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NFL rumors: Raiders plan to be buyers before Oct. 29 trade deadline

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NFL rumors: Raiders plan to be buyers before Oct. 29 trade deadline

The Raiders entered Week 7 with a 3-2 record, and the AFC West is wide open after Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap. So you know what that means -- it's time to buy.

With the NFL trade deadline fast approaching, the Raiders have a few roster holes that need to be patched up if they do indeed plan to make a playoff run.

While wide receiver would appear to be a major area of need, the Raiders will look to bulk up their linebacking corps and pass-rush stable at the Oct. 29 deadline, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources.

After Vontaze Burfict's season-long suspension was upheld by the NFL, the Silver and Black suddenly find themselves quite thin at linebacker. Tahir Whitehead has been tasked with taking over as communicator, and Nicholas Morrow played well against the Bears in Burfict's absence, but the Raiders still need to acquire another capable linebacker in case they are forced into their base defense.

As for the pass rush, first-round draft pick Clelin Ferrell hasn't been the dominant force the Raiders had hoped. While Maxx Crosby and Benson Mayowa have played well, the Silver and Black need a bolstered pass rush if they plan to stay in the AFC West race.

[RELATED: Report: AB's $30 million grievance vs. Raiders hits snag]

Receiver is by far the Raiders' biggest hole, but they've already acquired Zay Jones and Trevor Davis, and unlikely want to part with a top draft pick in order to acquire a top-end talent on the outside.

The Raiders should be able to acquire a quality linebacker and pass rusher at an affordable price. If they're able to fill the holes at linebacker and pass rusher, the Silver and Black could be set up for a playoff run.

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Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots, not Raiders, for bad media, drama

Antonio Brown apologizes to Patriots, not Raiders, for bad media, drama

Hey Antonio Brown ... did you forget someone?

The seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver took to Twitter on Tuesday (again) and apologized to the New England Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft:

It appears he left someone out of the tweet, though. Where's Brown's apology to the Raiders?

The laundry list of items AB brought to the Silver and Black range from a case of extreme frostbitten feet to #HelmetGate to an altercation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.

[RELATED: Brown's agent confident in AB return]

Just to name a few ... 

Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Raiders in March for two 2019 NFL Draft picks, and despite the excitement at the beginning, he never played a game for Oakland after requesting his release and having his wish granted right before the season opener. 

Apparently he only remembers the headaches he caused in New England, not in Oakland.

Raiders stuck in present, even with huge Chiefs game on the horizon

Raiders stuck in present, even with huge Chiefs game on the horizon

The AFC West showdown of the season is coming up fast.

The Raiders travel to Kansas City for a Dec. 1 battle for pole position in the division race, as important a division game as the Silver and Black have played since 2016.

The NFL recognized that and dropped this game from a cluttered morning window to the late afternoon. The league knows that it should be a featured game.

The longtime rivals could be tied atop the division at kickoff, setting high stakes for that one. The Chiefs will enter that game at 7-4 fresh off a bye following Monday night’s victory over the L.A. Chargers.

The Raiders have to work for that record. A victory Sunday over the host New York Jets is required. The Raiders are road favorites for the first time this season but understand their next contest will be a tough one.

The Raiders can’t and won’t overlook anyone, especially after their previous game, against the winless Bengals, was too close for comfort.

“We are going to fight, scratch to win every single game that we can possibly win,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. “I know the Bengals were 0-9 and it’s an easy story to write, but you don’t look ahead in this league. You just don’t do it. There’s a lot of upsets every week.”

Take another look at Gruden’s first sentence. That’s an accurate description of the team’s approach to this season. The battle and fight like crazy, which is why their 6-1 in games decided by one score or less. They also know they don’t have enough talent or clout to win while on cruise control. A maximum effort is required against most everybody. That includes a three-win team with two victories in a row.

“I can't speak for the team, but I know personally, I don't look ahead,” running back Josh Jacobs said. “Even coming into this week, I didn't even know Cincinnati's record. I didn't know any of the stats. I just looked at film and take it day-by-day and opponent-by-opponent."

The Chiefs can look forward to the Raiders during a bye. Andy Reid will certainly be in the lab concocting new and innovative ways to best old friend in Gruden, who could bring the Raiders to Kansas City on a four-game winning streak with control of the AFC West on the line.

A loss in the Meadowlands would ruin that scenario, but it doesn’t take the Raiders out of contention for the division or a wild card spot. The Silver and Black are in the thick of this thing, currently the AFC’s No. 7 seed -- that could change after a Thursday night clash between the Texans and Colts, both 6-4, and a half-game back in the division.

Gruden has done a good job preventing his team from dreaming too far ahead. They were focused on the Bengals and expect to get the best of Sam Darnold and a stout Jets defensive front in Week 12.

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The Silver and Black have impressed thus far this season despite a tough schedule but know they haven’t earned anything yet.

“It just says that we’re getting better. We’re able to find ways to win,” Gruden said. “There’s an old saying around here, ‘Just win baby.’ We’ve fought our hearts out to put ourselves in a 6-4 position. That doesn’t mean anything. We’ve got a lot of respect for the Jets and a lot of work to do.”