Saints vs Raiders
The Raiders debut in their new Vegas home, but the Saints have advantages, even without Michael Thomas
Saints vs Raiders: We’re back for Week 2 of Monday Night Football, and it’s a special one. This will be the first home game for the Las Vegas Raiders, as the new Allegiant Stadium makes its NFL debut. As has been the case in many stadiums, fans will not be allowed to pack the stands, but it should nonetheless make for an interesting environment.
In the interest of not delaying any further, let’s break things down.
How to watch Saints vs Raiders NFL
Date: Monday, September 21 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)
TV: ESPN | Online Stream: Click Here to Watch NFL Live Stream Game (Premium & HD for PC, Mac, Android, IOS(iPad, iPhone))streaming)
Follow: CBS Sports App
When the Saints have the ball
The only thing we know for sure about the New Orleans Saints offense is that it’s going to look a lot different in Week 2 than it has over the past several years. The Saints enter this game without All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas, who over the past three seasons has commanded 27.7 percent, 28.2 percent, and 31.8 percent of all possible team targets. Any expectation you might have had for what this team would look like goes out the window unless and until he returns; and even then, given that he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, things might still look different for a while.
The question, then, is how the Saints re-orient. Do they just try to make either their No. 2 or No. 3 wideout — Emmanuel Sanders or Tre’Quan Smith — into the new Thomas and feed them 30 percent of the targets? Do they do that with tight end Jared Cook or running back Alvin Kamara? Do they try to spread the ball around fairly equally, in a departure from their usual style?