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Case Keefer

Assistant Sports Editor

Case Keefer has spent more than a decade covering his passions at Greenspun Media Group. He's written about and supervised coverage of everything relating to the local sports scene, with an emphasis on betting and football, for the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly. He's also an avid music fan, constantly listening to new records and attending concerts, and writing about them whenever he can for Las Vegas Weekly.

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New coordinator Gus Bradley out to recreate past successes with Raiders
Former Seahawks defensive architect, Jaguars head coach excited to join Jon Gruden
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
The architect of the famed “Legion of Boom” defenses is coming to Las Vegas. Gus Bradley, known for helping build the Seattle Seahawks’ defense to one of the best in ...
National championship by the odds: Vegas picks of Alabama vs. Ohio State
Monday, Jan. 11, 2021
A rotten regular season has given way to a brilliant bowl season for betting purposes. ...

Wild-card weekend sweats: A handful of bets to add to your NFL card
Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
Don’t bet on any Super Bowl futures in the next several hours before the NFL playoffs officially kick off. The hold percentage is high and the value is nonexistent after bettors and bookmakers have spent months knocking the odds into shape. That doesn’t mean not to back a ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL wild-card weekend winners against the spread
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021
For the first time in NFL history, away teams outscored home teams throughout an NFL regular season. ...
21 local sports predictions for 2021
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021
Las Vegas gets a stronger hold on the sports world every year as our number of teams and events constantly seems to grow. The momentum should continue in 2021, and many of the reasons why are listed below—our 21 predictions for 2021 across a wide spectrum of Las Vegas sports, presented roughly in the order we project them to occur.
Staying or going? A status check on every Raider player heading into the offseason
Defensive backfield and offensive line will see major turnover
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
An NFL roster never stays the same from one season to the next, and almost always undergoes significant changes, so Jon Gruden knew the victory was his final moment ...

‘Finish, finish, finish’: How Raiders hope to carry season-finale win into next year
Las Vegas gets to .500 with record-breaking individual day in Denver
Monday, Jan. 4, 2021
Social distancing represented a difficult challenge for Darren Waller Sunday evening in Denver and shouldn’t get any easier once he’s back in Las Vegas. Everyone wants to congratulate him. ...

Live coverage: Raiders escape with 32-31 victory in Denver
Darren Waller catches two-point conversion pass for the win
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
The Raiders’ third turnover of the day has given the Broncos a lead. ...

Sunday Sweats: Five bets to add to your NFL Week 17 card
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021
The first-ever Saturday night primetime NFL game locally put a brief pause in the Sunday Sweats column last week, but it’s back for Week 17. ...
Tight ends Darren Waller, Jason Witten out for history in Raiders’ final game
Waller could break Tim Brown’s franchise reception record; Witten to set games-played mark
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021
A pair of Raider legends caught tight end Darren Waller by surprise last year coming out of halftime of the franchise’s final game in Oakland. ...

Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 17 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020
There’s nothing trickier in football betting than handicapping the final full slate where the results of most games range somewhere from minor to meaningless ...

Bowl pick'em against the spread: Handicapping all the remaining games
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020
The College Football Playoff sounded a lot more competitive in theory than it’s turned out in reality. ...
Gruden noncommittal on Raiders employing a Mariota package in Week 17
Las Vegas will have decision to make on highly-paid backup quarterback in offseason
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020
The Raiders have scored touchdowns on less than 40% of their trips to the red zone during a three-game losing streak that’s torpedoed their playoff aspirations. ...

Raiders’ defense deteriorates again to drop winnable game against Dolphins
Las Vegas officially eliminated from postseason with loss to Miami
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020
Mack Hollins was left so wide open along the sidelines that it didn’t matter that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s head was twisted in the wrong direction, away from the receiver. ...

Bowl pick’em against the spread: Part 2
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020
A late Florida Atlantic interception at the goal line against Memphis in Wednesday’s Montgomery Bowl dashed hopes of the first backdoor cover of bowl season. ...

