I can offer no explanation for that illegal contact call on Chiefs DB Eric Murray. Contact was within five yards of the line of scrimmage, which is legal. Just a bad call by Craig Wrolstad's crew.
Raiders WR Amari Cooper is already up to 95 yards and two touchdowns on just three receptions. Cooper hauled in the deep ball down the sideline and beat the Chiefs secondary on the crossing route for another score. That gives Cooper 24.5 fantasy points (PPR scoring) at the end of the first quarter.
The Derek Carr to Amari Cooper TD pass of 38 yards was longer than any Oakland pass play, TD or not, in the Raiders' five-game losing streak against the Chiefs. Carr's longest pass during the five games was 33.yards.
A Raiders source this week when I asked what's wrong with Amari Cooper: "Kind of a confidence/mental thing, but coming around."
Travis Kelce is the only one of the Chiefs' three TEs who didn't play basketball in college. But he can go up and get a ball, as he showed on his TD there.
The Raiders scored a TD on their first drive against the Chiefs last season when the teams met in Oakland. They managed only a field goal the rest of the game. But the Chiefs were a better defensive team last year.
What a roster acquisition rookie kicker Harrison Butker has been. The Chiefs thought he had better range than Cairo Santos, and he showed it by hitting that 53-yard field goal. But he's now made 11 straight field goal tries.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has always loved motivational quotes, but he's not using any to help him deal with his shoulder injury. He said, "No quote can fix anything right now. Treatment can."
Kent McCloughan to light Al Davis Torch tonight. McCloughan played cornerback opposite Willie Brown for the 1967 AFL champs.
Michael Crabtree hauls in the one-handed grab in pregame for Color Rush Thursday. Lane Kiffin had nothing to do with these white uni's at home. It is only the third time the Raiders have worn white at home in franchise history.
Chargers injury report: DNP -- DT Corey Liuget (back), T Joe Barksdale (foot). LIMITED-- S Adrian Phillips (neck/concussion), RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder), WR Keenan Allen (shoulder). FULL -- C Spencer Pulley (shoulder), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle), RB Branden Oliver (hamstring).
A look at tonight's GAMEDAY magazine for the Raiders vs. Chiefs. Oakland is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 1967 AFL title team.
Video: Pete Carroll on defensive ends Frank Clark, Marcus Smith and newcomer Branden Jackson, who are seeing increased roles in Cliff Avril's absence.
Rams RB Todd Gurley, on Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson, who he'll face on Sunday: "He's the top of the food chain, the best of the best."
Color rush for the Chiefs tonight. That means we have to look at this color combo for 3 hours.
Raiders inactives: LB Cory James, LB Marquel Lee, DE Jihad Ward, OT Jylan Ware, QB Connor Cook, CB Gareon Conley, RT Marshall Newhouse. James and Lee being out should mean a lot of snaps for the recently-signed NaVorro Bowman.
Albert Wilson will indeed play for the Chiefs tonight after missing last week's game because of a knee injury. He should help the passing game, particularly with Chris Conley out for the season.
Chiefs inactive players for tonight's game against the Raiders: RB Charcandrick West, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, C Mitch Morse, QB Tyler Bray, LB Ramik Wilson, CB D.J. White, DL Roy Miller
49ers injury report for Thursday: Did not practice -- FB Kyle Juszczyk (back), DE Aaron Lynch (calf). Limited participation -- LB Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder), LB Brock Coyle (shoulder), LB Reuben Foster (ankle), DT D.J. Jones (quadricep), LB Dekoda Watson (groin). Full participation -- DE Elvis Dumervil (not injury related), WR Pierre Garcon (not injury related), TE George Kittle (back, elbow), DT Earl Mitchell (thumb), S Eric Reid (knee), T Joe Staley (not injury related), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (chest).
The 6,5 sacks by Panthers 37-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers makes him the oldest player to reach that total in the first six games of a season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Rams ILB Mark Barron (thumb) and S Cody Davis (thigh) have not practiced the last two days. CB Troy Hill (shoulder) and DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) have been full participants the last two days, after missing Sunday's game. The Rams are about to board their flight from Jacksonville to London.
Asked about the potential for a takeover by Cowboys fans on Sunday when the Niners host "Dwight Clark Day," 49ers CEO Jed York said he hopes that isn't the case. "I think every team has tickets on the secondary market," York said. "I’d love for our fans to be the ones that are buying those as opposed to the opposing team. I would just encourage (fans to) don’t do it for me, do it for Dwight. Dwight deserves to see a lot of red and gold on Sunday. I think he’ll see that. I think he’s going to see a lot of passion from the 49ers faithful."
Raiders WR Amari Cooper told me he needs to "look the ball all the way through" rather than run before he makes the catch. The two time pro bowl WR has yet to catch a pass more than 15 yards down the field after hauling in 22 such passes last season. Cooper tells me he has not lost confidence and expects to have a big game tonight in the Raiders' TNF showdown with the rival Chiefs. Cooper is on pace for only 389 receiving yards this season after putting up more than 1000 in each of his first two seasons.
Oakland's Marshawn Lynch visits with Kareem Hunt, Marcus Peters and C.J. Spiller of the Chiefs as players from both teams are on the field for early warm-ups.
The full Seahawks practice report for Thursday. Pete Carroll said it looks like DL Michael Bennett will be able to play vs. the Giants. CB Jeremy Lane's status is uncertain.