Week One saw the New Orleans Saints kick their 2020 NFL campaign off with a convincing victory over their NFC South rivals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sean Payton’s boys put in a strong display to upset Tom Brady on his Tampa Bay debut at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
They are now slated to travel to Las Vegas on Monday for their first away game of the season. Jon Gruden’s Las Vegas Raiders will play their first home game at the Allegiant Stadium on Monday night. The Raiders began the season with a 30-34 win over Carolina Panthers last week.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Two matchday predictions.
Las Vegas Raiders host their first game at the brand-new Allegiant Stadium
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 20, 2020
The Raiders pulled off a narrow win over the Panthers in their Week One matchup, led by their starting quarterback Derek Carr. He will be key for the home team as they play their first game ever at the state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium tonight.
The Raiders are sweating on the fitness of young WR Henry Ruggs III who is dealing with a knee issue. Darren Waller and Joshua Jacobs will be expected to step up and take charge in Henry’s absence.
Coach Gruden will rely on the defensive prowess of Jonathan Abraham, Cory Littleton, and Nick Kwiatkoski to thwart the Saints’ offense on home turf.
The New Orleans Saints hoping to seal their first away win of the season on Monday
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 18, 2020
New Orleans Saints began the season with a positive outcome against Tampa Bay. However, Sean Payton’s squad has been plagued with injuries over the last week. LB Marcus Davenport and WR Michael Thomas are both out for the Monday night clash in Las Vegas as per the latest injury report.
RBs Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara will need to step in and share the offensive workload playing alongside quarterback Drew Brees. It won’t be an easy task, but if the Saints pull together, they can walk away with a 2-0 record later tonight.
NFL Preview: Las Vegas Raiders vs New Orleans Saints Injury Updates
Las Vegas – Questionable
G John Simpson – Shoulder
WR Henry Ruggs III – Knee
T Sam Young – Groin
LB Nick Kwiatkoski – Pectoral
T Trent Brown – Calf
New Orleans – Out
DE Marcus Davenport – Elbow
WR Michael Thomas – Ankle
LB Chase Hansen – Hip
Raiders vs Saints Prediction
Las Vegas Raiders 17 – 24 New Orleans Saints
Despite injuries to some key players, we’re going with the Saints. Payton has transformed the New Orleans franchise into a strong-willed outfit. They don’t shy away from a challenge and will look to make a statement by beating the Raiders without established names in their starting line-up.
The Raiders, on the other hand, will need to dig deep in order to pull off a win on home turf. If they can manage to keep the game level at half-time, they might just have a shot at pulling off an unlikely win.