Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders and Chargers don’t bet the house on either one

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr prepares to throw a pass against the Denver Broncos on Sun Dec 26, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News file photo)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 Rich, It’s going to be razer close but the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) who are on a three game win streak have worked hard enough to be one win away from making the post season as they host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) on Sunday Night Football.

#2 The Raiders have three close games to win games like that take a lot of breaks and and come backs how much do you attribute that to the offense of defense.

#3 Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson wins the AFC Special Teams player of the week award. Carlson who booted a winning kick against the Indianapolis Colts last Sun Jan 2 for a 23-20 win in the closing seconds. Carlson was key in wins against the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos in the two previous weeks. Without him they don’t get this far.

#4 Rich, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had to find daylight and get help from his running back but was intercepted twice. Josh Jacobs who carried for a touchdown. Carr was 24 for 31 for 255 yards, one touchdown. It all counted in the close game against the Colts how much has Carr meant under center in a game like that.

#5 The Chargers have been .500 ball winning five of their last five, they handled the Denver Broncos in their last game with a 34-13 win. Broncos quarterback started again as starter Teddy Bridgewater is not likely to return any time soon after put on concussion protocols. Broncos back up quarterback Drew Lock started against the Chargers and couldn’t do anything against the Chargers defense. Rich how do you see this match up at Allegiant Stadium between the Chargers and Raiders on Sunday Night Football.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders dedication of Hall of Fame coach John Madden; Raiders prepare for Colts this Sunday

The Las Vegas Raiders dedicate the memory of John Madden on the Raiders website (image by the Las Vegas Raiders)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders have all the lights are turned off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the scoreboard dedicates the passing of the of the late former Raiders head coach John Madden no doubt the Raiders will recognize Madden before their next home game on Sun Jan 2 .

#2 Rich, no doubt you’ve spent some time at the Oakland Coliseum during the John Madden years can you share some of your best memories of his days coaching on the sidelines.

#3 The Raiders have put together third multi win streak of the season they have won their last two games by close scores against the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. Their win against the Broncos comes after the Broncos have their starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out on concussion protocols and started back up Drew Lock.

#4 The Raiders running back Josh Jacobs carried for 129 yards and the Raiders in the third quarter got the lead for good when quarterback Derek Carr threw to Peyton Barber who ran it in for a touchdown which turned out to be the gamer.

#5 The Raiders face the Indianapolis Colts (9-6). The Colts have won six of their last seven games including their last game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) 22-16. Rich, how do you see the Raiders defense stopping Colts quarterback Carson Wentz this Sunday in Lucas Oil?

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Hill suspended one game for helmet flying punch of Simpson

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill in yellow circle throws punch knocking Raider lineman John Simpson’s helmet off in a post game confrontation at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sun Nov 28, 2021 (Larry Brown Sports photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich, after losing three straight games do the Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) look as if they righted the ship somewhat with their close but 36-33 win over the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) last Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington?

#2 Rich, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill was been suspended for the next Cowboys game for throwing a punch a Raider lineman John Simpson but had his suspension reduced to just one game after appealing to the NFL. Hill sought out Simpson after the game going in the opposite direction of the Cowboys locker room and toward the Raiders tunnel side and confronted Simpson throwing a open hand punch in Simpson’s face mask. The NFL said this was deliberate behavior and the force of the punch knocked Simpson’s helmet off.

#3 It was reported that Hill had trouble coming out of college and he had problems with the Cowboys and no one is really surprised by this and the NFL needed to set a heavy handed deterrent when they originally suspended Hill for one game.

#4 The fight between Hill and Simpson broke protocols it’s an unwritten rule amongst players, coaches and personnel that they were there to shake hands and show good sportsmanship at the conclusion of each game and not to seek each one another out and cause a fracas.

#5 The Raiders host the Washington Football Team (5-6) on Sunday Dec 5th for a home game at Allegiant Stadium. Washington is coming off three straight wins after losing three straight games. In their last game Washington just got by the Seattle Seahawks 17-15. Seeing how Washington has improved lately how do you see this match up Sunday between Washington and Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders do enough to stay ahead of Cowboys; Get OT field goal from Carlson for winner 36-33

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) kicks a 29 yard game winning field goal in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys on Thu Nov 25, 2021 at AT &T stadium in Arlington (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

The Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) kicker Daniel Carlson kicked the game winning field goal in overtime to just get the Raiders by the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) on Thanksgiving Day Thu Nov 25, 2021 36-33. It was a real nail biter the Raiders had just enough to stay ahead of the Cowboys throughout the game and got into overtime to get Carlson in good field position to boot the 29 yarder for the winner.

The win for the Raiders makes this their first Thanksgiving Day victory since 1968 the last time they won. This Thursday’s victory ended a two game losing streak and Thursday made it their third Thanksgiving game since 1968 as the Cowboys had won the two previous games.

The Cowboys Anthony Brown just couldn’t keep out of pass interference trouble. Brown’s pass interference help set up a field goal for Carlson. Brown would commit four third down pass interference penalties it no doubt was a factor in the Cowboys losing this game.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Charlie O: Raiders the favorites against Eagles this Sunday at Allegiant

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr congratulates running back Josh Jacobs (28) after Jacobs carried for a touchdown in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Stadium in Denver on Sun Oct 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie O, the win after the previous rough week with the Gruden resignation had to help turn the page for the Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) and their interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.

#2 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had quite an offensive day against the Denver Broncos (3-3) throwing for 18-27, 341 yards, and two touchdowns.

