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The Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers embraced the change theme in the offseason.

 

For the Raiders, Sunday is the first game under the Las Vegas label after relocating the franchise from Oakland.

 

The Panthers play for the first time under coach Matt Rhule and will have quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who had been playing for a divisional rival, set to make his debut with the team.

 

The pair of teams that failed to reach the postseason last year meet Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

 

The Panthers went 5-11 last season, losing their final eight games. By then, Ron Rivera had been removed as coach.

 

Rhule became the fifth head coach in franchise history, leaving his college position at Baylor to give it a try in the NFL.

 

"We want to be a tough, hard-working team that prepares at a high level," said Rhule, whose only previous NFL job was as an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants in 2012. "Playing a lot of new guys, a lot of young guys, they can't act like rookies. They've got to go play like veterans."

 

Among the veterans still around Carolina is running back Christian McCaffrey, who signed a four-year extension in the offseason after clearing 1,000 yards in both receiving and rushing. McCaffrey was third in the NFL in rushing (1,387) and the 24-year-old had 19 total touchdowns.

 

He will be a dynamic fit in the offense of new coordinator Joe Brady, who jumped to the NFL from LSU.

 

Bridgewater said Rhule has created good vibes with the Panthers despite learning many things on the fly with a restructured offseason and without preseason games.

 

"He brings out the best in the guys in the competition periods," Bridgewater said of the coach.

 

Bridgewater excelled as a New Orleans fill-in for injured Drew Brees last season. Now, he takes the spot once held by Cam Newton, who was let go after nine seasons with the Panthers.

 

"I do have a good feel for how good we can be," Bridgewater said. "Coach is getting the best out of us. Guys are eager to get better every day."

 

The game will be played without fans in the stadium because of state restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Raiders were 7-9 last year in their second season since Jon Gruden returned to coach the team. Eighteen players on the 53-man roster weren't on the active roster at any point last season.

 

"We're hoping the younger guys can continue to progress," Gruden said.

 

Rhule said that while he was a college coach, Gruden offered him pointers and became a mentor of sorts during his career. He said it will be an honor to face Gruden's team in his first game in the new job.

 

Aside from veteran quarterback Derek Carr, the Raiders are ready to unleash what they hope will soon be their dominant running back in second-year star Josh Jacobs. Jacobs rushed for 1,150 yards as a rookie behind a rugged offensive line despite nagging injuries late in the season.

 

The Raiders are expecting much more of an impact from a revamped receiving core.

 

Gruden said it's important that the receiving corps are in sync after eight different players started at flanker spots last year. The Raiders didn't have any player miss the entire practice based on an injury at mid-week.

 

Rhule said the Panthers have a slight advantage without disclosing a lot about the team's schemes with a new staff. Carolina's lone injury concern going into the first game is left guard Dennis Daley, who is questionable with an ankle injury.

 

The Panthers' overhaul also includes the need to replace linebacker Luke Kuechly, a standout who retired in what some observers considered near the prime of his career. That leaves Carolina with the starting linebacker corps of Shaq Thompson, Tahir Whitehead and Jermaine Carter Jr. Whitehead played the past two seasons for the Raiders.

 

The teams have split six previous all-time meetings, with the Raiders winning the most-recent clash in 2016 in Oakland.

 

This is Carolina's fourth opening game at home since 2010.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Las Vegas Raiders

