Raiders face multiple tough road stretches in 2017 schedule

Raiders face multiple tough road stretches in 2017 schedule

The Raiders gave up a home game to play in Mexico City and will take seven road trips into the Central Time Zone and beyond, including four along the eastern seaboard.

Head coach Jack Del Rio just hoped NFL schedule makers would give his Raiders a “fair shake.” The Silver and Black were put in some tough spots last year, including three road games in the first four weeks, a trip to Mexico and a Thursday night affair two times zones away in Kansas City where the Raiders looked flat.

The Raiders' 2017 schedule, which was released on Thursday evening, has more difficulties associated with travel. When giving away a home game, a travel inbalance will always exist. They start the season with three road games in four weeks, and will do so again from Weeks 8-11.

Oakland plays at Buffalo and then Miami, with a bye week separating a home game against New England to be played in Mexico City.

Del Rio requested back-to-back long road trips so the team could stay on the road as they did last season, when they won consecutive games at Jacksonville and at Tampa Bay.

There isn’t something as convenient as that Florida two-step, but it looks like they’ll stay out east between contests at Buffalo and then Miami. If that’s the case, they could use the same Central Florida facilities used a year ago. That travel decision has not been announced.

There's one clear improvement over last season, with a Thursday Night game played at home against Kansas City.

The bye should help prepare for the Patriots, and a home stretch could help them get right before finishing the season with two holiday road games. They play in Philadelphia on Christmas night and the L.A. Chargers on New Year’s Eve to close the season.

Despite some tough stretches, this schedule certainly puts the Raiders in the spotlight.

They’ll be featured in five primetime games, including a Sunday Night home game against Dallas that should be a great matchup and a Thursday Night home against rival Kansas City. They also play Sunday Night games at Washington and Miami and will spend their Christmas on Monday Night Football.

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


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.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.