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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.

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