Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders cut roster down to 80 players; Gruden to make more cuts

(photo from the Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Marcell Ateman (88) who was released from the Raiders on Wed Aug 24, 2021 makes the catch but loses it for an incomplete pass while Seattle Seahawks corner Ahkello Witherspoon (2) looks on at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Aug 22, 2021

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 The Raiders trimmed their roster by three players to get to the 80 players which included wide receiver Marcell Ateman, defensive tackle Darius Stills, and put veteran linebacker Darren Lee on the injured reserve list.

#2 With the three recent cuts head coach Jon Gruden will have the tough task of trimming the roster further and that could come as early as after today’s practice or after Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

#3 The Raiders have expressed interest in linebacker KJ Wright who also is open to offers from the Seattle Seahawks if negotiations work out. Wright who is currently unsigned is leaning towards Seattle but if that falls through the Raiders have expressed some interest. Either way Wright will land somewhere.

#4 Rich, last Sunday night was a night that rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs won’t forget he was all over coverage and his best play was when he leaped over the Seahawks receiver TuTu Atwell to grab an interception. Coach Gruden is so happy with his work that Hobbs will play all or most of Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

#5 For the second consecutive pre season game Raiders third string quarterback Nathan Peterman started and played the entire game. Throwing 16-24 for 172 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions last Sunday against the Rams. With Derek Carr skipping pre season games and back up Marcus Mariota resting an injured leg do you see Carr and Mariota getting some time against the 49ers this weekend or will Peterman get most of the time under center?

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49ers comeback in win over Chargers in second preseason game 15-10; Lance throws for 2 TDs

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) avoids getting taken down by Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Tevaughn Campbell (20) but can’t make the two point conversion in the first half at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood (AP News photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo 

~ August 22, 2021 

~ INGLEWOOD– San Francisco began and ended with the lead 15-10 in their first visit to SoFi Stadium for Los Angeles´ first official home game with 68,327 attendance.

There were a lot of penalties in the game, 13 for the 49ers and 12 for the Chargers, the first occurring with 14:18 left in the first.  

San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo started and stayed in for one drive like last game, because of how long the first drive lasted. He was able to avoid a sack and scramble for 10 yards, but was eventually intercepted by Asante Samuel Jr. The possession took 15 plays and lasted almost seven and a half minutes.

The 49ers got their first safety of the preseason when DL Jordan Willis sacked QB Easton Stick in the end zone with 10:42 left in the second.

With 9:07 left, this time it was the other San Francisco QB Trey Lance who was intercepted and it ended up more costly. The following possession after two penalties by the 49ers, the Chargers got the first touchdown. Stick made a three yard pass to WR Joshua Palmer with 5:49 left.

Los Angeles tacked on a field goal to make it 10-2 with just over a minute left to go in the half. This was thanks to a 39-yard long pass to WR Jalen Guyton near the beginning of the drive and despite offensive holding and intentional grounding penalties to the Chargers. LB Jonas Griffith for the 49ers also had a facemask penalty which offset the loss a bit.

The first half excitement wasn’t over yet though. Off a no huddle 12-yard gain by RB Wayne Gallman II to get to 3rd and 1, the 49ers called a timeout and Lance threw another deep pass to WR Trent Sherfield for the second game in a row, this one for 41 yards.

The Bolts then committed a 5-yard penalty and after another timeout, Lance threw five yards into the end zone to WR Mohamed Sanu Sr. and Lance ran to convert for two more points. Kicker Robbie Gould missed the extra point attempt, bringing the score back to within two. 

Los Angeles brought in QB Chase Daniel for the second half. 

Lance had his first non-scoring scramble go for eight yards as San Francisco regained the lead on almost a six and a half minute drive, in which they converted from 3rd down three times. Lance threw a 16-yard pass to WR Travis Benjamin with 5:01 left in the third.

Things kept going the 49ers’ way when they got their first interception with 13:13 left in the fourth. Safety Jared Mayden intercepted Daniel and went 54 yards for a score, but DL Shilique Calhoun was called for offensive holding. 

The Niners committed a third turnover when new QB Nate Sudfeld fumbled on his second drive of the game and LB Cole Christiansen recovered. 

San Francisco and the Chargers punted for the remainder of the game, most three and outs or extended by penalties. Bolts´ Jessie Lemonier committed the last penalty of the game with 1:49 left for roughing the passer.

