NFL Game Previews: Saints-Raiders Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Saints-Raiders Matchup

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New Orleans at Las Vegas (+5.5), o/u 49.5
Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

It was a costly win for the Saints in Week 1 as Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain, but fortunately Drew Brees and company will get a fairly soft secondary to try and figure things out against in this one, and still have Alvin Kamara to carry the load if necessary. The Raiders were mostly terrible through the air last year and let Teddy Bridgewater post solid numbers against them in Week 1, and while having a healthy Johnathan Abram in action gives the unit a boost, there are still plenty of weak spots for Brees to exploit. The former Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland club is going to be geared up for their home opener and first game in Las Vegas, though. Josh Jacobs won't be able to bully the New Orleans front seven the way he did the Panthers' run "defense," but the Saints aren't the same away from their own friendly confines, and Derek Carr is good for at least one inexplicably huge performance a year. What better time to have it than in prime time to christen the new arena? On the other hand, a banged-up offensive line may not give him the time he needs to find his targets, or give Jacobs the room he needs to keep Brees off the field and the score close.

The Skinny

NO injuries: WR Thomas (out, ankle) 

LV injuries: WR Henry Ruggs (questionable, knee), LG Richie Incognito (questionable,

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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