View from the Stadium: Pats strapped in secondary


View from the Stadium: Pats strapped in secondary

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
OAKLAND-- The Oakland Raiders enter Sunday's game with the league's leading rusher and a passing game that would be best described as "complementary."Yet with the Patriots yielding yards at an alarming rate through the air and nursing injuries in their secondary, the Raiders may be tempted to go up top.
Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling are both inactive for this one. And while Bodden has been disappointing this season, the Patriots are shorthanded in the secondary and can ill afford to be a man down. The corner rotation now has Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, and the little-used, recently-arrived Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams. Raiders' quarterback Jason Campbell is last in the NFL among starters with just 82 attempts. The Raiders have big speed on the edges with wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and rookie Denarius Moore. It will definitely be an area to watch since the Patriots have been so bad at defending downfield throws on the edge.Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report: