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NFL Week 1 Preview: Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers

Previewing the match-up between the Las Vegas Raiders visiting the Carolina Panthers, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 1 PREVIEWS:
HOU @ KC | NYJ @ BUF | GB @ MIN | PHI @ WAS | CLE @ BAL | IND @ JAX | LV @ CAR | CHI @ DET
SEA @ ATL | MIA @ NE | LAC @ CIN | ARZ @ SF | TB @ NO | DAL @ LAR | PIT @ NYG | TEN @ DEN

Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina Panthers
When: 9/13 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Raiders – 3.5
Over/Under: 47.5
Moneyline: Raiders -182 | Panthers +150

Raiders Key Injuries: Trent Brown, OT, Calf (Q), Maliek Collins, DT, Thigh (Q), Marcus Mariota, QB, Undisclosed (IR), Tanner Muse, LB, Toe (IR), Damon Arnette, CB, Thumb (Q), Tyrell Williams, WR, Shoulder (IR)
Panthers Key Injuries: Natrell Jamerson, DB, Illness (Q), Eli Apple, CB, Ankle (IR), Dennis Daley, OG, Ankle (Q), Chris Reed, OG, COVID-19 (IR), Omar Bayless, WR, Knee (IR), Keith Kirkwood, WR, Shoulder (IR), Jason Ferris, LB, Undisclosed (Q)

NOTES:

Quarterback Derek Carr passed for career-high 4,054 yards with 23 TDs (21 pass, 2 rush) vs. 8 INTs last season for career-high 100.8 rating, becoming 1st QB in franchise history to pass for 4,000+ yards in consecutive seasons. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 70.5 comp. pct., highest single-season mark in franchise history. Has 1,446 pass yards (361.5 per game) & 10 TDs vs. INT for 109.2 rating in 4 career games vs. NFC South. Running back Josh Jacobs led all rookies with 1,150 rush yards & 7 rush TDs last season. Has rushed for 367 yards (122.3 per game) & 4 TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC. Running back Theo Riddick makes LV debut. Since 2014, ranks 4th among RBs with 281 receptions. Tight end Darren Waller ranked 2nd among TEs in catches (90) & rec. yards (1,145) last season. Has 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow ranked 3rd among AFC rookies in receptions (49) & rec. yards (605) last season. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was selected 12th overall in 2020 NFL Draft. Defensive end Maxx Crosby led rookies with 4 FFs, tied for lead with 16 TFL & ranked 2nd with 10 sacks last season. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Crosby & defensive end Clelin Ferrell (4.5 sacks) were only pair of rookie teammates each with 4+ sacks last season. Linebacker Cory Littleton makes LV debut. Was 1 of 6 in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5), 2+ FFs (2) & 2+ INTs (2) last season (with LAR). Cornerback Trayvon Mullen ranked tied for 3rd among rookies with team-high 10 PD last season. Has PD in 2 of his past 3.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater makes Car. debut. Went 5-0 with 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 103.7 rating in 5 starts with NO in 2019. Had TD pass & 96.8 rating in only career game vs. Raiders (11/15/15 with Min). Running back Christian McCaffrey led league with 2,392 scrimmage yards (1,387 rush, 1,005 rec.) last season, 3rd-most scrimmage yards in single season in NFL history. Became 3rd player (Roger Craig & HOFer Marshall Faulk) with 1,000+ rush yards & 1,000+ rec. yards in single season. Had 116 receptions in 2019, most in single season by RB in NFL history. Tied for NFL lead with career-high 19 scrimmage TDs (15 rush, 4 rec.) in 2019. Wide receiver D.J. Moore had career-best 87 receptions for team-high 1,175 rec. yards in 2019. Had 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in all 7 of his home games last season. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel set career highs in receptions (54), rec. yards (627) & TD catches (6) in 2019. Wide receiver Robby Anderson makes Car. debut. Had 52 catches for 779 yards & 5 TDs with NYJ in 2019. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Raiders (11/24/19 with NYJ). Linebacker/defensive end Brian Burns had 7.5 sacks last season, 4th-most among rookies. Linebacker Shaq Thompson had career-high 109 tackles in 2019. Cornerback Rasul Douglas makes Car. debut. Had 10 PD with Phi. in 2019. Safety Tre Boston was 1 of 3 NFC safeties (Damontae Kazee & Harrison Smith) with 65+ tackles (68) & 3+ INTs (3) last season. Defensive tackle Derrick Brown was selected in the 1st round (7th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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