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Saints vs Raiders: Three Keys for a Raiders Monday Night Victory

For the first time in NFL history the Raiders will be playing in their new stadium Monday night as they host future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Monday night football.

The Raiders are looking to get to 2-0 after a win in Carolina over the Panthers a week ago, while the Saints took care of business against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.

The Saints are a 4.5 point favorite in most sports books entering Monday night’s game.

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The Raiders have their work cut out for them, and here’s a few keys to getting a win over the Saints:

1. Run with Conviction

The Raiders went to Josh Jacobs early and often against the Panthers, and that’s a great idea against the Saints for a few reasons on Monday night. One it establishes dominating the line of scrimmage, but more so it keeps the Saints offense off the field.

Brees is so dangerous that the more you keep him off the field the better, and Jacobs and his ability to break tackles will be a key to showing how physical the Raiders offensive line can be. They showed it in week one against the Panthers, and have to do it again Monday night.

2. Get to Brees

Sure the Saints will be minus Michael Thomas, the best wide out in the game today, but at the same time, Brees is still a very dangerous quarterback who will find wide outs and his favorite safety valve in running back Alvin Kamara.

If the Raiders up front and linebackers can get to Brees and at least get some early hits on him, it could make him nervous and forcing him into mistakes down the field. The Raiders last week didn’t get enough pressure on Teddy Bridgewater, but now have a chance against Brees to make amends for that.

3. Don’t give up the ball easy

One thing that has hurt the Raiders in the past in close games is allowing turnvoers, and against the Saints that’s a bad way to put yourself in a huge hole. Let’s see if the Raiders can smartly keep the ball away, and not turn the ball over a number of times.

A lot of that is up to Derek Carr and the Raiders offense, be smart, don’t make mistakes, and they have a shot to pull off the big win over the Saints to get to 2-0.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Raiders Battle with the Panthers

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Rodney Hudson (not injury related), G Richie Incognito (not injury related), TE Jason Witten (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

CB Damon Arnette (thumb, groin), T Trenton Brown (calf), DT Maliek Collins (thigh)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Nelson Agholor (groin), WR Bryan Edwards (knee), LB Nicholas Morrow (knee)

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Dennis Daley (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DE Brian Burns (ankle), S Juston Burris (rib), RB Trenton Cannon (shoulder), CB Corn Elder (hamstring), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (wrist), CB Donte Jackson (toe), C Tyler Larsen (calf), T Greg Little (ankle), T Taylor Moton (wrist), T Russell Okung (ankle), CB Troy Pride (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (shoulder), TE Ian Thomas (toe), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (hamstring), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring), LB Tahir Whitehead (groin)

Raiders 2020 Schedule Released, Home Opener in Week 2 Vs New Orleans

The Raiders 2020 schedule is out – and the team will celebrate its new home in Las Vegas with a meeting with future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and the Saints in week two on Monday night.

Here’s the complete slate for Las Vegas.

Week 1: @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 13 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints, Monday, Sept. 21 @ 8:15 p.m. ET

Week 3: @ New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 27 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 4: vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sunday, Oct. 4 @ 4:25 p.m. ET

Week 5: @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 11 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 6: Bye Week

Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 25 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 8: @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 9: @ Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 8 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 15 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 22 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 12: @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 29 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 13: @ New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 1 p.m. ET

Week 14: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 13 @ 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 15: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Thursday, Dec. 17 @ 8:20 p.m. ET

Week 16: vs. Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Dec. 26 OR Sunday, Dec. 27, Time TBD

Week 17: @ Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 3 @ 4:25 p.m. ET

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Raiders Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Las Vegas Raiders schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Raiders will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Raiders will play:

Home: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Buccaneers, Colts
Away: Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, Browns

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Raiders in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One at Atlanta
Sunday 9/20 Week Two vs Tampa Bay (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 9/27 Week Three vs Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday 10/4 Week Four at New York Jets
Sunday 10/11 Week Five vs Denver Broncos
Thursday 10/14 Week Six at New England (Thursday Night Football)
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven at Cleveland
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight vs Miami
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten at Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs Buffalo
Monday 11/31 Week Twelve vs Kansas City (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen at Denver
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen vs New Orleans
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen at Carolina
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen vs Indianapolis
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at Kansas City

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Oakland Against the NFL and Raiders

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland against the Raiders and the NFL over the team’s move to Las Vegas, ESPN reports.

