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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Las Vegas

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Las Vegas, NV. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Las Vegas's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Las Vegas. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Las Vegas, NV. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Las Vegas,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Las Vegas, NV, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Las Vegas, NV.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

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Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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'Skies were mostly clear': Northern lights captured near Las Vegas

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas found webcam footage showing the northern lights, aka aurora borealis, appearing over southern Nevada early Friday morning.Matthew Woods knew to check webcams for the aurora borealis Friday morning because National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center had ...

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas found webcam footage showing the northern lights, aka aurora borealis, appearing over southern Nevada early Friday morning.

Matthew Woods knew to check webcams for the aurora borealis Friday morning because National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center had forecast a strong geomagnetic storm would occur. He spotted the aurora, which appear as pillars of light traveling across the sky, in footage captured by a Bureau of Land Management camera on Angel Peak at nearly 9,000 feet. The mountain is 30 miles from the Strip, as the crow flies.

“First I checked webcams farther north, but there was too much cloud cover,” Woods said. “Here over southern Nevada, skies were mostly clear.”

Woods has observed northern lights before and photographed them outside Las Vegas from the Desert View Overlook near Lee Canyon in April (see photo at the top of the story). So he knew what to look for on the webcam.

“I was prepared to go out and take some photos myself, but it arrived too late and I was like, ‘I have to go to work in the morning,’” he said. “I don’t think you would have seen it if you were standing in Vegas. I think there was too much light pollution.”

The webcam footage features a 10-second timelapse of 90 minutes of footage, he said.

Bryan Brasher, a project manager with the prediction center, viewed the video. “It’s very likely the aurora, but keep in mind you couldn’t have asked for better conditions,” Brasher said. “You’re at the top of a big mountain. … The higher you are the further north you can see. You had ideal viewing conditions combined with the fact that we had conditions in the forecast that things [the aurora] could get farther south than normal.”

The Dec. 1 geomagnetic storm was a level 3 out of 5 on NOAA’s scale. These storms occur during “coronal mass ejections,” when the sun unleashes powerful bursts of energy and throws out giant balls of plasma, Brasher said. When the charged plasma particles enter Earth’s magnetic field, they excite oxygen and nitrogen molecules that emit light.

“Last night was an interesting one because over a couple days, the sun had a couple coronal mass ejections, or CMEs,” he said. “There were four different ones ejected from the sun. … The last of those four was the most Earth-directed, pointed straight at us. The fourth one, you can imagine like a snow plough. The first three cleared the way, so the fourth went faster than it otherwise would have.”

The northern lights most commonly occur in far northerly latitudes over remote locations such as Greenland and Iceland, but during strong storms, like the Dec. 1 one, they can appear farther south.

“The aurora is a very complex and it’s not unusual for the aurora to appear further south than is forecast,” Brasher said. “It’s a highly complex phenomenon based on innumerable variables. … Things outside our forecast are possible.”

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I spent $100 to see a movie at Sphere in Las Vegas and it was actually worth it

When friends invited us to join them in Las Vegas to see Katy Perry’s Play in its last week, I was excited to think we could also pay a visit to the brand-new Sphere. I initially had high hopes of scoring U2 tickets but they were priced starting at $750, and were sold out for the only night we could attend. That was actually kind of a re...

When friends invited us to join them in Las Vegas to see Katy Perry’s Play in its last week, I was excited to think we could also pay a visit to the brand-new Sphere. I initially had high hopes of scoring U2 tickets but they were priced starting at $750, and were sold out for the only night we could attend. That was actually kind of a relief because it spared us from some unpleasant decision-making.

But tickets to the movie Postcard From Earth were available and much nicer priced. Although I initially saw a price point of $48, we ended up paying $99 each for four tickets. (The venue’s website now says tickets start at $69). It felt good to have tickets to see something so fresh—Sphere is known to be the world’s largest spherical structure at 366 feet tall and 516 feet wide and contains the world’s highest resolution LED screen. But the best part is actually the robots in the lobby. They’re intelligent and interact with you. As an example, one robot questioned my friend’s cowboy hat, and after my friend explained that she needed it to keep the sun off her face, the robot immediately pointed out that there was no sun inside. It was a common sense answer, but definitely demonstrated some critical thinking and made us more than a little creeped out. Thanks to a tip from an employee in the elevator, we asked our robot to sing and she even added a few uncanny valley dance moves.