Regarding the 49ers´ quarterbacks, Garoppolo threw 3 of 6 for 15 passing yards, 10 rushing yards and the one interception. Lance finished 8 of 14 for 102 passing yards, eight rushing yards, two scores, the one interception and was sacked twice. Sudfeld went 3 for 5 for 24 yards. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan remained noncommittal after the game between Garoppolo or Lance starting Week 1. 

For the Bolts, Stick went 10 for 14 for 85 yards and one TD. Daniel went 14 of 21 for 60 yards and one interception. The San Francisco defense sacked each of them multiple times, Stick three times and Daniel twice. 

Overall the Niners won the yardage game, 281-162. The biggest difference came via rushing, with San Francisco outrunning Los Angeles 148-53.

The Chargers rested all their offensive starters. 

Up Next: The Niners play their third and final preseason game versus their former Bay Area rival, the Las Vegas Raiders August 29th at 1pm. 

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Lance advantage he got looks at Chargers first team defense

San Francisco 49er quarterback Trey Lance (5) on the signal count against the Seattle Seahawks on Sat Aug 14, 2021 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (USA Today photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 One thing about last Thursday’s practice at the 49ers camp head coach Kyle Shanahan was going to make sure that he wanted to see quarterback Trey Lance get some more reps which he did as Lance got eight straight plays in against Sunday’s opponent the San Diego Chargers first team.

#2 In the practice Lance completed the three passes one was a shovel pass, he also made a nice slot throw to Mohamed Sanu that Sanu dropped. But coach Shanahan was satisfied with what he saw of Lance.

#3 Shanahan said he will have Lance drill with the starters and the opposition first team and wanted to see what he can do.

#4 Jeremiah, After 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa played last season for the first 11 snaps and was felled by an injury suffering a torn ACL against the New York Jets during week 2 but says. Bosa is leaner and in better shape. 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans said Bosa looks fast and explosive.

#5 Ryans said Bosa’s recovery could make him better than his rookie year in 2019 in last week’s practice he pressured the Chargers quarterbacks. In Bosa’s rookie season in 2019 he had 47 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 25 quarterback hits.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Raiders prepare to go up against Tagovailoa and Dolphins Saturday night

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) tries to avoid the clutches of New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (53) on Sun Dec 13, 2020 in Miami (USA Today photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Raiders have lost four of their last five games and still maintain second in the AFC West is there still any daylight for the Raiders to make post season?

#2 In the last game against the Los Angeles Chargers the Raiders just couldn’t hang and and the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the final play during overtime reached over the goal line to get six points for a Chargers win 30-27.

#3 The Raiders had little turnaround time as previous to their Thursday Night Football game against the Chargers they had just played the Indianapolis Colts on Sun Dec 13th another game they had lost 44-27.

#4 The loss of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is huge who will be out from 10-14 weeks due to a left groin injury wiping out his 2020 season. Raiders back up quarterback Marcus Mariota  did well standing in for Carr last Thursday throwing 226 yards and a touchdown. Mariota kept the Raiders in the game despite the loss.

#5 The Miami Dolphins(8-4) are in Allegiant on Saturday this will be a hard fought game for the Raiders. The Dolphins have won four of their last six games Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his last game against the New England Patriots threw  for 145 yards and didn’t throw a touchdown but the Dolphins got by the Patriots 22-12. Barbara how do you see this match up?

Barbara Mason does the Raiders podcasts Tuesdays at

Raiders season in jeopardy with 30-27 overtime loss to Chargers


By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders playoff hopes got severely damaged as they fell to the Los Angeles Chargers, 30-27, in overtime at Allegiant Stadium.

“It’s really painful right now to lose,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “We had a lot of tight games go down to the buzzer and this one was tough.”

Las Vegas drove the field in overtime for a 23 yard field goal by Daniel Carlson to put the Raiders up 27-24, but the Chargers responded driving 75 yards for a game winning touchdown.

The Raiders lost starting quarterback Derek Carr to a groin injury in the first quarter, allowing backup Marcus Mariota to take over.

“Marcus came in and did a great job,” said Gruden. “I am really proud of him and I think that kind of puts an exclamation point on why we signed him and just wish we could have won the game for him.”

