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Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Raiders Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC West.

The longtime company picks the Chiefs to runaway with the division, going 14-2 and taking home the AFC Title, though they have them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

The Chargers are next in the West at 11-5, and then the Raiders and Broncos are both tied for 3rd and 4th at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Watch the Entire First Episode of “HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Raiders”

Tuesday night kicked off the 2019 edition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO, and this season the series is following Jon Gruden and the Raiders.

For those that don’t have HBO or just had an interest in the series, the complete episode one of the series is below.

Report Says Antonio Brown’s Feet Got Frostbite from a Cryotherapy Machine

The saga surrounding the feet of Raiders wide out Antonio Brown is getting stranger by the day.

After missing more practice time, there’s now a report that Brown’s feet got frostbitten due to him using a cryotherapy machine.

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Brown, has yet to comment on the situation, but Brown not being on the practice field is not going over well with coach Jon Gruden.

Brown has been on the sidelines more than being on the practice field, as he started camp on the non-football injury list.

While he was able to take the practice field for a couple days, he’s back on the sidelines again, which isn’t going to stand well with Gruden and the coaching staff.

For now, Brown is officially listed as day to day.

Former Bengals Now Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict Slams Cincinnati in an Interview

Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who spent his first seven National Football League seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, took a clear shot at his former team with a quote in a story by The Associated Press’ Michael Wagaman previewing the Raiders’ upcoming appearance in HBO’s Hard Knocks, Dave Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“I just think it’s exciting for people to see what type of team we have because the team chemistry we have is just amazing,” Burfict said. “This is my second team, but it’s the first time I’ve had a team like this and everybody gets along. It doesn’t matter what type of day it is. We’re all here to see each other get better and motivate each other. We’ve got a lot of characters, in a good way.”

The Bengals are scheduled to visit the Raiders in Week 11 – on Nov. 17.

The 28-year-old Burfict signed a one-year contract with the Raiders in March. He insisted in May in an ESPN article that he is “not a dirty player” and that “every team plays a little bit after the whistle.”

Video: Antonio Brown Takes the Field for the Raiders in the Latest Clip from “Hard Knocks”

“Ready to see me work or what?”

See Antonio Brown on a new season of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders.

Check Out the New Raiders ‘Hard Knocks’ Trailer – The Autumn Wind: Narrated by Liev Schreiber

A new trailer for ‘Hard Knocks with the Oakland Raiders’ which premieres on Tuesday, August 6th – The Autumn Wind: narrated by Liev Schreiber.

Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Not Pleased with Antonio Brown Missing Practices

The Raiders have only been in camp a few days, but already there is concern about new offseason pickup Antonio Brown and his not being on the practice field.

Brown began camp on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed injury, and while he participated in a pre-practice walk-through on Sunday and was limited in practice on Tuesday, his missing camp is not going over well, and Friday coach Jon Gruden commented about it.

“I think we’re all disappointed,” Gruden said after practice on Friday via ESPN. “We think he’s disappointed. We’d like to get the party started. We’d like to get him out here. He’s a big part of the team.

“But for the time being we’re going to continue to work hard and we’re seeing the development of some other receivers we’re excited about.”

Brown was known late in the season last year in Pittsburgh to stir up issues during practices, and him not being on the field now is not going to endure him to his teammates or coaching staff.

Gruden seems to be taking Brown’s misses of practices in stride, but there’s going to be a point soon where the new #84 for the Raiders will need to be on the field.

“I want the guy out here as soon as possible. I’d like him to never leave and stay in the huddle every play,” Gruden said.

“But life goes on and you’ve got to continue to work and the other guys got to take advantage of these opportunities, and so far, they have.”

Watch the Trailer for the New Season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” w/ the Raiders

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders premieres August 6th on HBO – check out the trailer to see the Silver and Black in camp.