NFL Week 2 picks: Predictions for New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders | Monday Night Football

Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season will feature a marquee Monday Night Football kickoff game on Monday, September 21, 2020 when the New Orleans Saints take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

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The Saints are led by head coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara. New Orleans comes in with a 1-0 record after a Week 1 win over the Buccaneers.

The Raiders are led by head coach Jon Gruden, quarterback Derek Carr and running back Josh Jacobs. Las Vegas comes in with a 1-0 record after a Week 1 win over the Panthers.

Here’s how our experts see the game playing out.

Zack Rosenblatt: The Raiders got a somewhat surprising victory in Week 1, but the Saints might be the best team in the NFC and they just handled Tom Brady and the Buccaneers without much issue. Saints 38, Raiders 24.

Chris Ryan: The Raiders looked unstoppable against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1. Week 2 against the Saints will be a much different story. The Saints’ defense will cause problems, and even with Michael Thomas out, Drew Brees and the Saints offense will score plenty to spoil the Raiders’ Las Vegas debut. Saints 31, Raiders 20.

Chris Franklin: This matchup will feature two of the league’s top all-purpose running backs with the Saints’ Alvin Kamara facing Josh Jacobs of the Raiders. There should be a lot of points put up in the first game played at the new Allegiant Stadium. However, the first NFL team to win there will be New Orleans. Saints 38, Raiders 28.

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Mike Kaye: It’ll be nice to have a worthwhile MNF matchup in Week 2. The Saints are on the road, which will take some wind out of their sails. That said, New Orleans without Mike Thomas is still a better team than whatever the Raiders got going. Saints 27, Raiders 20.

Darryl Slater: Derek Carr has the Raiders at 1-0. If they can beat the Saints, this might just be a redemptive year for Carr. This is the first NFL game in Las Vegas, which perhaps overtakes New Orleans as the league’s most debauched road trip destination … though it’s a close call. Saints 45, Raiders 13.

Joe Giglio: I know the Saints beat the Buccaneers by double digits, but their high-powered offense looked, well, less than high-powered. Michael Thomas will be missed. No, the Raiders won’t be able to rock their new home with a packed crowd. But Jon Gruden will scheme up enough points to make this one worth watching late on Monday night. Saints 24, Raiders 23.

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