Mariota was impressive throwing for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception while rushing nine times for 88 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s part of your job to be prepared,” said Mariota. “Just trying to give these guys a chance to win, but unfortunately, we came up a little short.”

Carr pulled his groin on a rollout play at the goal line in the first quarter.

“I don’t believe if it’s a real tear,” said Gruden about Carr’s injury. “But for him to not come back to the game, it’s got to be significant.”

Carr went 3 for 5 for 53 yards.

Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 26 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.

With the loss, the Raiders fall to 7-7 on the season and are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but need a lot of help.

“Obvious that’s frustrating,” said Jacobs. “Trying to go on a journey of where we envision ourselves each year at the start of the year of what we want to accomplish and obviously that’s frustrating.”

“It sucks,” said tight end Darren Waller. “The results haven’t been what we wanted them to be.”

The Raiders will next play the Miami Dolphins at home the day after Christmas.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders outgained the Chargers, 449-402.
  • Darren Waller led the Raiders catching nine balls for 150 yards and one touchdown.
  • The Chargers snapped a nine game losing streak against AFC West opponents.


Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Colts showed too much offense and Indy defense wasn’t giving any ground to Carr

For the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers (17) he was busy all day giving the touchdown signal as the Colts ran over the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise NV on Sun Dec 13, 2020 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Indianapolis Colts (9-4) are headed down the road to post season and the Las Vegas Raiders (7-6) found why after being on the other end of a lopsided loss 44-27.

#2 The Colts in first half scored ten points in each of the first and second quarters and had a 20-14 lead. The Raiders who had lost three of their last four games had to be concerned going into the second half if they could conjure up some offense to get past the Colts.

#3 The Raiders quarterback Derek Carr struggled on offense in the second half as the Raiders scored six in the third and seven in the fourth quarters well short to catch the Colts. For Carr 316 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

#4  The Colts stopped the Raiders ground game cold, none of the Raiders running backs could get any traction as Carr was the only one who carried in a touchdown but other than that for the most part the Colts defense shut it down.

#5 The Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) have won two of their last six games will face the Raiders in Vegas for Thursday Night Football this week. The Chargers got a win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 20-17. The Raiders beat the Chargers the last time the two teams meet in LA on Nov 8th 31-26.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers take on their second straight first place team Bills on Monday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman in his first game back against the Los Angeles Rams had a tackle and an interception in the 49ers win in Los Angeles on Sun Nov 29, 2020 (file photo from the

On San Francisco 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe last Sunday’s win for the 49ers (5-6) a close contest against a very good Los Angeles Rams (7-4) team 23-20 which do you lend to the win good coaching, defense consistent, or kicker Robbie Gould’s field goal towards the end of the game for the win?

#2 How key was corner Richard Sherman one tackle and one interception from what you saw of Sherman would you say yes he’s back?

#3 Joe, considering the injuries and Covid cases the 49ers haves sustained getting a win over the Rams a first place team in the NFC West had to be commendable all things considered.

#4 Joe, talk about the switch for the 49ers with the Santa Clara shutdown the 49ers now relegated to play most likely the rest of their season in Arizona how much does that change their chances to have that home field feel or at this juncture it really doesn’t make a difference with no crowds.

#5 The Buffalo Bills (8-3) come into Glendale having won three of their last four games and coming off a ten point win over the Los Angeles Chargers (3-8) 27-17. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 157 yards and a touchdown whose been part of the success of the Bills . How do you see this match with the 49ers on Monday Night Football?

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Will Hurricane stop Monday Night Football in New Orleans?; Titans and Bills game moved up to Tuesday; plus more

The Tennessee Titans have up to at least 20 staff and player personnel who have contracted Covid-19. The game between the Titans and the Buffalo Bills has been moved up to Tue Oct 13th. (photo from CNN photo file)

On Headlines podcast with London:

#1 The New Orleans Saints have been working with the NFL in the event of Hurricane Delta hits Southeastern Louisiana. The Saints say their making contingency plans as they plan to host the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.

#2 The Tennessee Titans who are under investigation from the NFL as to how 20 members of the team ten players and ten personnel staffers contracted Covid 19. The league is looking into Covid-19 protocol violations. The Titans will play the Buffalo Bills on Tue Oct 13th.

