Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Raiders snap 3 game skid edge Cowboys in OT 36-33

Las Vegas Raiders back up quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) got into the end zone on a carry in the second half of the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys on Thu Nov 25, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat reporter

It took about a month for the Las Vegas Raiders to get the taste of losing out of their mouths with an overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington 36-33 on Thursday night.

You’d have to go back to Sun Oct 24th when the Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 when they last won a game. After that game they had a bye week lost two key players to unforeseen circumstances in Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette during that week that could have knocked any team off the rails and make them miss an opportunity at post season.

The Raiders would lose three straight games to New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. After that Bengals loss critics really wonder when the Raiders would win another game. The wait wouldn’t be long. The victory against the Cowboys on Thursday night really gave the Silver and Black some light in their playoff hope tunnel as it were and at least looking to start playing close to get within striking distance of their opponents.

The Raiders held the lead for most of the game and to come away with a win like this against the Cowboys on a Thanksgiving Day you’d have to go all the way back to 1968 proceeding that year the Raiders lost the next two Thanksgiving dates with Dallas but got back in the win column in overtime Thursday after Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 29 yard overtime field goal to get the Raiders over the hump for the three point win.

For the Cowboys the loss marks their third loss in games when they went overtime and this is the sixth overtime game in Thanksgiving Day history. One of the key reasons why the Raiders won this game is the defense played such a key role in the first three quarters of the game the Raiders held the Cowboys to a single digit in scoring for each quarter. Each time the Cowboys would get close to the red zone the Raiders would close the gap on them and force a turnover.

The other cause for the loss was the four pass interference calls that Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown got while defending the Raiders. On the fourth interference call on Brown came in overtime that put the ball in great field position for Carlson to be able to kick the 29 yard winner and take the Raiders home.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also had a great afternoon under center throwing 24-39 for 373 yards passing getting one touchdown. Carr didn’t allow a turnover and held onto the rock when he got sacked two times. Carr avoided moving the chains and relied on his receivers including Desean Jackson whose made a difference. Jackson three catches for 102 yards and one touchdown.

The Cowboys falling against AFC West opponents like they did last Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs 19-9. The Raiders jumped right in with a big lead in the beginning, keeping that lead all the way until almost the end of the game.

Carr had a tremendous leadership role in leading the team really the whole game in big third down conversions all game long. Jackson had a great game at receiver and seems to be fitting in really well with the Raiders in that one two tandem of wide receiver with Zay Jones. It seems to be working out at the wide receiver angle along with wide receiver Bryan Edwards who helped out with one reception and 12 yards.

The Raiders now will have ten days off and play the Washington Football Team (4-6) coming in to Allegiant Stadium in a real big game on Sun Dec 5th. For the Raiders who have their eye on trying to get a shot at post season. Washington had a four game losing streak going before winning two in a row against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) and Carolina Panthers (5-6). The Panthers being Washington’s most recent win.

Rich is a Raiders beat writer and join Rich Fridays for the Raiders podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.

Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Raiders drop third straight game 32-13; Bengals snap two game loss streak

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.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders hope to snap two game skid against Bengals Sunday at Allegiant

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) catches a touchdown pass in the second half as Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) defends at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas Sun Nov 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 What a way for the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) to turn things around with a big win over the Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) on Sunday Night Football 41-14 and Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes got all the time he needed to throw the ball for five touchdowns.

#2 This was the third time for Mahomes to throw over 400 yards and five touchdowns since he was drafted in 2017 and became the first player have both of them without throwing an interception.

#3 Meanwhile the Raiders just simply looked like they were going empty handed it just seemed no matter what the defense did the Chiefs just found ways to break through the Chiefs never let up on scoring throughout the game.

#4 Former Raider wide receiver Henry Ruggs III failed to take an alcohol test on Wed Nov 17th as ordered by the court Las Vegas Judge Suzan Baucum ordered Ruggs back in court. Ruggs had been under house arrest he is waiting for his preliminary for felony DUI causing death and other serious charges. Ruggs attorney David Chesnoff told Baucum there was something wrong with the testing equipment. Baucum told Chesnoff it didn’t matter. Ruggs could get confinement in Las Vegas jail for missing the test as strict guidelines were made in order for Ruggs to get house arrest.

#5 The Raiders host the Cincinnati Bengals (5-4), the Raiders are coming off two straight loses and the Bengals have lost their last two games likewise. In their last game last Sunday the Cleveland Browns upended the Bengals 41-16. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw 28-40 for 282 yards, and two interceptions. Rich how do you see this match up between the Bengals and Raiders this Sunday.

Rich Perez filled in for Tony Renteria on the Raiders podcasts heard each Thursday and with Rich Perez Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Raiders can’t stop Chiefs Mahomes who throws 5 TDs buries Vegas 41-14

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. 

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Jackson expected to fill the Ruggs III void

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?

Join Rich for all the latest on the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders special report: Arnette gun threats won’t be tolerated says GM Mayock/Raiders sign WR DeSean Jackson

Former Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette was waived by the Raiders Mon Nov 8, 2021 for brandishing what looked like an automatic weapon in a video he posted and saying he was going to kill a fan on social media. Here is a photo of Arnette during his Raider playing days (file photo by the Las Vegas Review Journal)

By Rich Perez

LAS VEGAS–Second year Las Vegas Raider cornerback Damon Arnette was waived by the Raiders on Monday after a video had surfaced last Friday of Arnette making death threats in a video while showing an automatic weapon in the video. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said in a press conference Monday afternoon that this was a “very painful decision said “We spent significant time, effort and resources trying to help him in all aspects of his life.” said Mayock.

Arnette was seen in the video carrying what looked to be a serious automatic weapon with a scope on top of it saying, “With everything I love I will kill you” apparently he was responding to a fan who wrote on a thread on social media that Arnette sucked and Arnette responded by putting out the video. Mayock said that “The content was unacceptable, contrary to our values and our owner Mark Davis has been very clear and very consistent that this is not how we will conduct ourselves in this community. The bottom line the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behavior.”

When this video was recorded is still in question whether he recorded it before he joined the Raiders before last season or was it recently. Arnette was selected as a 2020 No.19 pick out of Ohio State and has played only 13 games for the Raiders who started seven times. Arnette has defended three passes last year and has 29 solo tackles. Arnette did not play in last Sunday’s game against the New York Giants in New Jersey.

Arnette has had previous problems according to a TMZ report a woman reported that Arnette injured a woman in a car accident outside the Raiders facilities and Arnette said that he will fight the accusations. In a lawsuit dated Oct 14, 2020 Arnette had slammed into a vehicle at 7:29 AM in Las Vegas.

Arnette was driving and thought he missed his turn into the Raiders facility and had swerved into the facility at 65 MPH to make the right turn. The woman said that Arnette’s turn did significant damage to her driver’s side door and that Arnette had illegally left the scene of the crash afterwards and walked to the Raiders headquarters. It should be noted that Arnette was selected seven picks after former Raider wide receiver Henry Ruggs who is under house arrest for DUI in which victim Tina Tintor 23 died.

Mayock said that maybe in the future Arnette could help another NFL team but for right now he’s finished at the Raiders, “from my perspective, he’s a very talented young man with a good heart. He cleans up his life, I know he can make a living in the NFL. But not now, with the Raiders.”

The Raiders signed former Cal Bear and Los Angeles Rams standout wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson is a three time pro bowler and taking a look at his NFL career numbers has appeared in 167 games, started 154 games, has 620 receptions for 10,877 yards, 57 touchdowns, with 71 carries for 459 yards, he has returned 140 punts for 1,315 yards. He has played for the Philadelphia Eagles (2008-13), Washington Football Team (2014-16), Tampa Bay (2017-18), then back to the Eagles (2019-20), and Los Angeles Rams (2021).

Rich Perez does the Raiders podcasts each Friday and is a Raiders beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Raiders, messy as they drop one in New York 23-16

New York Giants defensive back Xavier McKinney (29) catches one of two interceptions against the Las Vegas Raiders as the Raiders Zay Jones (7) and the Giants James Bradbury (24) look on at Met Life Stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford NJ on Sun Nov 7, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

The Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) dropped their first game after winning two straight games. The New York Giants (3-6) put some defense together in the first half holding the Raiders 13 points at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey to an eventual 23-16 final score. To the Raiders credit they held the Giants to ten points in the first half.

The Giants opened it up by scoring first and they also big help from defensive back Xavier McKinney who caught two interceptions running one back in the early second quarter for a 41 yard touchdown. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s throw was a wobbly toss that allowed McKinney to make the pick.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 30 yards to receiver Evan Engram for a touchdown that tied the game in the first quarter. The Giants kicker Gram Gano booted three field goals through the uprights and it was after McKinney’s second interception that helped set up one of those field goals. McKinney was filling for Saquon Barkley. The Giants Devontae Booker ran for 99 yards but had to leave due to a hip injury.