Speaking of frightening, the escalators are. They ascend all the way to the top of the dome and as you crane over and look, you feel like this could be an excellent place to off someone with a good shove. The interior feels futuristic with blue lighting and light-based art installations: the world’s largest holographic display. Like Old Rose in Titanic marveling over how the china had never been used, I liked the newness of it all—it opened September 29 and we were there October 15. It was fun to talk to food service workers who admitted they’re still working out the kinks, and crowd wrangler Chad Stoll enthused that Sphere was “the coolest thing—I’m proud to be here. People came from all over the country to help us open it.” You can also make your own 360-degree avatar.

The ticketing lets you into Sphere’s atrium 60 minutes in advance to explore and chat with robots, but arrive even earlier because Security takes a while to get through. After we engaged with the robots, and grabbed some tacos and beer, we went into the auditorium itself. It’s a cool space with, of course, enormous curving screens. The rows of seats are very steep—definitely not the kind of place you want to be getting to your seat late when the lights are down and the show has already started (and in fact, late seating is not permitted for Postcard From Earth). Weirdest fact: the whole venue is cashless, so there are reverse ATMs so you can convert cash into a debit card to purchase snacks and cocktails.

The 50-minute movie itself is gorgeous, with views of snow-covered mountains, underwater fish schools, and people around the world harvesting fruit or doing their jobs. It’s reminiscent of Disney’s Soaring, which we had just seen a few weeks prior, but to the nth degree of immersiveness. There were also haptics so that the seats trembled with thunder in an on-screen storm, or shook with an elephant’s steps across the savannah. But the movie took on its own identity with a sci-fi storyline about leaving Earth to inhabit Mars. It’s definitely worth seeing. IMDB relates that since it’s shown at 18k resolution, you can see around 2,000 crew members’ credits at once on the 270-degree screen.

After the show, I had to go straight to the airport on an earlier flight than my companions. While we had walked to Sphere easily on surface streets, we joined the throng using the skyway to the Venetian, which was a total mess of people—but that’s typical for leaving a show. Still, if I hadn’t left my luggage at the Venetian since Sphere has no bag or coat check, exiting the street would have been the better way to go. It seems wild that with all that space, there’s nowhere to stow bags or wet raincoats. A pop-up bagcheck could easily be situated in some of those vast unused lobbies and hallways between Sphere and Venetian.

Overall, we were excited to have been inside and seen what all the buzz is about. A $99 ticket is worth it now while Sphere is so new but might not be as it ages. We didn’t need Bono and The Edge to thoroughly enjoy the experience—which is not to say I wouldn’t try to get tickets in the future once the price calms down. (And the latest news is that Phish is coming in April; tickets go on sale to the general public on December 15).

Fontainebleau opening key to evolution of North Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A massive moment on the Strip this week. A property that stood empty and unfinished for more than a decade finally opened its doors Thursday morning. It was a star-studded affair at the Fontainebleau now standing tall north of the Convention Center. It’s a major piece in the evolution puzzle of the North Strip as billion dollar businesses along with small business continue to reshape the area.In 2020, there were broken out windows and large gaps in the building when the structure was called the Drew back...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A massive moment on the Strip this week. A property that stood empty and unfinished for more than a decade finally opened its doors Thursday morning. It was a star-studded affair at the Fontainebleau now standing tall north of the Convention Center. It’s a major piece in the evolution puzzle of the North Strip as billion dollar businesses along with small business continue to reshape the area.

In 2020, there were broken out windows and large gaps in the building when the structure was called the Drew back at the site of the second El Rancho Las Vegas built after the first El Rancho, (the Strip’s first true full service resort) burned down.

After the project was planned for, and started and stopped multiple times over two decades, it is now finally complete and open as Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a two billion dollar casino and resort.

“I think it has cleaned up a lot towards this end of the Strip brining in these bigger, nicer casinos,” contended June Martin, an assistant manager at the Iconic Peppermill Restaurant which opened all the way back 1972, 51 years ago this year this month across from what was then the Stardust until it was knocked down in 2007 making way for Resorts World, another multibillion dollar property North Strip.

