Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders season ends with a thud in 31-13 loss to Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham (3) scrambles away from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end George Karlaftis (56) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sat Jan 7, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (6-11) finished the 2023 season with a 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a game that was not even close.

#2 The Chiefs took the Raiders out of this game early, in the first half the Chiefs came away with a healthy 24-3 lead and quarterback Pat Mahomes set the tone early.

#3 Mahhomes also set an NFL record for the most passing and yards rushing in a season with 5562 yards previously held by former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2011.

#4 With the win the Chiefs now get to play either the Buffalo Bills or the Cincinnati Bengals on a neutral field.

#5 The Raiders last game of the season saw quarterback Jarett Stidham go 22-36 for 219 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He simply couldn’t do anything against the Chiefs pass rush Saturday.

Rich Perez and Tony Renteria did all the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts during the 2023 season for

Raiders Finish Season With a Loss To Rival Chiefs – 31-13

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) as Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill (22) defends during the second half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sat Jan 7, 2023 (AP News photo)

Raiders Finish Season With a Loss To Rival Chiefs – 31-13

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Las Vegas Raiders (6-11) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) at Allegiant Stadium 31-13 wrapping up their 2022-23 season. After last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Raiders fans looked forward to another game with Jarrett Stidham at the helm. He was nothing short of amazing amassing 365 yards in that game. For Stidham on Saturday against the Chiefs he was 22-36 for 219 yards, one touchdown and threw an interception.

This was a tall order for Las Vegas. The Chiefs are playoff bound and they matched up against the Raiders well and had to watch out for Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce all afternoon. It’s a sure bet that these two have factored into the Raiders game plan. In the last meeting between these two teams Kelce scored four touchdowns and Mahomes Saturday against the Raiders threw for 265 yards, a lethal combination. Mahomes set an NFL record for the most passing and yards rushing in a season. Mahomes rushed for a total of 5562 yards.

After the tumultuous week the Raiders went through; the horrendous episode everyone all witnessed on Monday night football involving safety Damar Hamlin and the remarkable progress this young man has seen has been an answer to nationwide, in fact, worldwide prayer. Players and coaches in pre-game warm-up wore “Love for Damar” shirts a testament to the tight-knit NFL community.

Saturday game recap: Despite the game being played in Las Vegas, the Chiefs scored in their first possession to take the early lead 7-0. It was a Mahomes to Jerick McKinnon pass for 2 Yds. The Raiders were unable to score a touchdown but settled for a Daniel Carlson 54 yard field goal trailing 7-3.

It was a bumpy road for Las Vegas in the second quarter. The Chiefs scored two rushing touchdowns. The first at 14:56 a Ronald Jones two yard rush. At 0.49 Kadarius Toney rushed for 11 yards and the Chiefs third touchdown of the game. With seconds left on the clock before the half the Chiefs intercepted a pass intended for Mack Hollins. Harrison Butker went on to kick a 44 yard field goal giving the Chiefs a 24-3 lead at halftime.

The Raiders had been able to move the ball but had not been to find the end zone. They would drive into Chief territory but had to settle for field goals every time. At 6:55 in the third quarter kicker Daniel Carlson kicked a 38 yard field goal. Las Vegas desperately needed to score touchdowns trailing 24-6.

Going into the fourth quarter the Chiefs had a strangle hold on this game; everything was going their way. Kansas City had four red zone possessions and four touchdowns. Their fourth touchdown was a fourth quarter strike. Isiah Pacheco rushed for one yard giving the Chiefs a 31-6 lead. The Raider were able to score a touchdown late in the fourth. Stidham found Hunter Renfrow in the end zone. The Chiefs had clinched for the top seed in the playoffs.

Kansas City ran rough shod all over the Raiders the entire game. Stidham did not have a great game. Granted he did complete some nice passes but was intercepted and he was just inconsistent.

Patrick Mahomes finished with 202 yards targeting seven different receivers. The Chiefs will now start preparing for the playoffs while the Raiders will be looking into what went so wrong this season as well as what this team will look like next season at the quarterback position.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: NFL exec says Carr’s removal was “classless” and “trash”

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws one of his last passes for the Raiders in his last game with the team on Sat Dec 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich an unnamed NFL executive said that the Las Vegas Raiders way of cutting Derek Carr was “classless” and that the organization treated him like “trash” after letting him go after the Raiders loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec 24th.

