Limited Manti Te’o Jersey “He’s probably old enough to be a lot of our fathers, but he does an amazing job of being a big part of the fabric of our locker room. I don’t think I truly appreciate him enough. I don’t think any of us will truly appreciate how special he is until after he’s done playing.”
And the only NFL player ever to score at least 1,000 points for two franchises still has some work to do. To his records of 44 consecutive made field goals (ended last month against Tennessee) and 234 career postseason points, he wants to add the league’s all-time regular-season scoring record — he needs 188 points to pass Morten Andersen’s total of 2,544.
“If I’m fortunate enough to play two more years after this,” Vinatieri says, “and I could potentially get the record, I think I’ll bow out at that point. I don’t have any aspirations to play until I’m 50 years old.”
Mack should have more shots at Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers with San Diegoâ€™s banged-up offensive line and Rivers’ declaration earlier this season that he wanted to take deep shots against the Raiders.
â€œWe pride ourselves on that, not letting guys throw the ball over the top,â€ Mack said. â€œWeâ€™ve given up a few here and there, but itâ€™s all about getting better. Learning from your mistakes and learning from the week before, the game before.â€
Elite Bobby Portis Jersey Indeed, Oaklandâ€™s defense has improved as well, moving from the 32nd and last-ranked total defense in the league to No. 30. Not a huge leap by any stretch, but the unit is getting stops late in games.
â€œWeâ€™re making strides, man,â€ Mack said. â€œWeâ€™re making strides. I wouldnâ€™t say â€˜proud.â€™ But weâ€™re making strides. Just looking forward to this next challenge.â€
As in, win and theyâ€™re in.
If the Raiders (10-3) beat the Chargers (5-8) at Qualcomm Stadium, they will clinch their first playoff spot since 2002, which ended with a Super Bowl loss at … Qualcomm Stadium.
â€œItâ€™s always in your mind, because thatâ€™s the goal — you want to definitely be in the playoffs,â€ Mack said. â€œBut at the same time, itâ€™s not easy to do. Itâ€™s no easy task, and the challenge is to go out and try to clinch that, by any means.â€
Bosa surely would agree with that sentiment.