The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to not have players attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics scheduled between Feb 5-22 and will make up postponed games during that time as announced Tue Dec 21, 2021 (image from Vegas Hockey Now)
On the Headlines podcast with Jessica:
#1 Jessica tonight we start with the NHL calling for this week’s leaguewide shutdown which was announced on Monday due to the positive coronavirus outbreak that has ten NHL teams facilities already shut before the shutdown was announced.
#2 The Holiday break was announced two days earlier and the NHL isn’t schedule to be back until Monday. Five games scheduled for Thursday has been postponed a total 50 games postponed this season.
#4 The NHLPA and the NHL have come to an agreement that no players will be participating in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Feb 5-22. The NHL with it’s massive Coronvirus outbreak and travel between Canada and the US has been banned the NHL decided to not send players to Beijing. The NHL will use those dates to make up games that are currently postponed.
#3 Jessica, in women’s college basketball the U Conn Huskies 16 year steak of being in the top 10 is over. The Huskies lost to Louisville and dropped four places in the AP poll on Monday dropping to 11th. The last time the Huskies were in 11th place was back on Mar 7, 2005.
#4 Monday was also another brutal day for the NFL as 47 players were put on the Covid 19 list a record for one day since the pandemic began in 2020. Some of the 47 keynote players in the Covid 19 quarantine are Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff.
#5 New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will be out for the rest of the season with a sprained neck injury. According the Giants head coach Joe Judge doctor recommended that Jones sit out the remaining three games this season after scans showed the extent of Jones’ neck injuries.
The Kansas City Chiefs logo at the 50 yard that the Raiders stomped on before last Sun Dec 12, 2021 game at Arrowhead Stadium according to social media (AP News photo)
On the Raiders podcast with Rich:
#1 Rich, the Raiders stomping on the Kansas City Chiefs logo at midfield is one of those unwritten football codes you just don’t do and the payback for it was unforgettable last Sunday to the tune of a 48-9 loss at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
#2 Before kickoff the Raiders moved their huddle from the 25 yard line to midfield right on top of the Chiefs logo at the 50 yard line. It was reported that most of the Raider players had no idea that the pre game huddle was a way to show disrespect to their hosts.
#3 Chiefs running back Mike Hughes said he had no idea what it was about until after the game and the social media chatter and said it was pretty disrespectful.
#4 The Chiefs made the Raiders pay dearly for it not letting up all and game long. The was the biggest landslide win or loss for the Raiders and Chiefs in their 62 year history and it was mostly built on payback.
#5 Rich, the Raiders are in Cleveland this Monday at 2:00 PM PST to face the Browns (7-6) the Browns in their last game just narrowly got by the Baltimore Ravens (8-5) 24-22 in Cleveland. Cleveland also has 14 players and coaches out for Covid 19 protocols for this Sunday’s game.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is hit from behind by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes (21) who forces a fumble in the first half of Sun Dec 12, 2021 game in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders face the Cleveland Browns this Sun Dec 19, 2021 at EnergyFirst Stadium in Cleveland (AP News photo)
On the Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria:
#1 Last Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City was a record setter for the Chiefs (9-4) their biggest spread in a 39 point victory over the Las Vegas Raiders (6-7) 48-9. There certainly wasn’t a mercy rule in this contest.
#2 You would never know with a score like that that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would throw well under 300 yards his line, 20-24, 258 yards, and two touchdowns it just seemed like the running backs were on autopilot all game long.
#3 Tony, Mahomes said after the game, “You don’t want people coming into your stadium and trying to disrespect things you’ve built,” Mahomes said. “So for us, there was a little more motivation to go against a really good football team that we have a rivalry against.”
#4 For the Raiders quarterback Derek Carr 33-45, 263 yards, one touchdown and an interception. For Carr’s offense last Sunday a field goal in the second quarter by Dan Carlson and a touchdown catch for Hunter Renfrow in the third quarter.
