Raiders key matchup No. 2: Huff vs. Jackson


Raiders key matchup No. 2: Huff vs. Jackson

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Buccaneers matchups to watch Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (Fox), at Coliseum.

Matchup No. 3: Carson Palmer vs. Ronde Barber
Raiders CB Michael Huff vs. Buccaneers WR Vincent JacksonTale of the tape
Huff (24): 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, seventh season, Texas
Jackson (83): 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, eighth season, Northern ColoradoALAMEDA -- Michael Huff, whose transition from free safety to cornerback is looking more and more like the right move for the Raiders with every series, has more than an inkling what to expect Sunday against Tampa Bay -- a heavy dose of first-year Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson."If I was their offensive coordinator Im sure theyll see a safety outside and theyll put (Jackson) out there every snap probably," Huff said with a knowing grin on Friday. "They'll just try to test me and throw (at me) so obviously they see me out there, theyre going to put their best receiver outside."Jackson has long been a pain for the Raiders, having spent the first seven years of his career in San Diego before signing with the Buccaneers this offseason as a free agent."Vincent's been great," said Buccaneers rookie coach Greg Schiano. "Not only on-the-field results, but he gives us veteran leadership in the receivers room. Because other than Vincent, we're a very young crew."Consider: Jackson has a touchdown catch in four of his past five games against Oakland and his 21.6-yards per catch average is the most in the NFL by any player with at least 20 receptions. And since 2008, Jackson's average of 18.5 yards per catch is tops in the league among players with at least 100 catches in that time.So yeah, the Buccaneers might want to test a guy still feeling the effects of jumping from the frying pan (free safety) into the fire (cornerback) in Week 3. Because, as Huff said, even if he's played against him before, it was deeper in the secondary, and not playing him face up."Vincent Jackson is just a different animal," Huff said. "Even when hes covered, like I said, they just throw it up to him and he finds a way to make plays. Hes been doing it his whole career and hes still doing it at Tampa Bay. He finds a way to make plays so even when hes covered, like I said, be ready, because the balls probably still coming."Hes big and he plays the ball in the airthe more times they test me, the more times I have chances to make plays so thats how I look at it. The more balls I get, the more chances for interceptions so I always welcome the challenge."

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.