The Las Vegas Raiders and the Tennessee Titans are both 0-2 heading into their Week 3 showdown, but Rod Woodson understands there’s a different sense of urgency on each side. While the Titans face a much easier path in the weak AFC South, the Raiders must navigate a difficult road through the gauntlet of the AFC West.
Incredible comebacks and near-comebacks highlighted the NFL’s second week, and people can’t stop discussing them. That includes Charles Davis, who welcomes in former NFL head coach Eric Mangini for The 33rd Team’s weekly Coach’s Room to break down what we saw around the league in Week 2.
See what the pair have to say about playing situational football and how to protect those late leads, their thoughts on some of the league’s quarterbacks, from Justin Herbert and Tom Brady to the huge day from Tua Tagovailoa and whether the Cincinnati Bengals or the Las Vegas Raiders have more to worry about after starting the year 0-2.
In this week’s edition of Make the Call, former NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino is joined by former NFL head coach and 33rd Team analyst Chuck Pagano to discuss the most influential and head-scratching decisions made by referees in Week 2. What do the pair think of the brawl between Tampa Bay and New Orleans? And what about a pair of calls that allowed the Arizona Cardinals to force overtime against Las Vegas?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Make the Call. For reference, here are the plays discussed by Blandino and Pagano, and timestamps for when each discussion begins.
1. Bucs/Saints Brawl & the Ejection Process (0:44)
When the final book of football is written, it will state that no two players hated each other more than Marshon Lattimore and Mike Evans. pic.twitter.com/96cNn8fDfy
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) September 18, 2022
2. A Pair of Questionable Calls From That Tampa/New Orleans Game (5:02)
— Wade (@WadeMar_) September 18, 2022
3. Defensive Holding Gives Cardinals New Life in Eventual OT Win over Vegas (14:26)
Do you see a holding? Cause I sure don’t😤 pic.twitter.com/Q4nw7crMkg
— Raider Dave (@LVRaider_81) September 19, 2022
4. A.J. Green’s Two-Point Catch Upheld, Forces OT (18:31)
KYLER TO AJ GREEN FOR THE 2-PT CONVERSION ‼️
WE HAVE OT 😱pic.twitter.com/ng8s6SL38P
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 18, 2022
Greg Jennings and Ronde Barber compare the receiving corps for the Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals. As the teams head for a showdown in Week 2, the two analysts discuss consistency and overall talent as they pick their choices for the better group.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams clearly had a productive Week 1 with 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. However, the Raiders lost and quarterback Derek Carr threw 3 interceptions. The 33rd Team’s Golden Tate walks through the improvements Las Vegas can make in order to help the offense become more efficient.
NFL great Ronde Barber has had the Week 1 Las Vegas Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers matchup circled on his calendar for a while because he believes the Chargers have as much upside as any NFL team. Will a top-tier quarterback and a new-look defense help coach Brandon Staley and Co. avenge the loss that kept them out of last year’s playoffs?