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Week 2 Preview: New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders

Previewing the match-up between the New Orleans Saints visiting the Las Vegas Raiders, focusing on key injuries and game notes.



DET @ GB | BUF @ MIA | MIN @ IND | WAS @ ARZ | BAL @ HOU | KC @ LAC | NE @ SEA | NO @ LV

New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders
When: 9/21 @ 8:15pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Point Spread: Saints – 6
Over/Under: 49.5
Moneyline: Saints -230 | Raiders +195

Saints Key Injuries:  Michael Thomas, WR, Ankle (D), P.J. Williams, CB, Hamstring (Q), Marcus Davenport, DE, Elbow (Q), Cesar Ruiz, C, Ankle (Q), Dwayne Washington, RB, COVID-19 (IR) Anthony Lanier, DE, Undisclosed (Q), Kiko Alonso, OLB, Knee (PUP), Blake Gillikin, P, Back (IR), Jalen Dalton, DT, Triceps (IR), Johnson Bademosi, DB, Undisclosed (IR)
Raiders Key Injuries: Trent Brown, OT, Calf (Q), Marcus Mariota, QB, Undisclosed (IR), Tanner Muse, LB, Toe (IR), Tyrell Williams, WR, Shoulder (IR), Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, Pectoral (Q), Sam Young, OT, Groin (Q)

NOTES: Quarterback Drew Brees had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 96.5 rating in Week 1. Has 25 TDs (23 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 108.6 rating in 11 career starts vs. Raiders. Passed for 423 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. Running back Alvin Kamara had 67 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 16 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Has 14 games with 2+ TDs since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. Running back Latavius Murray had 48 rush yards last week. Had 2,278 rush yards & 20 rush TDs in 3 seasons (2014-16) with Raiders, incl. career-high 1,066 rush yards in 2015. Wide receiver Michael Thomas has 473 catches & can surpass Jarvis Landry (481) for most receptions in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had TD catch in NO debut last week. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Raiders (9/9/19 w/ Den.). Tight end Jared Cook had 5 receptions for team-high 80 yards in Week 1. Had 122 receptions for 1,584 yards & 8 TDs in 2 seasons (2017-18) with Raiders. Defensive end Cameron Jordan has 11.5 sacks in his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with sack. Defensive end Carl Granderson had sack & 1st career FF last week. Linebacker Demario Davis had 6 tackles & sack last week. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore had PD last week. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had 9 tackles & 36-yard INT-TD in Week 1. Leads active players with 8 career INT-TDs. Safety C.J. Gardner- Johnson led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week.

Quarterback Derek Carr completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 239 yards & TD for 107.5 rating last week. Passed for 319 yards & TD for 98.5 rating in last meeting. Has passed for 1,685 yards (337 per game) & 11 TDs vs. INT for 108.9 rating in 5 career games vs. NFC South. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC with 95+ rating. Had 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 100.9 rating in 8 home games last season. Running back Josh Jacobs had 139 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 46 rec.) & 3 rush TDs last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, tied 3rd-most since 2019. Has 536 scrimmage yards (134 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD & 6th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Tight end Darren Waller had team-high 6 catches last week. Had 41 catches for 536 yards (67 per game) in 8 home games last season. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs had 55 rec. yards last week, the 2nd-most rec. yards by Raider rookie in NFL debut since 1990. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor had TD catch last week in LV debut. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. Defensive end Maxx Crosby has 5 sacks & FF in his past 3 at home. Linebacker Cory Littleton had 5 tackles & PD last week in LV debut. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. NO (5/19/19 with LAR). Safety Johnathan Abram led team with career-high 13 tackles last week. Safety Lamarcus Joyner had 4 tackles & PD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with PD. Cornerback Damon Arnette had PD in Week 1.

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