“It’s great. Business is always great,” Martin said.

“Oh my gosh. So many changes since I’ve been here, I’ve seen Resorts World go up and then the Fontainebleau just opened,” exclaimed Erica Horton, a nail tech at Vegas Nail Spa in the Gold Key Shops. Horton told FOX5, not only are the mega resorts that surround the salon breathing new life into the North Strip area, so too are small shops like a new ice cream business next door and Tacos El Pastor which opened in 2020.

“It’s been a lot of foot traffic. We have a lot more clientele and this end of the Strip is doing really good,” Horton shared.

There is a large plot of vacant land across from the Wynn owned by Wynn Resorts. In 2018, Steve Wynn announced a hotel venture called “Wynn West” but construction never began. When and if something new will be built there remains unclear.

Fontainebleau has also brought thousands of new jobs to the area. President Marc Tricano told the Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission the property intends to hire 7,100 people in total and was aiming for 6,500 on opening day.

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Sabres score 4 straight in 3rd, surge past Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS -- The Buffalo Sabres scored four consecutive goals in the third period in a 5-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.Casey Mittelstadt scored twice and had an assist, Dylan Cozens had a goal and two assists, and ...

LAS VEGAS -- The Buffalo Sabres scored four consecutive goals in the third period in a 5-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Casey Mittelstadt scored twice and had an assist, Dylan Cozens had a goal and two assists, and Devon Levi made 33 saves for Buffalo (13-15-3), which has won three of its past five.

“That was a great effort all around,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “We looked fresh. We looked rested. We took advantage of that. We had great legs all the way through. We had to come back in the third, tied 1-1. We fall down 2-1 and the response was outstanding.”

Jack Eichel and Ivan Barbashev scored for Vegas (20-6-5), which had its four-game winning streak and nine-game point streak (6-0-3) end. Logan Thompson made 22 saves.

“None of us are good enough in the third period tonight,” Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We let another lead get away from us without getting points tonight. So that's a concern for me.

“We have the lead in the third period and we found ways the other two nights, today it caught up to us. We never got the opportunities to get the points. So after 2-1 to 4-2. ... That to me is a problem.”

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BUF@VGK: Benson lifts in a backhand in tight to the goal

Eichel gave Vegas a 2-1 lead 3:22 of the third period, scoring on a rebound from a Paul Cotter shot. Eichel extended his point streak to nine games (14 points; five goals, nine assists), tying the Golden Knights record shared by five other players.

“We had a ton of great looks early. It would have been nice to get out the first period with a lead,” Vegas captain Mark Stone said. “We put ourselves in the right position up 2-1 with 12 minutes left in the game. We got to close those out.”

Mittelstadt started the Buffalo run with a short-side goal at 5:01 to tie it 2-2.

Zach Benson gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead at 9:29, skating to his right and lifting the puck over a sprawling Thompson.

Alex Tuch extended the lead to 4-2 at 11:12 after a Barbashev giveaway resulted in a 2-on-1 rush.

“Zach, again, is only 18 years old and looks like he’s been in the League for quite some time,” Granato said. “We finally get Tuch back in and feeling good. It’s a game or two, and it’s starting to look like he’s Tuch.”

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BUF@VGK: Tuch gets a pass and rips it into the twine

Mittelstadt scored an empty-net goal at 17:19 for the 5-2 final.

Cozens scored at 7:42 of the second period to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead. He forced a turnover in the neutral zone and finished a give-and-go with Mittelstadt.

“It was a big challenge tonight going against the defending [Stanley] Cup champs,” Cozens said. “We talked about it before that it was going to be a man's game. And I think we did a lot of things good tonight, we played kind of a full 60 We didn't make too many mistakes and we capitalized on our chances.”

Barbashev tied it 1-1 at 13:44 after collecting the rebound off a Nicolas Roy shot on the power play.

“We played losing hockey, and we what do we do? We lost," Cassidy said. "So there's a little bit of a lesson to be learned there. We don't lose a lot, but we lost tonight because of I think much more our actions. I'll give Buffalo credit for doing what they do best when we messed up, which was you know, create offensive and good looks and they finished.”

