San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy affixes his cap after the 49ers defeated the Las Vegas Raiders on Sun Jan 1, 2023 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. On Sat Jan 14, 2023 at Levi Stadium the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks for the Wild Card Playoff. (AP News photo)
David talks NFL playoffs and predictions:
#1 Dave, let’s take each scheduled game one at a time, lets start with Saturday’s NFC Wild Card game Seattle and San Francisco.
#2 Next we have game two of the Saturday playoff doubleheader with the Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars.
#3 Four games are scheduled for this Sunday’s playoffs with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.
#4 New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings is the second game for the afternoon and Tony will give you his prediction.
#5 The Baltimore Ravens are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals a 5:15 kickoff.
#6 Rounding playoff schedule the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kickoff at 5:15 on Monday Night Football as well Dave who do you like in this one.
Damar Hamlin seen here without his helmet on before game against the Los Angeles Rams at Inglewood at SoFi Stadium on Sep 8, 2021 (AP New file photo)
On the NFL Playoffs podcast with Tony Reneria:
#1 Tony, the NFL last night canceling Monday Night Football’s suspended game between the Buffalo Bills (12-3) and the Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) after defensive tackle Darmar Hamlin had to be treated on the field for a cardiac arrest. At first Tony it looked like this game was really need to be played at some point to help decide the outcome of the AFC playoffs now it’s not going to be played at all.
#2 Doctors have said that Hamlin has made dramatic improvements including squeezing the hands of family members in the hospital, he’s reportedly been able to move his hands and feet and has even spoken to family members.
#3 So this game with the Bills and Bengals is canceled and off the books but do you see a possibility that these two teams could match up down the line in the playoffs?
#4 The Kanas City Chiefs (13-3) are sitting in a good position and they’ve got home field advantage, they get a bye at the begging of the playoffs and have just dominate on both sides of the football going into post season.
#5 Tony lastly talk about the Los Angeles Chargers (10-6) and the Baltimore Ravens (10-6) both teams finishing in second in their respective divisions and have both finished soundly to end the regular season. What do you like about these two teams chances in the AFC playoffs.
Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito in drills back on Wed May 26, 2021 will not be in Sunday’s line up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (AP News photo)
On Las Vegas Raiders podcast:
#1 Rich, offensive lineman Richie Incognito will not be in the line up Sunday and Denzelle Good is out for the season the pressure to hold the Steel Curtain Sunday will be on John Simpson like last week against the Ravens. Simpson will have to be on his A game against the Steelers defense Sunday.
#2 Rich, talk about the front seven and how difficult it will be for Raiders center Andre James and the offensive line against the Pittsburgh Steelers front seven Sunday at Heinz Field.
#3 Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs impressed the coaching staff in camp and in practices to earn the job at starting nickel back. The coaches after the Baltimore game said Hobbs hasn’t seen competition until he faces the Steelers Sunday.
#4 Rich, Hunter Renfrow had himself a game the coaches say he was a huge part of the receiving core last Monday night with six catches for 70 yards and of those 59 yards came from catching them in the slot.
#5 The Raiders defense will try and read the Steelers offense all game long Sunday. The Steelers handled the Buffalo Bills in their last win last week 23-16. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 18-32 for 188 yards and threw for one touchdown. How do you see the Raiders defense attempting to shut down Roethlisberger’s game down Sunday?
Raiders win in classic opening day style 33-27 in OT
By Rich Perez
Sports Radio Service Raiders beat writer
LAS VEGAS-The Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) beat the Baltimore Ravens (0-1) 33-27 in a game at a sold out Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas Nevada where 61,756 fans attended on Monday Night Football’s prime time show.
The game marks the first win with fans in the arena and The Raiders put on a tremendous second half come back to beat the Ravens in overtime. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 34 for 56 for 435 yards, two touchdowns and and an interception.
Carr threw a 31 yard pass to wide receiver Zay Jones for the game winning touchdown in overtime. The Raiders had to tie the game three times to keep up with the Ravens in the fourth quarter. Carr’s second touchdown pass was set up after Carl Nassib strip sacked Ravens quarterback Lemar Jackson at the 27.
The Raiders had got into trouble when Carr had thrown an interception at the one yard line on the first play on offense in overtime and also were called for delay of game just before they were supposed to kick a field goal. The Raiders with the offense back out on the field Carr under center threw the game winning touchdown pass to Jones for the game winning touchdown.
