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Forbes ranks values of all 32 NFL teams

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Forbes ranks values of all 32 NFL teams

You could almost buy threeJacksonville Jaguars teams for the price of oneDallas Cowboys team.So says Forbes Magazine after it released its 2012 NFL team valuationson Wednesday.Jerry Jones Cowboys were No. 1 by a longshot,valued at 2.1 billion. And as long as were talking about teams the locals tend tohate, interestingly enough, the Los Angeles Dodgers were recently sold to agroup of investors for 2.15 billion. Evil Empires, anyone?But back to football. The Jacksonville Jaguars brought upthe rear in NFL values, the Jags listed at a puny 770 million.
We know our Bay Area fans want to know about the 49ers and Raiders values, so here we go:49ers value: 1.18billion (9th in NFL overall)

Forbes:
The 49ers brokeground in April on a new 1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara that the team expects to be readyfor the 2014 season. The city will own the stadium and borrow 850 million tobuild it. The debt is expected to be paid off by selling seat licenses, stadiumnaming rights and rent paid by the 49ers. The new stadium will have 68,500seats and 165 luxury suites. The value of the 49ers is up 19 versus last year.RELATED: Andy Dolich So you want to own a pro sports franchise?Raiders value:785 million (30th in NFLoverall and No. 4 in the AFC West)
Forbes:Al Davis acted ascoach, general manager or owner of the Raiders for nearly 50 years before hedied in October, leaving team to his son Mark. The team was well-supported in2011 as no games were blacked out on local TV for the first time since 1995.The Raiders still desperately need a better stadium solution as stadiumrevenues were the lowest in the NFL in 2011.Heres a breakdown of the NFC West and AFC West team valuesas reported by Forbes:
NFC West
1) 49ers, 1.18 billion
2) Seattle Seahawks, 1.04 billion
3) Arizona Cardinals, 922 million
4) St. Louis Rams, 780 million

AFC West
1) Denver Broncos 1.13 billion
2) Kansas City Chiefs 1.01 billion
3) San Diego Chargers 936 million
4) Raiders 785 million
Read more here at Forbes.com

Raiders put Amari Cooper in position to break out vs Chiefs

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Raiders put Amari Cooper in position to break out vs Chiefs

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper has been creating steady separation for a few weeks now. That didn’t break him out of a prolonged slump.

Coaches were impressed by Cooper’s route running in a Week 5 loss to Baltimore. It only earned two targets and an eight-yard catch. They tried to find No. 89 more often in a Week 6 loss to the L.A. Chargers, though six targets generated five short catches for 28 yards.

Low production stretched through a four-game losing streak, with nine catches for 51 yards. Including stats from to early wins, Coopers season stats (18 catches, 146 yards and a touchdown) were worse than nearly 200 others.

Even that astonishment didn’t make Cooper demand the gosh darn football, please. The low-key Cooper attitude: The ball will find me.

It finally did in Thursday night’s 31-30 victory over Kansas City. Several times in fact.

Cooper had 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted 19 times. Nineteen. That’s no coincidence.

They moved him around, including significant snaps in the slot. He was targeted 11 times from that position, per analytics site Pro Football Focus, and produced six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

They schemed opportunities and quarterback Derek Carr used them to create big plays early.

Carr’s first pass went 12-yards to Cooper. His third was a 38-yard touchdown strike. His seventh was an in-stride delivery that Cooper took across and then up the field for a 45-yard score.

Just like that, Cooper was off and running for the first time this year.

“We put him in positions to make plays, obviously,” Carr said. “We knew that there were certain things that we liked. Nothing changed in his demeanor or his mentality or the way he worked or anything like that. We just stayed the course. We know what we have here and we know that if we just stay the course and work and grind through the tough times.

“…For ‘Coop’ to just continue to grind and get on the other side of it, I just felt good for him. You guys know Amari. I think we all felt good for him.”

Cooper said the early explosive touches provided confidence. Ability produced a signature performance. The Alabama product is excellent extending production with his legs, and had 78 of his yards come after the catch. That’s an average of 7.1 yards after the catch per reception, per PFF.

His second touchdown reached him 15 yards downfield, and he hit the jets and reached the end zone. He turned a short catch into 15 crucial yards to start the game-winning two-minute drill, and later high pointed a 39-yard receptions.

“The way he finished after the catch was really special,” Carr said. “Obviously, we all know he can go up and get a ball and all those things. That second touchdown where he cam across, the burst that he had, that’s freakish. Not a lot of guys have that. To turn the jets on like that and just out run the angles of the defense, that was really special. I think just after the catch he just played with some dog in him, which we know he has. We were able to get him the ball and let him shine and do what he does.”

Cooper’s showcase was vital to a huge victory that kept his team in the hunt. It also ended a rough month where Cooper and the Raiders both struggled. Veteran running mate Michael Crabtree was never concerned with the downturn and told the young receiver to stay the course during tough times.

“(I told him), ‘Just be you,’” Crabtree said. “It’s just about everything coming together. Coop’s a fighter, man. Coop has got skills. I don’t worry about Coop and I’m sure he doesn’t worry about me. That’s why we are so good together.”

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

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Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.