NFL Playoffs podcast with Dave Zizmor: Can 49ers Purdy take on the league to get to the Superbowl?; Chargers battle Jaguars Saturday; plus more

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.

David Zizmor filled in for Tony Renteria. Dave takes you through each playoff game during the post season on Tuesday at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: NHL announces no NHL players at the Olympics; U Conn women not in top 10 first time in 16 yrs; plus more

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.

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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

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?

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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?

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast (Special Edition) with Rich Perez: Raiders find themselves in an another storm in Ruggs situation

Former Las Vegas Raiders running back Henry Ruggs III mug shot has posted $150,000 bail and is under house arrest at his Las Vegas home. He was arraigned in court on Wednesday morning and will have another court date to appear. The court has also restricted him from driving, drinking, is under house arrest, must wear a ankle brace and Ruggs had to turn in his passport. (News 8 KLAS TV still photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich, this team got through the Jon Gruden situation with flying colors now with former running back Henry Ruggs III how will they weather this storm.

#2 The Las Vegas judicial system rules that DUIs resulting in deaths will cost the offender two to 46 years either way Ruggs is looking at a long time in prison if convicted. It’s unfortunate as he was an up and coming star for the Raiders who has now gone from from hero to zero.

#3 Rich Wednesday morning in court Ruggs was wearing an neck brace as he listened to charges being read. There was a second DUI charge against Ruggs for the serious injuries of his passenger Kiara Kilgo-Washington and having a loaded weapon on the floor of his car. His bail was set for $150,000 in just an almost unbelievable situation. Driving 156 MPH after 3:20 AM on Tuesday and slamming into 23 year old Tina Tintor’s car that killed her and her dog.

#4 Ruggs is on bail the judge ruled he has to wear a ankle brace, no drinking, no driving, suspended license, passport confiscated and is under house arrest and Ruggs was never in any trouble before but faces some tough prosecution in his upcoming trial. His last game with the Raiders was Sun Oct 24th vs. Philadelphia at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

#5 The Raiders head to New Jersey with heavy hearts, they’ll be playing the New York Giants the Giants are a struggling team but in spite of that do you see the Raiders struggling this Sunday and being distracted regarding the Ruggs situation?

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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?

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders coming off bye week all set for Tampa Bay; 49ers Garoppolo and Pats Belichick reunion

The Las Vegas Raiders fullback Alex Ingold (left) trying to make the catch against cornerback Rashad Fenton (right) in the second half of Sun Oct 11th’s game during week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (AP News photo)

On Headlines podcast with Tony R:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) are coming off a bye and a week before a huge win against the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) 40-32 in Kansas City a game people are still talking about going into week 7 for the Raiders.

#2 For Raiders quarterback Derek Carr it was a career afternoon executing 347 yards and throwing for three touchdowns against one of the best defensive pass rushes in the NFL the Chiefs.

#3 Tony after the San Francisco 49ers (3-3) got clobbered by the Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Levis Stadium in week 5 by final a of 43-17 things were looking doubtful but in week 6 against the LA Rams (4-2) the Niners made a huge turn around with a commanding 24-16 win what was the difference in the two games?

#4 For 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo a great afternoon keeping the 49ers in with 268 yards and three touchdowns and kept out of turnover trouble with no interceptions.

#5 Tony talk about the NFC East a lot of people say the division just simply shouldn’t be in the NFL. At one time one of the elite divisions in the league now it’s hard to believe the Cowboys who are 2-4 and have a dysfunctional locker room sit at the top of the NFC East with the Eagles (1-4-1), Giants (1-5) and Washington team (1-5) all struggling to win a second game.

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NFL Sunday: Recipients for Week 3 Game Balls

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By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

With the Chicago Bears visiting the Nation’s capitol to take on Washington to close out Week 3 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Sunday’s games had some big-time performances that stood out to me headlined by a rookie quarterback, a dynamic running back, and a vastly improved defense.

Here are my game ball recipients for Week 3:

Offensive game balls – QB: Daniel Jones, New York Giants; RB: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

The Giants needed a spark after dropping their first two games of the season.

The decision to bench two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in favor for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones could prove to be the right one that saves the Big Blue’s season.

Jones, the sixth overall pick by the Giants in this year’s NFL draft, threw for 336 and two touchdowns and also ran for two more scores, including the go-ahead score with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter to give New York its much needed first win of the year, 32-31, on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New York rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit with Jones at the controls of the Giants’ comeback. He scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Giants the lead, then he put New York ahead with another 7-yard run on fourth-and-goal.

As well as he ran the football, it was his arm that Jones really made his mark. Jones would hookup with tight end Evan Engram for a 75-yard TD on New York’s first play of the second half. Then, the former Duke signal-caller would find wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a 7-yard score midway through the fourth quarter.

One word to describe Jones’s demeanor throughout the game: poised.

Jones didn’t let the moment get too big for him in his debut, finishing 23 of 36 passes with no interceptions.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey racked up a Week 3 high 153 yards on yards on 24 carries, which aided hugely in Carolina’s 38-20 road victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday without starting quarterback Cam Newton.

Like the Giants earning their first win of the year, the Panthers earned their first win of 2019 behind a strong showing by McCaffrey.

With the Panthers clinging to a 21-20 lead midway in the third quarter, McCaffrey’s 76-yard TD run through the middle of Arizona’s defense kept Carolina in complete control of the game.

Through three games this year, McCaffrey ranks second in rushing behind Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (375 yards and 4 TDs) with 318 yards and three TDs.

Defensive game ball – The entire San Francisco 49ers defense.

Listen, when your offense committed five turnovers (including three fumbles inside your own 25-yard line), and only allowed six points off those turnovers?

Credit the defense.

San Francisco’s offense gave everything away but the game, committing four turnovers in the first half alone then lost a fumble in the fourth quarter before holding on to a 24-20 win at Levi’s Stadium thanks to its vastly improved defense.

The 49ers spoiled rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph’s first career start in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger for the winless Steelers (0-3). San Francisco limited Pittsburgh to 3 of 12 on third downs and held the Steelers to just 79 yards rushing.

Sure wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (76-yard TD in the third quarter) and Diontae Johnson (39-yard TD in the fourth quarter) stunned the 49ers, but San Francisco’s defense did force two takeaways (an interception and fumble recovery) leading to 14 points by its much maligned offense, including the go-ahead TD from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to wide receiver Dante Pettis with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter.

For the first time since 1998, the 49ers (3-0) are undefeated through the first quarter of the season.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Raiders’ Peterman replaced by former Packer QB Kizer; Elliott says he’ll be ready for Week 1 with Dallas; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 The Oakland Raiders lost third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman to an elbow injury the injury so bad that Peterman will be out for eight weeks bringing him back at the earliest at the end of October.

#2 The Raiders signed quarterback DeShone Kizer who was just released by the Green Bay Packers after the last preseason game, Kizer was the fourth-string quarterback. The Raiders picked up Kizer just after he was released and after it was confirmed by team doctors that Peterman would be out eight weeks with the elbow.

#3 London talks about how important it is for the Dallas Cowboys to sign Ezekiel Elliott and that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says as soon as a deal is reached, the Cowboys look forward to putting Ezekiel in the line up this weekend against the New York Giants.

#4 For the second consecutive game, the San Jose Earthquakes are in the win column. The Quakes got a shutout against Orlando City FC and won convincingly 3-0. How important is a game like this to boost the Quakes’ morale after going without a win in three previous games before winning two straight?

#5 Chris Wondolowski on Saturday extended his league-leading goal total to 157 goals scoring his 20th goal of the season. A remarkable career and a remarkable season.

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