NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2020 // 8:15 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6-1
STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/11/16: Raiders 35 at Saints 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/18/12 (Oakland): Saints 38, Raiders 17
QB DREW BREES had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 96.5 rating in Week 1. Has 25 TDs (23 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 108.6 rating in 11 career starts vs. Raiders. Passed for 423 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 67 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 16 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Has 14 games with 2+ TDs since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 48 rush yards last week. Had 2,278 rush yards & 20 rush TDs in 3 seasons (2014-16) with Raiders, incl. career-high 1,066 rush yards in 2015. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 473 catches & can surpass JARVIS LANDRY (481) for most receptions in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had TD catch in NO debut last week. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Raiders (9/9/19 w/ Den.). TE JARED COOK had 5 receptions for team-high 80 yards in Week 1. Had 122 receptions for 1,584 yards & 8 TDs in 2 seasons (2017-18) with Raiders. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11.5 sacks in his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with sack. DE CARL GRANDERSON had sack & 1st career FF last week. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 6 tackles & sack last week. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had PD last week. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 9 tackles & 36-yard INT-TD in Week 1. Leads active players with 8 career INT-TDs. S C.J. GARDNERJOHNSON led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week.
QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 239 yards & TD for 107.5 rating last week. Passed for 319 yards & TD for 98.5 rating in last meeting. Has passed for 1,685 yards (337 per game) & 11 TDs vs. INT for 108.9 rating in 5 career games vs. NFC South. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC with 95+ rating. Had 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 100.9 rating in 8 home games last season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 139 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 46 rec.) & 3 rush TDs last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, tied 3rd-most since 2019. Has 536 scrimmage yards (134 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD & 6th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER had team-high 6 catches last week. Had 41 catches for 536 yards (67 per game) in 8 home games last season. WR HENRY RUGGS had 55 rec. yards last week, the 2nd-most rec. yards by Raider rookie in NFL debut since 1990. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had TD catch last week in LV debut. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. • DE MAXX CROSBY has 5 sacks & FF in his past 3 at home. LB CORY LITTLETON had 5 tackles & PD last week in LV debut. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. NO (5/19/19 with LAR). S JOHNATHAN ABRAM led team with career-high 13 tackles last week. S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 4 tackles & PD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with PD. CB DAMON ARNETTE had PD in Week 1.
These teams last met in Week 1 in 2016, when the Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak against the Saints with a 35-34 win in the Superdome, outscoring New Orleans 22-10 in the fourth quarter. A Michael Crabtree two-point conversion with 47 seconds left provided the final margin after a 61-yard field goal attempt by Wil Lutz as time expired was no good.
The Saints opened their season with a 34-23 win over the Buccaneers. They had just 271 net yards in the game — 189 passing yards, and 82 rushing yards. It was the 105th time in team history they’ve scored at least 34 points, and the 271 net yards are the fewest in any of those games.
The Raiders beat the Panthers, 34-30, in Carolina last week, the fourth time in the last five seasons they’ve started the year with a win. Oakland was called for just three penalties in Week 1, tied for its fewest in a game in the last four seasons (done three other times).
Alvin Kamara had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the week 1 win over Tampa Bay, his seventh career game finding the endzone in the air and on the ground. That’s two more such games than any Saint — Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas each did it five times.
Josh Jacobs had three rushing touchdowns in Week 1, becoming the first Raider to do so since Latavius Murray, who is now with New Orleans, had three in Week 9 of 2016. Only two Raiders have rushed for three touchdowns more than once — Marcus Allen (five times) and Pete Banaszak (twice).
New Orleans had an average starting field position of their own 42-yard line in Week 1, second-best in the league (Baltimore, 44). They forced the Bucs to start at their own 18-yard line on average, worst in the league.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NO), 83 (LV) | XM: 226 (NO), 225 (LV)