#5 Up next for the Raiders the Cleveland Browns (7-6) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The Browns have been playing .500 going 5-5 in their last ten games. The Browns won their last game Sunday just getting by the Baltimore Ravens (8-5) at FirstEnergy. The Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
#6 Tony, the game was a concern for a moment as 14 players and coaches which included quarterback Baker Mayfield were put on the Covid 19 protocols lists for this Saturday. The Browns will be shorthanded but they will be able to field a team against the Raiders this Saturday.
The Raiders defense were running all day and were chasing the Kansas City Chiefs into the end zone like running back Derrick Gore (40) who ran this carry for a 51-yard touchdown at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sun Dec 12, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Rich Perez
Las Vegas Raiders beat writer
The Las Vegas Raiders (6-7) came out very flat making two huge costly turnovers to initially fall behind 21 nothing in the first quarter. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr came out energetically but was not on fire today. The Raiders fell deeper and deeper as the quarters minutes passed. The Kansas City Chiefs (9-4) spared no one in silver and black notching up their ninth victory of the season 48-9.
It was a game that the Raiders wish they could take back obviously but it seemed like it was coming to a head over the last few weeks. For Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes he had daylight he also had all day to throw. Mahomes line for Sunday 20-24 for 258 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Many of the players have been disgruntled over the lack of direction by Raiders interim head coach Rich Basacchia and with the Chiefs bowling over Las Vegas on Sunday that very well might be the one that breaks the camel’s back for Bassacia’s future. The loss marks the Raiders fourth in their last five games.
Things were so bad from the start when the Raiders running back Josh Jacobs fumbled the ball on the first play of the game and the ball was recovered and returned for a touchdown. It didn’t take long for Carr to get into trouble either he threw an interception in the next offensive series and the Chiefs turned lemons into lemonade again and scored.
The Raiders Foster Moreau fumbled the ball and again the Chiefs would recover and turn that miscue into a touchdown. Three turnovers in the first and second quarters by the Raiders were executed by the Chiefs for scores.
When the Raiders did get to spend a little time on offense Carr threw for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Raiders only score were a field goal in the second quarter by kicker Daniel Carlson and a third quarter touchdown catch by wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. Renfrow was Carr’s favorite target with 13 receptions and 117 yards.
Bassacia was none too please after the game which was a head scratcher on what went wrong on both sides of the ball, “I thought we had a really good week of practice. I didn’t see this coming. I didn’t see the turnovers from good players. When that happens it’s like, ‘Geez, what’s going to happen next?’” said Bassacia.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) takes a keeper as Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) is laid out on the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City turf on Sun Dec 5, 2021. Mahomes and the Chiefs host the Las Vegas Raiders this Sun Dec 12, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the Raiders podcast with Rich:
#1 The Washington Football Team (6-6) just had enough in the tank to get by the Las Vegas Raiders (6-6) last Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas 17-15. The Raiders just couldn’t get generate much offense with no scoring in the first quarter, a field goal in the second and third quarters and scoring nine in the fourth quarter.
#2 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 28-38 for 249 yards no touchdowns and no interceptions did you see Washington all over Carr he sacked, couldn’t convert the three and out, and was not exactly pleased about missing wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a pass as he was wide open.
#3 How disappointing of a loss this had to be last Sunday as the Raiders were coming off a win against the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 on Thu Nov 25 only to really struggle against Washington and lost by two points.
#4 How bad was the play calling of the two point conversion attempt by Derek Carr in the fourth quarter after scoring six but couldn’t convert and the Raiders went onto lose by two points.
#5 The Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) are next they were full control over the Denver Broncos last Sun Dec 5 at Arrowhead Stadium 22-9 and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 15-29 for 184 yards and one interception. How do you see the Raiders and Chiefs matching up Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half on Sunday Night Football Nov 14, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Both teams meet again this Sun Dec 12, 2021 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (AP file photo)
On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:
#1 Tony, just wanted to ask you about the Las Vegas Raiders (6-6) running back Kenyan Drake and linebacker Nick Kwaitowski who are on the reserve/injured list how will they be missed this coming Sunday in Kansas City?
