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NFL free agency rumors: Le'Veon Bell contract decision appears imminent

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NFL free agency rumors: Le'Veon Bell contract decision appears imminent

On the second day of NFL free agency's early negotiating period, Le'Veon Bell is the talk of the town.

Well, multiple towns, as the football world awaits the star running back's decision.

Oakland and Las Vegas are two of those towns, since sources told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair over the weekend that the Raiders are interested in the three-time Pro Bowl pick.

Fans of the Silver and Black then will be happy with Bell's latest Twitter follow.

Sources told Bair late Tuesday morning that the Raiders still are "in the hunt" for the ex-Steeler, who would join former teammate Antonio Brown if he chooses the Silver and Black. 

Earlier Tuesday morning, Bell seemed to indicate he knew where he was going. When ex-Raider (and American Ninja Warrior host) Akbar Gbajabiamila asked if he could tell people where Bell was headed, the All-Pro gave him the go-ahead.

Naturally, Gbajabiamila hadn't told anyone on Twitter as of this blog's publication.

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Perhaps Bell is just waiting for the clock to strike midnight. That's when Bell says he will release his "Life's A Gamble" mixtape. 

The tracklists don't include a team, but at least Bell will have some music to link to when the tweet announcing his destination goes viral. 

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Following a bye week for the fantasy outlook is a lot like a box of chocolates ... you don't know what you're going to get.

Josh Jacobs and the Raiders head into Week 7 with a game against the Green Bay Packers. and the first-round draft pick's fantasy value will continue to rise according to NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris.

"Josh Jacobs right now is one -- the best player on the Oakland Raiders' offense, and two -- possibly a top-10 running back in the NFL by season's end," Norris told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Norris wanted to also give credit to the Raiders' offensive line for how they performed against the Chicago Bears in the 24-21 win in Week 5. 

Despite the off week, Jacobs might continue to be a force to stay away from opposing teams. But if you're a Jacobs' owner, count your blessings.

Even against a tough Packers defense, his rookie campaign cannot be ignored.

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In the last outing for the running back, Jacobs ran for 123 yards with two touchdowns. That Packers D gives up 4.9 yards per carry and has allowed seven rushing touchdowns.

That's amazing news for owners. Start him if you weren't planning on it anyway.

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

The Raiders’ seemingly never-ending road trip continues as Oakland visits the Green Bay Packers for a Week 7 showdown.

Jon Gruden’s team won a physical Week 5 game over former Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears, 24-21, in London. 

Oakland will be without No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Davante Adams will also be out for Green Bay, leaving both Oakland and Green Bay without their top target.

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Line:

Caesars: GB -4.5 (-110)
Consensus: GB -4.5 (-110)
Westgate: GB -4.5  (-110)
Wynn: GB -4.5 (-110)

Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Packers matchup shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Packers 27, Raiders 21
Rob Demovsky, ESPN: Packers 28, Raiders 24
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Packers 31, Raiders 24
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Packers 21, Raiders 20
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 24, Packers 23
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Packers 23, Raiders 19