New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders Matchup Preview (9/21/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream
The New Orleans Saints travel to Las Vegas for the first game in the new Raider’s stadium. Both teams got off to a hot start in the 2020 season with wins, leaving them both at 1-0. This battle will decide who will gain a big advantage in their respective divisions. The Saints had a big win over the Buccaneers last week. As the Bucs will probably be their biggest rivals moving forward, this was a big game to win. They were the only team in the NFC South to pick up a win which means a win this week would guarantee them a top spot going into week 3. Alvin Kamara found the endzone twice but it was Latavious Murray who led the way in carries. We will see if Kamara continues to play more of a receiver role in the offense while splitting carries with Murray moving forward. For the Raiders, it was Josh Jacobs who took over the game. His three rushing touchdowns were enough to compete against Christian McCaffrey and barely edge out the Panthers who almost managed to come back. We could see a battle of Jacobs vs. Kamara this week as the Raiders’ receivers are nothing special and Michael Thomas is sitting out for the Saints. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders matchup page.
Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada
TV Coverage: ESPN
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New Orleans Saints:M. Thomas (ankle) D, C. Ruiz Q, P. Williams Q, M Davenport Q
Las Vegas Raiders:T. Brown (calf) Q, N. Kwiatkowski (pectoral) Q, S. Young (groin) Q
New Orleans Saints Analysis
The Saints looked good in week 1 against their divisional rivals. The offense was able to produce three touchdowns with extra help coming from a pick 6 on the defensive side of the ball. What was a little unexpected was the fact that Latavious Murray came away with more carries than Kamara. Kamara was more active in the passing game. Jared Cook was another player who looked good in the passing game, leading the way for Saints’ receivers. With Michael Thomas out for the next couple weeks, players like Cook will continue to see an uptick in targets and play a bigger role. The Raiders showed in week 1 that they have a hard time dealing with elite running backs. Luckily, the Saints have one of their own with Kamara. If they are going to compete without Michael Thomas, he will have to be the leader in the offense and be the playmaker that he has shown he can be. Emmanuel Sanders also has the opportunity to play a bigger role on his new team with Thomas out. He has been a top receiver on plenty of teams and has the ability to be a solid replacement for while he is gone.
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Las Vegas Raiders Analysis
While the Raiders did not look great on defense against Christian McCaffrey, their offense looked explosive with Josh Jacobs. It was a battle of running backs between McCaffrey and Jacobs and Jacobs edged him out with one extra touchdown. Where there are question marks for the Raiders is in the passing game. They did a great job in diversifying their targets as nine different players had a reception. What they need is the playmaker that they can go to when they need a few yards and trust them to pick them up. It looks like Henry Ruggs will be that guy but it will take time for him to fit into an NFL style offense. His 55 yards are a good start to the season, and we will see how the Raiders continue to use him as he also had 11 yards rushing as well. The Saints are without their top receiver which should make it easier for the Raiders. Their offense will have to go into overdrive similar to week 1 against the Panthers. They are facing another good offense which will probably overpower their defense, adding extra pressure on Josh Jacobs and the offense.
Las Vegas Raiders Depth Chart
Betting Corner Saints -6
Spread: Saints -6
Moneyline: Saints +170
Over/Under: Saints o49.5
This matchup will be hard to pick as it will likely be a close matchup. The Saints possibly playing without Michael Thomas will be hard hit to their offense. If I had to make a selection, I would pick based on whether we see Thomas in or out which will likely be the latter leaving the Raiders with a win. After seeing what Josh Jacobs can do, it will be scary for the Saints’ defense.
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Jared Cook came out of the gate hot in week 1, proving that he can be a top tight end in the league. His 80 yards are fantastic to get out of a tight end and when he can score a touchdown, it will be only more points for fantasy owners. With Michael Thomas likely to miss some time due to his high ankle sprain, there will be more targets aimed at Cook among others. Week 1 was a good indicator of the plan around Thomas as he only accumulated three receptions while Cook had five, leading the team. The Raiders are not a good defense at covering the pass which will lead to a lot of passing attempts with plenty aimed at Cook.
After a monster week 1, there are no good reasons for why he should dramatically let up. We will probably not see three touchdowns again, but over or close to 100 yards is attainable again. The Raiders heavily rely on his production as their passing game is a weaker part of their game. He is the clear back in their offense and will not have to be splitting touches which when paired with his enormous amount of opportunities to gain yards, is heavily favorable for fantasy owners. We will probably see Darren Waller play more of a role in the offense moving forward but now we know what Jacobs can handle.