Raiders-Chargers: Winners and losers, Malcolm Koonce leads the way on historic night

The Las Vegas Raiders have made history in back-to-back games, just on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. A week after losing the lowest-scoring played indoors in league history, the Raiders managed to set a franchise record with 63 points in their dominant Week 15 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football.Las Vegas had control of the game right as so...

The Las Vegas Raiders have made history in back-to-back games, just on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. A week after losing the lowest-scoring played indoors in league history, the Raiders managed to set a franchise record with 63 points in their dominant Week 15 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football.

Las Vegas had control of the game right as soon as Daniel Carlson’s foot touched the ball on the opening kickoff, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter only to double that margin before halftime. So, there are no losers for this week’s column as just about everyone on the Raiders’ sideline was a winner on Thursday night.

WINNER: Malcolm Koonce

Malcolm Koonce might be the hottest player on the Raiders’ roster right now. In his last five games, he’s earned three elite grades from Pro Football Focus and has logged at least four pressures. This week, he earned a career-high 91.6 mark and had four pressures, including two strip sacks, which led to touchdowns for the Silver and Black.

During that same time frame, Koonce has graded out as PFF’s third-best edge defender (91.0), three spots and about a point and a half higher than Maxx Crosby. The third-year pro has had an excellent second half of the season and has proven that he can serve as the team’s second rusher behind Crosby.

WINNER: Jack Jones

Thursday night had to feel pretty good for Jack Jones as this has been a tough season for him. He was waived by the New England Patriots earlier this year and didn’t have a great showing last week in what was his first major opportunity to prove himself with the Raiders after Marcus Peters’ release.

However, Jones had an impressive bounce-back performance by allowing one catch on three targets for just two yards and a passer rating of 2.8, per PFF. On one of those two incompletions, he made an excellent read against a screen, jumped it, snagged a one-handed interception and took it back to the house for a pick-six.

He also picked up two defensive stops and all of that culminated in an elite 94.2 PFF grade which is exactly what the 2022 fourth-round pick needed to do to build some momentum heading into next season.

WINNER: Zamir White

With Josh Jacobs out, Zamir White had an opportunity to make a name for himself on a national stage and he certainly made the most of it. White finished with 69 rushing yards—4.1 yards per carry—which not only is a career-high but is just one yard fewer than he had all of last season. He also scored his first NFL touchdown and looked more explosive than he has in the past as this performance was a step in the right direction for his growth.

WINNER: Tre Tucker

Speaking of Raiders who picked up their first career touchdowns against the Chargers, Tre Tucker managed to find the endzone not once but twice. That’s especially huge for Tucker who has struggled to finish throughout the year, notably bobbling a pass near the sideline last Sunday. Granted, he had a close call on his first score, but he did secure the catch this time around and, as is the common theme with this week’s column, this was a performance the rookie can build on as he also turned in a season-high with 59 yards.

WINNER: Divine Deablo

Divine Deablo has struggled for the majority of the season but he was all over the field on Thursday night. He led the team with 12 total tackles and a lot of them were high-quality tackles as PFF credited him with six defensive stops. Deablo was most impressive against the run, earning an elite 90.5 grade from PFF in that department, but he also yielded just 27 yards on seven targets to turn in one of the most well-rounded performances of his career.

WINNER: Aidan O’Connell

It’s no secret that being a rookie quarterback in the NFL is a tough job and Aidan O’Connell has been riding the roller coaster this season, bouncing back and forth between good and bad outings. But this week was arguably O’Connell’s best game as he went 20/34 with 248 passing yards and four touchdowns. The latter was not only a career/season-high but his first multi-touchdown game, and he also set a personal best with three ‘big-time throws’, per PFF.

Again hopefully, this is a performance the rookie can build on and leads to more consistency moving forward.

WINNER: Thayer Munford Jr. and Jermaine Eluemunor

Thayer Munford Jr. and Jermaine Eluemunor are listed together because they’re winners for the same reason; they kept Khalil Mack quiet. Mack dominated and nearly single-handily took over the game in Week 4 with a career-high six sacks. However, he wasn’t able to hit home this time around and wasn’t much of a factor in the contest thanks to Munford Jr. and Eluemunor. The two tackles combined to allow just five pressures and both earned good grades as run-blockers as well—two and 67.8 for Eluemunor while Munford ended with three and a 73.4 mark.