The Raiders bounced right back with the touchdown of their own to tie it at 7-7. Carr threw for a two yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. However Carr missed throwing to wide receiver Darren Waller as halftime was approaching and the Raiders were able to get two field goals and another at the start of the third quarter from kicker Daniel Carlson.

The second quarter offered no real surprise as the score stayed fairly tight but after halftime the Raiders came out like a team that just made no adjustments , had unusual worry on their mind, at halftime.

The Giants made several adjustments picking off Derek Carr twice as Alabama’s famous DB McKinney made two big picks , the second being a killer in the fourth quarter.

All this Topped by a rare missed field goal of 25 yards by Karlsson the Raiders really suffered and sputtered in getting the offense going in the second half today. Final drive resulted in a Derek Carr sacking and fumble in the red zone to end it.

With the recent car accident of former wide receiver Henry Ruggs which ended up killing fellow motorist Tina Tintor as Ruggs was DUI and looking at a 46 year maximum sentence and the resignation last month of former Raider head coach Jon Gruden for racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen the Raiders might have been not totally focused.

The first place Raiders will return home next week to Las Vegas to play the Kansas City Chiefs one of their long time rivals.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Ruggs under house arrest waiting for trial; Raiders in New Jersey to face Giants with heavy hearts

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III is seated at the Las Vegas Justice Court on Wed Nov 3 for multiple DUI charges and running into victim Tina Tintor’s SUV RAV4 killing her and her dog on Tue Nov 2, 2021. Ruggs in under house arrest at his Las Vegas home. (AP News photo)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast:

#1 Tony, going into New Jersey on Sunday to face the Giants at the Meadowlands how much preparation and just general counseling and comfort will the players need to give each other in getting ready for this game.

#2 Tony, to say the least a shock once everyone found out Tuesday what happened regarding wide receiver Henry Ruggs III a well liked player it was hard on everyone to know he will not be their teammate anymore.

#3 For Tina Tintor the 23 year old victim she could not get out of her RAV4 SUV three bystanders tried to pull her out but were overcome by smoke and had to back away. Her family was in court on Wed Nov 3 for the initial court appearance of Ruggs.

#4 Tony, after winning their last two games and having a bye week last Sunday things were looking up and positive for the Raiders but how do you come back from something like this?

#5 The Raiders face the New York Giants (2-6) at the Meadowlands for Sunday the Giants are coming off a 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (4-4). Giants quarterback Daniel Jones threw 22-32 for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Giants are a struggling team but where the Raiders are right now how do you see this game?

Join Tony Renteria for the Raiders podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Things starting to look up for Raiders take two game win streak to New Jersey against Giants Nov 7th

The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) makes a leaping catch over the Philadelphia Eagles free safety Avonte Maddox (29) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Oct 24, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) were excited after their win over the Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) last Sunday 33-22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the Raiders second win in a row.

#2 The Raiders were on offense for most of the time from the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the third quarter running some 30 plus plays to the Eagles seven the Raiders ball possession just took Philadelphia out of their games on both ends of the ball.

#3 For the Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts 18-34, 236 yards, and two touchdowns overall not as much opportunities on the field to be competitive with the Raiders in trying to keep up with them.

#4 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had lots of opportunities under center throwing 31-34 for 323 yards, with two touchdowns. The Raiders scored 17 in the second quarter and 13 in the third quarter for their second straight win.

#5 Raiders are feeling pretty adjusted to the new head coach Rich Bisaccia who took out some offensive plays from the playbook and the adjustment is working.

Join Rich Perez for the Raiders podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders hope to keep roll going after bye week

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) talks with running backs Hunter Renfrow (13) and Josh Jacobs (7) during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sun Oct 24, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony after watching the Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) win their second straight game just how motivated are they after the head coaching change and the coaching job that Rich Bisaccia is doing.

#2 It seems like the attitude is much more positive and plays are getting finished they way they should and the players have responded to Bisaccia and the coaching staff on both sides of the ball.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 31-34, 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Carr has been laser beam focused and has directed the offense in the victories against Denver (3-4) and Philadelphia (2-5).

#5 Tony, can the Raiders keep it going they have a bye this Halloween Sun Oct 31st before resuming action on Sun Nov 7 against the New York Giants (2-5) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. The Giants crushed their last opponent the Carolina Panthers (3-4) 25-3 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday. How do you see the Raiders and Giants matching up on Nov 7th?

Join Tony R for the Raiders podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com