Raiders defeat the Saints in their first-ever game in the Death Star

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mark Davis said that when opponents come to the Death Star, they come to die. So far, the Raiders are undefeated in their new home.

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. The Raiders won 34-24 over the Saints at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones catches a touchdown while being defended by Marcus Williams against New Orleans Saints
Zay Jones catches a touchdown while being defended by Marcus Williams against New Orleans Saints (Photo by the Associated Press/David Becker)

With the win, the Raiders improved to 2-0 on the season. The Saints dropped to 1-1.

According to ESPN’s Stats & Info, this is the fifth-time that the Raiders have scored 30 or more points in each of their first two games to begin a season. The last time this happened was in 2002 when they lost in the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in San Diego, California.

The four previous times that this happened with at least 30 points in two straight seasons, they made it all the way to the Conference Championship game.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr went 28 of 38 for 282 yards. He had three touchdown passes.

Josh Jacobs had 27 carries for 88 yards. Darren Waller – who has overcome addiction – had 12 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 26 of 38 for 312 yards. The future Hall of Famer had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Alvin Kamara led the team with 13 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Kamara also led the receivers with nine receptions for 95 yards.

Kamara, according to ESPN’s Stats & Info, has had 40 scrimmage touchdowns since the start of the 2017 season. This is the third-most by a player, trailing only Todd Gurley, who has 55, and Christian McCaffrey, who has 43.

He is on pace to break Jimmy Graham’s record, who was the first-player in Saints history to accomplish this feat. He had 41 touchdowns from scrimmage in his for four seasons.

Alec Ingold, Waller, and Zay Jones all caught touchdown receptions for the Raiders. Daniel Carlson also made two field goals.

The Saints led 10-0 in the first quarter. They were shut down to just 14 points in the final three quarters.

Kamara had the two aforementioned touchdown. Jared Cook caught a six-yard touchdown reception. Wil Lutz also made a 31-yard field goal.

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