Jaguars leave sour taste in Raiders’ mouth, close out the Coliseum with 20-16 win

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By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

OAKLAND — After their offense was nonexistent for the first three quarters of the game and trailing 16-6 heading into the final frame, the Jacksonville Jaguars woke up in the fourth quarter, behind two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew to wide receiver Chris Conley to slip past the Raiders, 20-16 on Sunday afternoon in the final game at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum for the Silver and Black.

With the win, the Jaguars (5-9) snapped their five-game losing streak and extended the Raiders’ losing streak to four games, dropping the Silver and Black’s record to 6-8. The Raiders entered the game on a three-game losing streak, in which they lost by an average of 21 points.

The Raiders are moving into a brand new home, Allegiant Stadium, in Las Vegas starting in the 2020 season. The Silver and Black’s $2 billion home is located right off the Vegas Strip and is expected to be one of the finest facilities in all of the NFL.

The Raiders weren’t able to give their loyal fans one more victory at their long-time home at 7000 Coliseum Way, a place that has seen some great football from 1966-1981 before moving to Los Angeles in 1982-1994, then returning to Oakland in 1995 until today, Dec. 15, 2019.

Oakland jumped on the Jaguars early, thanks to a 40-yard touchdown throw from Derek Carr to wide receiver Tyrell Williams that capped off a 7-play, 75-yard drive that to gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. On their opening drive to start the game, Carr completed 3-of-3 passes for 59 yards and the touchdown.

The Raiders jumped out to a 16-3 lead and looked comfortable for most of the game, but saw its defense fall completely apart in the fourth quarter allowing Jacksonville to score 14 unanswered points in the final minutes to snatch the game.

Minshew, who completed 17-of-29 passes for 201 yards on the day, drove the Jaguars 79 yards to cut Oakland’s lead, 16-13, behind a 6-yard touchdown throw to Conley with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter.

Oakland tried to run the clock out and got a pair of first-downs on runs by running back Josh Jacobs and quarterback Derek Carr. But Carr was ruled out of bounds with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter as he tried to slide down inbound, sparing Jacksonville from using their final timeout.

Oakland then got a delay of game in the confusion and wide receiver Tyrell Williams dropped a third-down pass. Kicker Daniel Carlson then missed a 50-yard field goal only to get another chance after Parry Nickerson was called for running into the kicker.

Carlson missed again from 45 yards and the Jaguars took over at the 35 with 1:44 to go. Minshew moved them down the field and connected with Conley on the 4-yard score with 31 seconds left giving Jacksonville their first and only lead of the game, 20-16.

The Raiders drove the ball to the Jacksonville 40 yard line, but Carr’s desperation heave to the end zone in the closing seconds fall to the Coliseum turf.

Carr completed 22-of-36 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown, but was sacked three times by the Jaguars. Tight end Darren Waller finished with eight catches for 122 yards, but 109 yards came in the first half.

Oakland was dominant on offense, racking up 364 yards total, 27 first-downs, and controlled the game for 34 minutes. Defensively, Oakland limited Jacksonville to just 262 yards of total offense, 17 first-downs and limited the Jaguars to 26 minutes of ball control.

After the game, several Raiders, including Carr, walked to the Black Hole to thank the fans, many of whom booed Carr and the Raiders as the team exited the field for the final time.

It wasn’t the way that Raider Nation wanted to send out the Coliseum, on a day that was very emotional for many diehard Raiders fans. The sour taste that this loss leaves in the mouths of Raider Nation will take quite a while to wash out.

Up next for the Raiders: a trip to Carson to take on the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday in Week 16.

For the Jaguars: a visit to Atlanta to face the Falcons.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Adios Raiders, Buena Suerte!

