First off, WHAT A GAME. I think I speak for us all when I say no one thought this game would lead to a Raiders victory but Raider Nation did. Everyone had the Raiders losing to the Saints some even saying it would be by a 30 point margin but in came Derek Carr and the Raiders offense to put that thought to rest. Even with most of the original starting offensive line out with injuries they still managed to put up 34 points against a full playoff team defense.
Let’s take a look at how that Raiders offense put up those 34 points. Carr finished the game with the statline of 28/38, 3/0 TD/INT, and 282 yds. Extremely impressive game by Carr who overcame all the obstacles of his job possibility being taken away all through the offseason and now he has his team sitting pretty at 2-0.
Carr absolutely loved his reliable target in TE Darren Waller who finished the game with 12 rec, 103 yards, and one touchdown. Absolutely killed the Saints defense when it came down to when it mattered.
Jacobs was a little off today with 27 carries, 88 yds, and no touchdowns but I wouldn’t think too much of it if I’m honest. Jalen Richard finished the game with two carries, 26 yards, a touchdown, and one fumble, which gave the Saints fanbase a false sense of momentum change.
Zay Jones, who is easily one of the most improved players on the Raiders offense this year, finished with one reception that went for 15 yards and a touchdown. That was truly nice to see after seeing all the work he put in over the offseason.
Third and Renfrow made a miraculous comeback as Hunter Renfrow finished the night with three receptions and 37 yards receiving. Rookie Bryan Edwards finished his night with two receptions and 42 yards. Henry Ruggs had a very quiet game with one reception for four yards.
Alec Inglod, yes the fullback, had two receptions that went for five yards and a touchdown, the first scored by the Raiders in Las Vegas. Safe to say the Raiders offense is going to help a lot of people’s fantasy teams in the coming weeks.
Now the defense is where I start to worry. Yes, the Raiders were down 17-7 at the end of the first quarter but proceeded to follow up with four consecutive scoring drives which is a fantastic thing to look at for the Raiders defense. Of course the first interception was recorded in Allegiant Stadium, however, it might not be from who you would think. Nicholas Morrow of all people, who had a horrible game last week vs Carolina, finished his night with seven total tackles, seven solo tackles, and the interception.
Damon Arnette improved heavily this week with seven total tackles and seven solo tackles. Arnette finished as the team’s highest ranked defensive player. Jonathan Abram finished with four total tackles and four solo tackles. A quiet night from him stat wise. Where I start to worry is the defensive line. I haven’t seen a whole lot from them these past two weeks. They gotta step it up as we head into the season.
Special Teams had a great night tonight as Daniel Carlson, who was the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week last week, finished going 2/2 on FG attempts. One of those being a 54 yarder that sealed the game for Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Raiders showed tonight that they are a force to be reckoned with and with this upset victory, I’m starting to sense the 2016 Oakland Raiders team vibes coming off of this 2020 Las Vegas Raiders team.