Of all the unexpected outcomes in Week 8, the New Orleans Saints' 24-0 shutout of the Las Vegas Raiders may have been the most surprising. Not only was it shocking, but it was also historic.
The final score was stunning for two reasons: the Raiders' offense had been really good, and the Saints' defense had been really bad.
Coming into Week 8, Las Vegas ranked third in points per game at 27.2, while New Orleans was giving up the second-most points per game at 28.6. Both trends were on display in Week 7, as the Saints lost a 42-34 shootout to the Arizona Cardinals while the Raiders earned a 38-20 victory over the Houston Texans. It was the most points allowed by New Orleans and scored by Las Vegas all season.
That's what made their Week 8 performances so unexpected. The Raiders were utterly stifled on offense, managing just 38 yards on the ground and 145 through the air (both season-lows). Things got so bad for Las Vegas that starting QB Derek Carr was lifted for backup Jarrett Stidham, but still nothing worked. Meanwhile, the Saints made some good plays on defense, picking up 4 sacks and an interception.
At the end of the day it was another frustrating loss for Las Vegas, which now finds itself at 2-5 under new head coach Josh McDaniels. New Orleans, on the other hand, is still alive in a winnable NFC South, just one game out of first place at 3-5.
It will be interesting to see how both teams respond in Week 9. The Raiders are 1.5-point road favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Saints are 2.5-point home underdogs against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.