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25 Greatest Tight Ends in NFL History

By J.P. Scott, 3 months 2 weeks ago
It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.   Some tight ends are so critical to a team’s passing attack in the current NFL that entire packages are designed to fit their individual skill sets. The extra...

Grading the NFL's New Head Coaching Hires

By Antwan Staley, 6 months 6 days ago
The NFL offseason has featured seven head coaching hires, including moves from the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans and (eventually) the Indianapolis Colts.   While it appears the Oakland Raiders (Jon Gruden, right) and New York Giants (Pat Shurmur) hit a home run with their hires, other moves featured less established names in the coaching circles.   With the coaching carousel...

5 Best Coaching Encores in NFL History

By Aaron Tallent, 7 months 1 week ago
Jon Gruden is returning to the Oakland Raiders and to coaching in the NFL after a decade-long absence, including eight-plus years as the color analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”   Whether or not Gruden will be able to pick up right where he left off in 2008 is still to be determined. Some coaches flop on their return to coaching, while others go on to reach...

5 Worst Coaching Encores in NFL History

By Aaron Tallent, 7 months 1 week ago
Jon Gruden is returning to an NFL sideline as head coach after a decade away, including eight-plus years as the color analyst for ESPN's "Monday Night Football." Only time will tell if his rejoining the Raiders will be a remarkable new chapter or a sad footnote in a great career. One thing’s for certain, there are plenty of great coaches whose encores were atrocious. Here are...

Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview and Prediction

By Matt Josephs, 7 months 3 weeks ago
It was supposed to be a promising season for the Oakland Raiders, who will not be going to the playoffs in 2017. Instead it's the Los Angeles Chargers with something to play for in this one. They'll get into the postseason with a win and some help. LA needs the Titans to lose to the Jaguars, who really have nothing to play for and the Bills to lose to the Dolphins on the road. The...

Monday Night Football: Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview and Prediction

By Tom Bowles, 7 months 4 weeks ago
The Philadelphia Eagles are headed to the playoffs, that much we know. One more win on Christmas night against the Oakland Raiders and the Eagles will have clinched the NFC’s No. 1 seed, earning home-field advantage throughout the postseason.   What an easy scenario, right? Win and you’re in?   Compare that to the Christmas miracle the Raiders are seeking...

Sunday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

By Tom Bowles, 8 months 6 days ago
One. More. Week. That’s all the Cowboys need to last without star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Without Elliott in the lineup, the team has gone 2-3 but remained on the fringes of playoff contention despite an inconsistent offense. One victory, this Sunday against the Raiders leaves the team at 8-6 and facing a possible wild-card elimination game against the Seahawks next week.  ...

New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

By Antwan Staley, 8 months 2 weeks ago
The Geno Smith era for the New York Giants will begin on Sunday.   Earlier this week, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo announced that Smith would start against the Oakland Raiders. This will snap Eli Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive starts in the regular season, the second longest in NFL history. Brett Favre is the record holder at 297 straight games.   Smith, a second-round...

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

By Antwan Staley, 8 months 3 weeks ago
After struggling on offense for weeks, the Denver Broncos finally turn to quarterback Paxton Lynch. The 2016 first-round pick has thrown just 83 passes in his career for 497 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.   Lynch and the Broncos will travel to the black hole to take on the Oakland Raiders, who are having their own struggles. The Raiders weTre blasted by the New England...

NFL in Mexico City: New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

By Matt Josephs, 9 months 4 days ago
The Raiders and Patriots will probably play one of the best games on the NFL slate this week although the scene will be in Mexico City. Oakland's already played a game there, beating the Texans 27-20 back in 2016. Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio credited the atmosphere in Azteca Stadium with making it very unfriendly for Houston last season. The other off-the-field storyline was the...