Belichick: Oakland crowds ‘intense’

As the Raiders prepare to play what is expected to be their final game at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, tributes have poured in from across the NFL.

Add Patriots coach Bill Belichick to the list of people who have special memories about the stadium.

“There was the game and there were all the other aspects of the game,” Belichick said. “The Oakland crowd was a lot more intense than the L.A. crowd. … Pretty intense fans. It’s like Halloween there every Sunday.”

Belichick has a long history with the Coliseum, beginning when he was with the Broncos as an assistant special teams coach in 1978 at the height of what he recalled “a very intense rivalry.”

When he became a head coach, Belichick said he used to tell his players not to stand too close to him in case fans threw something in his direction and missed.

“It’s a great environment,” he said. “It’s a baseball stadium, so it’s configured that way — you don’t really see that much anymore. They’ve had some great games out there.”

Briefly: The Bears (7-6) activated defensive tackle Akiem Hicks from injured reserve a day before a key matchup against the Green Bay Packers (10-3). A Pro Bowl pick last season, Hicks dislocated his elbow during an Oct. 6 game against the Raiders in London. … The Broncos signed nose tackle Kyle Peko off the Colts’ practice squad and promoted defensive lineman Deyon Sizer from their own practice squad because of a rash of injuries along the D-line. To make room on the roster, Denver waived outside linebacker Ahmad Gooden and placed rookie receiver Juwann Winfree (hamstring) on IR. … The Lions put two more players on injured reserve, adding linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle, knee) and guard Joe Dahl (back, knee), and signed running back Wes Hills and tackle Dan Skipper from the practice squad.

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