#2 Returning from the reserve/injured list are safety Tyree Gillespie and defensive tackle Darius Philon do you see them getting in Sunday’s game?
#3 How important was it for Washington Football Team (6-6) defensive coordinator and former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio to put a stop to the Raiders offense and Derek Carr last Sunday?
#4 There’s been talk that Raiders head coach Rich Bisaccia needs to push Carr and the offense a little harder after the Raiders lost in a relatively low scoring game last Sunday 17-15.
#5 The Raiders begin the first of two weeks on the road starting with the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) the Raiders well know they can never live down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. The Chiefs have won five in a row including the last time the Raiders met the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on Nov 14th 41-14.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) scrambles for some day light against Washington Football Team outside linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Dec 5, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Rich Perez
Las Vegas Raiders beat writer
The Washington Football Team (6-6) won their fifth straight game defeating the Las Vegas Raiders (6-6) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday 17-15. This was the Raiders fourth loss in five games and they fall victim to Washington kicker Brian Johnson who booted a 48 yard field goal for the go ahead and eventual game winner.
The kick comes on Johnson’s fifth day after joining Washington, he’s not even familiar with his own teammates like defensive lineman Jonathan Allen who said he didn’t even know Johnson’s name yet. Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke got Johnson into good field position for the 48 yarder to put Washington ahead. Washington had fell behind the Raiders by eight points.
Johnson said once he walked into the Washington locker room this week he said the vibe was positive and was pumped up to play for his newest club, “The vibe and everything, for not being around it, I felt it once I walked in,” said Johnson “It’s an awesome locker room to be in. They’re probably still learning my name, but it’s awesome to be here.”
The Raiders just couldn’t capitalize on their Thanksgiving Day victory in Dallas when they beat the Cowboys 36-33. Derek Carr quarterback threw from the Raiders 43 yard line that just fell short at the goal line in attempt to make a comeback and overtake Washington.
The Raiders got field goals in the second and third quarters, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs scored after a 75 yard drive carrying for a one yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Carr elected to go for a two point conversion but his pass to wide receiver Bryan Edwards hit him in the back.
Carr said that you can’t win football games on field goals after the game, “Field goals aren’t going to win you games. You have to get touchdowns, especially with the teams we have coming up. We will need touchdowns to win these games.”
The Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs who have won five straight games coming into this Sun Dec 12th contest at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The picture is worth a thousand words as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) goes to recover a fumble by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) who is laid out which pretty much summed up the Raiders afternoon on Sun Nov 21, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)
By Rich Perez
Las Vegas Raiders beat writer
The Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) dropped their third straight game on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) 32-13. For the Bengals they snapped their two game loss streak. Bengals running back Joe Mixon rushed for 132 yards and carried for two touchdowns to contribute to the Bengals offense.
The Bengals who had a bye last week came out well rested and had quite a fourth quarter scoring 19 points to pretty much put the game out of reach. The win also puts the Bengals right back in playoff contention in the AFC North.
The game was so out of hand for the Raiders that Bengals kicker Evan McPherson didn’t feel any pressure kicking field goals becoming the 13th kicker in NFL history to kick three field goals over 50 yards in a game. The Bengals defense did their job holding the Raiders to under 300 yards at 278 yards of offense the second time Cincinnati has done it against an opponent this season.
On offense for the Raiders the 278 yards of offense was their third lowest total for 2021. It was another rough afternoon for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with 19 completions out of 27 attempts for 215 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Raiders first half on offense was atrocious they scored a field goal only in each of the first and second quarters and got shutout in the third quarter giving them virtually no chance at all to catch the Bengals.
The Raiders had six chances to get a first down and couldn’t making it 14 straight non first down conversions over two games (see last week against Kansas City Chiefs). The Raiders after their former head coach Jon Gruden resigned back on Oct 10th after losing to the Chicago Bears 20-9 won two straight games against the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.
lt was Nov 2 when former running back Henry Ruggs III was DUI and killed Tina Tinton of Las Vegas and was put under house arrest and soon released by the Raiders. Then on Nov 5th Raider cornerback Damon Arnette video recorded himself holding an automatic rifle with a scope threatening a fan on social media after posting the video on social media the Raiders general manager Mark Mayock announced Arnette had been released. Since that week the Raiders have been a struggling team.