WINNER: Antonio Pierce

It’s well-known that Antonio Pierce is auditioning for the full-time head coach gig and a 42-point win certainly helps his odds. Pierce still needs to win a few more games to earn the job, but he made a resounding statement on Thursday and clearly has gotten the locker room to buy in.

After blowout, Chargers' Brandon Staley says he deserves to continue as coach

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LAS VEGAS -- After losing to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley said the bright side was that they could turn the page to the Las Vegas Raiders in a short week. The Chargers did, but that page featured one of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history to a team that hadn't scored a touchdown since Week 12.

After the Chargers' 63-21 loss to the Raiders on Thursday night, the most points Los Angeles had allowed in franchise history and the most Las Vegas had ever scored, Staley said he was confident his players still believed in him and that he deserved to continue as head coach.

"I know what I've done here for three years, and I know what I've put into this, and I know where we're capable of going," Staley said. "I know the type of coach I am. I believe in myself."

The 42-point loss was the Chargers' third-worst defeat in franchise history, and their 42-0 deficit at halftime was the most lopsided half in the NFL since 2014. But Staley pointed to those struggles as the challenges of playing in the NFL.

"Games like this happen in the NFL," he said, "to every coach that's ever coached in this league. You can look at any great coach that's ever coached in the league. Sometimes games like this happen, and I don't need to retrace history, but it's just, it's part of sports."

When a reporter pointed out that blowouts like Thursday's aren't normal in the NFL, Staley backtracked that point.

"Tonight was not a normal occurrence. Everything that could have gone wrong in all three phases went wrong," he said.

Staley said he will speak with Chargers ownership Friday, as he always does the day after a game, and was expecting it to "be nothing new."

The Chargers (5-9) have fired only one head coach midseason in franchise history, when they severed ties with Kevin Gilbride in 1998.

Staley is 24-24 over his 48 games as Chargers coach, and the defense, which he calls plays for and was expected to turn around when he was hired in 2021, has been their Achilles' heel this season. After Thursday's loss, they rank 27th in opponents' points per game (24.6) and 29th in yards per game allowed (375.3).

Thursday night was the latest indictment.

After losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, Staley dismissed the idea that he wasn't connecting with his players. He said the Chargers would be getting "blown out of the stadium" if his messaging had stopped coming across to the locker room.

Thursday's loss fit Staley's description. But Khalil Mack, who called it one of "the nastiest, ugliest losses of my career," said that while players still believe in Staley, it doesn't matter.

"This s--- starts within yourself," Mack said. "And if you don't feel this today and if this don't piss you off, I don't know what will. No coach can tell you in these moments anything besides knowing that your name is on this s---. It should have you up at night."

Inside the Chargers' locker room, multiple players declined to speak with reporters, including running back Austin Ekeler, who had a simple message before leaving: "I got nothing for you. We got our ass kicked ... plain and simple. That's my answer to all your questions."

The Chargers were missing a few of their most important players in Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen, but they lost to a team that was led by an interim head coach, missing their Pro Bowl running back and starting a rookie quarterback that the Chargers sacked seven times in Week 4.

For those reasons, Rashawn Slater didn't care much about who the Chargers were missing.

"We just got our ass kicked. That's all that happened," Slater said. "This is the f---ing NFL. People get hurt. S--- happens. We got to finish. We got to play better than that. That's really all there is to it. I take full ownership of my performance. It was terrible. There's no excuses. No feeling sorry."

The Chargers next play the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 23 at SoFi Stadium.

It was impossible for Brandon Staley to return after that epic bust in Vegas

A group of guys took a trip to Las Vegas and lost just about everything they own, a tale as old as time. The group of men in question this time were none other than the hapless ...

A group of guys took a trip to Las Vegas and lost just about everything they own, a tale as old as time. The group of men in question this time were none other than the hapless Los Angeles Chargers, who ended any chance of scraping together a respectable performance before the end of the season.

The Raiders, who were starting fifth-round rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell, ripped off 49 straight points before the Chargers scored a touchdown with 10 minutes left in the third quarter on Thursday. The Chargers had no Justin Herbert, no defense, no ball security and absolutely no reason to bring back head coach Brandon Staley after suffering a 63-21 defeat.

