Raiders shock Saints in Las Vegas debut, 34-24

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes in the first half during the Raiders’ first home game against the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Photo: Steve Marcus)

By Shawn McCullough

The first NFL game ever played in Las Vegas was a good one for the Raiders.

Las Vegas rolled to a 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

“Thrilled for being a part of our first win here in our stadium against a great team,” said head coach Jon Gruden.

Quarterback Derek Carr led the offense going 28 for 38 for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

“I am really proud of our guys to sticking with our rules and trusting the game plan,” said Carr.  “We got a lot of good football players.  We got a lot of good football character guys.”

“This guy is a great quarterback,” said Gruden about Carr.  “We have surrounded him with better players.”

Down 10-0 in the 1st quarter, Carr hit fullback Alec Ingold on a three yard pass for the first touchdown in Las Vegas Raiders history at Allegiant Stadium.

“I was real thankful that that preparation, the hard work, my coaches and my teammates trusted me to get that number called,” said Ingold on his touchdown catch.

After later falling down 17-7 in the 2nd quarter, the Raiders rolled off 24 straight points including a one yard touchdown pass from Carr to tight end Darren Waller.

“Our offensive balance right now is amazing,” said Waller.  “We could see it coming from training camp.”

Waller caught 12 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Up just one score at 31-24 with 3:28 left in the game, Gruden called on kicker Daniel Carlson to seal the win with a 54 yard field goal.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 2-0 on the season and will next travel to Foxboro on Sunday to face the 1-1 New England Patriots.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were outgained in total yards, 424-375.
  • New Orleans committed 10 penalties for 129 yards, while the Raiders had just 3 penalties for 13 yards.
  • Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 27 times for 88 yards.
  • Raiders owner Mark Davis was not in attendance and held a watch party at the team’s Henderson headquarters.

 

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