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By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

OAKLAND — This Sunday, the 15th of December 2019, the Oakland Raiders will play their last home game at the Oakland Coliseum after 60 years and three Super Bowl titles, 1977 and 1981 in Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum and 1984 in Los Angeles as LA Raiders. No more tailgate parties, no more Black Hole fans with the spiked painted hair, the Gothic look and the colorful fan base. After this Sunday, the Bay Area is going to be a 49ers world when it comes to the NFL. It you want to watch an NFL game, you must go to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

I covered the 1981 Superbowl when the Raiders and the Eagles traveled to the New Orleans Super Dome, now the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, home of the New Orleans Saints. Great memories of the great city of New Orleans during that Super Bowl,the food,the people,the music,the total ambiance of that huge place right there in the middle of the city,when New Orleans was thriving, years prior to the category 5 Katrina hurricane who devastated this great historic city. After Katrina over 200,000 people left New Orleans, but since then, the “Birthplace of Jazz”has made a comeback.

The 1981 Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders featured popular players such as Cliff Branch, Raymond Chester, Howie Long, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw and Jim Plunkett as a quarterback — not too shabby. They took it to the Philadelphia Eagles and defeated them 27-10. There are great memories of this team that always reflected the blue-collar workers of the East Bay.

With all respect to all the players who suited up in the Silver and Black for many decades, the central figure of the history of this franchise was Mr.Al Davis — the controversial outspoken and brash Al Davis. One-of-a-kind, he was a Coach, General Manager and Owner and the man that coined the phrase “Just Win Baby”. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1982. There has been nobody like him in the NFL, and probably never will.

We have the memories of this great franchise in the Bay Area with a solid fan base for many years, even after Mr.Davis moved his team to Los Angeles. Many fans traveled there for their home games. The loyalty of Raiders fans is notorious. Some called it a “cult”. Whatever the Raiders have, it worked in Oakland. Their crowds and tailgates who where all about beer, nachos and ribs, not cheese, wine and quiche like other teams. They represented thousands and thousands of hard-working people all over the east bay.

Sunday, the Raiders will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the historic last game at Oakland before they play the last two games on the road and open the 2020-21 season at a new city, a new facility and a new name at Allegiant Stadium (65,000) in Las Vegas as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Whatever you think about the Raiders (love them or hate them), they will be missed. The City of Oakland will miss the revenue the Raiders generated, as they are running out of teams with the departure of the Warriors and the A’s situation as of today. Honestly, it is like the territory of the Twilight Zone.

Adios Raiders and Buena Suerte in Las Vegas!

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez is the Spanish radio play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A’s, the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Museum, and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com each week.

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes: Raiders’ last hurrah at final home game in Oakland as team leaves for Vegas

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On the Raiders podcast with J. Hawkes:

#1 Last game in Oakland for the Raiders. The time has come as the Raiders host the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be a historic 1 pm kickoff at the Oakland Coliseum this Sunday and lots of memories to share.

#2 The Raiders played at the Coliseum from 1966 to present minus 15 years before 1995 while in LA.

#3 One of those great memories was when head coach Bill Callahan took the Raiders to the Super Bowl. They lost, but it was a great Raider team that made the Super Bowl

#4 The Raider Nation fans are different than many other fans in the NFL and the players enjoy playing for them all these years.

#5 Joe talks about his great memories and what he’ll miss after this last home game is played at the Coliseum for the last time.

J. Hawkes does the Raiders podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Raiders to host the Jaguars in final home game of 2019

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By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

OAKLAND — The Raiders end their 2019 regular season home schedule in Week 15 as they will host the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Sunday Dec. 15. This will mark the first time since 2016 that these teams have met each other in the regular season, when the Raiders traveled to northeast Florida and defeated the Jaguars 33-16 for Oakland’s first-ever road win in the series.

The all-time series is tied at four games apiece, with the Raiders riding a three-game winning streak dating back to 2012.

Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with Kevin Harlan and Trent Green calling the action from the booth, and John Schriffen patrolling the sidelines.

The Raiders took one on the chin last Sunday, losing to the Tennessee Titans, 42-21 at home to fall to 6-7 on the year.

In the contest, quarterback Derek Carr threw for 263 yards on 25-of-34 passes and two touchdowns with 115.2 passer rating. It was the fourth time this season that Carr had a passer rating of 115.0 in a game.

Tight end Darren Waller registered six catches for 73 yards in the game. Waller, who has 72 catches for 880 yards, became just the third tight end in franchise history to surpass 70 catches in a season. With three games left in the year, Waller is on pace for his first career 1,000-yard season.