Staley was fired Friday morning, along with general manager Tom Telesco, the team announced. Telesco became GM in 2013.

Outside linebackers coach Giff Smith was named interim head coach, and director of player personnel JoJo Wooden will be interim GM.

There should be some peace with this move. It’s not like everything is completely over for the Chargers moving forward. They’ll need to tweak their roster to get under the salary cap and be players in free agency, but they get Herbert back next year in conjunction with what could be a top-five draft pick. There are worse places to be for a new regime walking in.

The challenge of this Chargers job is that L.A. resides in an AFC West ruled by Patrick Mahomes, and it's a very top-heavy roster on the defensive side of the ball, meaning hard decisions will likely need to be made by the new GM. On a scale of 1-10 of head-coaching attractiveness, this feels like a 7 or 8. Hot names will surely be linked to this gig, including New England's Bill Belichick, the University of Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and coordinators Mike Macdonald (Ravens defense) and Ben Johnson (Lions offense).

The two most intriguing candidates for the 2024 Chargers:1. Bill Belichick2. Jim Harbaugh https://t.co/f1poX4ftVF

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 15, 2023

Where it went downhill for Brandon Staley

Staley noted that he still had a grasp on the culture of the team after its Week 12 loss to the Ravens, ESPN's Kris Rhim reported during the game. Staley said his team would be getting “blown out of the water” if the Chargers had tuned him out. Well, that happened.

The Raiders (6-8) and interim head coach Antonio Pierce were up 42-0 before halftime Thursday. At no point was this game close except at the starting point of 0-0. The Chargers (5-9) were embarrassed on the national stage in such a jarring manner that there was no way for them to come back from this. Offense, defense, special teams — each unit had a disastrous performance that led to this historic loss against a team that’s in the middle of its own tumultuous season. It would be difficult to seem more disinterested in winning than the Chargers were during their Thursday night implosion.

In a way, this loss should be freeing for the Chargers. There’s no hiding from a defeat such as this. It was impossible to spin this in a positive manner to keep a sliver of hope alive for the job prospects of Staley and Telesco following the season, which has three games remaining. This was the green light the Chargers needed to rip the Band-Aid off and get a head-start on who will replace Staley. It wasn't losing a tough game to the Ravens or a shootout with the Lions — that was allowing a 60-piece to a team that’s about to enter a lengthy rebuilding phase.

"Games like this happen in the NFL," Staley told reporters postgame.

Actually, it wasn't a result that happens very often in the NFL. Since the 1970 merger, there had been only nine games in which a team scored 60 points; this was the 10th (and on a different note, the second this season). Backup quarterbacks and injured defenses play every week, but they don’t give up this kind of result. The Chargers’ tumble this season now has a defining moment, and they’ll be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

Staley said that he deserved to keep his job after the debacle, saying,"I know what I've done here for three years, and I know what I put into this, and I know that we're capable of going. I know the type of coach that I am."

The extenuating circumstances didn't matter. The Chargers knew it was time to turn the page. It's too hard to come back from a team looking totally disinterested like it did Thursday — plus, he never got remotely close to figuring out how to get the Chargers' defense moving in the right direction, like he did as coordinator with the Rams.

The Chargers are in this position only because Staley was a whiff as a head-coaching hire. Better luck next year, Chargers. At least you can say you probably won’t give up 63 points in a game next season. It’s about the small victories — that’s all this team has left after a demoralizing night in Vegas.

Game Preview | 5 things to know ahead of Sabres at Coyotes

TEMPE, Ariz. – Dylan Cozens was already thinking about the next challenge inside the visiting dressing room at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night.The Sabres erased a third-period deficit and defeated the NHL-leading Vegas Golden Knights 5-2, fueled in part by a three-point performance from Cozens. The next step, the 22-year-old forward said, is to carry that momentum and string together wins.“We talked about it before, we need to find that consistency in our game,” Cozens said. “I think this...

TEMPE, Ariz. – Dylan Cozens was already thinking about the next challenge inside the visiting dressing room at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night.

