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  • 2016 NFL Preview: Raiders will be a Super Bowl contender, and soon

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 6, the day before the Hall of Fame Game kicks off the preseason.

    If the Oakland Raiders break out this season, we can point to last Dec. 13 as one of the turning points.

    The Raiders were 5-7, still searching for a quality win that would make everyone take notice of their improvement. Against the Denver Broncos, defensive star Khalil Mack had five sacks. Quarterback Derek Carr threw two second-half touchdowns against the best defense in football. The Raiders went into Denver and beat the eventual Super Bowl champions 15-12. The Broncos went 8-2 from Nov. 22 on, including a Super Bowl 50 win. Denver only lost at Pittsburgh (understandable) and at home against the Raiders.

    It wasn’t the prettiest win for the Raiders, but it mattered. Given the strides the Raiders have made the past couple years, it seemed like a milestone in their rebuild. My guess is that by the end of this season, everyone will agree that the Raiders are finally back.

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  • NFL rejects affidavits from Harrison, Matthews and Peppers, demanding interviews

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago

    Things may get quite interesting between the NFL and three of its better-known names in the coming days.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the league has rejected written affidavits from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison and the Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free agent Mike Neal, four of the players (along with now-retired Peyton Manning) named in January’s Al-Jazeera America documentary, linking them to performance-enhancing drug use.

    The league notified Harrison, Matthews and Peppers in Junethat they would be interviewed by NFL investigators on the first day of their respective training camps; Neal was to be interviewed on or before July 22.

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  • Colts' Arthur Jones suspended four games for PED use

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago

    Add Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones to the long list of players who will miss games at the start of the coming season because of NFL suspension.

    Jones will sit the first four games after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, as reported by the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson and others.

    Signed by the Colts to a five-year, $33 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) in 2014, a deal that reunited him with his defensive coordinator in Baltimore, Chuck Pagano, and was meant to shore up the Colts’ bad run defense.

    But more than two years in, the move has not worked out for Indianapolis.

    Jones missed seven games of the 2014 season to an ankle injury, and then missed all of last season to another ankle injury, this time surgery to repair torn ligaments.

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  • Dennis Green drafted Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, coached Jerry Rice

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    Dennis Green had a fascinating career in football before he died Friday at the age of 67.

    Green played briefly in the CFL. He coached under Bill Walsh at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers. Green was only the second African-American college head coach in NCAA history at Northwestern and the first in Big Ten history. He won four division titles and made the playoffs eight times in his 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and widely was considered one of the most successful African-American head coaches in league history before Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott denies domestic violence claims to police: report

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot was named a suspect in a domestic violence police report by a woman believed to be his girlfriend, according to TMZ Sports. TMZ reported that it obtained the police report from the incident in which Elliott claims he never hit the woman.

    The NFL will look into the matter, Pro Football Talk reports, even though Elliott was not arrested or charged with any crime after being questioned by police.

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  • Want to buy the old NBC Sunday Night Football bus? It'll cost you

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    Want to roll up to your next NFL game in serious style? It might not come with Faith Hill riding shotgun, but these wheels would do the trick.

    Check out the offering on eBay: The NBC Sunday Night Football Bus, which has been “retired” by the network and now has a minimum bid of “only” (per the ad) $55,000. You know, the one they used to slap the giant faces of the players of the game on at the end of the broadcasts. Check out some of the sweet pics right here.

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