#2 The Raiders in releasing Carr incur $5.25 million of dead cap room and in all intensive purposes from all appearances the Raiders are set to release or trade Carr. Carr reportedly has blocked the Raiders on his social media accounts.

#3 Football is a business but benching Carr after being the starting quarterback for nine years and not letting him suit up and be with the team after some of the close games the Raiders had been in just didn’t make sense.

#4 Jarrett Stidham the new starting quarterback for the Raiders had a incredible first game against the San Francisco 49ers including a 60 yard touchdown pass that put the Raiders up by ten. The Raiders however couldn’t hold onto the lead and lost it by a field goal in overtime.

#5 The Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday at Allegiant Stadium to close out their regular season. The Chiefs are coming in hot they’ve won four straight games and are 13-3 Rich what is your prediction for this match up on Saturday?

Rich Perez filled in for Tony Renteria who does the Raider podcasts Tuesdays at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: 49ers overtime field goal eliminates Raiders from post season

San Francisco 49ers place kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks a 23-yard field goal during overtime that defeated the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Jan 1, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich, the Las Vegas Raiders (6-10) had a ten point 24-14 lead with 10:22 left in the third quarter after wide receiver Devante Adams caught a 60 yard pass from quarterback Jarrett Stidham at that point it looked as if the Raiders might just have a shot at this game.

#2 But the reputation of not holding onto leads befelled the Raiders as the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) in pursuit of their ninth straight win tied up the game with at 12:34 when kicker Robbie Gould booted a 43 yard field goal to make it 24-24 and the 49ers never looked back at that point.

#3 Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson hit a 57 yarder with 4:08 remaining in the game to tie it up 27-27 and their was just that faint light at the tunnel for the Raiders.

#4 It was not to be for the Raiders every time the Raiders would tie the game the 49ers would come back and take the lead. With the score tied 34-34 with 6:53 left in overtime Robbie Gould delivered again for the 49ers kicking a 23 yard field goal to hand the 49ers a 37-34 win at Allegiant Stadium.

#5 The Raiders close out the 2022-23 season with a match up against the Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) at Allegiant Stadium. The Chiefs also come into Allegiant one of the NFL’s hottest teams with a four game winning streak. What is your prediction for the outcome of this contest?

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Carr benched looks to be finished with Raiders; Eagles express interest in quarterback

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) was feeling the pressure of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense all game long particularly the second half where the Raiders were shutout on Sat Dec 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels expressed his disappointment in the last two loses to the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers both loses came in the last minute of the games. The Raiders in the second half of their game in Pittsburgh were completely shutout and quarterback Derek Carr could not get the ball moving.

On Wednesday McDaniels addressing the media said that Carr will be benched for the next two games and it was also reported that Carr will not even be in Allegiant Stadium suited up or otherwise for the games against the 49ers and Chiefs as the Raiders finish out their season in the next two weeks in Las Vegas.

Carr was not at practice on Wednesday and most likely he was told by McDaniels when he came to practice Wednesday morning that he would be benched and that he needed to clear out his locker his season was done. There had been talk that the Philadelphia Eagles who are looking for a starting quarterback are preparing to make a trade offer with the Raiders who earned over $22 million this season with the Raiders has three years left on his contract which the Eagles and Raiders might end up splitting.

Jarrett Stidham will be the Raiders new starting quarterback and Chase Garbers will be his back up. Stidham got a few snaps this season will see action against a powerful San Francisco 49ers defense whose pass rush is one of the most effective in pro football no doubt this will truly be a big test for Stidham and the Raiders offensive line trying to protect him.

The Raiders might express interest in Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Matt Ryan if Stidham doesn’t pan out. Ryan will be a healthy scratch on Monday Night Football and will be replaced by Nick Foles. The Raiders might take a look at Ryan in the off season and he could be on the Raiders short list in finding a starting quarterback for 2023.