Carolina Panthers

Player Position Lineup
Johnathan Abram primary: Strong Safety Starter
Trent Brown primary: Right Tackle Starter
Derek Carr primary: Quarterback Starter
Maxx Crosby primary: Defensive End Starter
Clelin Ferrell primary: Defensive End Starter
Johnathan Hankins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Erik Harris primary: Cornerback Starter
Rodney Hudson primary: Center Starter
Richie Incognito primary: Left Guard Starter
Gabe Jackson primary: Right Guard Starter
Josh Jacobs primary: Runningback Starter
Kolton Miller primary: Left Tackle Starter
Nicholas Morrow primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Trayvon Mullen primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Darren Waller primary: Tight End Starter
Cory Littleton primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Jason Witten primary: Fullback Starter
Nick Kwiatkoski primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Maliek Collins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Henry Ruggs III primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damon Arnette primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Bryan Edwards primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Daniel Carlson primary: Kicker Substitution
Derek Carrier primary: Tight End Substitution
AJ Cole primary: Punter Substitution
Denzelle Good primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Maurice Hurst primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Alec Ingold primary: Runningback Substitution
Andre James primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Isaiah Johnson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Zay Jones primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Lamarcus Joyner primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Arden Key primary: Defensive End Substitution
Foster Moreau primary: Tight End Substitution
Keisean Nixon primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Hunter Renfrow primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jalen Richard primary: Runningback Substitution
Kyle Wilber primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kendal Vickers primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nelson Agholor primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Trent Sieg primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jeff Heath primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Carl Nassib primary: Defensive End Substitution
Sam Young primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Devontae Booker primary: Runningback Substitution
Raekwon McMillan primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rico Gafford primary: Defensive Back Not active
Dallin Leavitt primary: Defensive Back Not active
Brandon Parker primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Nathan Peterman primary: Quarterback Did not play
Daniel Ross primary: Defensive End Not active
John Simpson primary: Guard Not active
Amik Robertson primary: Defensive Back Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Alex Armah primary: Runningback Starter
Brian Burns primary: Defensive End Starter
Donte Jackson primary: Cornerback Starter
Chris Manhertz primary: Tight End Starter
Christian McCaffrey primary: Runningback Starter
DJ Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Moton primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Matt Paradis primary: Center Starter
Kawann Short primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Shaq Thompson primary: Linebacker Starter
Russell Okung primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Tre Boston primary: Free Safety Starter
Juston Burris primary: Strong Safety Starter
John Miller primary: Guard Starter
Tahir Whitehead primary: Linebacker Starter
Stephen Weatherly primary: Defensive End Starter
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Starter
Robby Anderson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Derrick Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeremy Chinn primary: Linebacker Starter
Troy Pride Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Michael Schofield primary: Guard Starter
Jermaine Carter primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Davis primary: Runningback Substitution
Corn Elder primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Marquis Haynes primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.J. Jansen primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tyler Larsen primary: Center Substitution
Curtis Samuel primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joey Slye primary: Kicker Substitution
Ian Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Brandon Zylstra primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zach Kerr primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Seth Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Yetur Gross-Matos primary: Defensive End Substitution
Bravvion Roy primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Myles Hartsfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Sam Franklin primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Joseph Charlton primary: Punter Substitution
Adarius Taylor primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trenton Cannon primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Stanford primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rasul Douglas primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Efe Obada primary: Defensive End Substitution
Dennis Daley primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Will Grier primary: Quarterback Did not play
Greg Little primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
P.J. Walker primary: Quarterback Not active
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III primary: Defensive Back Not active
Colin Thompson primary: Tight End Not active
Trent Scott primary: Guard Did not play
Shareef Miller primary: Defensive End Not active

Las Vegas Raiders

Carolina Panthers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 6 Yards
    • Rusher: Christian McCaffrey
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Josh Jacobs
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 23 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Pass Receiver: Nelson Agholor
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 20 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 7 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
    • Rusher: Josh Jacobs
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 6 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
    • Rusher: Josh Jacobs
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 75 Yards
    • Conv Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
    • Conv Receiver: Robby Anderson
    • Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
    • Pass Receiver: Robby Anderson
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
    • Rusher: Christian McCaffrey
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Denver W 32 - 31
  • Miami L 26 - 25
  • L.A. Chargers L 30 - 27
  • Indianapolis L 44 - 27
  • @N.Y. Jets W 31 - 28
  • @Atlanta L 6 - 43
  • Kansas City L 35 - 31
  • Denver W 12 - 37
  • @L.A. Chargers W 31 - 26
  • @Cleveland W 16 - 6
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • New Orleans L 33 - 7
  • @Washington W 20 - 13
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 24
  • Denver L 32 - 27
  • @Minnesota L 27 - 28
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27

Last Meetings

  • Raiders @ Panthers 34-30
  • Panthers @ Raiders 32-35
  • Raiders @ Panthers 6-17
  • Panthers @ Raiders 17-6

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers

Josh Jacobs' third touchdown run provided the go-ahead points as the Las Vegas Raiders posted a 34-30 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the teams' season opener on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

The outcome spoiled the debut for Panthers coach Matt Rhule.

It was the first game for the Raiders since the franchise relocated to Las Vegas from Oakland.

Trailing 30-27, Jacobs scooted around the right side for a 6-yard scoring run with 4:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. It marked the seventh lead change of the game.

The Raiders defense made a fourth-and-1 stop at their own 46-yard line with 1:11 left to help clinch the outcome. By the time the Panthers regained possession at their own 27, there were eight seconds to play.

Derek Carr completed 22 of 30 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown for Las Vegas. Jacobs gained 93 rushing yards on 25 carries.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, in his first game for Carolina, was 22-for-34 for 270 yards and one touchdown. Running back Christian McCaffrey scored twice to highlight his 96-yard rushing performance.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Carolina wiped out a 27-15 deficit.

McCaffrey scored on a 3-yard run with 12:32 left as part of a drive that included a fourth-and-1 conversion. Then Bridgewater's pass to Robby Anderson went for a 75-yard score. The duo also hooked up for a two-point conversion.

The back-and-forth nature began in the first half.

Carr threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Nelson Agholor to put the Raiders ahead with 1:54 to play in the first half.

Jacobs scored the first points for Las Vegas on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He tacked on a 7-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

McCaffrey reached the end zone on a 6-yard run in the first quarter.

Carolina's Joey Slye made first-half field goals from 47, 46 and 31 yards - the last of those on the final play before halftime as the Panthers pulled within 17-15.

The Raiders lost linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to a pectoral injury in the third quarter.

Fans weren't allowed to attend the game due to state restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

--Field Level Media