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Chargers hope defense continues momentum after win

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Chargers had struggled with their pass rush and keeping opponents out of the end zone in their first four games.But Los Angeles is hoping that Sunday’s 26-10 victory over Oakland signals a change for the rest of the season.The Chargers sacked the Raiders’ Derek Carr three times and allowed […]

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Beast Mode denied: Raiders throw end-zone INT from Bolts’ 1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Although Jon Gruden is still settling back into coaching, he watched more than enough football from the broadcast booth over the past decade to know that the only logical thing to do with the ball on the goal line is to give it to Marshawn Lynch.And no matter what happens, definitely […]

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Austin Ekeler emerging as big-play threat for Chargers

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Opposing defenses are learning that Austin Ekeler is just as effective a running back as Melvin Gordon for the Los Angeles Chargers.The second-year running back scored his third touchdown of the season on a 44-yard swing pass from Philip Rivers to lead the Chargers to a 26-10 victory over the Oakland […]

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Gruden searches to find positives in Raiders latest loss

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders spent the first quarter of the season getting close before finally breaking through for their first win against the Cleveland Browns.A lopsided loss to the Los Angeles Chargers looked like a step back, even if coach Jon Gruden tried to put a positive spin on the game Monday.”I […]

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Rivers throws for 339 yards, 2 TDs as Chargers beat Raiders

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers’ offense was stuck in neutral for the first 25 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. A broken play provided the needed spark.The game was tied 3-3 until Austin Ekeler took Philip Rivers’ swing pass and turned into a 44-yard touchdown . That was part of […]

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Raiders rally past Browns 45-42 in OT for 1st win for Gruden

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jon Gruden smiled as soon as Matt McCrane’s kick sailed through the uprights.After nine years in the broadcast booth, three straight weeks of blown second-half leads and a roller-coaster game that featured three lead changes and 38 points after the start of the fourth quarter, Gruden finally won his first game […]

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Raiders will be without starting DT P.J. Hall vs. Broncos

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders rookie defensive tackle P.J. Hall will miss this week’s game at Denver with an ankle injury.The Raiders announced Friday they will be without Hall and fellow starter Justin Ellis on Sunday against the Broncos. Ellis was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a foot injury.The injuries […]

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Raiders bring Bryant back less than 2 weeks after release

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Two days after their passing game went flat in the second half of a season-opening loss, the Oakland Raiders have brought back wide receiver Martavis Bryant.Bryant, who was with the Raiders in training camp after being acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh before getting released on the final day of roster […]

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Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem ahead of the team’s season opener.Lynch declined to stand for the anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Lynch also sat for the anthem all of last season but never gave a reason for his […]

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Rams spoil Gruden’s return with 33-13 win over Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Once Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams offense got started after sitting out the entire preseason, they couldn’t be stopped.Goff threw two touchdown passes, newcomer Marcus Peters returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and the Rams used a dominant second half to spoil coach Jon Gruden’s much-anticipated return […]

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Gruden dealing with first loss since 2008 after opening dud

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Losing didn’t get any easier for Jon Gruden in his nine seasons away from coaching.Gruden’s much-anticipated return from the broadcast booth to the sideline for Oakland ended in disappointment as the Raiders were outclassed in a 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The performance showed how far […]

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