Suspended Raiders LB Aldon Smith Meets with Goodell About Reinstatement

Aldon Smith

Today suspended Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, as well as other league staff to chat about the chances of being reinstated back into the league.

Smith’s one-year sit down from the NFL ended back on November 17th, but he still has to make sure to get into the good graces of Goodell before he’s allowed back into the league.

He was suspended for violating the league’s rules on substance abuse.

ESPN reports that no decision on reinstatement will be made today. The NFL Network first reported that Smith was meeting with Goodell in New York.

Raiders at Chiefs NFL Week 14 Capsule



STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 3-5 Andy Reid: 7-3
LAST WEEK W 38-24 vs. Buffalo W 29-28 at Atlanta
LAST GAME 10/16/16: Chiefs 26 at Raiders 10. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware has 163 yards from scrimmage & rush TD. Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/3/16: Chiefs 23, Raiders 17. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware rushes for 76 yards & TD. Chiefs LB D.J. Alexander blocks punt through end zone for safety.
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Oak), 81 (KC). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Oak), 225 (KC).


PASSING Derek Carr: 300-458-3375-24-5-100.3 Alex Smith: 250-371-2567-11-4-92.5
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 140-553-4.0-11 (T3L) Spencer Ware: 163-734-4.5-3
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 68-981-14.4-4 Travis Kelce (TE): 65-815-12.5-3
OFFENSE 391.7 333.3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (3L) +14 (1L)
DEFENSE 389.7 384.9
SACKS Khalil Mack: 10 (T3L) Dee Ford: 10 (T3L)
INTs Reggie Nelson: 3 Marcus Peters: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Marquette King: 48.2 (2L) Dustin Colquitt: 46.3
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 101 (32/32 PAT; 23/29 FG) Cairo Santos: 99 (24/26 PAT; 25/28 FG)


RAIDERS: Aim for 7th win in row…QB DEREK CARR has 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. Has 11 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY ties for 3rd in NFL with 11 rush TDs, incl. 2 last week. Has 3 rush TDs in past 4 vs. KC… WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 129 yards in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Since 2015, is 1 of 6 in NFL with 140+ catches (140) & 14.0+ yards per catch avg. (14.7). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings. Has 5 rec. TD in past 8 vs. division. WR ANDRE HOLMES had TD catch in last meeting…DE KHALIL MACK has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. Aims for 8th in row with sack. Has 10 sacks, 11 TFL, 4 FFs, 3 FR & INT-TD in past 9. Since 2015, leads NFL with 25 sacks. LB BRUCE IRVIN aims for 4th in row with sack. CB DAVID AMERSON had INT-TD in last meeting at KC…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th win in row vs. division…QB ALEX SMITH has 18 pass TDs vs. 3 INTs for 107.0 rating in 9 career starts vs. Oak…RB SPENCER WARE had 163 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD vs. Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has 3 TD catches in past 3 meetings. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL ties for 2nd among rookies with 7 total TDs (5 rec., 1 rush, 1 KR-TD)…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 4th in row vs. Oak with sack. Has 4 sacks in past 2. S ERIC BERRY had INT-TD & INT for 2-pt conversion last week. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 10 sacks. NT DONTARI POE had rush TD in last meeting.

Raiders Rally From Down 24-9 to Top Bills 38-24 to Improve to 10-2

Buffalo Bills v Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years with a 38-24 victory over the Bills on Sunday.

After falling behind 24-9 following touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half for Buffalo (6-6), the Raiders (10-2) took the game over with 29 straight points and won their sixth straight to remain one game ahead of Kansas City in the tough AFC West.

Oakland scored touchdowns on three straight drives, including scoring strikes from Carr to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper for his sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. This was the biggest comeback for the Raiders since overcoming a 21-point deficit to Indianapolis to win 38-31 on Sept. 10, 2000.

The defense also tightened by forcing three straight three-and-outs and then getting a turnover when Khalil Mack deflected Tyrod Taylor’s pass that Nate Allen intercepted . Oakland took over at the 16 and put the game away with Latavius Murray’s second touchdown run of the game to make it 38-24 on Carr’s 2-point conversion pass to Seth Roberts.

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Raiders Hold Off Panthers 35-32 To Improve to 9-2 On the Season

Carolina Panthers v Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr came back from an injured pinkie to lead another fourth-quarter comeback and the Raiders won their fifth straight game, beating the Panthers 35-32 on Sunday.

Carr threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns despite missing a series after the injury, leading the Raiders (9-2) back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to clinch their first winning season since 2002.

After leading a game-tying drive earlier in the fourth quarter, Carr hit Michael Crabtree on a 49-yard pass on third-and-9 from the 14 to help set up Sebastian Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal with 1:45 left that gave Oakland the lead.

Cam Newton led the Panthers (4-7) into Oakland territory on the final drive but Greg Olsen dropped a pass on third down that would have put Carolina in field goal range and Khalil Mack stripped Newton on a fourth-down sack to seal the win.