#3 The Titans have not practiced or played since Sun Sep 27th and their game scheduled this Tuesday against the Bills could prove to be more than just Covid on their minds not playing or practicing for two weeks how out of practice will the Titans be?

#4 London talk about how suceessful having the NBA and WNBA playing their games in a bubble in Lake Buena Vista Florida has been and how they pulled it off without no major outbreaks or interruptions.

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes won another critical game last Wednesday at Earthquakes Stadium against the Vancouver Whitecaps. After going winless in nine games the Quakes now have won three straight games. They play in Portland this Sunday and a win could improve their record to 5-6-5 and are in tenth place in the Western Conference.

London does Headline Sports podcast each week at

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes: Combination of things have to happen for Raiders to make AFC Playoffs photo: Oakland Raiders wide receiver DeAndre Washington (33) scores a touchdown also had 23 receptions for 85 yards

On the Raiders podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Oakland Raiders  are coming off a victory against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday it was a hairline victory for the Raiders who got a winning field goal from kicker Daniel Carlson in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

#2 The Raiders who lost four straight games until the game in Los Angeles what did the Raiders do differently from the last four games which they lost.

#3 DeAndre Washington provided some good catches for 85 yards on 23 receptions and one touchdown

#4 The Raiders will depend on their receivers in this one wide receiver Hunter Renfrow last Sunday tallied seven receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown.

#5 The Raiders (7-8) are in Denver to face the Broncos (6-9) this Sunday they have to beat the Broncos next Sunday, then the Texans need to beat the Titans and the Ravens need to beat the Steelers, and the Colts need to beat the Jaguars, and a victory by at least one of these teams Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots in order to make the AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

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Raiders’ playoff hopes still alive after road win 24-17

Photo credit: @Raiders

By Jeremy Kahn

Who would have thought after losing their last two games, the Oakland Raiders would still be in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC Playoffs?

Derek Carr threw for 291 yards, as the Raiders defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 in the final game at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Coming into the game, the Raiders playoff hopes were on life support, but losses by both the Pittsburgh Steelers to the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans to the New Orleans Saints, those playoff plans stayed alive. If the Raiders win next Sunday against the Denver Broncos on the road, and get a lot of help, the Raiders would clinch the last spot in the AFC and would be only their second playoff appearance since 2003.

Carr went 26-for-30 on the afternoon, and 86.7% is the second highest for the six-year pro since coming into the league in 2014. This was also the fifth time in his career that Carr topped the 80% completion rate in his career.

Hunter Renfrow returned to the field after missing last weeks loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and ended up with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. It was the first 100-yard game for Renfrow.

DeAndre Washington was the leading rusher for the Raiders, who were without the services of rookie Josh Jacobs, who sat out the game with a shoulder injury. Washington gained 85 yards on 23 carries.

In what was supposed to be a good season for the Chargers continues to go downhill, as they fell to 5-10 on the season and have lost five out of their last six.

Melvin Gordon scored two touchdowns for the Chargers, and Philip Rivers went 27-for-39 for 279 yards in what could be his last game for the Chargers. Rivers, who was traded to the Chargers from the New York Giants for Eli Manning after the 2004 draft, will see his contract expire after the season.

Before a pro-Raiders crowd in Carson, the Raiders got it going early, as Carr found Renfrow for a 56-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the game.

Daniel Carlson, who missed a big field goal in last weeks game against the Jaguars essentially clinched the game, as he hit a 48-yard field goal to give the Raiders a 24-14 lead.

Michael Badgley cut the Raiders lead down to seven with 1:29 in the game, as he nailed a 27-yard field goal; however, the Raiders recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

NOTES: To make the playoffs, the Raiders would need to win on the road against the Broncos, and need losses by the Titans against the Houston Texans, the Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens and a win by the Indianapolis Colts over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That would create a four-way tie, and the Raiders would win the tiebreaker over the Steelers based on strength of victory and the Colts by virtue of its win in Week 4. The Colts would eliminate the Titans by having a better division record.

Trayvon Mullen left the game after colliding with Curtis Riley on a catch by Andre Patton in the fourth quarter, and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Next season, the Chargers will move into the brand new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on the site of the old Hollywood Park race track, where they will share the stadium with the Los Angeles Rams.

UP NEXT: The Raiders close out the regular season with a road game against the Broncos on December 29.