a win of clinching the AFC South title for their ninthstraight playoff berth.But when Jacksonville lost 20-17 inovertime to Washington in the early game Sunday, the Colts knew that nomatter what happened in this game they could clinch the division with awin at home next week against the Titans or a Jaguars loss at Houston."I don't know what the coaches do orwhat everybody else does, but I didn't know who won the morning games,"Manning said. "All we knew was the time of our kickoff and the defensesand offensive plays that Oakland was going to run. That's really waswhere our focus was."The results in the early games alsorobbed this game of any real meaning for the Raiders (7-8), who wereeliminated from playoff contention when Kansas City wrapped up a 34-14win against Tennessee early in the first quarter of this game.The Chiefs had long been in controlof that game so any Oakland player who had caught wind of the score inpregame warmups knew there was only pride on the line."The guys were trying not to payattention to it," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "We were just reallytrying to focus on our game. That's the situation you're in when youhave to count on other teams. It's a tough situation to be in."The Raiders hung close with theColts for much of this game but were unable to score an offensivetouchdown until Campbell's 6-yard pass to Zach Miller with 1:51 toplay.Manning took advantage of a 31-yardpass interference call against Stanford Routt to throw a 4-yard TD passto Blair White to give the Colts a 24-16 lead late in the thirdquarter. But little came easy for Manning against Oakland's defense. Hethrew a pair of interceptions in the second half, giving him 17 for theseason, which is his most since 2002.He responded from the secondinterception by leading the Colts on a 68-yard drive that was capped bya 7-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon on third down to give Indianapolis a31-19 lead.After the Colts recovered a lateonside kick, Manning ran out the clock with a 27-yard keeper onthird-and-2. He faked the ball to Dominic Rhodes and then ran aroundthe left side before sliding down at the 4, instead of scoring, toallow the Colts to run out the clock."That was just a great call by him,"Rhodes said. "They had been biting, they were trying to stop me fromrunning the football. Even I thought I had the football, along witheverybody else. The whole defense converged on me. It was just a greatplay all around, he made it happen and we pulled out a great victory."Manning completed 16 of 30 passesfor 179 yards as he struggled at times against Oakland's aggressivecornerbacks. But the Colts managed to gain 191 yards on the ground,including 98 from Rhodes, who returned to Indianapolis earlier thismonth.Joseph Addai added a 6-yardtouchdown run in the first quarter in his first game since hurting anerve in his left shoulder Oct. 17."We went out and out-physicaled aphysical team," Rhodes said. "For the last few weeks, we've done that.We're gearing up for playoff football. And this is what you have to doin the playoffs."Indianapolis' much-maligned rundefense once again stepped up to the challenge a week after holdingMaurice Jones-Drew and Jacksonville to 67 yards in last week's key win.Oakland's second-ranked rushing attach was held to 80 yards."There's no magic to it," coach JimCaldwell said. "We're running the same plays, running the same defense.We were just playing what we do, and doing it a little better."Ford's team-record third kickoffreturn for a TD got the Raiders started. Oakland went ahead 13-10 afterJanikowski made field goals of 59 and 38 yards. The 59-yarder was thesecond longest in team history.But Manning led a late touchdowndrive helped by a personal foul on Lamarr Houston for poking Kyle DeVanin the eye and a 25-yard pass interference call on Chris Johnson.Manning found Jacob Tamme on a 14-yard pass on the next play to make it17-13 at the break."There's not a quarterback that I'veplayed against that controls the game the way that he does, and handlesevery situation and is basically the coordinator on the fly," Raiderscornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said.Notes: Manning tied former RaidersOL Gene Upshaw for the most consecutive starts to begin a career with207. ... Raiders DT Richard Seymour missed the game with a hamstringinjury.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension Friday morning that will pay him $25 million in 2017 and $125 million over the life of the deal.

That’s a lot of scratch. Could’ve been more.

Carr received life-changing money. He didn’t want to handcuff the Raiders front office in the process.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr said Friday in a press conference. “It’s more than just a team to me. It’s family. The way it went down, it was easy. Both sides wanted it to get done, and it was about family members figuring out to get along. We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign other guys who are important to this organization. That was really important to me, not to just take every single dime that we could”

That list is long but it starts with homegrown talents Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack. Jackson is up next, and could get locked up before the regular season starts. The Raiders have some time on Mack – his contract doesn’t expire until after 2018 – and Amari Cooper should be a keeper on down the road.

“The bottom line is we’re able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “This affords us to do that. We’re going to start on that ASAP.”

Carr got the deal he wanted. The 26-year old found market value and upped the ante for NFL quarterbacks a smidge while deferring some cash payouts – his big-time bonuses are broken up over two years -- to create windows of financial flexibility to sign other players. Carr’s percentage of the salary cap should decrease over time and won’t become an insurmountable burden to his employers. His deal won’t prevent the Raiders from keeping Jackson, Mack, Amari Cooper in time, or other vital veterans in house.

With Carr locked up, the McKenzie can work deals and the timing of them around his centerpiece.

Carr understands the NFL business and his role in the market, but he wants to maintain a competitive window as best he can and understands other guys will draw huge paychecks in the near future.

He’s scheduled to draw the NFL’s largest sum next season. A record $25 million is headed his way, though that total will decrease a bit in time and will certainly he surpassed by Matthew Stafford and possibly Kirk Cousins in the near future.

“I don’t care if they all do. We got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The other thing that was important to me is that we didn’t worry about what other people were going to do or doing. I just wanted to get mine done and make sure that the team had, again like we talked about, flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr was intimately involved in the negotiation process. Both sides said it was easy, wrapped up well before Carr’s training-camp contract deadline. Common ground was found in short shrift once talks warmed up – preliminary talks started months ago -- and a deal was ironed out that produced smiles on both sides once the deal was formally done.

Even after taking a relatively soft-line stance on dollars and the timing of payments – Carr could’ve been difficult all year and eventually forced a franchise tag – he’s still the league’s highest-paid player. His salary will now be compared with his stats. He was a second-round draft steal before. Now he’s a big-money player. In short, expectations will rise.

Carr insists it won’t add pressure to next year’s proceedings.

“You could give me a dollar, you could give me $25 million, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “To me, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything that I have to this organization. There’s no pressure. There’s no we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn (Lynch), I’ll throw it. None of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”