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New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders Pick & Prediction SEP 21TH 2020

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The Raiders make their Las Vegas debut when they host the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

They will christen their brand-new, $2 billion stadium at the same time, but there won't be any spectators on hand for the historic game.

"Obviously it means a lot, not only to us but to our fans in this community," said Josh Jacobs, who rushed for three touchdowns and 93 yards in a 34-30 victory at Carolina in the season opener. "We want to get a win especially with it being our first time in this stadium, so it's going to be huge."

It's also significant because both teams are 1-0.

Las Vegas was balanced on offense last week as Derek Carr passed for 239 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions or sacks.

"I love this city, moved out here after the season, and fell in love with it," Carr said of the move from Oakland. "We wish our city could experience it here with us. I'm sure they'll be around somewhere. I'm sure there will be a certain street or strip they'll be on."

The Raiders endured the loss of both right tackles during last week's game as Trent Brown (calf) was sidelined in the first quarter and Sam Young (groin) in the third quarter. Both players missed practice Thursday, as did two other starting linemen - center Rodney Hudson and guard Richie Incognito -- who were not injured but the team is trying to keep the veterans healthy for the duration of the season.

Las Vegas hopes the extra day of recovery for the Monday night game allows to line to get healthy.

The Saints' defensive line features five-time Pro Bowl end Cameron Jordan in a defense that sacked Tom Brady three times and intercepted him twice last week in spoiling Brady's debut with Tampa Bay, 34-23.

"Their D-line is disruptive," Carr said. "Obviously we know about Cam Jordan, but all those guys; they can all get to the passer and disrupt a game.

"Any time you play one of the best teams in the league you get excited about the challenge to see where you're at and try and compete and win the game."

The Raiders' defense likely won't have to contend with Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas, who missed practice Thursday because of an ankle injury. Coach Sean Payton wouldn't comment on Thomas' status, but the receiver reportedly will miss multiple games.

Even with Thomas available for virtually the entire game last week, Drew Brees passed for just 160 yards, though he had two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The apparent loss of Thomas could create more opportunities for former 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in his New Orleans debut last week.

Last season the Saints went 5-0 when Brees was sidelined and 2-0 when top running back Alvin Kamara was sidelined.

"Every week, guys are ready to play," said Kamara, who had a touchdown run and a touchdown catch last week. "Everybody takes pride in knowing what to do in case somebody goes down. Drew went down last year. I went down. You've got to keep moving."

The absence of spectators in Las Vegas won't be new for the Saints. There were no spectators in the Superdome last week.

"It'll be unusual that the first game there will be without fans," Payton said. "We'll get adjusted like we did the other day. When the schedule came out, you thought, 'Oh, there'll be a couple preseason games there. And then we will figure out what the crowd noise is like when we go there.'"

--Field Level Media

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New Orleans Saints

Las Vegas Raiders

Player Position Lineup
Alex Anzalone primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Terron Armstead primary: Left Tackle Starter
Drew Brees primary: Quarterback Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Starter
Demario Davis primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Nick Easton primary: Right Guard Starter
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Cornerback Starter
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trey Hendrickson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Janoris Jenkins primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Starter
Marshon Lattimore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Emmanuel Sanders primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malcolm Jenkins primary: Strong Safety Starter
Andrus Peat primary: Left Guard Starter
Kaden Elliss primary: Linebacker Substitution
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Justin Hardee primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Substitution
Taysom Hill primary: Quarterback Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Latavius Murray primary: Runningback Substitution
Sheldon Rankins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Patrick Robinson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Michael Burton primary: Fullback Substitution
P.J. Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cesar Ruiz primary: Center Substitution
Zack Baun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Adam Trautman primary: Tight End Substitution
Malcolm Roach primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Marquez Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derrick Kelly primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Margus Hunt primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ty Montgomery primary: Runningback Substitution
Bennie Fowler primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Will Clapp primary: Center Not active
Marcus Davenport primary: Defensive End Not active
Chase Hansen primary: Linebacker Not active
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Not active
D.J. Swearinger primary: Defensive Back Not active
Jameis Winston primary: Quarterback Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Johnathan Abram primary: Strong Safety Starter
Derek Carr primary: Quarterback Starter
Maxx Crosby primary: Defensive End Starter
Clelin Ferrell primary: Defensive End Starter
Denzelle Good primary: Right Tackle Starter
Johnathan Hankins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Erik Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Rodney Hudson primary: Center Starter
Richie Incognito primary: Left Guard Starter
Gabe Jackson primary: Right Guard Starter
Josh Jacobs primary: Runningback Starter
Lamarcus Joyner primary: Cornerback Starter
Kolton Miller primary: Left Tackle Starter
Nicholas Morrow primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Trayvon Mullen primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Darren Waller primary: Tight End Starter
Cory Littleton primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Jason Witten primary: Tight End 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
Maurice Hurst primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Alec Ingold primary: Fullback Substitution
Andre James primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Isaiah Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zay Jones primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Arden Key primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nevin Lawson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Foster Moreau primary: Tight End Substitution
Keisean Nixon primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Parker primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Hunter Renfrow primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jalen Richard primary: Runningback Substitution
Kyle Wilber primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kendal Vickers primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nelson Agholor primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Trent Sieg primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jeff Heath primary: Safety Substitution
Carl Nassib primary: Defensive End Substitution
John Simpson primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Javin White primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Devontae Booker primary: Runningback Substitution
Raekwon McMillan primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trent Brown primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Rico Gafford primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Nathan Peterman primary: Quarterback Did not play
Nick Kwiatkoski primary: Linebacker Not active
Daniel Ross primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Amik Robertson primary: Cornerback Not active
Sam Young primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