In the lawsuit, first filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in December 2018, Oakland was seeking damages that resulted from the Raiders’ move, including lost revenue and taxpayer money, among other costs. The lawsuit said the NFL was “boycotting Oakland” and violating antitrust laws in allowing the move. The other 31 owners were also named in the suit.

In his decision, Judge Joseph Spero said Oakland’s complaints were not eligible for compensation and ordered the case closed. Spero noted that the city failed to improve its case from a July decision that had dismissed the complaint but allowed the city to file an amended complaint.

Raiders Grab Speedy WR Henry Ruggs III with 12th Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

The Raiders needed to get faster at the receiver spot, and on Thursday they did that with wide out Henry Ruggs III with the 12th pick in the draft.

Paul Gutierrez of ESPN talks about why the Raiders went this route in the first round with the 12th pick:

Speed. Pure, unadulterated speed. Because with all three of the consensus top three wideouts still on the board, the Raiders went with the fastest player at the scouting combine (a nod to the late team owner Al Davis, perhaps?) as Ruggs ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash. Coach Jon Gruden realizes that to battle the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, he needs a similar team, a fast one. And in Ruggs, he has a complement to Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill. He hopes.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock talks about the drafting of the super quick wide out:

Raiders GM Mayock Says Team Needs More at the Wide Receiver Spot

The Raiders have two first-round picks at their disposal at the 2020 draft and have plenty of areas they could look to shore up when they are officially on the clock in a little over a week, Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports reports.

Quarterback has been a position up for discussion throughout this offseason as the club has, at times, appeared wishy-washy on franchise signal caller Derek Carr.

Despite signing veteran Marcus Mariota in free agency, there have been rumblings that Vegas could be interested in a quarterback at the draft, specifically Utah State’s Jordan Love. In his latest two-round mock draft, CBS Sports NFL Draft expert Ryan Wilson makes note of those murmurs and even has Love slotted to the Raiders at No. 12 overall.

During his pre-draft conference call with the media on Tuesday, however, general manager Mike Mayock relayed that he’s pleased with the collection of quarterbacks he’s put together.

“We’re excited about the quarterback room,” said Mayock.

One spot that the GM was quick to make notice of, however, was wide receiver. Despite tight end Darren Waller enjoying a breakout, 1,000-yard receiving season last year, the team’s receiver group were less than prolific in 2019. Veteran Tyrell Williams was the position’s leading receiver with 651 yards. Rookie Hunter Renfrow was right behind him with 605 receiving yards and led the position group in receptions with 49. Even with an elite tight end involved in the passing game, Mayock was pretty candid that they need to improve.

“[It’s] no secret that we need to get better at wideout,” Mayock said, while highlighting this year’s class has great top-tier talent and quality depth to it.

At their No. 12 spot, Vegas is right in the sweet spot of where the cream of the crop receivers like CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy are pegged to come off the board. It’s not unfathomable that the Raiders could swoop in there to take one of the top guys and address another need — like corner — at No. 19 overall.

“I think you need to let it come to you a little bit,” Mayock said of their approach when targeting a receiver. “Whether it’s in the first round, second round, third round, fourth round, fifth round, I’m hoping we can find a wideout that fits what the Raiders need and fits out culture.”

Jon Gruden Peppered with Questions About Tom Brady, Says Team Trying to Improve at Every Position

The Raiders are one of the top potential destinations for impending free agent quarterback Tom Brady. Coach Jon Gruden was asked about the team’s interest in Brady on Tuesday, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“You’re killing me, man” while making a Chucky face. He went on, “We love our quarterback. Our quarterback’s a really good player, Derek Carr. I want to reiterate that to everybody here in Vegas. We’ve got a good, young quarterback, and the film, the statistics and analytics prove it.”

Pivoting to the team’s other players, Gruden added, “We’re going to be in the market to try to improve at every position. That’s what we’re gonna do.”