The Raiders didn’t have the services of talented rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who sat out the game with a shoulder injury. Jacobs, who is the sixth leading rusher in the NFL with 1,061 yards, is expected to return against the Jaguars.

Defensively, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst provided the lone bright spot for the Silver and Black last Sunday. Hurst registered his first career interception off a tipped pass from Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and returned it 55 yards to put the Raiders in position to score their first touchdown of the game.

Jacksonville is currently riding a five-game losing streak, after dropping their latest game to the Los Angeles Chargers, 45-10 at home in Week 14. The Jaguars allowed Chargers running back Austin Ekeler to explode in the game, racking up 213 yards from scrimmage (rushing for 101 yards on 8 carries, and 112 yards receiving on 4 catches). Ekeler’s 84-yard touchdown catch in the game was the longest completion in quarterback Philip Rivers’ 16-year career.

Following Sunday’s game, the Raiders will finish up their 2019 regular season schedule on the road with games against the Chargers and Broncos in Week 16 and 17.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Titans simply wore out Carr Sunday in Raider loss; Tough act to follow as 49ers get by Saints in the last minute; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr must be seeing double after running all day and avoiding getting sacked by the Tennessee Titans pass rush.

#2 The Raiders just couldn’t get anything going, and as a result, suffered their third straight loss 42-21.

#3 The San Francisco 49ers added more to their exciting season with a last minute drive that got them good field position for a Robbie Gould field goal for the 48-46 win.

#4 How important is it for Cal to stay in the Bay Area for their next game the RedBox Bowl at Levi’s Stadium against the Illinois Illini on Monday, Dec. 30th?

#5 The St. Mary’s Gales had an eight-game winning streak going into Sunday’s game, but it was too much. #19 Dayton sunk the Gales chances with a ten-point win 78-68.

Join Barbara for Headline Sports podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Niners pull one out for the ages in New Orleans; Raiders’ skid hits three, Carr and Raiders hear it from the fans; plus more

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On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers pulled out a victory for the ages on Sunday in New Orleans when kicker Robbie Gould hit the gamer, a field goal that captured one of the 49ers’ best wins of the season 48-46.

#2 The Oakland Raiders suffered their third straight loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon 42-21. Critics have said that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks lost in the headlights in those last three games.

#3 How important is it for Cal getting a bowl game in the Bay Area they face Illinois on Monday, Dec. 30th at Levis Stadium? Although the game is in a neutral site, the Bears will feel right at home.

#4 This past week, the San Francisco Giants hired batting coach Donnie Ecker as manager Gabe Kapler slowly dismantles the former coaching staff that was once Bruce Bochy’s.

#5 The San Jose Sharks lost their fourth straight game and five of their last seven games. Over the weekend, they lost by convincing scores 7-1 to Tampa Bay on Saturday and 5-1 to Florida on Sunday.

Listen to Amaury Pi-Gonzalez for That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Raiders couldn’t remember the Titans in 42-21 loss

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By Jeremy Kahn

OAKLAND — With their playoff hopes riding on this game, the Oakland Raiders looked really good in the beginning of the game; however, the second half was a totally different story.

Ryan Tannehill went 21-for-27 for 391 yards, three touchdowns and an interception and the Tennessee Titans defeated the Raiders 42-21 before a crowd of 52,760 at the Coliseum.

Things started off well, as Tannehill threw a pass that Dion Jordan tipped and Maurice Hurst caught and returned 55 yards to the Titans 24-yard line.

That was my first interception since I was in high school, (Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA, said Hurst.

The former Michigan Wolverines All-American did have a fumble recovery versus the University of Central Florida in the Wolverines season-opening win in Ann Arbor on September 10, 2016.

Derek Carr got the Raiders on the board two plays later, as he found Darren Waller for a seven-yard touchdown pass that gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead.

Tannehill then began to drive the Titans down the field, as he came up with a big pass play when he connected with Khari Blasingame for a 24-yard completion and then two plays later, Derrick Henry scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 12-yard scamper that tied up the game.

After the ensuing Raiders series was stopped, Tannehill gave the Titans the lead just one play after the AJ Cole.

