10 best defensive performances in Super Bowl history

In a league where “defense wins championships,” it’s amazing how seldom defensive players are truly recognized on the grandest stage of American sports: the Super Bowl. Typically speaking, a player on the offensive side of the football makes all the headlines and takes home the MVP award, but every few years it’s a defensive player who stands out most in the Super Bowl....
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Seahawks awarded three compensatory picks

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit The Seattle Seahawks are in the middle of an incredible run, dominating the NFL...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Six Points: Chiefs vs. Raiders

The red-hot Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) head to O.Co. Stadium for their first of two meetings with the Oakland Raiders (5-6) this season. Kickoff is slated for 4:05 p.m. ET.Only the undefeated Carolina Panthers have a longer current winning streak (11) than the Chiefs (5) do. Credit quarterback Alex Smith and top receiver Jeremy Maclin for finding their stride vs Buffalo in Week 12...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Draft Prospects: Jaylon Smith, OLB

Name: Jaylon Smith OLB, Notre Dame Height: 6’2” Weight: 236lbs NFL Comparison: Lavonte David, OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Credentials Only Manti Te’o (Chargers ILB) and Harrison Smith (Vikings S) have more total tackles at Notre Dame in the last ten years. He’s widely regarded as the top outside linebacker in 2016. To date, he’s collected 268 tackles (159 solo), and 22.5...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders 'couldn't find swagger' against Vikings

The Oakland Raiders are a young team and along with that comes the ups and downs until they can find their identity, or in this case their 'swagger.' The team is still going through growing pains and got a lesson from an young team that showed more grit and 'swagger' on Sunday. "You have to be sharp the whole game with him. Obviously, he made us pay. We just have to be sharper, more...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The 4-4 Raiders are better than their record

Sports analysts consistently make bad predictions. With a few notable exceptions, sports analysts make predictions that come true about as often as predictions that don't. In other words, their predictive capacity is the same as a coin flip's. When it comes to the Oakland Raiders, it looks like I might have been better off flipping said coin. My preseason prediction (6-10 record...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

LB Malcolm Smith making huge impact on defense for Raiders

Oakland Raiders linebacker Malcolm Smith was allowed to walk form the Seahawks when he became a free agent this offseason, but his former boss and current defensive coordinator Ken Norton made sure he would end up in the Bay Area. On Sunday, Smith showed why Norton wanted him and the Raiders are happy for his on the field play. “There are a lot of guys around the league that haven’t...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders' Malcolm Smith shows he's much more than an MVP title

Malcolm Smith earned some kindhearted ribbing when his interception return ended two yards shy of the end zone.It was the only play Smith didn't make on Sunday. The former Super Bowl MVP linebacker played a starring role in Oakland's dominant defensive outing over the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.“Malcolm has been tremendous since the day he got here,” head coach Jack Del Rio...
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders use all-around performance in latest win

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) From strong coverage on the opening kick to an interception by Malcolm Smith on the third play from scrimmage to a touchdown run by Latavius Murray two plays later, the Oakland Raiders used a team effort to jump all over the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders (3-3) kept up that play for the first three quarters and rolled to their most complete victory of the season...
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Browns Film Room: What is wrong with the Browns running game?

The Cleveland Browns are 1-2 with plenty of questions looming after falling to the Oakland Raiders 27-20. The team has struggled in multiple aspects of the game with one of the biggest problems being their running attack. The Browns are ranked 25th in rushing yards this season, including just 39 yards rushing this past Sunday versus the Raiders. There are multiple reasons for the...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Raiders have no hope this season

The opening game of the season for the Oakland Raiders was so mind boggling, I had to write two different stories with completely opposite views just to have all of my thoughts get time on the blog. Earlier, I wrote a piece on why there is still hope for the Raiders. If you’re more of an optimist, I suggest you read that and not this piece. If you’re a glutton for punishment...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders gamble on pass rush with Aldon Smith

