Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said the team wanted to stay in the locker room during the anthem but because of the timing of prime-time games, they could not because they would have missed the coin toss and also have been penalized. Most of the Raiders remained seated or took a knee during the anthem, including the entire offensive line, which is comprised of all minority players and is the lone all-black starting unit in the NFL, and the defensive line. Some stood with interlocked arms, as did Del Rio, and quarterback Derek Carr appeared to pray while looking skyward and standing.
In addition, the NFL re-aired a 60-second spot — called Inside These Lines — during the Sunday night game that also appeared during Super Bowl LI. The NFL describes it as a video that demonstrates the power of football to bring people together.
He just kept faith though the process, Collins said. I respect the hell out of him.
Smith is declining one-on-one interviews right now. His publicist said he wants to focus solely on football but that Smith politely says thank you for your interest. The Cowboys want it this way now, anyway. Maybe they don’t want to put too much on a 22-year-old who has been through so much and is essentially a rookie.
He does not fit into the personality mold of some of his other marquee teammates.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders came into Week 3 as the only teams to post a double-digit GBYPA through the first two weeks (12.3 for Kansas City, 11.1 for Oakland). The Chiefs added to their elite GBYPA total by moving it up to 13.2 through the contest against the Chargers. Since Oakland’s offense fell apart against the overpowering Washington defense, it means Kansas City is now the only team to boast a double-digit GBYPA. It also serves as an indicator that any Chiefs running back is worth rostering, as the Chiefs’ blocking wall is opening up holes big enough to drive a truck through.