Tannehill found A.J. Brown for a 91-yard touchdown pass that split the Raiders secondary down the middle.

Carr and the Raiders did not sulk, as they immediately tied up the game, when Carr found Rico Gallford for his first NFL touchdown reception.

The back and forth scoring continued on the Titans next series, as Tannehill found Brown for a 16-yard touchdown.

Carr and the Raiders tied up the game on their next series, as he drove the team down the field with the key play being a 26-yard pass from Carr to Waller that ended at the Titans one-yard line.

Foster Moreau caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Carr for the Raiders third touchdown of the afternoon, and unfortunately their final points of the game.

Tannehill and the Titans began to drive down the field again; however, they were kept off the scoreboard, when Ryan Succops 42-yard field goal attempt hit the goalpost and the two teams went into the locker room all tied up at 21 apiece.

The two teams played punt the ball away on the first drives of the second half, including the first two three-and-outs of the game.

Following the second Cole punt of the third quarter, the Titans scored on a 10-yard touchdown run from Henry and never looked back.

Once again, the Raiders were forced to punt and the Titans capitalized on it, as Tannehill made it 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, when he found Jonnu Smith for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

Just two plays after the Tannehill touchdown pass to Smith, the Titans salted the game away, as Carrs pass to Waller was fumbled and returned 46 yards for a touchdown by Jayon Brown to close out the scoring.

After another Cole punt, the Titans could not add any more points, as they were forced to punt after a three-and-out.

The Raiders began to drive down the field, as Carr got them down to the two-yard line, when he found DeAndre Washington pass for 24 yards down to the Titans two-yard line.

Washington was forced into starting at tailback after rookie sensation Josh Jacobs was declared inactive.

I give him a lot of credit. He was really in tears wanting to play, said Jon Gruden.

In his place, Washington gained 53 yards on 14 carries and caught six passes for 43 yards on the afternoon.

We actually found out before the game. Going into the week we knew that he was banged up, said Washington.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, they were unable to cash in and were forced to turn the ball over on downs.

The Titans took over and after two first downs that clinched the game, the Raiders saw them on the short end of their third straight loss.

During the recent three-game slide, the Raiders have been outscored 116-33 in losses to the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and now the Titans.

NOTES: With Carrs two touchdown passes, he has now thrown touchdown in all 41 games in his NFL career. The 41 game are the ninth-most in NFL history through a players six seasons.

It was the fifth touchdown of the season for Moreau, as he leads all rookie tight ends in the league.

UP NEXT: In what will be the last home game in Oakland before the move to Las Vegas, the Jacksonville Jaguars will come to the Coliseum. The Jaguars are coming off a 45-10 shellacking at home versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes: Raiders back to the drawing board, will try to win against Titans on Sunday

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On the Raiders podcast with J. Hawkes:

#1 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said that his remembrance of former Raider teammate George Atkinson III. Was he was always a joyful teammate just happy to be at the Raiders?

#2 Atkinson, who died on Monday at age 27 of unknown causes, played on the Raiders special teams and practice squads from 2014-17. His father safety George Atkinson II played for the Raiders from 1968-1979 and survives the younger Atkinson.

#3 Carr said in practice this week he wanted the team to get back on track to “rewind (the last) two weeks, we were the great story in the NFL, two weeks later we suck again.”

#4 Head coach Jon Gruden had the team work out at an indoor facility this week and held an indoor walk through. Gruden said it was to allow more reps.

#5 Joe talks about this Sunday’s game at the Coliseum against the Tennessee Titans, a 1:25 pm kickoff.

Join J Hawkes each Friday for the Raiders podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Raiders look to end losing streak, return home to host the Titans

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By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

OAKLAND — After losing back-to-back road games in which they were outscored 64-12 in both contests, the Raiders will look to get back into winning column as they host the visiting Tennessee Titans in Week 14 action at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Sunday’s game will mark the first of the final two home games this season, both of which are against AFC South opponents.

