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Raiders gut out ugly 16-12 win over the Jets
An early fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as Las Vegas got back to .500 and Antonio Pierce improved to 2-0.
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1. Raiders gut out ugly 16-12 win over the Jets
An early fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as Las Vegas got back to .500 and Antonio Pierce improved to 2-0, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp.
Sometimes, the NFL is not a Rembrandt or a Monet. Sometimes, it’s a 5-year-old’s etching that hangs on the refrigerator door with a magnet instead of in a museum.
Sunday night, the country got to watch the 5-year-old’s handiwork as the Raiders and New York Jets put on a football display that would’ve had Hall of Fame coaches John Madden and Weeb Ewbank throwing their hands up in disgust had they been alive to witness it.
Or, to quote another Hall of Fame coach in Vince Lombardi, “What the hell is going on here?”
2. Staley and defense put the 41-38 loss to Lions on them
The Chargers defense was done in by not stopping the run and explosive plays, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Fernando Ramirez.
The recipe that has hurt the Chargers defense for most of the season came back in the team’s 41-38 loss to the Detroit Lions: explosive plays and not stopping the run.
Those two factors hurt them on Sunday. The Lions had the ball ten times while only punting once, turning the ball over on downs in a fourth-and-goal situation, and the third was halftime. On every other drive, they scored in some fashion.
“I didn’t do a good enough job on defense for us today,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said.
3. Ducks bounce back with big win against Sharks on Legacy Night
The Ducks got back in the win column with a 4-1 victory over the Sharks on Sunday night, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Derek Lee.
On a night to honor the first decade of their 30-year history in Anaheim, the Ducks swiftly dispatched the San Jose Sharks, snapping their two-game losing streak and carrying momentum into their upcoming two-game road trip.
The Ducks got on the board first, courtesy of Frank Varano. Ilya Lyubushkin’s shot was deftly deflected by Vatrano through the legs of goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood. The Sharks would answer back midway through the period when Luke Kunin took advantage of a scramble in front of John Gibson and batted home the puck.
Anaheim responded well to San Jose tying up the game though, taking the lead back in the final minutes of the first. Vatrano’s second of the game came on the power play, a game of catch with Cam Fowler before letting loose on a one-timer from just above the right faceoff dot.
4. Grizzlies spoil Harden's home debut in a heartbreaker, 105-101
The Clippers are now searching for answers after fifth straight loss since the James Harden trade, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Grant Mona.
In what looked like the best performance the Clippers have put forth since acquiring James Harden, it still was not enough to trump the fight of the Grizzlies. An abysmal first quarter for the Clippers resulted in a hole that the Clippers could not fight out of.
Paul George led the way with 26 points while Norm Powell had a hot fourth quarter to finish with 20 points and get the Clippers back in the game in that same quarter. Unfortunately, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden both once again could not find the rhythm from the field and had off nights. They each finished with negative plus/minus on the scorecard.
5. Gotham wins the 2023 NWSL Championship in San Diego
Gotham sends Krieger into retirement with an NWSL Championship, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Kamran Nia.
From last to first, NJ/NY Gotham FC are the 2023 NWSL champions.
Gotham finished 12th in 2022 by a wide margin. They ended with 13 points, six behind the next closest team. But in the offseason, they hired a new head coach, Juan Carlos Amorós. They also welcomed forward Lynn Williams, who missed the 2022 season due to a hamstring injury after being traded from the Kansas City Current, among other moves.
Those decisions paid off as Gotham made the playoffs as a No. 6 seed, Amorós won NWSL Coach of the Year, and Williams made the NWSL Best XI. In the NWSL Championship, such moves impressed even more in a 2-1 victory over OL Reign.
6. Kings fall to Flyers as home struggles continue, 4-2
The Kings fell behind early and never got the momentum back on their side, writes Th Sporting Tribune’s Holdenn Graff.
The Kings were looking to use Saturday night's game as a prime opportunity to grab a win in front of the home crowd and begin to erase the narrative behind their struggles at Crypto.com Arena so far this season.
However, they struggled early as a first-period goal from Owen Tippett gave the Flyers the early lead. In the second period they would keep adding on, as Morgan Frost's first 2 goals of the season put Philly up 3-0. Carl Grundstrom would get one back in the period, and the game headed to the third and final frame with the Kings down 3-1.
Cam Atkinson and Adrian Kempe would trade goals to cap off the scoring on the night, and the Flyers ended up getting their revenge exactly one week after their shutout loss to the Kings.
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