- Drew Brees passed for 160 yards and Saints still won by double-digits.
- Raiders Josh Jacobs picked up right where he left off with 3 touchdowns.
- The Saints are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games.
It’s not very often Drew Brees is held to 160 passing yards. It’s straight up unthinkable that Brees is held to 160 passing yards and the Saints win by double digits. New Orleans spoiled Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay debut by picking off the veteran quarterback twice, both of which led to touchdowns, en route to a 34-23 win. The Saints pick up the straight up and ATS victory by easily covering the -4 and smashing the OVER 48.
The Raiders nearly blew a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead, but leaned on second-year running back Josh Jacobs to rally back. Jacobs racked up 93 rush yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns including the game-winner with a little over four minutes to go in the game. The Raiders started their Las Vegas chapter off with a road SU win and road-favorite -3 cover in their 34-30 win over Teddy Bridgewater’s Panthers. Las Vegas and Carolina cruised OVER 48 by 16 points.
|Week 2: New Orleans Saints vs Las Vegas Raiders Game Info|
|Date: September 21, 2020, 8:15 p.m. ET|
|Stadium: Allegiant Stadium|
|TV Coverage: ESPN|
|Opening Odds: Saints -5.5 | O/U 50.5|
|How to Bet: Best Online Sportsbook Reviews|
New Orleans opened as 5.5-point road favorites and remain so as of Monday morning. The Raiders moneyline opened at +175. The point total opened at 50.5 before a slight tick up to 51/51.5. The total has gone OVER in six of New Orleans last nine games.
The Saints have covered the spread in seven straight road games.
The total has gone OVER in six consecutive Raiders’ games against NFC opponents.
New Orleans Saints News and Notes
Thomas is as tough as they come and surely will try to defy that timeline. But it’ll be a battle.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 15, 2020
Star wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain late in the Saints win over the Buccaneers. Reports indicate he can play through it, but definitely going to need to monitor his practice progress throughout the week.
The day before the start of the regular season, New Orleans rewarded their star running back Alvin Kamara with a five-year, $75-million contract extension. On Sunday, Kamara provided the franchise an early return on investment with 66 total yards and two touchdowns on just 17 touches.
While the defense did win the turnover battle 3-0, as a team the Saints committed six penalties for a Week 1 league-high 119 yards. That lack of discipline is typically the difference between an ATS win or loss, but lucky for New Orleans, Brady tossed the two picks.
“Win the turnover battle like we did, have a turnover for a touchdown, you’re a 90-something percent winner in those games,” Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game.
The Saints averaged three takeaways per game last season.
Las Vegas Raiders News and Notes
The Raiders scored on six of their first eight possessions against the Panthers. That’s what Carolina expected with a retooled defense that featured three rookies making their NFL debut. Derek Carr finished the game 22-of-30 for 239 yards and a touchdown. He connected with rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III three times for a team-high 55 yards. Ruggs left the game with an knee injury scare, but later returned.
An on-going work in progress, the Raiders defense allowed Teddy Bridgewater to pass for 270 yards and a touchdown in his Panthers debut. However, the concern, with Alvin Kamara on deck, is how Christian McCaffrey carved ’em up. CMC rushed 23 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns and chipped in three receptions for 38 more. McCaffrey and Kamara both share similar hybrid running back skill sets, which could be a red flag ahead of Monday night’s contest.
It’s also worth noting the Raiders, one of the most penalized teams of a season ago, only got flagged three times for 40 yards, or 31 fewer penalty yards than their 2019 per-game average. Could it be Jon Gruden’s discipline taking hold?
Betting Pick: UNDER 51
At first, I was leaning OVER 51, but after digging into the box scores, this UNDER has some legs. Why?
The Raiders averaged 19.6 points per game last season. Their 34-point barrage at Carolina comes with an asterisk as most believe the Panthers scoring defense will rank in the bottom five this season following the retirement of Luke Kuechly. The loss of a run stopper like Keuchly aided Josh Jacobs’ Week 1’s numbers. On the flip side, New Orleans rush defense – knowing full-well Jacobs is the offensive catalyst – will hone in on the second-year back after holding Tampa Bay to 86 rush yards on 3.3 yards per carry. This is a.k.a. the make Derek Carr beat you gameplan.
As for the Saints, 14 of their 34 points came off Brady interceptions and only took a minute off the clock. The rest of the offense was “meh” by Saints standards and with Thomas nursing a high-ankle sprain, cautious optimism on New Orleans getting in-and-out of Vegas healthy and with a low-scoring win.