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Looking Ahead to the Next Four Games for the 3-2 Raiders

The Raiders have already have a ton of turmoil to start the first month and a half of the 2019 season. From their public breakup with Antonio Brown, to the issues the team has had closing out games, the Raiders last season in Oakland hasn’t exactly gone smoothly.

If you have a bet at Novibet on the Raiders win total out before the season, you likely are still feeling okay about it, as the team at 3-2 are still in second in the division.

That doesn’t say that it’s going to be easy for this team to stay in the AFC playoff mix, and today we look at the next four games which could easily define their season.

10/20 at Green Bay

The Raiders in Green Bay just smells like disaster, but this could be a huge breakout party for this sliver and black squad which could catch the Packers sleeping on a short week after a Monday night game.

A fast start would go an very long way in making it a game, and then at that point you take your chances late in the game to try and get the upset.

10/27 at Houston

DeShaun Watson looks like an MVP thus far this season, and the Raiders have to be prepared for him on the ground as well as in the air.

The best way to hold down Watson is simply to keep him off the field. Leave that to the run game and Josh Jacobs for the Raiders to try and do their best in two weeks in Texas.

11/3 vs Detroit

The Lions have hung in just about every game thus far in 2019, and many felt they were robbed in their one-point loss to the Packers in Lambeau on Monday night.

Matthew Stafford and the Lions can score, and it will be on the Raiders defense to make sure to pressure him and not give time in the pocket.

Like the game against the Texans, running the ball will help the Raiders in this one.

11/7 vs Los Angeles

The Raiders final game of the four-game stretch will see them host the struggling Los Angeles Chargers on a Thursday night at the Black Hole.

The Chargers have lost two in a row and overall are not looking like the team that got to the AFC second round of the playoffs last year.

Philip Rivers against the Raiders is always a fun battle, and this one should live right up to the hype in primetime.

Raiders Dump WR Nelson; Ink Ateman from the Practice Squad

The Raiders released wide receiver J.J. Nelson Thursday and signed Marcell Ateman, who made a U-turn from the waiver wire back to the 53-man roster, Jerry McDonald of Bayareanewsgroup reports.

Nelson, signed in the off-season to provide a downfield receiving threat, missed the last two games with an ankle injury and coach Jon Gruden appeared to be growing frustrated with the inability of the wide receiver to be available for practices and games.

Jon Gruden Gives Condolences to His Brother Jay on Being Fired

One day after his brother, Jay Gruden, was fired as head coach of the Redskins, Jon Gruden told reporters he would not speculate about Jay joining his staff in Oakland when asked about the possibility, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports But he made sure to offer his condolences.

“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother,” Gruden said Tuesday ahead of Oakland’s bye week. “It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, I’m disappointed for him getting fired.

“But my dad’s been fired. I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and welcome to the club, bro.”

The last time Jon Gruden was axed as head coach of an NFL franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relieved him of his duties following the 2008 season, his seventh with the organization. He quickly found employment, joining ESPN as a color analyst for “Monday Night Football” until Oakland poached him from the broadcasting booth in 2018 and signed him to a 10-year contract. Safe to say, Jon won’t be fired for quite some time.

But this is Jay’s first rodeo at this high of a level.

Whether little brother will join big brother in Oakland for the remainder of the season remains to be seen, but is unlikely. For one, Oakland already has a veteran offensive staff in place. Plus, The Washington Post’s Les Carpenter reported Monday that Jay Gruden “didn’t plan on working again this season.”

The Brothers Gruden were last on the same staff in 2008, when Jay was an offensive assistant on Jon’s Bucs staff, all the while coaching the AFL’s Orlando Predators.

Raiders Leading WR Tyrell Williams Misses Practice with a Foot Injury

Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams did not practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury according to Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee.

It is a new injury for the speedy Williams after he battled a hip pointer the past couple of weeks. He has been playing through the injury, however, and has thrived as the default No.1 wideout for Oakland with a touchdown catch in each of the first four games.

If he is able to suit up on Sunday, his Week 6 matchup against the Chicago Bears will likely be his most challenging of the season.

Former Raiders LB Khalil Mack Ready to Come at Oakland This Sunday

The Raiders weren’t willing to pay the price to keep Khalil Mack, so he’s intent on making them pay the price for losing him, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Mack gets his first shot at his old team when the Bears face the Raiders in London on Sunday, and while he’s trying to stay cool about it, there’s definitely some added incentive going against them.

When asked if there’s a feeling of vindictiveness for him this week, his face lit up.

“Vindictiveness? I like that word,” Mack said. “You can’t play this game with too much emotion. Ultimately, I try to stay focused on the task at hand, understanding the situation.

“Absolutely there’s feelings that you suppress, but it’s also no big deal to me. I’m here. I love the Bears. We’re gonna go out and try to get this win.”

NFL Union Going Over Possible Grievances for Former Raiders WR Antonio Brown

The NFL Players Association was scheduled to hold a conference call to determine how to proceed on Antonio Brown’s potential grievances, and decisions on how the union will proceed are expected in the next couple of days, sources tell Dan Graziano of ESPN.

Brown’s grievances and appeals are part of a legal battle to try to recoup more than $61 million he believes is owed to him.

Brown is the first player in NFL history poised to file nine grievances and appeals during the same period of time, league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown lost out on $30 million in guaranteed money when the Oakland Raiders cut him Sept. 7. A source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Brown is working on filing a grievance to try to recoup that money.

Among items under consideration: three fines levied by the team, his unpaid Week 1 salary, his base salaries of $14.625 million and $14.5 million for 2019 and 2020, and a $1 million signing bonus as part of his three year, $54 million deal signed in March.

In addition, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has reported Brown will file a grievance over $10 million from the New England Patriots, who signed Brown after the Raiders released him but cut him Sept. 20.

Raiders Ink LB Dakota Allen from the Rams Practice Squad

The Raiders had a number of linebackers exit Sunday’s 34-14 loss to the Vikings due to injury, and on Monday coach Jon Gruden said the team may have to add reinforcements, Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

That came to fruition Monday night, as the team signed Dakota Allen off the Los Angeles Rams practice squad, Allen’s agent confirmed.

A featured player in Season 2 of the Netflix series “Last Chance U,” Allen was drafted in the seventh round this year by the Rams. Los Angeles kept Allen on the practice squad after cutting him when reducing the roster to 53 players.

In three years at Texas Tech, Allen recorded 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and four interceptions.

The Raiders needed to add Allen because three linebackers may miss Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict left Sunday’s game with a right elbow injury, but returned. Outside linebacker Marquel Lee, who started Sunday, left with a left ankle injury and did not return. And Nicholas Morrow, who replaced Lee, also injured an ankle Sunday, playing just five defensive snaps.

With three injured players at a position that has only five on the active roster, Gruden admitted he’s a little concerned.

“You get worried when you have three of your linebackers come out of a game,” Gruden said. But he said general manager Mike Mayock and his staff “are working hard to come up with a contingency plan if we need to find a linebacker.”

Raiders Beat Up by Vikings 34-14 to Drop to 1-2

Since building a 10-0 lead last week against the Chiefs the Raiders have been severely outplayed, and Sunday in Minnesota they were beat up and down by the Vikings, losing badly 34-14.

The team is now 1-2 with the win coming in the opener against the Broncos.

Here’s video highlights of the Raiders latest setback.