Smoke from the cluster of devastating and still surging North Bay fires has officials from the Raiders, Cal and Stanford monitoring the air quality as those teams prepare to host games this weekend.
"You definitely could smell it. We'll see".
The Raiders are beatable, even if Derek Carr returns to the lineup. "That's hard. Being 2-3 is not hard when we really think about it. Our prayers are with them that they can have peace and encouragement".
This could all change, as the regular season isn't even at the midway point.
Amari Cooper appeared to be poised for a breakout year after eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark in each of his first two NFL seasons, but he has been one of the most disappointing players in the NFL thus far.
The Raiders aren't turning on one another, understanding 11 games offers plenty of time to get right. We just want everything to be perfect and, in this game, it's not going to be that way.
"Yeah", Cooper said softly, "I was open". "When something like that happens and then someone tells you what it really is, you just sit there and think you're fortunate, you're blessed".
It's Thursday and this is the Black Hole Roll Call.
Several quarterbacks in their 30s seem to be heading in the other direction - Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler. He feels confident that "the ball will find [him]".
The Chargers hope they can keep them there with an offense that has weapons. The Raiders are getting their butts kicked in the first quarter during a three-game losing streak.
The Raiders, 49ers, Athletics, Giants, Warriors, Sharks and Earthquakes also set up a website (www.youcaring.com/firerelief ) for fans to make their own donations.
Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. They gave up an opening drive touchdown in two of three defeats and have been outscored 31-3 the last three games.
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