Carr had a great game he was steady and consistent, he had one interception that bounced off of Willie Snead’s hands to end the game or what would’ve ended the game, got deflected off a Ravens helmet and that was the pick at the goal line late in the game.
The defense held on against a quick Jackson and nullified his attempt at most runs. Max Crosby had a tremendous game and was all over Lamar Jackson all night. Jackson offensively threw 19-30 for 235 yards and one touchdown. The Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson tied the game with a 37 yard field goal with 37 second left in the ball game to keep the Raiders alive before the game winning touchdown pass to Jones.
It was Carr throwing to a clearly open wide receiver Jones who took it in giving the Raiders the win in a hard fought overtime game. “It was really special, I’m really happy that we got the win on the day that kind of made a little bit of history, which is like really nice to do.” said Nassib during the post game press conference.
*Next up a trip to Pittsburgh 10:00 AM PDT at Heinz Field on Sun Sep 19th.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr meets with the media at the Raiders Henderson Nevada facility on Wed Aug 25, 2021 (photo from the Las Vegas Review Journal)
On the Raiders podcast with Rich:
#1 Rich the buzz still is warm from last week’s First Take program when ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson said that he doesn’t care what anybody thinks and that he likes Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and that Carr is an elite quarterback. Rich in your opinion how far has Carr got to go from being considered an elite quarterback.
#2 Of the elite quarterback class that was listed in the conversation Aaron Rogers, Pat Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady no one would be too shocked if you mention them for Hall of Fame caliber talent.
#3 Rich, talk about the benefit the Raiders got not using Carr in any of the pre season games and head coach Jon Gruden staying on the side of caution to prevent injuries to Carr and back up Marcus Mariota.
#4 Will defense be in question for the Raiders this season. The Raiders allowed a lot of scoring and Carr got sacked quite a bit towards the end of last season.
#5 First game of the season the Raiders host the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium and once again First Take and ESPN’s Stephen Jackson chimed in on Ravens quarterback LeMar Jackson regarding being an elite quarterback to which Stephen A said “Not Elite!” and he also added, “Until you can throw that football accurately under duress period” he won’t be in the elite class.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (8) gets some support during practice drills back on Tue Jun 15, 2021. Carr is all set to start against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football for the Sep 13th opener (AP file photo)
On the Raiders podcast with Rich:
#1 Rich, from what you seen in practice and pre season how ready are the Raiders as they open their season against the Baltimore Ravens in week 1 on Monday Night Football.
#2 ESPN football analyst Keyshawn Johnson said that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is in the elite quarterback list to which Johnson received a lot of backlash for. Johnson was challenged that if there were a poll between Carr and the Rams Matt Stafford, Stafford would win by a landslide to which Johnson said he’s not paying any attention to a poll but what Carr has done on the field and that’s why he’s convinced Carr is an elite quarterback.
#3 During Wednesday’s presser head coach Jon Gruden didn’t comment about acquiring linebacker KJ Wright from the Seattle Seahawks but he did say a lot of good things about the linebackers they have. The Raiders released Tanner Muse who was a 2020 draft pick. Rich, just to get your thoughts on the Raiders getting Wright and releasing Muse.
#4 Rich, the Raiders signed running back Peyton Barber this week Barber played with the Washington Football Team and last season and had 270 yards, four touchdowns, and has started 30 games career. How much of a plus will Barber add at running back.
#5 Rich, talk about how ready is Ravens starting quarterback LeMar Jackson for this opener he had his vaccine issues and he’s under center against the Raiders will he need time to throw or will he rush more on Monday Night Football?
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance who suffered a micro chip fracture against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sun Aug 29, 2021 will be out for seven days but is expected back for the 49ers opener in Detroit on Sep 12th at Ford Field in Detroit (AP News photo)
#1 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance has suffered a chip fracture on his finger after hitting his hand on Las Vegas Raiders defender Max Richardson’s helmet on Sunday and will be sidelined in what is being a call a micro chip bone fracture and should be back by Sep 12th for the 49ers opener in Detroit.
#1 Dave, all the talk has been about week 1 versus the Detroit Lions in Detroit as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is considering mixing quarterbacks as Jimmy Garoppolo will start and and Trey Lance would be doing work on the mid series.
#2 Dave, with the 49ers mixing series between Garoppolo and Lance is this another strategy to keep opposing defenses off balance because each quarterback has their own individual way of staying in the pocket and running the football?
