As July begins, and kickoff weekend just 67 days away, much has happened in the NFL in the past week. Here’s a closer look at the headlines from the AFC squads this past week.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is willing to contribute funding to help build a stadium in Oakland to keep the Raiders in town.
In the early game, the Broncos face a Cincinnati squad that has fallen on hard times as of late, having dropped three straight.
When you looked at the AFC West before the 2012 campaign kicked off, there was little doubt that the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos were your favorites to battle for the crown.
Former NFL player Anthony Wayne Smith has been ordered to stand trial for four murders.
Coming into the 2012 campaign, there were certainly some questions as to whether or not the Broncos, Chargers, Raiders or Chiefs would be a credible threat to the rest of the AFC.
The locals will tell you that, as military town, San Diego is home to transplants from all over the country, especially other towns and states where professional sports are well represented. Many of those fans end up in Qualcomm Stadium rooting for the Chargers’ opponents.
The Chargers’ home opener against the Tennessee Titans will most likely be blacked out on Sunday due to ‘several thousand tickets’ unsold.
This time around, the Chargers found Oakland to be just as hospitable, as Raider miscues on special teams, along with five Nate Kaeding field goals, helped propel San Diego (1-0) to the win.
Excerpt: Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards last season in his second NFL campaign, injured his clavicle on his first carry of the first preseason game this summer. In that win over Green Bay. When the Bolts line up to meet the Raiders in Oakland, he still will not be in uniform, recovering from surgery. San Diego will also be without wide receiver Vincent Brown.
While Oakland leads the all-time series 57-45-2, the Chargers ran off quite a streak against their arch-rival in the previous decade, going 14-6 against the Silver and Black. Oakland, meantime, has won three of the last four encounters. The landscape of the AFC West may come into focus as early as Monday Night.
Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges stemming from four killings nearly a decade apart.
In an offseason full of changes for the Oakland Raiders, perhaps the most positive development has been the health of a returning star.
The arraignment for a former Raiders defensive end accused of committing four murders was postponed Tuesday until August 1.
In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff.,” said in a statement released by the Chargers. “With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games