This will be the fourth time in the last five years that these two teams have met, the first matchup in Oakland since 2013. The Raiders currently own a three-game winning streak against the Titans, dating back to 2015. Oakland’s most recent victory over Tennessee, a 26-16 in Nashville in 2017, gave the Raiders a 26-20 edge in the all-time series.

The Raiders are 11-2 at home against the Titans all-time.

Kickoff for this matchup is set for 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS, with Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Melanie Collins on the call.

In Week 13, the Raiders were embarrassed again on the road, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, 40-9, to drop their record to 6-6 on the season. Oakland lost to the New York Jets, 34-3, in East Rutherford, NJ in Week 12.

The Black and Silver lining in the loss to the Chiefs was rookie running back Josh Jacobs registering his fifth 100-yard game of the year, tying Mark van Eeghen for the fourth-most 100-yard rushing performances during a single season in franchise history. With his 104 rushing yards on 17 carries, Jacobs surpassed 1,000 yards for the season and became just the 11th player in franchise history to accomplish that feat.

Jacobs is the only rookie in franchise history to record a 1,000 yards in a single season with 1,061 yards through 12 games, good for fourth-most in the league.

Tight end Darren Waller was Oakland’s top receiving threat against Kansas City, hauling in 7 catches for 100 yards. For the season, Waller has been the Raiders best receiving option, leading the team in receptions (66) and receiving yards (807) through Week 13.

Waller is second on the team in receiving touchdowns (3) behind wide receiver Tyrell Williams.

Sunday’s game could have a playoff-type feel to it, as both teams desperately need to win keep pace for a wild card berth in the AFC playoffs. Oakland and Tennessee are currently behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) for the final berth with four games remaining in the season.

The Titans (7-5) are currently riding a three-game winning streak, and are coming off a huge 31-17 win on the road against their AFC South rival, the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is 5-1 since taking over for an ineffective Marcus Mariota following Tennessee’s 2-4 start, has thrown for 1,602 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Tannehill has a passer rating of 113.9 in his six starts this season.

Tennessee’s running game is spearheaded by running back Derrick Henry.

He, like Jacobs, is a former Alabama running back that has turned into a vital piece for his team’s offense this season. There’s a good chance that both running backs will be representing their teams at the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

The four-year pro is currently third in the NFL in rushing with 1,140 yards and is tied for second with Green Bay’s Aaron Jones with 11 rushing touchdowns among running backs.

Henry rumbled through Indianapolis, rushing for 149 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. During the Titans’ three-game winning streak, Henry has rushed for 496 yards and 5 touchdowns on 68 carries proving that he’s Tennessee’s workhorse.

Henry, who has been dealing with a hamstring issue, didn’t practice for the Titans on Wednesday.

Defensively, the Titans are the 7th-ranked scoring defense, yielding just 19.5 points per game this season and could pose a problem for the Raiders. Oakland is averaging just 19.8 points per game this season.

Second-year linebacker Harold Landry III registered one of Tennessee’s three sacks on Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Landry III leads the Titans with 9.0 sacks on the season.

Cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Kevin Byard are tied for the team lead with four interceptions apiece. Ryan and Byard each recorded an interception against the Colts.

Following Sunday’s matchup, the Raiders will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in their final home game in Oakland in Week 15. The Titans will return home for a divisional matchup against the Houston Texans.

Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: Warriors drop their third straight 104-79; Raiders at their lowest point; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 The Atlanta Hawks handled the Golden State Warriors 104-79 loss Eric Paschall lead all Warriors scorers with 24 points on Monday night. The Warriors’ Draymond Green didn’t play.

#2 Have the Oakland Raiders sank to their lowest point of the season losing huge to the Kansas Chiefs 40-9 on Sunday for their second straight loss?

#3 The San Francisco 49ers saw Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kick a winning field goal to end the game Sunday in 20-17 loss for San Francisco.

#4 Last Saturday, the Sacramento Kings came back from a long four city road trip going 1-3. On Saturday they defeated the Denver Nuggets 100-97. The Kings lost to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night 113-106.

#5 The Cal Bears insured themselves a bowl spot after their victory over the UCLA Bruins 28-18. Cal quarterback Chase Garbers went 17-29 for 230 yards.

Headline Sports can be heard with Barbara each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com