Rich Perez does the Raiders podcasts after every home and away game at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers Purdy drops Commanders with two TDs and great offensive performance

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders at Levi Stadium Santa Clara on Sat Dec 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, there was little doubt where the contest between the Washington Commanders and San Francisco 49ers were headed. The 49ers offense showed control and quarterback Brock Purdy threw for two touchdowns in the win.

#2 The 49ers are unstoppable at this point they worked hard and beat some of the best teams in the NFL and as their reward they have won eight straight games also Purdy is the first quarterback in franchise history start at 3-0.

#3 Washington has now lost two in a row and their playoff hopes have dimmed after this loss to the 49ers on Saturday.

#4 Purdy had three balls tipped down at the line of scrimmage during the first two quarters that kept 49ers from establishing a rhythm on offense.

#5 The Niners are their way to Las Vegas to face off with the Raiders (7-8) the Raiders have won four of their last six games. The Niners defense have been the tops in the NFL how do you see this match up next Sunday.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Steelers eliminate Raiders from playoffs; Pickens catch wins it for Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) runs after a catch with Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Luke Masterson (59) defending during the second half in Pittsburgh on Sat Dec 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) wide receiver George Pickens catches a 14 yard pass with 46 seconds left in the game down 10-6 put the Steelers over the top with a 13-10.

#2 Las Vegas Raiders (6-9) wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught a first quarter touchdown to get the Raiders on the board for a 14 yard catch.

#3 Despite getting intercepted three times quarterback Derek Carr helped the Raiders hold onto the lead for most of the game.

#4 It was a heartbreak loss for the Raiders losing in the last few seconds for the second time in three games. The last time was in Los Angeles against the Rams. The Raiders battled for their last six games.

#5 The Raiders host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for a 1:05pm kick off. The 49ers won their eighth straight game tonight against Washington. How do you see this match up Sunday?

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Raiders Fall to Steelers in Final Minutes 13-10

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) gets a block by teammate Diontae Johnson (18) against Las Vegas Raiders safety Duron Harmon (30) during the second half in Pittsburgh on Sat Dec 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

Raiders Fall to Steelers in Final Minutes 13-10

By Barbara Mason

Christmas Eve the Las Vegas Raiders (6-9) traveled cross-country to the frozen tundra of Acrisure Stadium home of the Pittsburg Steelers (7-8). Both teams are in the hunt for a playoff berth needing a lot of help.

The Raiders took the field Saturday evening with snow flurries throughout the first half. The Steelers got a game winning touchdown with 46 seconds left from wide receiver George Pickens who scored on a 14 yard pass for the 13-10 win.

Las Vegas got right to work driving downfield to start the first quarter. The Raiders got up on the scoreboard in their first possession taking a 7-0 lead. Derek Carr connected with Hunter Renfrow for 14 yards and the early lead. The Steelers was unable to score in the opening quarter.

The Raiders defense was doing a great job holding Pittsburg to a single field goal late int he second quarter. Las Vegas would extend their lead with five seconds left in the half. Daniel Carlson made a 40 yard field goal for a 10-3 halftime lead. This had been an efficient first half for both teams with very few penalties and no challenges. Pittsburg would get the ball to start the second half.

The Las Vegas defense continued to dominate and at 11:57 in the third quarter Denzel Perryman intercepted the ball at the Raider 29 returning it to the Pittsburg 47 yard line.

The Steelers returned the favor on the very next play intercepting a Carr pass intended for Foster Moreau returning it to the Steeler 44. The Raiders’ had squandered a golden opportunity. Las Vegas held the Steelers to a 52 yard field goal attempt which failed with 7:22 left in the third quarter.

With 4:40 left in the third, the Steelers pulled in their second interception of the game. A pass intended for Hunter Renfrow was tipped by Renfrow and landed in the hands of Pittsburg’s Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Raiders defense continued to come up big holding Pittsburg time after time.

The Raiders offense had cooled off even more than the 12 degree temperature on the field. Going into the fourth quarter there had been three interceptions, a missed field goal in this game with the Raiders stubbornly holding onto a slim 10-3 lead.

