Five years ago, no one would believe it, but it’s finally here…Monday Night Football in Las Vegas! The Raiders will be hosting the New Orleans Saints in the beautiful brand new Allegiant Stadium.
The Saints will be missing arguably the best wide receiver in the league in Michael Thomas due to an ankle injury. Despite Thomas’ injury, the Saints come into the game as a 5.5 point favorite with the total at 48.5.
The Raiders looked impressive on the offensive side of the ball but struggled defensively against Carolina in week 1. The Saints won unimpressively against division rival Tampa Bay.
Let’s take a look at some plays in tonight’s game.
Drew Brees Over 1.5 TD Passes (-106)
Las Vegas struggled to slow down Teddy Bridgewater last week and Drew Brees should take advantage of a week secondary. With an O/U of 48.5 and an implied probability of 27 points, expect Brees to get multiple passing scores.
Alvin Kamara Over 37.5 Receiving Yards (-130)
With the absence of Thomas, Kamara should be an even more valuable asset to Brees out of the backfield and in the slot. He will create matchup problems for the Raiders all night long. This total is low for someone with the receiving skills that Kamara has.
Latavius Murray Over 29.5 Rushing Yards (-112)
If Kamara is effective in the passing game, then Murray should absorb some carries in the backfield. The Raiders defensive line allowed 129 rushing yards to Carolina last week and there should be open running lanes with the Saints multiple spread formations.
Josh Jacobs Over 68.5 Rushing Yards (-112)
Jacobs carried the ball 25 times for 93 yards in week 1 and appears to be the bell cow for the Raiders offense. He will get plenty of chances. it’s clear the Raiders offense runs through the running back and they will have to run to open up the passing game.
Raiders to Score First (+118)
It would only be fitting with the opening of a new stadium in a new city that the Raiders come out to a fast start. It’s too bad there won’t be any fans there, but Raider Nation will be celebrating when the Raiders put an early touchdown on the board.
*Odds via DraftKings