Raiders wins first game in Vegas over the Saints, 34-24
Las Vegas- The Las Vegas Raiders won their home opener against the New Orleans Saints, 34-24
In the Home opener against the New Orleans Saints, the Las Vegas Raiders had to dig themselves out of 10-0 deficit early in the first half. Derek Carr started to heat up in the second quarter, as he moved his team down the field and got them in scoring position. He threw two touchdown passes, one to Zay Jones and one to Alec Ingold to cut the Saints' lead down to three, 17-14. With under a minute left in the first half, the Raiders picked off Drew Brees, which was the first turnover of the game. Carr took advantage of the turnover and turned it into points. The Raiders kicked a field goal to tie the game at the end of the first half, 17-17.
Carr came out the locker room sizzling, as he carved up the Saints' secondary within the first five minutes of the second half. The Raiders took the lead on a gutsy fourth and goal call by Jon Gruden and it paid off. Carr faked a running play and threw a strike to a wide open Darren Waller to take the lead for the first time in the game, 24-17.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Raiders fumbled the ball on a productive drive. Despite the turnover, the Raiders' defense put pressure on Brees and made the Saints go three and out. The Raiders tacked on another touchdown, as Jalen Richard scampered down the sideline for a 20-yard score, 31-17. The Saints scored late in the fourth quarter, as Alvin Kamara found the endzone to pull within a touchdown, 31-24. The Raiders iced the game after a big pass interference call on the Saints. They kicked a field go to make it a 34-24 victory.
Carr finished the game with 282 yards and 3 touchdowns
Josh Jacobs ran for 88 yards on 27 carries