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We're gonna talk about Monday Night Football on Monday night party in Las Vegas.
Last night, for the first time ever in NFL history, Allegiant Stadium was opened and the Raiders did not disappoint you.
You take a team out of Oakland, the fans, they're gonna be upset.
But if you go to Vegas and win, that'll fix that knock on wood.
If you're with me when man Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock I think they've got something going.
They surprised me.
We were on, uh, Lawrence and Ray right before the game.
And we were all saying, The Saints, the Saints, the Saints, who's gonna beat the Saints? Not the Raiders.
They're not ready yet.
They're not a complete team yet.
The Saints have been doing this for a while.
I think Jon Gruden has a formula.
Well, we know he's got a formula, he's gonna run the ball.
It's not necessarily whether it's effective or not.
It's gonna it's gonna be a run heavy game, and I think they were pretty balanced.
Run the past on dare not, You know, they're not gonna do anything too crazy now, like they've got some place.
They've got some stuff drawn up.
But really, it's just running the ball, dinking and dunking, throwing underneath and letting their playmakers do the rest.
Um, I was pleased with that game.
I have, uh, Darren Waller and fantasy.
He had his way last night.
I don't know about the Saints without Michael Thomas.
It is a huge hole in that offense, not having him to move the chains move sticks.
Overall, though, that spread was 5.
5 in favor of the Saints.
The Saints never had a chance to cover the spread in the very early portion of the game.
Uh, it was 10. It was 10.
But that ended pretty quickly in the second half when the Raiders put up or the second order when the Raiders put up 17.
So I got a bunch of more thoughts about that.
But Laurence Owen gotta throw it to you.
What were you thinking after seeing that Monday night football match between New Orleans and Las Vegas? Man, there was so much that you could, uh, examine with this game.
Uh, you called it without Michael Thomas.
It seems like this Saints team, uh, doesn't know what to do with the football.
They over fed Alvin Kamara over.
How do you over feed or running back? Well, it's just like, you know what? The Panthers and Christian McCaffrey you give him too much, everybody knows to follow him around.
And then, you know, yes, he's gonna have, like, multiple carries and multiple catches.
But you're not getting connections with your other players, right? You're you're not.
You're not forming this connection with them off the other receivers and such.
And you could tell that Breeze was just having issues, finding open receivers out there on the field.
On his interception, he was legitimately on his tippy toes, bouncing up and down, trying to get a look around the offensive lineman to see where his player was.
And he didn't even see the linebacker that he threw it right to right.
Um, tomorrow look good in the game, but I think the biggest issue waas the penalties on the Saints.
I mean, that was a huge.
There were multiple times where you see second in 20 for 3rd and 33 you know, things like that.
I think they had, like, 100 and 20 some 130 some yards of penalties and not a single one of them was, You know, that pass interference kind where you get, like, this chunk, you know, 30 or 40 yards, you know, it was all 5, 10 and 15 yard penalties.
Um, what can you say about the Raiders? I said before the stream, I said, Man, you let Jacobs run the ball.
He's not gonna be really effective against the Saints, because the Saints Sean Payton, he loves to stop the run and force you toe throw it, but continue to run it, even if it don't look good.
And Darren Waller has to have a big game in order to win this.
And that's exactly what Gruden did.
That's exactly what Derek Carr did.
How do you on third and goal at the one yard line if you're the Saints and they just ran the ball twice with Jacobs and you stuff? How do you lose sight of Darren Waller out there in the middle? Because he was there was no one.
Even it was like Waller, who right and and car just fake.
The handoff turned around and there Waller was wide open.
Like I'm right here.
You could give me the ball for an easy touchdown.
And I feel like the Saints made it too easy because I was not expecting Jon Gruden and the Raiders toe have the have their way the way they did.
And you mentioned the penalties.
Yeah, that's a glaring point when you look at the team stats.
10 penalties for 129 yards for the Saints.
Three penalties for 13 yards for the Raiders.
That's a swing right there.
Now when you're looking at turning the ball over uh, Drew Brees, you were talking about Drew Brees hopping on his tippy toes. I pick you through.
That's bad right to the guy and couldn't see where he was throwing.
That's I don't know.
They're calling for Drew Drew Brees, now calling out his age and saying that, you know, he's passed this time and you know he's washed up and he's got to be done after this year.
I was just surprised, like the the Raiders Raiders.
I guess the Raiders are better than we gave him.
They now do have some guys on that team like I like that corner they have Arnett, obviously.
Jonathan Abrams at safety.
They had a great story in the broadcast about how he was a Saints fan growing up in Mississippi.
He went to a Saints game and Joe Horn scored a touchdown pass from Drew Brees.
Gave him the ball as a kid.
Fast forward all these years.
Now they're opening up Allegiant Stadium in Vegas, and he's playing against Drew Brees, who we grew up rooting for.
Uh, that kid balls out.
Who else? They just have a lot of guys on their on their defense that just do enough on.
Obviously, they stopped the the Saints you talked about camera camera ends up being there, leading Russia and receiver like it was just okay.
We just got to stop him.
We gotta keep him contained.
Keep keep him out of the end zone.
What about Emmanuel Sanders? Right.
They make that offseason acquisition of manual Emmanuel Sanders and you think a veteran wide receiver like that, a guy that's made plays for multiple teams will come in there and do damage.
He wasn't hey, wasn't ready to be featured.
Yet he had one catch and he was not a threat at all track.
Juan Smith was there next, leading receiver with five catches.
He's a little guy.
He's not gonna be anywhere near what a Michael Thomas is in that offense.
But Drew Brees wore a 149 shirt at the end of the game in the press conference, and that 149 shirt is for the 149 receptions that Michael Thomas had, and they miss him dearly.