Live coverage: Raiders blow late lead, lose 26-25 to Dolphins
Miami leads 23-22 after 59-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to Gaskin
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020
Twenty-five seconds after the Raiders’ big game-changing play, the Dolphins made one of their own. ...

Best in Show: Counting down the top 10 moments of 2020 in Vegas sports
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020
The sports world was far from immune to the effects of COVID-19, as several negative consequences stemmed from its spread. But all things considered, the adjustments eventually made to go forward were impressive.
Year in Review: Our favorite 2020 albums
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020
Where did Fiona Apple, The Weeknd, Perfume Genius and Run the Jewels rank on our four critics’ lists?
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 16 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020
The AFC South came into the season with the tightest two-team divisional race according to the betting odds. It’s going out the same way. ...

Carr or Mariota? Injury makes starter unclear for Raiders against Dolphins
Carr practices but not fully and is not yet cleared to play on Saturday
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020
The Raiders may not give the Dolphins the luxury of knowing which quarterback they’ll face Saturday evening at Allegiant Stadium. Las Vegas starter Derek Carr, who hurt his groin early in a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Thursday, returned to practice Tuesday but only in a ...
Analysis: Injuries not to blame for the Raiders’ recent fall from grace
Las Vegas hasn’t been any more beaten-up than an average NFL team this season
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020
The best defensive effort the Raiders have shown over the past month might have come in Jon Gruden’s most recent news conference. ...

Bowl pick'em against the spread: Part 1
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020
With not only players but whole teams opting out of college football’s traditional postseason amid another wave of COVID-19 infections, there’s going to be ...
Sunday Sweats: Five bets to add to your NFL Week 15 card
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020
There are always going to be ups and downs in sports betting, but even moreso when dipping into exotic wagering and non-traditional markets like in this column.
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of every Week 16 game
Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
The Strip and other resorts feel particularly empty this week, and college football is part of the cause. ...

Raiders’ late-season collapse continues in crippling loss to Chargers
Marcus Mariota fills in well for Derek Carr but falls a play or two short
Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
Only a little more than a month ago, the Raiders were 6-3 and sitting pretty in their aim to get to the postseason in their first season in Las Vegas. They’ve won only one of ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 15 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
The 0-16 watch isn’t just heating up anymore; the lookout tower has become surrounded by flames. ....

Handicapping hoops: 7 bets to make as the NBA makes its short-notice return
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
Local sportsbooks were quick to post point spreads for opening-night and Christmas Day games along with their usual future offerings, so it’s time to snap back into action and bet all the NBA has to offer. Here are seven plays to make at the onset of the season.
Live coverage: Raiders fall to .500 with overtime loss to Chargers
Justin Herbert tears up struggling Las Vegas defense
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
A third straight loss at Allegiant Stadium has all but killed the Las Vegas Raiders’ playoff hopes. ...

Discipline on defense: How Rod Marinelli hopes to turn around the Raiders
‘No one wants anything bad said about’ fired defensive coordinator Paul Guenther
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Nick Kwiatkoski and Johnathan Hankins, the two Raiders’ defensive players who spoke to media following the team’s 44-27 loss to the Colts, didn’t see a need for sweeping changes in the final three games of the season. ...

Paul Guenther fired, Rod Marinelli takes over as Raiders’ defensive coordinator
Las Vegas makes the move after getting picked apart by Indianapolis
Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
A change many frustrated Raiders’ fans have requested came to fruition Sunday night, about two hours after the team’s lopsided loss to the Colts. ...

Raiders get trampled by Colts as playoff chances tumble
Old foe Philip Rivers claims 19th career victory against franchise
Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
Las Vegas squandered an opportunity to solidify its playoff standing, falling to 7-6 and sitting a victory outside the current postseason picture with a third ...
Live coverage: Colts stomp Raiders at Allegiant Stadium
Indianapolis runs wild on helpless Las Vegas defense
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
The Raiders’ growing pains in their new stadium continued Sunday afternoon. So did their defensive shortcomings. ...

Sunday Sweats: Five bets to add to your NFL Week 14 card
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
Inches feels like an overestimation. It was more like centimeters that separated the prop bet in last week’s Sunday Sweats from cashing. ...

