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>The final Thursday night game of the season couldn’t be much more forgettable.Denver and Indianapolis are hard enough to watch with a full week to prepare. On short notice: UGH!The Broncos (4-9) have been one of the league’s major disappointments Evander Kane Sharks Jersey , and they broke an eight-game skid last Sunday by manhandling the undermanned Jets. Indianapolis (3-10) has dropped four straight and seven of eight.Enough said.Denver, ranked 25th in the AP Pro32, is a 1-point favorite at Lucas Oil Stadium. At least the Colts (No. 30 in AP Pro32) won’t have to freeze in a blizzard as they lose this one.BRONCOS, 13-10KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIPOf all the choices Pro Picks has ever made for this category, none has been worse than taking Cincinnati over Chicago last Sunday. Thanks for not showing up, Bengals.Regardless, we march on with NEW ORLEANS.No. 15 Green Bay (plus 2) at No. 7 CarolinaAfter barely escaping Cleveland, not buying Packers, not even with A-Rod.BEST BET: PANTHERS, 26-20No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (plus 2 1-2) at No. 10 SeattleSeahawks are too darn undisciplined as well as injured.UPSET SPECIAL: RAMS, 31-21No. 3 New England (minus 2 1-2) at No. 1 PittsburghNot quite Game of the Millennium anymore, but still a good one.PATRIOTS, 33-27No. 11 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 1 1-2) at No. 14 Kansas City, SaturdayAnother huge matchup in the playoff race. Bolts are charging, but …CHIEFS: 21-20No. 16 Dallas (plus 1) at No. 20 OaklandThe other AFC West contender is getting desperate.RAIDERS, 24-21No. 2 Philadelphia (minus 7 1-2) at No. 31 New York GiantsFoles won’t fail the Eagles, at least not this week.EAGLES Adidas David Pastrnak Jersey , 20-10No. 23 (tie) Cincinnati (plus 10) at No. 4 MinnesotaWill Bungles, uh, Bengals show up this time? Have our doubts.VIKINGS, 27-16No. 9 Atlanta (minus 3 1-2) at No. 29 Tampa BayThis is simple: Falcons are better team by more than this spread.FALCONS, 27-17No. 26 (tie) Houston (plus 9 1-2) at No. 8 JacksonvilleA win and Jaguars are in playoffs. Say what?JAGUARS, 26-10No. 23 (tie) New York Jets (plus 16) at No. 6 New OrleansHow, exactly, are the Jets going to score? Maybe on defense, but …SAINTS 30-6No. 21 Arizona (plus 6) at No. 22 WashingtonTwo teams destroyed by injuries this season.CARDINALS, 22-17No. 12 Baltimore (minus 7) at No. 32 ClevelandSeems a matter of time before Browns win one. Actually, no.RAVENS, 17-13No. 13 Tennessee (plus 2 1-2) at No. 26 (tie) San FranciscoTitans could short-circuit playoff chances by flopping here.TITANS, 20-16No. 28 Chicago (plus 5 1-2) at No. 17 Detroit, Saturday“The Last Jedi” opens this week. Good time to go see it.LIONS, 16-13No. 19 Miami (OFF) at No. 18 BuffaloForget last week, Dolphins don’t like Western New York.BILLS, 17-152017 RECORD:Last week: Against spread (6-8-2). Straight up (8-8)Season Totals: Against spread (96-96-8). Straight up: (128-78)Best Bet: 8-6 against spread Jason Spriggs Jersey , 9-5 straight up.Upset special: 8-6 against spread, 8-6 straight up Jon Gruden hopes he’s a candidate to return for a second stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders and believes a final decision will be made next week.

Gruden made his most specific comments about the opening in Oakland in an interview Tuesday with the Bay Area News Group . The Raiders fired coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday following a disappointing six-win season

”My understanding is they’re interviewing candidates this week and they’re going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision,” Gruden told the paper.

When asked specifically if he was a candidate, Gruden replied: ”Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate.”

The Raiders are not commenting on the search beyond a statement issued Sunday night from owner Mark Davis thanking Del Rio for his tenure.

Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. After leading the Raiders to 8-8 records his first two years, Gruden helped the team reach the AFC title game following the 2000 season and got Oakland back into the playoffs the following season.

Gruden’s tenure ended shortly after the ”Tuck Rule” loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.

Gruden beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers but didn’t win another playoff game for Tampa Bay in his final six seasons. He has a 95-81 career record.

Gruden has spent the past nine seasons working as an announcer for ESPN and is scheduled to work the playoff game Saturday in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Tennessee Titans. ESPN first reported the likelihood of Gruden returning to Oakland on the eve of the season finale that Oakland lost.

Del Rio was fired following the 30-10 defeat to the Chargers, leading to the current search.

The Raiders will be required to comply with the ”Rooney Rule” and interview at least one minority candidate or otherwise face discipline from the NFL.

John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance which monitors the NFL’s minority hiring, said he is confident the Raiders will follow the rules and doesn’t consider the process a sham despite reports Gruden would get the job before it even opened.

Wooten pointed to the Raiders’ history under late owner Al Davis and his son, Mark, in hiring minority candidates, from making Art Shell the first African-American head coach in modern NFL history in 1989 and then bringing him back for a second stint in 2006.

Tom Flores was the first Hispanic coach to win a Super Bowl and the team also hired Hue Jackson as coach in 2011 and currently employs Reggie McKenzie as general manager.

”I trust the integrity of Mark Davis and Reggie and what they have done,” Pollard said. ”I trust they will follow the rule and I believe that.”

 

 


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