Raiders notes: No Carter, no red flag, no chance


Raiders notes: No Carter, no red flag, no chance

DENVER -- Officially, the Raiders were not able to get one hit on Denver quarterback Peyton Manning in their 37-6 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.Not a single one.Surely, recently signed defensive end Andre Carter could have helped that situation, no? Well, no. Not with Carter inactive.So why was Carter, who made the trip, not active for the game?"He hasn't been in camp with anybody, so we just felt like the right thing to do was to give him this week (off)," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after the game. "We've got the bye week and then we'll evaluate where we are after that."Many critics are pointing to the lack of an Allen challenge early in the third quarter as the flash point for the Raiders' wheels falling off.
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With the score 10-6, and the Raiders facing a 3rd and 5 at their own 25-yard line, quarterback Carson Palmer hit Denarius Moore on a little hitch route on the left sideline. His body appeared to be past the first-down marker but an unfavorable spot had the Raiders short by a yard.So why didn't Allen throw his red challenge flag?"When I looked at it on the review I thought it was the right call," Allen said. "(Moore) caught the ball and kind of rolled backwards out of bounds and that was the explanation that the official gave me so he had to mark it where the ball went when he actually went out of bounds. If he had been touched, then forward progress might have given us the first down there."The Raiders punted and the rout was on.- The Broncos' 37-6 victory was their largest margin of victory over the Raiders since 1962, a year before Al Davis joined Oakland. On Oct. 5, 1962, the Broncos beat the Raiders, 44-7.- The Broncos did not punt in a game for the fifth time in franchise history.- Peyton Manning threw for 338 yards, the NFL record 65th game in his career in which he's passed for at least 300 yards.

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.