Darren Waller validates Raiders’ faith in him with another great season
Tight end says his blocking, mentality have improved in second full year with franchise
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
Some skepticism regarding Darren Waller may have been warranted entering this season, at least considering the lengths the Raiders went to hype their tight end after a breakout season. ...

College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of every Week 15 game
Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
The end is in sight for the college football season that would seemingly never end.

A five-step plan for the Raiders to punch a postseason ticket in their final four regular-season games
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
With a 7-5 record after a miracle win on a completed Hail Mary to Henry Ruggs III in the final seconds at New York, Las Vegas sits in position to make it into the playoffs ...
Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 14 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
If the NFL playoffs started today, the AFC wild-card teams would be the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. The most likely AFC wild-card teams by the end of the season, according to the betting odds, are the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. ...

Clemson Connection: Raiders' Clelin Ferrell enjoys teaming up with Vic Beasley
Raiders putting two of college powerhouse's all-time great pass rushers next to each other
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020
With only seconds to spare before the Jets snapped the ball for a play late in the first half on Sunday, Vic Beasley turned to Clelin Ferrell and suggested ...

Hail Henry: Inside Ruggs’ reception that rescued Raiders against Jets
Las Vegas stays in playoff hunt with win in final seconds
Monday, Dec. 7, 2020
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A year ago, when the Jets unceremoniously drowned the Raiders at MetLife Stadium, coach Jon Gruden compared his team to a sinking ...

Live coverage: Raiders escape against Jets with late Ruggs touchdown
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020
Henry Ruggs saved the Las Vegas Raiders from a second straight humiliating defeat. ...

Sunday Sweats: Five bets to add to your Week 13 NFL Sunday card
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020
Sure, the Chiefs are going to roll in this game but it’s not like they’re going to shut the Broncos out. Denver will score ...
Raiders will have to mend run game without injured Josh Jacobs at Jets
Devontae Booker steps into primary role for Las Vegas
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
In three of his four Zoom calls with media over the last week, Raiders coach Jon Gruden has mentioned the same play from last week’s loss to the Falcons without being asked. ...
College football by the odds: Vegas picks and preview of every Week 14 game
Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
The Big Three has become the Lone One. ...

Clelin Ferrell’s return from ‘really crazy’ COVID sickness looms large for Raiders
Former first-round pick’s health even more important with defensive line depth dipping
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020
When Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell started seeing teammates and friends across the NFL come down with coronavirus earlier this year, he had a realization and accepted that he may one day test positive too. ...

Vegas pick'em: NFL Week 13 winners against the spread
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020
Betting football during a pandemic giveth, and betting football during a pandemic taketh away. ...

Raiders hope to return to practice refocused after two-day COVID shutdown
Las Vegas must implement numerous fixes on short timetable after loss to Atlanta
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
A consummate football junkie, Raiders coach Jon Gruden enjoys his early wake-up every Monday morning during the season to review film of his team’s game from the previous day. Just not this week. Dissecting Las Vegas’ 43-6 loss to Atlanta proved as ...
Raiders implode, halt progress with no-show against Falcons
Las Vegas falls to 6-5, out of a playoff spot with second straight loss
Monday, Nov. 30, 2020
His mask slipping down his face as he shook his head, Raiders coach Jon Gruden stood slouched to his side around midfield with his arms crossed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday afternoon. ...

Live coverage: Raiders fail to score a touchdown in embarrassing loss to Falcons
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020
After two of their best performances of the season, the Raiders undoubtedly put on their worst Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Las Vegas committed five turnovers and 11 penalties in a humiliating 43-6 loss to Atlanta. ...
Sunday Sweats: Five bets to add to your NFL Week 12 card
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020
Some players are just too far above the rest to bet against in the prop markets. ...

Angry for the birds: Raiders in foul mood after loss as they travel to take on Falcons
Las Vegas looking for better results this season after starting 6-4 for second straight year
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020
Raiders coach Jon Gruden has sported his trademark scowl in every media Zoom call since last Sunday’s 35-31 loss to the Chiefs and has proven a bit irritable ...


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