From Becky Hammon’s new job to another disappointing week for the Raiders, here’s everything that happened last week in Las Vegas Sports (Oct 31 – Nov 6).
#7 Noah Gragson comes up short in championship bid at Phoenix
Las Vegas native, Noah Gragson might have had eight wins, 21 top-fives, and 26 top-tens, but it wasn’t enough to win him a championship. While Gragson and Ty Gibbs put on a hell of a show for fans throughout the race, it all came down to one final restart with about 21 to go.
Gibbs would jump to an early lead while Gragson was left to battle with a teammate, Justin Allgaier. Once Gragson finally got past Allgaier, the chase was on to get to Gibb’s bumper. Unfortunately for Gragson, he caught a few lapped cars in the wrong part of the track and came just a car’s length away from beating his rival for the championship.
#6 Source claims Mark Davis regrets letting Jon Gruden and Rich Bisaccia go
Did the Las Vegas Raiders a mistake by hiring Josh McDaniels? This is the question that continues to get floated, and it’s gaining popularity. According to Walterfootball.com, owner Mark Davis is reportedly regretful of his decision to let his former head coaches go.
According to Charlie Campbell: “Mark Davis regrets the coaching moves he made during the past year. Obviously, Davis will not admit that publicly and will voice support for the current staff. However, when asked about letting go of [Rich] Bisaccia, team sources say there is more to it than that. Let’s go back a little further, He regrets letting Jon [Gruden] go, then regrets letting Rich go, [everything is] definitely out of sync.”
#5 Las Vegas Golden Knights become second team to get ten wins in 2022
The Golden Knights became the second team in the NHL to get ten wins this season, proving themselves as contenders in the process. The only other team to accomplish the feat at the time of this writing is the Boston Bruins, who stand at 10-1.
The news comes as the Knights lead The Pacific Division and have scored 41 goals so far! Despite their strong start, they did face some adversity, losing to the Flames and the Avalanche. The Golden Knights are still one of the best teams in the league and stand a great chance of making it back to the playoffs.
#4 ESPN reports major roster changes coming to the Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders season seems to be all but over, and ESPN.com is claiming that big changes could be coming soon. Derek Carr could be on his way out after eight years with the organization.
“All is not well in Vegas, and I would expect significant roster changes if things don’t turn around before the end of this season,” ESPN analyst Dan Graziano said during a recent piece. “There is zero guaranteed money on Derek Carr’s new ‘contract extension’ after this season. Just sayin.”
The hammer could also be coming down on several other poor-performing players.
#3 Becky Hammon announced as ESPN Studio analyst
ESPN announced last week that Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon will be working as a studio analyst starting in December. She will be helping the network with its NBA programming and will provide valuable insight into what’s happening in the league. This is another big move for Hammon, who just last year became coach of the Aces.
“I am very excited to contribute to ESPN’s coverage of the NBA this season,” said Hammon. “It will be a lot of fun working alongside ESPN’s talented roster of broadcasters and having the opportunity to talk about the game that I love so much.”
Hammon was originally an assistant coach for Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.
#2 New poll finds 58% of Raiders fans want to move on from Derek Carr.
A new poll from Silver and Black pride found that 58% of Raiders fans want to move on from Derek Carr. While Carr did sign a new $121.5 million deal during the offseason, he has struggled to make an impact with the Raiders. He has also played a role in several key losses for the team.
He sits with a total of 149 completions in 237 attempts for 1628 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. His performance was so bad against the Saints that they had to bench him at one point in favor of Jarrett Stidham.
#1 Las Vegas Raiders’ offense struggles in 27-20 loss
The Las Vegas Raiders lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in what can only be described as a mess. The Raiders actually had a 20-10 lead heading into halftime, but everything changed in the second half. In fact, the Jaguars would hold the Raiders to zero points for the rest of the game.
Jacksonville went on to score 17 points in the second half, erasing all the progress the Raiders made. The Las Vegas offense just had nothing for them and couldn’t rely on Joshua Jacobs to save the day. Carr and the offense kept getting halted near the endzone, stopping them from scoring. This would be the trend for the rest of the game and frustrated a lot of fans.
Carr went 21 of 36 for 259 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in Sunday’s loss. His two touchdowns went to Davantae Adams, who caught ten receptions for 146 yards. Joshua Jacobs didn’t have a great game, taking 17 carries for 67 yards. This defense couldn’t do anything, and that includes sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, and allowing 403 yards of offense.
And that was last Week in Las Vegas Sports (Oct 31 – Nov 6)