Lots of drama, storylines for the MNF double header

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It’s the first Monday Night Football of the 2019 season, it will be a doozy of a doubleheader, and not just because of the play on the field.

One team starts their quest to revenge what they see as a stolen NFC Championship, and two teams that had some offseason drama. And then there are the Broncos, who are just trying to right the ship. Add to this what will hopefully be great games on the field, and we should have a fantastic kick-off to Monday Night Football.

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints
7:10p ET

I’m sure when the powers that be scheduled this matchup, they saw a team that felt cheated out of a possible Super Bowl, the Saints, and a team with a young, talented quarterback and a stout defense going head to head. And we could still get that game, but a few things have changed.

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Stand outs from preseason week 3 in the AFC West

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Its been often said that week 3 of the NFL preseason is the dress rehearsal for the season. As I mentioned in my NFC West injury report, Rams head coach Sean McVay has turned that theory on its head but sitting his starters, and a few other teams are following suit. This gives some unknowns extra time to shine, and increase their chances of making the team.

In the AFC West, we all know the major superstars that are starters, but who are the new guys? Who is making a strong case for themselves?

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Preseason week 2 for the AFC and NFC West

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

One of the nice things about covering both the AFC and NFC West teams is in the preseason is they usually play each other. It makes it easy to do a weekly preseason round up, but it also makes for a very long article. Stick with me, people.

Week 2 of the preseason gave most fans a good look at their backups. And yes there were lots of mistakes, but…its preseason.  Let’s take a look at the games played so far.

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Reviewing Hard Knocks, episode 2

Teverly Lazenby
Raiders Reporter

By Teverly Lazenby // @TeverlyL

With the Oakland Raiders on HBO’s Hard Knocks this season, any and everything associated with the team and its players generates buzz amongst sports media. The mishaps reported between episode 1 and 2 have Raiders Fans excited for more.

This season Hard Knocks is the perfect hype leading up to the season opener on Monday, Sept. 9th against the Denver Broncos at the Black Hole in Oakland.

This week’s episode began with a team meeting, in which head coach Jon Gruden immediately captured the attention of his players (and the audience) by dropping a couple of F-bombs.  He also exclaimed that he wants ‘better execution and etiquette in practice’. He then hypes up the players by telling them to “Pick it up!” and stick their foot up somebodies [expletive].

In Gruden’s words “It’s time for us to wake up!”

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How the AFC West looked after the first week of preseason

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC West NFC West

 

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

We all understand that preseason games are rarely an indicator for a season’s success or failure. For half of the AFC West, they really hope that statement holds true. While Kansas City looked as dominant as many expected, no one expected the Raiders to roll over the Rams.

Of course, most teams were without their starters, and it was obvious that coaches were holding back as they should, but let’s not let that stop us from going over a few talking points about those first games.

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Hard Knocks review: Curses? What Curses?

Teverly Lazenby Raiders Reporter

By Teverly Lazenby // @TeverlyL

 

This week’s Hard Knocks episode started with a Gruden pep talk.  And then…

As a Raiders fan for over 25 years, the pirate theme is one that resonates with all of us. Much like pirates, Raiders fans have often attempted to justify a horrible ending season with a curse of some kind, or misfortune.

From quarterback curses to tuck-rules, you can imagine my reaction when I learned The Oakland Raiders were chosen to be featured on season 14 of Hard Knocks.

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Future playmakers found in the late rounds of NFC/AFC West drafts

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When people talk about NFL stars who were found in the late rounds of the draft, there are a few names that are always brought up. Tom Brady, Richard Sherman, Bo Jackson, Terrell Davis… it’s a long list. The western divisions in both conferences have a tendency to find these players regularly and turn them into superstars. Let’s take a look at this year’s picks and see if there could be another future star.

You can find an entire list of AFC draft picks for each team here.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs have found some fantastic late round steals in the past. KR Dante Hall, DE Jared Allen, and most recently G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. This year late round gem could also be an offensive line player.

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Can Gruden juggle the strong personalities on the Raiders?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Let’s just all admit it. The minute we saw that John Gruden had been paid an insane amount of money to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, we knew we were in for a wild ride. While his first season didn’t live up to the hype, it has been nothing but Must See TV ever since the season ended.

Let us quickly recap.

First, the disaster that was the 2018 season. With a record of 4-12, Gruden’s first season as head coach was underwhelming to say the least. In a year where the AFC West was a stand out division, the Raiders were the bottom dwellers. The tone of the season was set very early with the trade of linebacker Khalil Mack to Chicago, then later in the season the trade of wide receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas. Gruden didn’t hide the fact he was completely overhauling the team and managed to get some great draft capital in the process. While fans weren’t happy, the value received was fantastic.

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Eagles Clinch Home Field Advantage

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaan Herrera

Eagles 19 – Raiders 10

 

All wins are not equal. Sure, a win is a win and it’s a step closer to the ultimate goal.  However, how you win does say a lot about a team. Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders was one of the most embarrassing wins I’ve witnessed in my fourteen years as an Eagles fan.  Have there been some prior to 2003? Of course, but I didn’t see them so it doesn’t count. We’re talking about my feelings here.

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Denver vs Oakland review. AKA: please, make it stop.

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole   

It was long odds for Denver to pull off a win: on the road, rainy, new Offensive Coordinator, a quarterback in his third start and first in 11 months. Sadly, it may have been his last.

We’d been told that the new OC would tailor a game plan for the new guy. That would equate to being in the shotgun, lots of passes and some run pass option since the dude can run, drop backs limited to three steps.

What we saw instead was… I don’t know what. The exact opposite, only worse. Ten passes were called even though he needs, needed, every chance he could get. With only three days of practice throwing to the ones since August, you’d think getting the timing down would be a priority. It wasn’t. Plus, there was a right tackle in his second start at that position, against Khalil Mack. There was no run, didn’t even crack 60 yards total.

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