It started slow, and it was possibly discouraging at first. However, once the Las Vegas Raiders got going, they didn’t take the foot off the pedal on their way to beating the New Orleans Saints. Moreover, it’s the second time in four years that the Silver and Black start a season with a 2-0 record.
The Raiders took control of the game in the second half
After letting the Saints score 10 points, the Raiders struck back and quarterback Derek Carr threw a three-yard pass to sophomore fullback Alec Ingold. Then, New Orleans answered back and Drew Bress connected with tight end Jared Cook for a six-yard touchdown. It seemed like the Saints weren’t going to let the Raiders come back, but Carr threw another touchdown. This time to wide receiver Zay Jones. Later, kicker Daniel Carlson would make a 28-yard field goal and just like that, the Raiders and the Saints were tied 17-17 before halftime.
Once the Raiders came back from the halftime break, they were the first ones to score. Carr threw for his third touchdown of the night, a one-yard pass to tight end Darren Waller. The Silver and Black didn’t stop there and they kept scoring in the fourth quarter. Running back Jalen Richard got in the end zone with aÂ 20-yard carry, making up for a fumble he had early in the game. This signaled the first time he had a rushing touchdown since 2018’s Week 16. In an effort to get back to the game, Saints running back Alvin Kamara would score a three-yard run. The score was now 24-31, but the Raiders improved their lead after another Carlson field goal.
Although the Raiders started slow, they more than made up for it. Carr was efficient for the second consecutive game and completed 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Moreover, he distributed the ball, and 11 different players caught at least one pass. The Silver and Black is now 2-0 and has scored 34 points in back-to-back games. This could be indeed the beginning of something special.
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