The Raiders hope to turn things around this Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys (7-3). The Cowboys have won four out of their last six games but lost their last game Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) 19-9. A 1:30 pm PST kick off for the Raiders and Cowboys this Thu Nov 25th.
The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) makes the catch over the Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second half of Nov 14, 2021 Sunday Night Football contest at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)
By Rich Perez
SRS Las Vegas Raiders beat reporter
Sunday Night Football is not all it’s hyped out to be. Being on the prime time stage under the lights of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as the Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) lost their second straight game 41-14 to the visiting Kansas City Chiefs (6-4). The Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes threw for 35-50 for 406 yards and five count then five touchdowns. Mahomes was so busy in the pocket Sunday evening that he even got back up Tommy Townsend came in and threw a completed pass for 16 yards.
Mahomes said that the offense is having success moving the ball compared to earlier this season,“We’ve done it before,” Mahomes said. “We’ve done it these last few seasons we were doing at the beginning of this season. We were moving the ball and making a lot of stuff happen. We were just turning the ball over. Then we kind of went through a little little spell where we weren’t making these drives and we were still finding ways to win. I knew that we’re going to click back into it.”
For the Raiders again the offense sputtered as they could not get anything going , and when they did get some thing going they lost the ball for whatever reason. Derek Carr made every attempt possible to keep the Raiders in the game. But Kansas City’s defense was just relentless in this game …shades of last year’s team. Carr went 25-35 for 261 yards threw two touchdowns and one interception.
Newly acquired wide receiver DeSean Jackson came in for his first big connection and tried to make too much happen on his first Raiders reception attempt as the ball got punched out …that was a game changer for the Raiders as everything went South from there. Jackson got a reception and had 38 yards. At the Raiders practice on Wednesday Jackson said he isn’t asking for the ball 100% of the time but wants to do whatever he can to make his role fit, “I’m not asking to get the ball 100 times, I’m not asking to play 100% whatever that role is that fits, just let me play it to the best of my ability,” Jackson said, “Being that spark, what I’ve been able to do my whole career. Deep threat, vertical threat if it’s being a decoy opening it up for other guys whatever it is I need to do to be a spark, that’s what I’m here for.”
Unfortunately the Raiders had a great opportunity to take over first place instead Kansas City has looped right back up from the bottom to the top of the division.
The Raiders take on the Bengals next Sun Nov 21st at Allegiant a 1:05 pm kick off, in a game that they need to win …a very important five game stretch they have here for the playoff run. They must maintain composure and finish strong.
Newly acquired wide receiver DeSean Jackson working out with the Las Vegas Raiders will be featured on Sunday Night Football Nov 15, 2021 as one of the keys to the Raiders offense as they host the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (photo by raiders.com)
On the Raiders podacast with Rich:
#1 Rich talk about how crucial it is for the Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) to get someone like veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson and do you see him filling in the void left by former wide receiver Henry Ruggs III.
#2 Raider head coach Rich Bisaccia said that Jackson can run and that he was a big part of the Los Angeles Rams offense and could be expected to contribute big for the Raiders.
#3 Rich, we wanted to ask you about the 23-16 loss in New Jersey last Sunday to the New York Giants (3-6) did the recent troubles of Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette play a role in the loss last week?
#4 Rich, just wanted to get your take on the Raiders Max Crosby being considered for defensive end of the year. Crosby does not lead the NFL in sacks but has been called one of the more consistent pass rushers in the league.
#5 Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) for Sunday Night Football the Chiefs have won four of their last six games they are a game just above .500 that said they have won their last two games and beat the Green Bay Packers (7-2) last Sunday 13-7. Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers was out due to Covid 19 protocols and was the center of remarks he walked back regarding be vaccinated. Was this an advantage for the Chiefs in beating the Packers last week?