Coliseum upgrades not about accommodating NFL, unless NFL team moves there for good

The headline and lede of a new Associated Press article regarding $270 million in upgrades at the L.A. Coliseum creates the impression that the upgrades would be connected to the effort to accommodate an NFL team pending the completion of its own stadium in Los Angeles. The details of the story suggest otherwise. “The University…

Calvin Pryor, Nick Mangold remain out of Jets practice

The Jets may be facing the Raiders without starting center Nick Mangold and starting safety Calvin Pryor. Both players remained out of practice for a second straight day on Thursday while recovering from injuries suffered against the Patriots last Sunday. Pryor’s injury leaves the Jets with just two healthy safeties on the 53-man roster so…

Donald Penn says he worked things out with Corey Liuget

Sunday’s win by the Raiders over the Chargers included a two-footed kick to the chest from San Diego defensive lineman Corey Liuget to Oakland tackle Donald Penn. Penn retaliated and drew a flag; Liuget escaped a penalty. (He likely won’t escape a fine.) Appearing on Monday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Penn downplayed the incident,…

Chargers struggle to explain Raiders’ domination

The Chargers outscored the Raiders 23-0 in the fourth quarter Sunday to make the final score of 37-29, Raiders, look respectable. In truth, this game was over from the beginning. Malcolm Smith intercepted Philip Rivers on the first drive, setting up a Latavius Murray touchdown, and the rout was on. The Raiders held leads of…

Carr sharp, Rivers not as Raiders build big lead

The Raiders are having their way with the Chargers. Two first-half interceptions got the Raiders rolling, and Derek Carr’s hot hand pushed the Raiders out to a 37-6 lead in the third quarter. Amari Cooper caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Carr late in the second quarter as part of Cooper’s 177-yard first half. A…

Defense sparks Raiders to big early lead

The Raiders intercepted Philip Rivers on the first drive and again early in the second quarter. The first was returned to the Chargers’ 2-yard line by Malcolm Smith, setting up a Latavius Murray touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. It’s now 20-3 with 9:28 left in the second quarter after D.J. Hayden picked off Rivers…