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Raiders must keep up with potent Saints

Raiders must keep up with potent Saints

sfgate.com Updated Nov 17, 2012
Raiders must keep up with potent Saints The Raiders' defense has allowed 934 yards over the past two weeks - 7.5 yards a play - and as much as they try not to say it, their teammates on offense are thinking they need to win a shootout. Brees has thrown …
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  • Raiders prove next-in-line doesn't apply

    Raiders prove next-in-line doesn't apply

    sfgate.com Nov 17, 2012
    Raiders prove next-in-line doesn't apply People loved and hated former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, but my biggest criticism had nothing to do with his overstated style. Jackson kept Kyle Boller as the backup quarterback last season even though he had no …
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  • David Akers taking heat for slump

    David Akers taking heat for slump

    sfgate.com Nov 17, 2012
    David Akers taking heat for slump After 13-plus seasons and 432 field-goal attempts, David Akers apparently forgot an unfortunate part of his job description last week: Yes, NFL kickers, like baseball closers, have thankless jobs. After missing a 41-yar…
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  • Beer Of The Week: Stella Artois, Belgium's Allegedly French Bee…

    Beer Of The Week: Stella Artois, Belgium's Allegedly French Beer

    deadspin.com Nov 17, 2012
    Apparently Stella Artois used to be advertised in the U.K. under the slogan "reassuringly expensive." Without knowing the relative merits of price and quality across the pond, I can only rejoice that such a snotty tagline has gone the way of d…
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  • Niners QB Smith practices, but is still uncertain

    Niners QB Smith practices, but is still uncertain

    ESPN.com sfgate.com Nov 17, 2012
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith practiced again on Saturday, however his availability is still uncertain for the game against the Chicago Bears.
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  • Raiders live blog during Sunday’s game against New Orleans, 1 p…

    Raiders live blog during Sunday’s game against New Orleans, 1 p.m.

    insidebayarea.com Nov 17, 2012
    Steve Corkran will moderate a live blog during the Raiders’ game Sunday against the Saints.
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  • Matt Toeaina ruled out, Alshon Jeffrey probable for Bears

    Matt Toeaina ruled out, Alshon Jeffrey probable for Bears

    profootballtalk.com Nov 17, 2012
    Chicago Bears defensive tackle Matt Toeaina joins quarterback Jay Cutler and defensive end Shea McClellin as players officially ruled out for Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Toeaina was ruled out on Saturday after being unable to pr
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  • Alex Smith practicing again today, looking likely to play

    Alex Smith practicing again today, looking likely to play

    profootballtalk.com Nov 17, 2012
    Alex Smith is practicing in a black “non-contact” jersey today, which doesn’t make his return for Monday’s game a certainty, but does give a strong hint the 49ers will activate him. Smith has been limited all week, but his involvement in practice
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  • Bucs pilfer defensive lineman from Niners’ practice squad

    Bucs pilfer defensive lineman from Niners’ practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Nov 17, 2012
    The man who recruited Matthew Masifilo to Stanford gave him a job with the 49ers.  And now Masifilo has been recruited elsewhere by another former college coach. The Buccaneers and Greg Schiano have signed the first-year defensive tackle from the 49ers”
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  • MNF preview: 49ers catching a QB break?

    MNF preview: 49ers catching a QB break?

    ESPN.com Nov 17, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers won't have to face Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on "Monday Night Football" in Week 11. They'll draw backup Jason Campbell instead. This would seem to increase the 49ers' chances for victory, but based on what? C…
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  • McDonald fined for hit on Bradford, Dunbar not fined for hit on…

    McDonald fined for hit on Bradford, Dunbar not fined for hit on Alex Smith

    profootballtalk.com Nov 17, 2012
    A defensive player was fined for a hit on a quarterback in Sunday’s Rams-49ers tie, but it wasn’t the player who knocked a quarterback out of the game. Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was not fined for the hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith that cause
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  • Injury might give Raiders' Mitchell shot

    Injury might give Raiders' Mitchell shot

    sfgate.com Nov 17, 2012
    Injury might give Raiders' Mitchell shot In 2009, Raiders owner Al Davis stuck his hand deep in the NFL draft bin and took Mike Mitchell, a hard-hitting strong safety out of Ohio University, in the second round. [...] the 6-foot, 213-pound Mitchell has …
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  • Joe Lemire: Despite PED bust, Cabrera lands two-year deal with …

    Joe Lemire: Despite PED bust, Cabrera lands two-year deal with Blue Jays

    CNNSI.com Nov 17, 2012
    The Blue Jays struck again Friday, reaching a two-year deal with Melky Cabrera. But which player will they get? And what does this mean for the outfield market? Joe Lemire weighs in.
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  • Video - 'Monday Night Football' Preview 01:16

    'Monday Night Football' Preview

    Nov 17
    Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico preview the Bears vs. 49ers at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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  • Adande: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue reminds franchise in transition of its …

    Nov 17
    With a franchise in flux, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his signature move enliven statue unveiling