Frustrated Jackson asks NFL about Suh's helmet removal


Frustrated Jackson asks NFL about Suh's helmet removal

ALAMEDA -- Yes, Raider Nation, Hue Jackson is just as frustrated as you are with the record-pacing blizzard of yellow flags thrown at the Raiders this season.In fact, the rookie coach also noticed Detroit's Ndamukong Suh removing his helmet immediately after he blocked Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning 65-yard field goal attempt on Sunday, which, according to the book, could have been called a penalty on the Lions, who escaped with the 28-27 victory.

"Yeah, I could tell you a couple things that happened prior to that, too, that didn't get called," Jackson said. "I'm not surprised anymore. Not that I'm -- I think you guys know I'm not bashing the officials. I'm not saying that.
"There's all kinds of things that I think throughand people give you the blank stare, like, 'What are you talking about? Where did that come from?' But that's part of it, too. Youll learn as you continue to move forward and get better through all those things. But that being said, we all have to get better."Had Suh been flagged for removing his helmet on the field, a 15-yard penalty would have been assessed and don't you think the Raiders would have liked Janikowski's chances from 50 yards?Jackson said he addressed the league, not only on Suh's helmet removal, but on several instances. Jackson famously questioned the referees following Oakland's victory at Minnesota on Nov. 20."Oh yeah, thats what I'm saying," Jackson said. "I brought all those things up, but at the end of the day the game's over. Like I told you, we get all these reports back. If I showed you guys the reports we get back, maybe people wouldn't be so pissed about all the penalties we do get. Maybe people would understand that maybe some of those thingsshould have been called the other way."Asked if he would show those reports, Jackson laughed and said reporters were "still going to write what you write. I respect that."With league-leading figures in penalties (140) and penalty yardage (1,202), the Raiders are on pace for 160 penalties for 1,374 yards, which would eclipse the 158 penalties for 1,304 yards committed by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs."We're not going to cry sour grapes," Jackson said. "When we get good enough, as I keep saying, that won't be the issue for this football team. But I don't tell our players what I just said. I never would because it's not about that. At the end of the day we got called, and we've got to make sure we put ourselves in position where we don't get called."Specifically, though, about that Suh-helmet issue, replays showed the helmet coming off at almost the exact moment the clock struck zero. At least, that's what Jackson was told."Yeah, the game was over," Jackson said. "They had blown end of regulation. So it's like going to shake somebody's hand. But it looked like it was close. You think there was a block, he was running down the field, take your helmet off. It was inconclusive as they say. That's the way it goes."

What they're saying: NFL players speak out after Marshawn Lynch's ejection


What they're saying: NFL players speak out after Marshawn Lynch's ejection

With 6:05 seconds left in the first half of Thursday night's Chiefs vs Raiders contest, things took a wild turn. 

The Raiders and Chiefs found themselves in a scuffle after it appeared Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late. Marshawn Lynch then sprinted off the sidelines. 

Lynch looked to get in the middle of the situation and get his good friend and Oakland native Peters out of the way. But while doing so, Lynch pushed an offical and was ejected from the game. 

Several NFL players then took to Twitter. 

Instant Analysis: In wild fashion, Raiders end losing streak with no time left


Instant Analysis: In wild fashion, Raiders end losing streak with no time left


OAKLAND – The Raiders were desperate for a win and played like it.

The offense woke from the dead. The defense showed energy and life.

Had they played like this recently, they would’ve been far better than 2-4. But they got what they earned, as head coach Jack Del Rio likes to say, and faced a virtual must win against the AFC’s finest.

It would take a Herculean effort from quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders got that. He was nothing short of awesome.

The Chiefs don’t roll over for anyone. Some 2016 magic was required.

They got some, and plenty of it.

The Raiders beat Kansas City 31-30. Carr to Crabtree on an untimed down. And it kept their season alive.

They were so close to 2-5. They walked off the field 3-4, re-energized and in far better shape to face the rest of their season.

That result was earned with an excellent two-minute drill that featured some big moments, including a 39-yard catch and run by Amari Cooper. That was topped a short while later by a 13-yard pass to Jared Cook on 4th-and-11.

The Raiders worked it down to the 1-yard line on a 29-yard strike to Jared Cook. It was called a touchdown on the field, but ruled short of the goal line. That caused a 10-second runoff – Cook was in bounds -- that left eight seconds on the clock. Then Michael Crabtree pushed off. They the Chiefs were called for defensive holding, resulting in one untimed down. Holding gave the Raiders another.

That’s when Carr found Michael Crabtree for a game-tying touchdown. Girgio Tavecchio’s extra point won it.

The Raiders were down nine points to start the fourth quarter, but Tavecchio’s 26-yard field goal a few minutes in made it a one-score game.

The defense got a stop with six minutes left, and gave the offense a chance to win it.

The Raiders went three and out.

So did the Chiefs, courtesy of solid run defense and a Denico Autry/Khalil Mack sack.

The Silver and Black regained possession with 2:25 left and a timeout remaining.

You already know what happened next.

The Raiders offense came back to life Thursday night. Quarterback Derek Carr paced a frenzied attack, as you’d expect, sparked by deep plays missing in recent weeks.

Carr’s rare combination of zip and touch was back on display. He was nothing short of awesome, completing 29-of-52 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns, in his best game of the season.

Previously slumping receiver Amari Cooper was active early, with touchdown catches on his team’s first two drives.

The home team’s total was hindered by a pair of missed field goals, though yards came in bunches all night.

Even so, it proved tough to compete with Kansas City’s high-powered offense. The Raiders defense created pressure and did some nice things, but gave up too many explosive plays on the night.

Smith hit speedster Tyreek Hill on a 64-yard catch and run for touchdown to cap a three-play, 99-yard drive. Albert Wilson scored from 63 yards out, thanks to a ball tipped back by Keith McGill – it should’ve been intercepted – that went right to Wilson for an easy score.

Welcome back, Amari: Top Raiders receiver Amari Cooper broke out of a prolonged slump with a dynamite performance. He had two huge catches early in the game, and finished with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also drew a pass interference inside the Kansas City 5-yard line that set up another score.

Report: Penn and Crabtree argue on sideline: Raiders left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Michael Crabtree got into a shoving match on the sideline, according to CBS on-field reporter Tracy Wolfson.

Wolfson said offensive line coach Mike Tice had to break up the exchange. It’s uncertain why the incident began.

Marshawn gets ejected: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch got ejected for making contact with an official in the second quarter. He came in from the sideline to protect Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters, who was being confronted for a late hit on quarterback Derek Carr.

Lynch tried to get in the middle of teammates and his good friend and Oakland native, and ended up pushing an official. He will get fined and possibly suspended for the act.