ALAMEDA –Wrapped in the cocoon of preparation, the Raiders were oblivious Thursday to north bay wildfires which fueled speculation their home game against the Los Angeles Chargers could be delayed or even relocated.

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‘Unhealthy’ air quality forces Raiders to change schedule

So when the NFL issued a statement saying “at this point, the game remains scheduled for Sunday in Oakland,” it came as a surprise there was ever a thought of playing anywhere else.

The air quality seemed improved, even if a few players, including wide receiver Michael Crabtree, wore pollen masks to filter some of the smoke.

“I mean, you notice it, but it’s not something we’re playing attention to,” Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack said. “We’re so focused, that’s the mindset. Focused on the game, man. Not all the external factors.”

Of particular interest for the Raiders defensively is keeping running back Melvin Gordon under wraps as much as possible and forcing quarterback Philip Rivers into turnovers.

For all his prolific numbers, and Rivers should finish this season with more than 50,000 career passing yards, the one that interests the Raiders most are turnovers. In his past 53 games dating back to the start of the start of the 2014 season, Rivers …read more

Source:: East Bay – Sports

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