Here is an instant review of the Raiders’ tremendous win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night in the first ever game in Las Vegas in the smashing Allegiant Stadium:
After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, the Raiders scored on four straight possessions to take a 24-17 lead after the first drive in the third quarter.
Raiders’ running back Jalen Richard made up for a fourth-quarter lost fumble with a touchdown to give the Raiders a two-touchdown lead.
Jon Gruden made a great play call on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on that third-quarter drive. The Saints were completely fooled and Las Vegas tight end Darren Waller was wide open on a pass from Derek Carr. The Raiders struggled at the goal-line last year, so that conversion will make Gruden happy.
Waller stars again:
Waller had 12 catches. He is so good.
Saints were sloppy:
They had 129 yards in penalties and most of them came in the second half. It was the most penalty yardage against the Raiders in 10 years, according to the Associated Press.
Key offensive players banged up late:
Raiders’ star running back Josh Jacobs and receiver Hunter Renfrow were hurt in the fourth quarter. Perhaps we will get more information soon.
The NFL reportedly fined three coaches $100,000 each — Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll (and their teams were fined $250,000) — for not wearing their masks properly on Sunday. Gruden was often seen mask-less on Monday night, or with it pulled down. After Week 1, Gruden said he needed to do a better job at wearing it ... this could cost him and the Raiders.
What a moment:
Carol Davis, the widow of the late, great Al Davis, was the first person to light the torch (the centerpiece of the stadium) at the Raiders’ new home. It’s a tradition passed on from Oakland. It was a spine-tingling moment,
Abram active again:
In his third NFL game, Raiders’ second-year safety Johnathan Abram was all over the field like he was in his first two games. He is not the problem on defense.
Abram ran into a cart that was near the field on a goal-line play. He was down for a moment, but got up and sprinted off the field. Not what you want to see from a good player who missed 15 games last season.
The Saints, playing without star receiver Michael Thomas, got yards in huge chunks in the first quarter, averaging eight yards a play for much of the quarter. It resulted in a 10-0 lead for the visitors in the opening quarter,
Javin White sighting:
The rookie linebacker, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier Monday, played on defense after Kyle Wilber left with an injury.
Coverage sacks an issue:
Derek Carr was sacked three times in the first quarter (he wasn’t sacked at all last week). The heart of the issue was the great coverage by the New Orleans secondary. The Raiders offensive line was doing all it could.
First-round pick, cornerback Damon Arnette, was replaced by veteran Nevin Lawson in the second quarter. He did return. It’s a learning experience, and Arnette will be fine,
Raiders guard Richie Incognito left the game with an Achilles injury and was replaced by rookie John Simpson. So, no Incognito and no Trent Brown,
Nicholas Morrow, everyone:
The linebacker picked off Drew Brees late in the second quarter. It setup a field goal to tie the game at 17-17 at the half. Morrow is calling the defensive plays with middle linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski out.