Monday, Sept. 20
Lions at Packers, 8:15 p.m. EDT. Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, coming off a Week 1 blowout loss to New Orleans in Jacksonville, Florida, will try to win their ninth straight home opener when they host their NFC North rivals.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One half, T.J. Watt was wrecking the Las Vegas Raiders' game plan.
The next the Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker was watching from the sideline in sweatpants dealing with a groin injury as the Raiders surged to a 26-17 victory that sapped any momentum Pittsburgh gained from a season-opening triumph in Buffalo.
The Latest on Week 2 in the NFL (all times EDT):
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jon Gruden's long, arduous multi-state, multi-year rebuilding project may finally be nearing its end.
The swagger might be back for the Las Vegas Raiders. The deep ball certainly is.
The Las Vegas Raiders placed backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on injured reserve Saturday after he hurt his quadriceps on his only snap in the season opener.
Mariota came on for one play in the first quarter for the Raiders in Monday night's 33-27 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Russell Wilson put off watching film for an extra hour to join Peyton and Eli Manning and provide commentary on the alternate “Monday Night Football” broadcast as the Ravens-Raiders thriller went to overtime.
LAS VEGAS (1-0) at PITTSBURGH (1-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Steelers by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin spent four years on Jon Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay in the early 2000s, helping mold a defense that won a Super Bowl and gleaning what he could from his fiery boss.
Nearing two decades later, the lessons Tomlin — now in his 15th season as the head coach in Pittsburgh — learned from Gruden endure.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs will miss this week's game at Pittsburgh with injuries to his toe and ankle.
Jacobs didn't practice all week for the Raiders after rushing for 34 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 33-27 win in overtime against Baltimore on Monday night.
Leave it to Sammy Watkins — who has played for both teams recently — to set the stage for this weekend's Ravens-Chiefs matchup.
Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson can downplay it all they want, but this game is first and foremost a clash between two MVP quarterbacks.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Maxx Crosby remembers his father coaching him during pee wee football with one major rule: “Don’t be all bark, but no bite.”
It has stuck with the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end to this day.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers could have sent the house at Josh Allen. It would have been understandable. Preferable even.
Yet they didn't. Mostly because they didn't have to. Perhaps even more importantly, they didn't need to.
Opening week of the NFL season often includes upsets (Steelers, Dolphins), over-the-top achievements (Raiders, Eagles) and underwhelming performances (Packers, Titans). Finding the correct ones is a major challenge for prognosticators.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — When the Las Vegas Raiders offense stumbled in the first half, the defense held tough to keep the team in the game.
Down the stretch, the defense didn't wilt and forced a couple of key turnovers that helped the Raiders get the game into overtime and then win it.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills joined the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday as the only NFL teams to require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for all fans over the age of 12.
The rules will be the same for Buffalo Sabres games at the KeyBank Center when the NHL season gets under way next month.
Marlon Humphrey was beaten so badly on the winning touchdown that he slowed to a jog while the pass was still in the air.
It was that kind of night for Baltimore's secondary.
The Ravens arrived in Las Vegas determined to show that they could still play to their usual standard despite a rash of preseason injuries.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib described the electric atmosphere inside a frenzied Allegiant Stadium with one word: “Bananas.”
But of the 61,756 rabid fans in attendance for “Monday Night Football,” one just happened to be a non-football fan.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a premature bench-clearing celebration and a couple of blunders that almost cost the Raiders the game, the party could finally begin for real after the first game with fans in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens kept running backs LeVeon Bell and DeVonta Freeman on the practice squad for Monday night's opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Ravens signed the two veteran backs earlier in the week after losing their top three running backs to season-ending injuries with J.K.
Tailgating, face-painted fans returned in full force at stadiums around the country as the NFL opened its doors to capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.
As players warmed up a few hours before a game in Baltimore three years ago with the Raiders playing out the string of another lost season, something caught the eye of offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Las Vegas Raiders left guard Richie Incognito will miss the season opener against Baltimore with a calf injury.
Incognito got hurt during a joint practice against the Rams on Aug. 19 and hasn’t practiced since.
BALTIMORE (12-6) at LAS VEGAS (8-8)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, ESPN
OPENING LINE: Ravens by 5, according to FanDuel SportsBook
More than 65,000 fans packed a stadium in Tampa to watch Tom Brady lead the Buccaneers to a win in the NFL's season opener, just hours after President Joe Biden announced a sweeping new plan to slow the latest COVID-19 surge.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock retained several things from former coach Bill Parcells after playing for the New York Giants in 1982 and ’83.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr remembers waking up in a panic, stressing the night before every practice. It’s been quite some time, the eight-year veteran said Thursday, since nerves and anxiety rattled him.
The opening season for the Raiders in Las Vegas proved to be a bit of a dud.
