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Raiders relocation on agenda for NFL owners meetings, vote possible

Raiders relocation on agenda for NFL owners meetings, vote possible

Raiders relocation is on the agenda for next week’s NFL owners meetings, an NFL official told CSN California. The team’s application to move to Las Vegas was submitted in January, and the winter has been spent bolstering a $1.9 billion stadium proposal that includes $750 million in public funds and will be financed by Bank of America.

The league official said the discussion should start on Monday. If remaining issues are resolved, NFL owners could vote to approve relocation that day, or later in the March 26-29 meetings.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 votes to approve relocation to Las Vegas. It’s uncertain how a vote will go, though reports suggest the Raiders are in good shape to gain approval for a Las Vegas move.

There are a few outstanding issues, including the fact the Raiders haven’t formally completed a stadium lease with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, but none are considering major roadblocks to approval either next week or in time.

The NFL’s stadium and finance committees are expected to make a recommendation on the Raiders’ relocation application at the league meetings, which could help sway undecided votes.

The NFL wasn’t moved by a recent update from Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, who presented a plan a few weeks back that reportedly failed to excite the stadium and finance committees.

It is possible the league will discuss Raiders relocation without a vote. That could happen if issues remain outstanding, though a vote could occur at a league meeting in May or at any time by conference call when questions are answered.

If the Raiders are approved for relocation, they would start constructing a stadium expected to be completed in 2020. The team has team options to play at Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and have said they plan to exercise them if relocation in approved. It remains uncertain where they would play in 2019. That might be addressed next week.

Raiders report card after Sunday's 23-13 victory over Cardinals

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Raiders report card after Sunday's 23-13 victory over Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Raiders have lost five straight by at least 14 points heading into Sunday’s game against Arizona.

They snapped that streak, and not just with a close loss.

The Raiders actually won. For real.

Derek Carr orchestrated his 15th career fourth-quarter comeback to help the Raiders beat the Cardinals 23-21 at State Farm Stadium.

We typically hand out Fs by the bushel in this space, but not tonight my friends. Not tonight.

The Raiders were far from perfect, but did several things well in this win. Here’s the report card from the Valley of the Sun.

Rushing offense

The Raiders were committed to the run against the Cardinals, and it paid off in spades. Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Doug Martin ran 33 times for 152 yards. That’s 4.6 yards per carry, a strong effort that gave the Raiders a balanced offense for once. The offensive line opened holes and the backs burst right through them to keep the offense moving. Good job all around by the ground game.
Grade: A

Passing offense

Derek Carr didn’t piled up stats, but he completed passes at critical times. That was especially true on the game-deciding field goal drive. He was working with the bottom of the depth chart, but managed to make plays with Marcell Ateman, Seth Roberts and Jared Cook. Pass protection was spotty at best, and the entire operation needs to be cleaner, but these guys got the job done.
Grade: B-minus

Rushing defense

After a terrible first drive, the Raiders did a solid job corralling star Cardinals rusher David Johnson. All it takes, however, is one bad play to ruin a day. That came on a 55 yard run by Johnson that set up a go-ahead score with five minutes left. They allowed 154 yards on 31 carries, which will get you beat in most scenarios.
Grade:D

Pass defense

The Raiders secondary delivered on Sunday with interceptions from Gareon Conley and Karl Joseph. Both takeaways created great field position and resulted in Raiders touchdowns. Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was awful, but completed 9-of-20 passes for 136 yards thanks to errant throws and some solid coverage from the Raiders secondary.
Grade: A-minus

Special teams

Daniel Carlson nailed the first game-winning field goal of his career as time expired. That’s all you need to get an ‘A.’ The rookie from Auburn is coming on strong the past few weeks. He could be a long-term answer at kicker if he keeps this up.
Grade: A

Overall

A cynic would say the Raiders blew it by winning, hurting their draft position in an already lost season. That’s not how the players and coaches think. They wanted to win and were able to. It might not happen much the rest of the year, so they have to bask in this victory.
Grade: A

Inside the Raiders' final drive to complete comeback vs. Cardinals

Inside the Raiders' final drive to complete comeback vs. Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals took a fourth-quarter lead with roughly five minutes left Sunday. Then, they couldn’t do anything else offensively.

That gave the Raiders three cracks at a comeback. The first two attempts went nowhere, as a bad, ailing offense continued to sputter in crunch time.

No matter. The offense took the field considering the third time a charm.

Quarterback Derek Carr tried to ease tension before that must-win series, telling center Rodney Hudson to “protect it up. We’re just going to go play catch outside.”

The Raiders played pitch and catch well into field-goal range. where Daniel Carlson secured a 23-21 victory at State Farm Stadium.

That's what they expected before the final drive started. Despite failing to consistently perform under pressure, the Raiders believed they would get the job done.

“We believed the outcome was never in doubt,” Carr said after his 15th career fourth-quarter comeback. “There have been times where we believed but didn’t win. … Everyone had that look in their eye, though it was a little different because, ‘Hey, this is probably our last chance.’”

Carr made it worthwhile.

He completed two short passes to get a 1st down, then spiked it to stop the clock. Carr saw rookie Marcell Ateman break free down the left sideline on the next snap and, with no regard for his rookie status, sent the ball deep.

Ateman came up with a huge, 32-yard catch that worked into Cardinals territory -- in his NFL debut, no less.

“He made one heck of a catch, keeping his feet in,” Carr said. “For him to do that in his first start, his first game, with everything going against him. … He did his job, got to his landmark when I wanted him to be there, and it was all him. He made an excellent play, and got a game ball for it. It was awesome.”

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An incompletion and a sack left Carr only 25 seconds to work with. He then correctly identified the defensive back covering Seth Roberts ready to blitz, and quickly got the ball out to his veteran receiver. Ateman and fellow rookie Saeed Blacknall blocked their cover guys well, allowing Roberts to zip 20 yards upfield.

He didn’t get out of bounds and the Raiders had zero timeouts, meaning Carr had to spike it quickly to set up Carlson’s kick with two seconds left.

The rookie kicker nailed it, giving his team a much-needed win after five straight losses.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Carlson told reporters. “We kept chipping away, knowing eventually the rock was going to crack. It felt really good, really sweet to help make it happen.”