The Oakland Raiders took a worthy risk by dipping into the free agency pool and signing former San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith, despite a possible suspension in 2015. General manager Reggie McKenzie expressed excitement to add the troubled Smith to the Raiders family. “We are confident that the Raiders provide an environment where Aldon can thrive through the support, structure...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith adds a Super Bowl mentality to the Raiders defense

Older Raiders like Justin Tuck and Charles Woodson know what it's like to hoist a Lombardi Trophy.  Those two veterans weren't voted MVP, though -- so Malcolm Smith brings something a little different to the Oakland defense. The former Seattle Seahawks linebacker was given top honors in Super Bowl XLVIII. One year later, he was back in the big game again in Arizona. Oakland wants...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign OLB Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith follows his former linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. to Oakland, where he is now the defensive coordinator. That makes sense, but it’s not clear what his role will be in Oakland. The Raiders paid him 7 million over 2 years, which suggests he’ll be a starter, after spending most of his career as a reserve in Seattle. Free agent signing Curtis Lofton is locked in at...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Biggest remaining needs for the Oakland Raiders

With the first three days of free agency now in the books, the Oakland Raiders have added seven new players to the roster: Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Defensive Tackle Dan Williams Safety Nate Allen Center Rodney Hudson Running back Roy Helu Tight end Lee Smith With those signings, the Raiders have clearly aimed to upgrade their run game and their run defense...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The 10 best value free agent signings in 2015

Armed with the largest salary cap in NFL history, teams have opened their checkbooks this in an attempt to add players that will hopefully make them a contender. As a result, the start of free agency has been fast and furious, filled with one big contract after another. This kind of free-wheeling environment, where logic goes out the window and “keeping up with the Joneses” becomes...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign 7; more likely

The Raiders yesterday announced the signing of six of the players with which they had agreed to contract terms over the negotiation window and free agency. Today, the Raiders have also announced the addition of safety Nate Allen to their roster, their seventh player of free agency to date. The players the Raiders have signed as of publishing are: Rodney Hudson, center, 25 years old...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent Signings Give Oakland Raiders Long-Lost Identity

As many football fans well know, the Oakland Raiders have been bad for a long time. They've sported an offense that can't get out of its own way and a defense that's been downright offensive to watch.But the Raiders' recent free-agent signings indicate the team is bringing back a part of itself that's been missing for too long—an identity.The acquisitions of center Rodney Hudson...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders sign DT Dan Williams, LB Curtis Lofton

The Oakland Raiders are trying to revamp their defense in free agency and have agreed to contracts with defensive tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Michael C. Wright. Raiders signing Dan Williams and Curtis Lofton per source. Getting Williams pulled them out of Knighton sweepstakes. — Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) March 11, 2015...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: Malcolm Smith Departure Shouldn't Sting

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith is headed to the Oakland Raiders, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. A Super Bowl MVP two years ago, Smith lost a prominent role in the Seahawks linebacking corps in 2014 due to the steady play of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin. All three of those linebackers are the future for the Seahawks, so there simply wasn't a place for...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders To Sign 2013 Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith

The Oakland Raiders will sign former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith on Tuesday, according to reports.Smith, who is 25, adds to an already young and talented Raiders' linebacker corps. He will likely line up at middle linebacker between third-year pro Sio Moore and second-year stud Khalil Mack, giving new head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders add former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith

By James Arcellana Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is already paying dividends as the Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Malcolm Smith. He played outside linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks where he won the Super Bowl MVP award two years ago. It is assumed that the Raiders will move Smith to middle linebacker where the team has absolutely no one right now...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle

PHOENIX (AP) Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot. He was waiting to corral Richard Sherman's fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the Super Bowl. His eyes were up and focused on Peyton Manning's fluttering pass that fell into his arms for a pick six in the second quarter of last year...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Bold Predictions for Super Bowl XLIX

The one thing we do know about the upcoming Super Bowl is that we can expect the unexpected. As has been the case in every title bout of the modern era, under-the-radar players will step up and play a major role in the outcome of the game. We saw this firsthand last year when Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith earned Super Bowl MVP honors. What about former Dallas Cowboys cornerback...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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