With no fans allowed at games, the Raiders stumbled to a 2-6 record at home in their first season since moving from Oakland and missed the playoffs for the 17th time in 18 seasons.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson and Steve Hutchinson, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, will receive their rings of excellence in a pair of celebrations each this season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — George Paton inherited a snakebitten secondary when he succeeded John Elway as the Denver Broncos general manager last winter.
Now, it's the Broncos' biggest strength heading into their opener at the Meadowlands against the New York Giants on Sunday.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Veteran linebacker K.J. Wright spent the past offseason angry.
“Very, very angry,” Wright said. “I’ve been at peace, but I’ve been mad at the same time if that makes sense.”
The Las Vegas Raiders have added another proven veteran to bolster their banged-up linebacker group, agreeing to a one-year contract with K.J. Wright.
A person familiar with the deal says that the two sides reached the deal on Thursday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona's Jedd Fisch era will begin at the Death Star.
A longtime NFL and college assistant, Fisch will take the sideline as a head coach for the first time Saturday, when the Wildcats face BYU at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Rookie quarterback Trey Lance's injured finger is showing signs of healing, and the San Francisco 49ers are hopeful he will be able to return to practice next week.
Lance hurt his finger when he was hit on his right hand by the helmet of Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Max Richardson during an exhibition game Sunday.
There is no more time for excuses from the Las Vegas Raiders.
After failing to post a winning record in three seasons since Jon Gruden returned as coach, the Raiders know that nothing short of a playoff berth can be considered a success in year four.
The improvement the Las Vegas Raiders showed offensively in year three under Jon Gruden was negated by the lack of progress on defense.
The end result was another season without a winning record or playoff berth.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers believe they have plenty of depth along the defensive line.
It will be tested after the team placed veteran defensive end Stephon Tuitt on the injured reserve/return list.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with yet another unrestricted free agent they signed earlier this offseason.
The Panthers released former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore on Wednesday and claimed guard Michael Jordan from the Cincinnati Bengals off waivers.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (8-8)
New faces: DE Yannick Ngakoue, CB Casey Hayward, S Trevon Moehrig, RT Alex Leatherwood, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, RB Kenyan Drake, DT Quinton Jefferson, CB Nate Hobbs, DT Solomon Thomas, LB Denzel Perryman.
Overhauls are usually reserved for bad teams that miss the playoffs, not ones that play in consecutive Super Bowls.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach, however, was impelled to dismantle his offensive line after watching Patrick Mahomes run for his life in Kansas City's 31-9 shellacking at the hands of the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance will miss one week of practice after injuring a finger on his throwing hand during an exhibition game.
Lance was hit on his right hand by the helmet of Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Max Richardson on Sunday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — There was one player who was a bit out of place for the Las Vegas Raiders' preseason finale based on his pedigree.
While coach Jon Gruden kept nearly all his big-name players at home to focus on decisions at the bottom of the roster, six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy got extensive playing time in his first action since the 2019 season during Sunday' 34-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trevor Lawrence completed 11 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two scores in three possessions against Dallas backups, and the Jaguars beat the Cowboys 34-14 in a preseason finale Sunday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers got a chance to show off their quarterback platoon before the regular season.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance shuttled in and out on the first two drives that ended with touchdown runs for the quarterbacks that led San Francisco to a 34-10 exhibition victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — With the Las Vegas Raiders headed to San Francisco for their final preseason game Sunday, coach Jon Gruden said this year’s lot of draft picks isn’t the only group with something to prove.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wait a second. He's playing where now?
With the NFL season about to kick off, it's time for a quick refresher on some familiar faces in new places. Otherwise, you might be scratching your head while drafting your fantasy football team or doing double takes when you flip on the games in Week 1.
The Las Vegas Raiders got help at their banged-up linebacker spot by acquiring Denzel Perryman from the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday in a swap of draft picks.
The Raiders will send a 2022 sixth-round pick to Carolina and get a seventh-rounder that year and Perryman back in the deal that will be official once Perryman passes a physical.
Three-time All-Pro receiver Cliff Branch and Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022.
Branch is the senior candidate and Vermeil is the nominee in the coaches category picked Tuesday by a five-person committee of Hall of Fame voters.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams rookie outside linebacker Chris Garrett has a “next play” mentality.
He put it into action with a dominant three-play sequence during an impressive second quarter in the Rams’ 17-16 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday night.
The Raiders have always prided themselves on being a maverick franchise, so maybe it wasn't too surprising that they were the first NFL team to take such a bold — yet obvious — step.
Now every other sports team — both college and pro — should follow the lead of the Silver & Black and require spectators to get vaccinated.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mark Davis has already left his imprint on the Las Vegas Aces franchise in his first year as the team's owner, connecting its past to the present.
He saw firsthand how much his father, Al Davis, cared for former Raiders players, starting the first alumni program in the NFL, which has grown over the years.