At 9:47 in the fourth quarter the Raiders held the Steelers to a 40 yard field goal. Las Vegas still led 10-6. With under two minutes the Raider defense collapsed allowing the Steelers to drive deep into the red zone. With 46 ticks left on the clock the Steelers Kenny Pickett connected with George Pickens for 14 yards in the end zone to take the lead 13-10.

Derek Carr would target Hunter Renfrow deep in Steeler territory that was intercepted by Pittsburgh and that was the game. The final was 13-10.

Las Vegas did not score once in the second half, not the first time we have seen this . It was a total collapse on both sides of the ball in the second half. Derek Carr finished with 143 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Josh Jacobs only had 44 rushing yards. With stats like this it’s pretty hard to win a football game.

The Raiders will travel home to take on the former rival San Francisco 49ers on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders Christmas eve win in Pittsburgh can keep post season hopes alive

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) catches a 30-yard touchdown pass against New England Patriots cornerback Marcus Jones (25) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun 12-18-22 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (6-8) got a win in a zany play when the New England Patriots Rhomondre Stevenson who got a hand off and ran for 23 yards and took the ball and flipped the ball back to teammate Jakobi Meyers who threw the ball cross field in order to keep the ball alive but the Raiders Chandler Jones was there to pick it up and run it 48 yards for a touchdown with no time left in the Raiders shocking 30-24 win.

#2 Tony did you feel that the Raiders had a little extra effort, a little extra something, a little anger in them after that Thursday Night Football loss to the Los Angeles Rams and they weren’t going to take no for an answer from the Patriots last Sunday?

#3 Sheer determination for a team that had won three in a row they believed in themselves and it showed it with grit toward the end of the fourth quarter to make the come back with just 32 seconds left the Raiders got miracles from Keelan Cole who caught a 30 yard pass for a touchdown with 32 seconds left and the Jones recovery with no time left.

#4 The Raiders are in Pittsburgh to face the Steelers (6-8) on Christmas Eve at Acrisure Stadium. The Steelers have won three of their last four games. The Steelers came away with a rather handedly win over the Carolina Panthers 24-16 last Sunday. Tony how do you you see this match up on Saturday?

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Raiders Beat New England Off A Bizarre Patriot Play 30-24

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones (55) breaks a tackle by New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) to score a touchdown on an interception during the second half at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Dec 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

Raiders Beat New England Off A Bizarre Patriot Play 30-24

By Barbara Mason

The Las Vegas Raiders (6-8) took on the New England Patriots (7-7) Sunday after losing a close one to the Los Angeles Rams 17-16 last week. The Raiders controlled the first half in that game but had a real letdown in the second half only scoring a field goal in last week’s loss in Los Angeles. The Raiders down 24-17 came back with no time left to beat the Patriots 30-24 on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Raiders had a 17-3 lead after the first two quarters of today’s game in Las Vegas. As in last week’s game, they played a solid first half.

It was not looking very good for Las Vegas allowing the Patriots to score 21 straight points in the second half. When it looked like the Raiders would lose their second straight game Las Vegas scored two touchdowns in the final 32 seconds. it was another thriller for the Raiders as the clock began to wind down. A wilder finish could not have been more beautifully scripted.

With the score tied at 24 and .32 seconds left on the clock the Patriots attempted a number of pitches more than likely trying to avoid overtime. The Patriots did avoid overtime but in favor of the Raiders.

The final lateral was a disaster ending up in the hands of Raider pass-rusher Chandler Jones who got past New England quarterback Mac Jones and saw nothing but open field. He romped for a 48 yard touchdown and the improbable win 30-24.

Derek Carr finished with 231 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Running back Josh Jacobs had 93 rushing yards continuing to shore up the Raider running game. Las Vegas had a cumulative 231 receiving yards with Keelan Cole catching for 50 yards, the team high. Carr and Jacobs both had one fumble but recovered both of them.

This was a most dramatic finish for Las Vegas and really messed with New England’s playoff hopes. It is a shame that the Raiders started to come around so late in the season. A better start by Las Vegas could have possibly put them into a good position for a post-season.

Next week the Raiders will be taking on the Pittsburg Steelers on Saturday evening at 5:15. Both teams have 6-8 records. Las Vegas will be on the road for that game.