In the Week 2 Monday Night Football game, the Las Vegas Raiders play their first game in their new stadium against the New Orleans Saints. It may not be the matchup they hoped to have in their first home Vegas game, but they will look to get the win anyways.
It could take a few surprises for them to get the win on Monday. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Raiders against the Saints.
3. Derek Carr Passes for 350 Yards
While the Raiders are at their best when they can run the football, it is tough to find room on the ground against this Saints defense. Tampa Bay found this out last weekend, as they averaged 3.3 yards per carry. This, along with the possible deficit on the scoreboard, should lead to a pass-heavy game for Derek Carr. Look for him to pass early and often, and he could put up over 350 yards, like he did in Week 17 last season.
2. Maxx Crosby Gets a Sack
Last season, Maxx Crosby had a terrific rookie year for the Raiders, totaling 10 sacks. However, he did not sniff a sack in Week 1. After earning the starting job in Week 5 last season, Crosby had back-to-back games without a quarterback hit just once. If history tells us anything, he should get his name called more on Monday, and he could finish the drill to get the sack.
1. A Non-Wide Receiver Will Lead Raiders in Receiving
The Raiders don’t have the strongest group of wide receivers in the NFL, especially with a lot of inexperience among them. On top of that, their top wide receiver, Henry Ruggs, tweaked his knee in Week 1. Because of this, we could see either a running back or tight end emerge as the top receiving weapon in the game. Darren Waller is a mismatch at tight end, as an athletic tight end option. However, with the Saints pass rush so strong, we could see a bunch of short passes to Josh Jacobs. Waller and Jacobs finished with 45 and 46 receiving yards, respectively, last week.
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