#4 Dave, talking about the Detroit Lions the oddsmakers have the 49ers picked to run up the score on them, the Lions are coached by Dan Campbell, at right tackle is first round pick Penei Sewell, and former Cal quarterback Jared Goff under center how do you see this first game kicking off?
The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers (12) gets in for a one yard keeper just getting away from Los Angeles Rams defender John Johnson (43) in the first half of the NFC title game on Sat Jan 16, 2021 in Green Bay (AP News photo)
On the NFL Playoffs podcast with Barabara:
#1 The Los Angeles Rams got into Green Bay on Saturday and played in 30 plus degree weather at the Frozen Tundra at Lambeau Field how much of a difference did that make in their game which turned out to be a 32-18 loss.
#2 The Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens played a relatively low scoring game by playoff standards and the Bills came away the winner 17-3 and are headed to the AFC Championship. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 206 yards and a touchdown he’s been having a terrific post season.
#3 The Kansas City Chiefs defense kept the pressure up on the Cleveland Browns as the Browns could only muster a field goal in the first quarter and a touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Meanwhile Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes threw for 255 yards and one touchdown for the 22-17 win.
#4 It looked like the Saints might have made things interesting to start their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scoring six in the first quarter and seven in the second quarter but the Bucs in the second quarter came back and scored 13, seven in the second and ten in the third to get a ten point win over the Saints 30-20. The Bucs quarterback Tom Brady threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Could the Bucs be on the road to the Super Bowl?
The Los Angeles Rams who are coming off a win over the Seattle Seahawks from last weekend are at Green Bay to face quarterback Aaron Rogers and the Packers at the Frozen Tundra at Lambeau Field for this Sat Jan 16, 2021 (image from packwire.usatoday.com)
London on the NFL playoffs podcast:
#1 Two games are scheduled for this Saturday the first of the two the Los Angeles Rams are in Green Bay to face the Packers. The Rams are coming off a ten points win over the Seattle Seahawks 30-20 and Rams quarterback Jerod Goff threw for 155 yards and one touchdown. Does things get more complicated for the Rams now that their in Green Bay and facing Aaron Rogers and the Packers?
#2 The Buffalo Bills are currently on an 11 game win streak and had a huge first round win over the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday 27-24. The Bills Josh Allen quarterback consistent as ever had a big day under center throwing for 324 yards and two touchdowns. Also how do you see the Bills who are hosting the Baltimore Ravens who are coming off a 20-13 win against the Tennessee Titans last week.
#3 For the next two Sunday games: The Cleveland Browns had a big offensive day against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night 48-37. The Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns in defeating Pittsburgh for the second consecutive week in a row. The Browns head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs, London tell us how you see this match up.
#4 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints are both coming off big wins the Bucs defeated the Washington Football Team 31-23 with quarterback Tom Brady who threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns in their win over the Chicago Bears 21-9. How do you see this match up with the Buc and Saints in New Orleans this Sunday?
The Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jerod Goff (16) throws against the Seattle Seahawks defense and defensive end Carolos Dunlap (43) during the second half of action in the NFL Wild Card game in Seattle (AP News photo)
On the NFL Playoff review with Barbara:
#1 The Buffalo Bills just got by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday with a 27-24 win. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The game was close but Allen got a lot of yards against the Colts.
#2 Barbara, how much of a surprise was it for you that the Los Angeles Rams came up a winner over the Seattle Seahawks 30-20. For the Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Rams had good offensive command over the Seahawks.
#3 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got down to business on Saturday with a convincing win over the Washington Football Team 31-23. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Washington tried to make an attempt to catch the Bucs but fell short 16-13 but fell short in the ten point loss.
#4 The Baltimore Ravens came up with a close win over the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on Sunday. After a tied first half at 10-10 the Ravens scored seven in the third quarter and got a seven point win. The Ravens starting quarterback LeMar Jackson rushed for 136 yards, threw for 179 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for the win.
#5 Barbara low scoring game but good enough for the New Orleans Saints who scored three touchdowns in each of the first, third and fourth quarters and were shutout in the second for a 21-9 win in New Orleans. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
#6 The Cleveland Browns had the lead from start to finish and came away with an 11 point win 48-37. Brown quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns pretty much stayed ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers all game long. This win advances the Browns to the next round of the playoffs and this is second week in a row that the Browns defeated the Steelers.