#3 The Raiders also got help carrying the ball from running backs Josh Jacobs 16 carries, 53 yards, and one touchdown, and Kenyan Drake with four carries, 34 yards, and a touchdown.

#4 Charlie O, Jacobs told ESPN in the post game interview after last Sunday’s game in Denver that the vibe was different on the sideline, it was calm without no one cussing at you or going crazy at the refs, and Jacobs said if something bad happened it was just “next play.”

#5 The Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) on Sunday afternoon at Allegiant. The Eagles have faced some tough opponents they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-30 Oct 3 and lost last Thu Oct 14th to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-22. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts faced a lot of Bucs defense throwing for 115 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kick off in Las Vegas 1:05 pm.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Olson to get more expanded role as offensive coach; more play calling this Sunday in Denver

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich with former head coach Jon Gruden gone next man up on offense is offensive coordinator Greg Olson who is looking at an expanded role in running the Raiders offense.

#2 Olson 58, will be doing the play calling and he’ll be getting the plays to quarterback Derek Carr. Gruden has been the play caller for the offense since 2018.

#3 Olson spoke to the media Thursday afternoon saying not a lot will be changed with the offense. Olson said there might be a different flow but don’t expect any major changes from the playbook with Carr’s play calling.

#4 How much of an advantage does it have to be for Olson to have been working with Carr since Carr’s rookie season under center?

#5 How much of advantage will it be for Carr to throw against the Denver Broncos defense who has been struggling. The Broncos got beat rather handedly by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their last game Sunday 27-19 in Pittsburgh.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Will coach Gruden lose his job over racial email slur regarding NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (left) says he’s sorry about the email he sent July 2011 to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen saying NFLPA Executive director Maurice Smith (right) “has lips the size of Michellin tires” (photo from Sports Illustrated)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden it was uncovered sent decade old email to former team president of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen on July 2011 Gruden was a ESPN analyst at the time. The players’ union voted against the collective bargaining agreement setting Gruden off against Union Chief DeMaurice Smith emailing Allen saying ““Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.” 

#2 The email turned up as the NFL is conducting an investigation on discrimination by the Washington Football Team and Gruden had said he was sorry while being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal saying he meant “Rubber lips” meaning people who are lying.

#3 The NFL condemned the email saying, We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.” The NFL did not go onto say what steps if any there would be about the Gruden email.

#4 Rich, It’s too soon to say but how much something like this could be a distraction for the players, assistant coaches, and organization as the Raiders try and prepare for Sunday’s game against Chicago in Las Vegas?

#5 Rich, the Bears are coming off a ten point win against the Detroit Lions 24-14 from last Sunday their starting Justin Fields who threw for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders are coming off a 14 point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. Tell us how you see this Sunday’s match up.

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Las Vegas Raiders/Monday Night Football podcast with Rich Perez: Quarterback controversy Raiders Carr and Ravens Jackson not elite

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.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Moore to battle for wide receiver job; Carr excited about receivers for regular season

Former Seattle Seahawk wide receiver David Moore (83) who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders this week is looking for a starting job with the Raiders (MSN photo file)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 The Raiders signed wide receiver David Moore to a one year deal this week. Moore was a former receiver at the Seattle Seahawks. Moore signed a two year deal with the Carolina Panthers but released him this week. The Raiders were surprised that Moore didn’t get another offer from the Seahawks who was a fan favorite in Seattle but were glad to pick him up this week.

#2 The Seahawks who have only four receivers and could have used Moore’s services but the Raiders were glad to sign him. Moore previous to his signing with Carolina signed to be on the Raiders practice squad and Moore couldn’t get on an active NFL roster.

#3 Moore 26, for right now will try and win a job against some of the Raiders younger receivers it’ll be competitive but he has one advantage and that’s experience.

#4 Raider quarterback Derek Carr said he’s excited about the various wide receiver options as he’s looking to make plays with younger receiver Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones.

#5 Carr is also looking forward to throwing to dependable Henry Ruggs III and Hunter Renfrow. Ruggs is noted for his speed and he can out run opposing defenders and Renfrow is noted to be the go to guy on third down plays and is said to be as tough as nails.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Gruden calls off Wed morning practice; Mariota willing to leave Raiders for starting job

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota raises a hand if he’s offered a starting job somewhere in the NFL as he’s seen here working out at the Raiders training facility in Henderson NV on Tue Aug 10, 2021 (photo by the Las Vegas Review Journal)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden called off Wednesday morning practice at 7:30am this morning as a reward to his players and staff for all their hard work as they prepare for Saturday’s game at Allegiant Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs.

#2 The Raiders usually schedule their practices for 7:30 am to beat the desert heat all players, coaches, and personnel reported but got to go home with pay. The heat is one of the reasons why they schedule an early practice.

#3 The Raiders have now added a fourth quarterback to their pre season roster Case Cookus, Cookus was an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2020 and had off season stops with the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos. Will Cookus be someone the Raiders look at during pre season or do the Raiders plan to carry four quarterbacks on opening day?

#4 Rich, talk about the Nevada mask mandate at Allegiant it’s reported that it’s impacting ticket sales the Raiders lost two sell outs after the mandate was imposed by Nevada Gov Steve Sisolak. According to Allegiant general manager Chris Wright he said he had two shows in October that were near sell outs canceled and now two Raiders games that will not sell out because fans refuse to wear the mask under mandated mask law.

#5 Quarterback Marcus Mariota is willing to work he’s the back up quarterback but it’s pretty well known that if a starting quarterback position opened up somewhere he’s willing to hop a flight lickity split to a new team.

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