1. #5 Daniel Carlson chips one in to put the Las Vegas Raiders on the board
The Las Vegas Raiders needed to put points on the board after a 13 play 68-yard drive was cut short in Chicago Bears territory, and Daniel Carlson came up clutch with a 31-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Raiders, who were coming off a Monday Night loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, it didn’t make a difference, and they got beat 20-9. Seeing Carlson making the best of a bad situation was a welcoming sight, though, especially after watching him miss a field goal last week.
2. #3 Kyle Busch keeps it steady to make it to the round of 8
It’s no secret that Kyle Busch is one of the most aggressive drivers in the entire NASCAR Cup Series, but he had one of the quietest races of his entire career last Sunday at the Charlotte Roval. In fact, despite coming into the cut-off race near the bubble, the two-time Cup Series champion managed to stay out of trouble all afternoon. He even managed to finish fourth and earn himself a guaranteed spot in the round of eight next week at Texas Motor Speedway.
While this isn’t the kind of performance Rowdy nation is used to when it comes to their favorite driver, it was enough to give Busch a chance to make it into the final four and capture the third championship of his Cup Series career. Of course, he will have to compete with seven other drivers to earn a spot in the championship four, but he seems to be a bit of a sleeper and could really come alive in the next round.
3. #2 Max Pacioretty scores opening goal of the season for the Las Vegas Golden Knights
The 2021 NHL season kicked off on Tuesday night with the Las Vegas Golden Knights versus the Seattle Kraken, and boy, was it nice to see some hockey again! It was also nice that Vegas ended up winning the game 4-3 after an intense battle with their new divisional rival. The icing on the cake, though, and probably the most promising sign for the upcoming season, was when Max Pacioretty was able to sneak one into the net for the first score of the Las Vegas Golden Knights season. Knight up!
4. #1 Joshua Jacobs scores only touchdown of the game
Las Vegas Raiders running back Joshua Jacobs returned from injury last Sunday, and while he wasn’t able to help get them a win, he did score the team’s only touchdown during the game. It all happened at the one-yard line, where Jacobs could punch it in to give the Raiders nine points. It would have been 11 if Derek Carr had converted the two-point conversion, but he was sacked on the next play. It was nice to have Jacobs back in action, though, and his tenacity could be the one shining light the Raiders have now.
The Raiders are going to need that light after losing both their last two games and their head coach, Jon Gruden, who resigned after controversial comments of his were released last week. Whether this is still a playoff team remains to be seen and will depend on what the organization can do from here, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of positive momentum anymore.