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Raiders vs Buccaneers NFL Week Eight Inactives

Raiders: OT Menelik Watson, QB Connor Cook, CB Dexter McDonald, DB Antonio Hamilton, OT Matt McCants, TE Ryan O’Malley, DL Stacy McGee

Buccaneers: CB Johnthan Banks, G Caleb Benenoch, QB Ryan Griffin, RB Doug Martin, DT Clinton McDonald, DE Channing Ward, OT Leonard Wester

Raiders Rock Jaguars 33-16 to Improve to 4-0 in Road Games in 2016


Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe, and the Raiders handled listless Jacksonville 33-16 Sunday and gave coach Jack Del Rio a victory against his former team.

Murray, who missed the past two games, finished with 59 yards on 18 carries. Michael Crabtree caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown from Derek Carr, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals and the Raiders played the kind of defense they’ve been looking for all season.

The result was the team’s most complete win of the season. Oakland improved to 4-0 on the road and moved to 5-2 for the first time since 2001.

The Jaguars (2-4), meanwhile, dropped a third straight at EverBank Field and added more speculation about the future of coach Gus Bradley.

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Raiders at Jaguars NFL Week Seven Inactives

Raiders: QB Connor Cook, OT Menelik Watson, RB Taiwan Jones, CB Dexter McDonald, FS Brynden Trawick, OL Vadal Alexander, TE Ryan O’Malley

Jaguars: QB Brandon Allen, CB Josh Johnson, RB Corey Grant, OL Bryce Harris, WR Bryan Walters, TE Neal Sterling, DE Chris Smith

Raiders at Jaguars NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 0-0 Gus Bradley: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 26-10 vs. Kansas City W 17-16 at Chicago
LAST GAME 9/15/13: Jaguars 9 at Raiders 19. Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor accounts for 176 yards (126 passing, 50 rushing). Raiders RB Darren McFadden rushes for 129 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/10: Jaguars 38, Raiders 31. Jacksonville QB David Garrard passes for 3 TDs. Jaguars RBs Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew combine for 210 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST  CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Oak), 83 (Jax). XM: 381 (Oak), 226 (Jax).


PASSING Derek Carr: 151-227-1608-12-3-99.1 Blake Bortles: 118-193-1321-8-7-80.3
RUSHING DeAndre Washington (R): 42-219-5.2-0 T.J. Yeldon: 54-176-3.3-1
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 36-585-16.3-1 Allen Robinson: 24-287-12.0-3
OFFENSE 374.0 320.0
DEFENSE 444.8 321.4
SACKS Stacy McGee: 2.5 Yannick Ngakoue (R): 4
INTs Sean Smith: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Marquette King: 49.9 Brad Nortman: 49.9
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 38 (14/14 PAT; 8/11 FG) Jason Myers: 35 (11/11 PAT; 8/10 FG)


RAIDERS: Are 3-0 on road…QB DEREK CARR has 12 TDs, 3 INTs & ranks 3rd in AFC with 99.1 rating. Has 6 TDs, 1 INT & 100.3 rating on road. Has won 4 of past 5 starts on road, incl. 3 in row…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has rush TD in 3 of his past 4…WR AMARI COOPER has 16 catches for 267 yards (133.5 per game) & TD (64 yards) in past 2. Aims for 3rd consecutive 100-yard rec. game & has 8 career 100-yard games. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 22 catches for 277 yards (92.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 on road. WR ANDRE HOLMES had TD catch last week…DE KHALIL MACK has 12 sacks in past 12. Has 8 sacks & 10 TFL in past 6 on road. LB BRUCE IRVIN has sack in 2 of past 3 on road. Since 2014, is 1 of 2 in NFL with 10+ sacks (14) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Since entering NFL in 2007, S REGGIE NELSON is only active player with 30+ INTs (31) & 5+ sacks (6.5). Rookie S KARL JOSEPH has 33 tackles in past 4, most on team in that span…JAGUARS: Aim for 3rd consecutive win…QB BLAKE BORTLES threw GW 51-yard TD pass to WR ARRELIOUS BENN last week with 2:49 remaining. Since start of 2015, has 47 passes of 25+ yards…RB T.J. YELDON has 5 career games with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CHRIS IVORY had rush TD last week…WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 15 rec. TDs in past 17. Since 2015, leads NFL with 17 rec. TDs. Has 10 rec. TDs in past 10 at home. WR ALLEN HURNS has 11 rec. TDs in past 18. Since 2013, TE JULIUS THOMAS has 30 rec. TDs, most by NFL TE. Has 3 rec. TDs in past 4 vs. Oak…Rookie DE YANNICK NGAKOUE aims for 5th in row with sack & leads NFL rookies with 4 sacks. Has 4 sacks, 3 FFs & INT. LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads team with 46 tackles. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. S JOHNATHAN CYPRIEN had 9 tackles & FF in last game vs. Oak. LB TELVIN SMITH is 2nd on team with 40 tackles.