The Las Vegas Raiders are one of the best stories of 2021, here in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Even with off-field issues and distractions, including a dismissed head coach and a player allegedly driving drunk, resulting in the tragedy of a life lost, the Silver and Black overcame and were within a few yards of forcing overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals this past Saturday, in the first round of the NFL playoffs.
Lamentably, that is as far as the mighty Raiders (10-7) could go. Ultimately, the Bengals (10-7) playing at home in Paul Brown Stadium, edged out the comeback kids and took the contest 26 to 19.
If you told anyone five weeks ago that the Raiders would win their last four games, make the playoffs and be within a few plays of being two games away from playing in the last game of the NFL post season, the overwhelming majority of the sports world would have probably believed you were a delusional Raider’s fan.
Interim coach Rich Bisaccia deserves kudos for becoming only the second coach since 1961 to lead a team to the NFL playoffs, after the head coach who began the season was dismissed. News reports have come out that Mr. Bisaccia might be named next season’s head coach. We hope he gets a full season to show what he can do. Coach Bisaccia should also be a candidate for NFL head coach of the year.
A few months ago, it was announced that in 2024, Las Vegas will host the biggest football game of the year. The Raider’s beautiful new home, Allegiant Stadium, makes that possible.
According to Axios, the NFL had 41 of the 50 most watched broadcasted events in 2021. There are not many things in the United States bigger than professional football.
When you put it all together, the Silver and Black are now an important piece of what makes Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the world.