The Sabres erased a third-period deficit and defeated the NHL-leading Vegas Golden Knights 5-2, fueled in part by a three-point performance from Cozens. The next step, the 22-year-old forward said, is to carry that momentum and string together wins.

“We talked about it before, we need to find that consistency in our game,” Cozens said. “I think this is a good start. We’ve got a big one tomorrow.”

The Sabres have a chance to win on back-to-back nights and take four out of six points on their Western Conference road trip when they visit the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena on Saturday.

It will be the second game in less than a week between the Sabres and Coyotes, who previously met in Buffalo on Monday. The Sabres won that game 5-2.

Pregame coverage on MSG/MSG+ begins at 8:30 p.m. with puck drop scheduled for 9. Radio coverage can be found on WGR 550.

Here are five things to know.

Devon Levi made 33 saves for the win in Vegas on Friday, which would typically line up either Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen or Eric Comrie to start the second game of the back-to-back set.

Sabres coach Don Granato is scheduled to hold his pregame session with the media around 7:30 p.m. EST.

Cozens scored to put the Sabres on the board first, but the Golden Knights responded to take a 2-1 lead on Jack Eichel’s goal scored 3:22 into the third period. The Sabres answered with four consecutive goals, including the winner from 18-year-old rookie Zach Benson.

With the win, the Sabres have earned road victories over the NHL’s top three teams – Vegas, Boston, and the New York Rangers – in the span of less than a month. The Golden Knights had lost at home in regulation just twice all season prior to Friday.

Read more about the victory in Friday's postgame report.

Benson previously scored Buffalo’s lone goal in a loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. He became the youngest Sabres player to score goals in consecutive games since Pierre Turgeon in 1988.

A goal tonight would make Benson the youngest player in Sabres history to score in three straight games.

The Sabres defeated the Coyotes 5-2 on Monday on the strength of the forward line of Eric Robinson, Peyton Krebs, and Kyle Okposo. Robinson (2+1) and Okposo (1+2) both had three-point nights while Krebs scored a goal and had a plus-4 rating.

Buffalo outshot Arizona 38-23 in the win.

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Highlights from Sabres win over Coyotes

The Coyotes completed their road trip with a 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Tuesday but returned home to earn a 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday. Connor Ingram made 21 saves for the shutout and Matias Maccelli scored the game’s only goal.

Maccelli enters Saturday on a five-game point streak, with two goal and three assists in that span.

Buffalo Sabres @ Vegas Golden Knights - Fri, Dec 15 2023 - ID 2568555 - NHL Live Tracker - Sportsnet.ca

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Highlights

Recap: BUF at VGK Game Highlights

Highlight: Sabres' rookie Benson scores a goal, sets up another to give team lead vs. Golden Knights

Goal by Zach Benson (9:29/3rd)

Goal by Casey Mittelstadt (5:01/3rd)

Goal by Jack Eichel (3:22/3rd)

Goal by Ivan Barbashev (13:44/2nd)

Goal by Dylan Cozens (7:42/2nd)

Goal by Dylan Cozens (7:42/2nd)

Recap

LAS VEGAS (AP) Casey Mittelstadt scored twice in Buffalo’s four-goal third period, Devon Levi made 32 saves and the Sabres rallied to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Friday night.

Zach Benson and former Golden Knight Alex Tuch also scored for Buffalo in the third and Dylan Cozens had a first-period goal and added two assists.

Mittelstadt tied it at 2 at 5:01 of the third. Benson gave Buffalo the lead at 9:29, then set up Tuch’s goal with 8:48 left. Mittelstadt capped the scoring with an empty-net goal for his eighth of the season.

Scoring Summary

Period 1

No Scoring

Period 2

7:42

Dylan Cozens (5)

Casey Mittelstadt (17)

13:44

Ivan Barbashev (7)

Nicolas Roy (8)

Power Play

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3:22

Jack Eichel (13)

Paul Cotter (7)

5:01

Casey Mittelstadt (7)

Dylan Cozens (10),

Connor Clifton (7)

9:29

Zach Benson (4)

Alex Tuch (10),

Mattias Samuelsson (3)

Alex Tuch (9)

Zach Benson (6)

17:19

Casey Mittelstadt (8)

Dylan Cozens (11),

Rasmus Dahlin (18)

Empty Net

Penalty Summary

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