An NFL team never met a bye week it didn’t like. They always seem to come at the right time, allowing the injured to rest and recoup before the home stretch.
The Raiders are in desperate need of respite following Sunday’s 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The offensive line is in shambles, with no healthy centers and inexperience throughout the front five. They have health issues at other spots, and plenty to work on with the extra practices afforded during the bye.
The Raiders will work Tuesday and Wednesday before giving players a long weekend off.
- Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area
The 49ers were penalized just four times on Sunday. They have been flagged a total of seven times in the past two games after being flagged 39 times in the first four games. Earlier in the season, San Francisco was committing silly penalties (especially on defense) at an alarming rate. They hurt the team in losses to Seattle and Indianapolis. It seems like they have cleaned the issue up, which is vital moving forward.
- Bill Williamson, ESPN
Of the numerous tough decisions that the Giants GM has to make, deciding whether or not to bring Lincecum back may be the hardest. A qualifying offer estimated at $14 million is almost certainly not going to get it done, even if there’s no way that the right-hander is going to get a multi-year deal worth the $22 million yearly salary he made in 2013.
They could let him go in another not-so-amicable parting of ways a la Brian Wilson, but how will the fans react to seeing another one of the faces of the team being gone? Imagine if for some reason (it’s unlikely, but just go with me here), Lincecum signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the (gasp) divisional rival Los Angeles Dodgers — and helped them to yet another NL West title and postseason run next season?
- Thom Tsang, Rant Sports