New Orleans Saints

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Alvin Kamara
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Zay Jones
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jared Cook
    • Passer: Drew Brees
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Alec Ingold
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
    • Pass Receiver: Darren Waller
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Rusher: Alvin Kamara
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 20 Yards
    • Rusher: Jalen Richard
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Match End


Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay W 38 - 3
  • @Chicago W 26 - 23
  • Carolina W 24 - 27
  • L.A. Chargers W 27 - 30
  • @Detroit W 35 - 29
  • Green Bay L 37 - 30
  • @Las Vegas L 24 - 34
  • Tampa Bay W 23 - 34
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Kansas City L 35 - 31
  • Denver W 12 - 37
  • @L.A. Chargers W 31 - 26
  • @Cleveland W 16 - 6
  • Tampa Bay L 45 - 20
  • @Kansas City W 40 - 32
  • Buffalo L 30 - 23
  • @New England L 20 - 36
  • New Orleans W 24 - 34
  • @Carolina W 34 - 30

Next Games

  • @Denver(10-28-12) L 14 - 34
  • @Atlanta(11-28-19) W 26 - 18
  • @Philadelphia(10-11-15) L 17 - 39
  • Kansas City(08-09-13) W 13 - 17
  • Minnesota(01-05-20) L 26 - 20
  • @Atlanta(10-14-12) L 20 - 23
  • @N.Y. Jets(11-24-19) L 3 - 34
  • Indianapolis(10-28-18) L 42 - 28
  • L.A. Chargers(11-07-19) W 24 - 26
  • Miami(09-28-14) L 38 - 14

Last Meetings

  • Saints @ Raiders 24-34
  • Raiders @ Saints 35-34
  • Raiders @ Saints 20-28
  • Saints @ Raiders 38-17
  • Saints @ Raiders 40-20
  • Saints @ Raiders 45-7
  • Raiders @ Saints 3-34

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Sam Young

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Young missed the previous game due to injuries to his knee and back, and it is up in the air if he will be available on Sunday versus the Falcons.

  • Jalen Richard

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Richard sat out the previous game with a chest injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up for Sunday's clash versus the Falcons.

  • Theo Riddick

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Riddick will be on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list for an undetermined length of time.

  • Maurice Hurst

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hurst has missed the past three games with an ankle sprain, and it is uncertain if he will play on Sunday against the Falcons.

  • Richie Incognito

    I-R | I-R

    Incognito has been sent to the injured reserve list with an Achilles injury.

  • Marcus Mariota

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mariota has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a strained pectoral muscle, but it remains to be seen if he will make his season debut on Sunday versus the Falcons.

  • Clelin Ferrell

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Ferrell has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Lamarcus Joyner

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Joyner has been moved to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no indication when he will get back in the lineup.

New Orleans Saints

  • Dwayne Washington

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Washington has sat out the past three games with a back injury, and it is unknown if he will return to action against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Andrus Peat

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peat left the previous game with a concussion, and it is undetermined if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's battle versus the Broncos.

  • Deonte Harris

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Harris has a stinger, and it remains to be seen if he will be active for Sunday's contest against the Broncos.

  • Sheldon Rankins

    Ques Sun | I-R

    Rankins has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from MCL sprain. The team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Josh Hill

    Prob Sun | probable

    Hill was held out of the previous game with a concussion, but it is expected that he will pass the league-mandated protocol in time for Sunday's clash against the Broncos.

  • Marshon Lattimore

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lattimore was absent from the lineup during the last game with an abdominal injury, and it is uncertain if it will obstruct his availability against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Drew Brees

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brees has hit the injured reserve list with 11 broken ribs and a collapsed right lung. It is unknown when the team will officially take him off the IR.

  • Chase Hansen

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hansen has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a hip injury, but it is unclear if he will return to the lineup against the Broncos on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes as the Las Vegas Raiders christened their new stadium and new hometown with a 34-24 victory against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

Carr completed 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and outperformed Drew Brees, the NFL's all-time leading passer, inside virtually empty $2 billion Allegiant Stadium. One of Carr's touchdowns went to Darren Waller, who finished with 12 catches for 103 yards.

The Raiders (2-0) scored 24 consecutive points and produced points on six of their final seven possessions to turn the game around. The Saints hurt themselves with 10 penalties for 129 yards.

Brees, who passed for just 160 yards in a season-opening win against Tampa Bay, completed 26 of 38 passes for 312 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the absence of All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas.

The game was tied at 17 at halftime, and the Raiders took their first lead of the game on the first possession of the third quarter. They drove to Carr's 1-yard touchdown pass to Waller on fourth down.

That gave Las Vegas a 24-17 lead that held up through the end of the third quarter.

Jalen Richard's 20-yard touchdown run gave the Raiders a 31-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Alvin Kamara's 3-yard touchdown run pulled New Orleans within seven points with 4:33 remaining.

Daniel Carlson's 54-yard field goal completed the scoring with 1:05 remaining.

The first points in the new stadium came on the game's first possession as New Orleans (1-1) received the opening kickoff and drove to Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal.

Kamara's 1-yard touchdown run increased the lead to 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Carr threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Alec Ingold to cut the lead to 10-7 midway through the second quarter.

The ensuing possession ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Jared Cook for a 17-7 Saints lead.

Carr came back with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones to trim the lead to 17-14.

Nicholas Morrow intercepted Brees, setting up Carlson's 28-yard field goal that tied the score at halftime.

--Field Level Media