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Lowly Raiders Need a Hollywood Makeover

Photo: Casey Bisson

Photo: Casey Bisson

It’s difficult to make much sense of the NFL through the first quarter of the regular season, but this much is crystal-clear:

The Oakland Raiders are bad. Again.

After an 0-4 start, head coach Dennis Allen was fired Monday night over the phone, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. It turns out that an overall record of 8-28 doesn’t get you the decency of a face-to-face meeting.

On Tuesday, general manager Reggie McKenzie tabbed Tony Sparano to steer this sinking ship for the next 12 games. Nine of those games will come against opponents that had winning records last season.

Coincidentally on the same day Allen was fired in Oakland, Anschutz Entertainment Group announced that it is seeking a six-month extension with the city of Los Angeles on the Farmers Field project, via ESPNLA.com’s Arash Markazi. The extension would allow more time for AEG to pursue an NFL team.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last week that league sources think the Raiders could generate $2 billion or more if sold and that a sale could accelerate a move to Los Angeles.

With the Raiders about to hit the reset button yet again, the writing is on the wall in bold, bright letters for owner Mark Davis.

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Week 4 NFL Picks

Photo: Mike Morbeck

Photo: Mike Morbeck

Green Bay at Chicago – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Bears

Buffalo at Houston – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Texans

Tennessee at Indianapolis – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Colts

Carolina at Baltimore – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Ravens

Detroit at NY Jets – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Jets

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Thursday Night Preview: Giants vs. Redskins

Photo: Keith Allison

Photo: Keith Allison

Week 4’s installment of Thursday Night Football features a pivotal NFC East matchup in our nation’s capital between the 1-2 New York Giants and the 1-2 Washington Redskins.

The winner will notch its first division win and even its record at 2-2, while the loser will spend at least the next 10 days in the NFC East basement.

So who has the advantage? It depends on your viewpoint.

History tells us that the road team is at a clear disadvantage on a short week. Since 2006, visiting teams win just 36.4 percent of the time on Thursday night, according to The Hoya’s Michael Ippolito. So far in 2014, road teams have been outscored 118-36 on Thursday night.

The Giants are riding high after last week’s 30-17 win over the Houston Texans, but having to travel on a condensed work week could be a momentum killer.

Then there are injuries for the home team. After last Sunday’s 37-34 slugfest loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins’ injury report on Wednesday included 17 players. Is three days enough time to recuperate for another divisional opponent?

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Week 3 NFL Picks

San Diego at Buffalo – 1 p.m. (CBS)2013 - PHILIP RIVERS

Pick: Chargers

Dallas at St. Louis – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Cowboys

Houston at NY Giants– 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Texans

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Week 2 NFL Picks

2013 - JJ WATTMiami at Buffalo – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pick: Bills

Detroit at Carolina – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Lions

Atlanta at Cincinnati – 1 p.m. (FOX)

Pick: Bengals

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