OAKLAND -- Yeah, you could say the Raiders' much-maligned (and deservedly so) defense showed up Sunday against Jacksonville.Especially in the second half and overtime of Oakland's 26-23 victory.Consider: the Raiders limited the Jaguars to 54 yards of offense after halftime, and held them to 0-for-8 on third-down conversions in that same timeframe, while getting all three of their sacks."I smelled blood," said cornerback Joselio Hanson, "and we jumped on them."More to the point, Hanson jumped on the ball in overtime when defensive end Lamarr Houston stripped it from Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III on the third play of overtime."Oh, man, there's linemen down there, there's tight ends, trying to rip it out," Hanson said of the ball. "I was holding it like it was my baby."On the play, the Jaguars were facing a 3rd and 20 from their own 9-yard line when Chad Henne hit Shorts coming across the middle from the left. Houston reached up and ripped the ball out. Call it another "hustle play" for the D-lineman, who ran nearly the length of the field in Denver last month to recover a fumble by Denver's Demaryius Thomas.The Raiders had the ball on the Jacksonville 21-yard line and two plays later, Sebastian Janikowski's 40-yard field goal ended it.But what about that hustle play by Houston again?"Yes, it's guys closing to the ball," Houston said. "The wide receiver wasn't paying attention to me and I was just running like I was coached, and I ended up making a great play."A week earlier, Hanson had the Raiders' first interception of the year in Atlanta."That's film study," Hanson said. "That's just having the will to make a play on that one. The fumble recovery today was running to the ball. We preach that. All 11 people running to the ball. The guy got stripped and I happened to be there and jumped on it."That's how he got that strip. We try to preach that here and be able to do that every game. I think we'll be a real good defense if we continue."The Jaguars lost their star running back after two plays as Maurice Jones-Drew went down with an ankle injury. And quarterback Blaine Gabbert was gone after being hurt when Tommy Kelly drove him into the ground on a sack that was called back by Kelly being offsides in the second quarter.So yeah, you would hope the Raiders defense would step up, right?"We matched up closer on our coverage and let the front four get after them with pressure," said free safety-turned cornerback Michael Huff. "As long as we buy our front four a little bit of time they will get after him. We just played closer in coverage."If we play Raider football for a whole game, we see how good we can be, how well we can play. The main thing is being consistent from start to finish. If we play our game we can be top 10."Beating the one-win Jaguars should be a good enough start, though.
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 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.