The A’s took another step closer to the American League West title Tuesday when Josh Donaldson delivered a two-out bases-loaded single off the Los Angeles Angels’ Michael Kohn, good for a 2-1 victory.
Oakland will win the division with any combination of six A’s wins and Texas Rangers losses.
– John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News
So not even handling their business at home against woeful Jacksonville was enough to give the Raiders a bigger bump.
But that’s what happens when you score a touchdown on your opening drive and then have to settle for five field goal attempts, missing one, against the Jaguars. And when you lose your highest-paid player in $9.5 million strong safety Tyvon Branch to a broken leg for an indefinite amount of time. And the timing couldn’t be worse, a week before traveling to No. 2-ranked Denver for “Monday Night Football.”
– Paul Guttierez, ESPN
If you were trying to create an NFL team with the expressed purpose of defeating the Indianapolis Colts, that team would look a lot like the San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco has a bruising pass rush led by defensive lineman Justin Smith and outside linebacker Aldon Smith, and the Colts have a rookie making his first start at left guard Sunday on the offensive line.
An Indianapolis defensive secondary that has had communication problems in each of the first two games faces a powerful and crafty veteran receiver in Anquan Boldin, who burned the Colts for five catches for 145 yards and one touchdown in the playoffs last season as a Baltimore Raven.
– George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin