Third-quarter collapse as epic as it was collective

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Third-quarter collapse as epic as it was collective

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DENVER -- There was a feeling of unbridled hope in the Raiders' locker room at halftime.They were only down 10-6 to the Denver Broncos, momentum had swung in their favor and they would be receiving the kickoff to open the second half.A few hours later, though, and the only emotion left in that room was the three-headed monster of disappointment, disgust and despair.Getting pummeled and embarrassed and outscored 27-0 in the game's final 30 minutes en route to a 37-6 shellacking will do that to a team. Especially one that thought it had turned a corner the previous week.It was a collapse as epic as it was collective."They out-coached us," said Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen, who was the Broncos' defensive coordinator last year."They out-played us. They beat us in every phase of the game so there's not a lot of positive you can take from it."Indeed. The Raiders, who had won the previous four games in Denver, were beat up and beat down by the Broncos.Consider: Denver led in time of possession, 37:25-22:35, in first downs, 26-12, in third-down efficiency, 10-of-16 to 1-of-12, and in total yards, 503-237.So yeah, you could say the first half was fool's gold for the Raiders, who benefited from Demaryius Thomas simply dropping the ball as he ran towards the Oakland end zone and Denver attempting a fake field goal and the Broncos blowing it.Especially with the way the Raiders folded in the second half."Really shocked," said receiver Derek Hagan, who started in place of the injured Darrius Heyward-Bey. "We came out flat. The game wasnt going our way the whole game but when youre down four at the half, youre obviously still in it."That third quarter, we couldnt put anything together and they kept scoring, kept scoring, kept scoring. You see the results when you come out flat and dont finish.While Oakland's offense had four straight three-and-outs in the third quarter, the Broncos were scoring three touchdowns.While Raiders punter Shane Lechler was getting his punt blocked -- technically, it's not a block because it rolled forward two yards, which will wreak havoc with his average -- the Broncos were not punting. At all.In four games, the Raiders have been outscored in the third quarter by a cumulative 55-7."I'm not exactly sure what that is," Allen said, "but we've got to get that figured out."Obviously. The Raiders also have to figure out how to slow down the opponent's passing game.The past two weeks, the Raiders have given up a combined 722 yards through the air on 66 of 87 passing (75.9 percent) for seven touchdowns with no interceptions and just one sack, for five yards.Disrupting Peyton Manning should have been Goal No. 1 on that side of the ball. And if it was, the Raiders defense failed at it miserably. The Raiders were credited with exactly zero -- ZERO! -- quarterback hits."Pass defense works collectively," Allen said. "It's pass rush and pass coverage together, and when we do put pressure on the quarterback, we've got to be able to cover him. When we're covering him, we've got to be able to get to the quarterback."The Raiders did neither on Sunday.Getting the run game going offensively should have been that unit's main focus. Again, failure, what with Darren McFadden going for 34 yards on 13 carries with a long run of eight yards in the Raiders' new zone-blocking scheme."I never really felt like we stayed in sync on offense," McFadden said. "We'd make a few plays here and there and then we'd get out of rhythm."A game like that, it's hard to swallow. It's a division opponent, you want to go out there and get a win but we just have to come back and go back to the drawing board and execute our plays."And figure out why the third quarter has been one of horrors for them thus far.

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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