They can't get going without him and Drew Brees said.
They're not in sync yet.
They're nowhere near where they're supposed to be.
They're not near where they're capable of.
And hey, if you ain't ready, you walk into a brand new stadium like that, a team that's coached by Jon Gruden.
They're gonna figure out how to beat you.
And they beat him pretty handedly, yeah.
I mean, the Saints really miss a a target Hable wide receiver, a dangerous wide receiver like Thomas A.
To this situation, that's that's how you get your simple, easy one on one matchups that Drew Brees is so famous for being able to pick apart right, And without Thomas there, Sanders should be that guy like you said.
And yet he had, what, three targets? Yeah, I guess he's just not ready to be featured in that offense, or he's not the type of He's not Michael Thomas, but he's not the type of guy that they can feed in that offense or look to to throw a ball to, to move the chains.
You're you're leading targeted receiver cannot be the same guy that is carrying the rock of the backfield.
It is not a recipe for success.
I get that you just paid him, uh, CMC type money.
But don't use him like CMC because that's that's not going to get you wins, and that's that's just you can't do that.
And so I think I think that what he needs to work on.
I still saw some power out of Drew Brees throat.
I still, I still saw some accuracy.
There was some drops early in the game that kind of, uh even even during that 10 point run in the first quarter, there was a few drops there, but you can't put your team and 2nd 24 30 33 situations and be like drink.
Drew, get us out of this.
You can't do that.
I don't care how good the offenses.
You can't put yourself shoot yourself in the foot that big and then expect your quarterback to pull you out of that.
They surprised me.
They protected them.
The Raiders didn't have a sack all night.
They kept him up, right, But they couldn't convert when they needed Thio convert.
They were 7 11 7 for 11 on third downs, which isn't that bad.
But these were times when they really needed to convert.
These were times in the game where they needed to answer.
Um, there was the fumble from Jalen Rashard late in the game on the toss play.
And most of the time you're thinking, Here come the Saints.
Here comes Drew Brees.
They're about to go down. Dr.
Tie it, Make this a game and they just didn't have it.
I'm watching this game and I'm looking at Josh Jacobs.
Josh Jacobs had 27 carries and didn't go over 100 yards, so it isn't like he I mean And don't get me wrong.
Josh Jacobs is a beast, but it isn't like he gassed him.
It's just that they kept running the ball over and over and over again.
And if you could get three yards and you know if you can get a couple yards and keep it going, it opens up the play action.
Uh, it changes the way the defense has to play the whole offense.
Derek Carr to me like Derek Carr missed the throat of Henry rugs.
Henry rugs had a guy beat on a little post corner out.
One of those throws where all you had to do was drop it in the bucket, and Derek Carr was nowhere near him.
Uh, I don't know how you miss that kind of play, but Derek Carr is the king.
Off the short routes.
They flash a stat that Derek Carr has the most completions under five yards as like anyone since 2017.
Or like maybe it was just 2017 season.
He had the most completions under five yards.
They know that Gruden knows that he plays within the system.
They're throwing little, little underneath routes, little short routes and letting the guys like Darren Waller do the rest.
12 receptions over 100 yards and a touchdown.
He's a conversation now of being a top three tight end in this league, maybe even knocking on door.
The top two that everybody knows and Kelsey and Kittles.
So I don't know.
I'm kind of on the Vegas bandwagon, especially after seeing Justin Herbert come out and play well against the Chiefs.
Maybe the Chiefs come down to Earth a little bit.
If the Chiefs going and stumble against Baltimore on Monday and you know you're looking at this division a little bit different, maybe there's, Ah, new sheriff in town.
Maybe the Vegas Raiders can challenge.
Yeah, Earlier, you're talking about the overthrow.
Two rugs and I can give a little bit of a defense.
Cars never had a deep threat.
Not a really true deep threat.
Riel Speed with Really, really We're gonna go there Hard knocks.
He had a hard knocks and that was it.
That was it. All right.
So he's never really had someone that he could rely and and get used to the speed.
And he hasn't had drugs very long.
I mean, he's been working with him.
What, six weeks now you know eso in a live game? Yes.
He overthrew him.
He, you know, over compensated for the speed that rugs has.
Um, give it some time.
You'll see how you know.
I truly believe that car will get used to that speed over the next three and four weeks.
I don't make a dangerous, dangerous situation, but to the point three yards a carry, 3.
3 yards a carry.
Keep keep feeding it.
You know, it'll give it'll put you in third and manageable situations.
Uh, it keeps a defense tight against the line and allows those little dink and dunk passes to your Darren Waller's and and And guys like that just over that front seven, right? And and makes those high completion percentage passes even Mawr High Completion Percentage s Oh, yeah.
I get where where Jon Gruden wanted to go with this game.
This is what I thought they needed to do in order to win this game.
And they went and they pulled it off.
Now it helps that the saints shot themselves in the foot multiple times and that Yeah, the things didn't have their their top number one receiver.
But, man, you would feel that Peyton would have had a better game plan against the Raiders than just feed Camara.
I think they just surprised everyone.
I think they are a little bit better.
I saw Gruden at the end of the game, go in the locker room.
He was doing the, uh, you know, getting the team fired up.
And I'm like there's a different energy.
They move these guys to Vegas.
They have a brand new facility.
There's a different energy with this team.
Gruden has now been able to draft for three years, so he's got some of the guys that him and may up wanted in there.
They got a different energy.
Derek Carr through the 11 different receivers.
11 different guys, including old man from the Cowboys.
Gotta last night.
They're going to keep the Stone.
Won the game, toe Witten to keep his little street going and keep his records.
Uh, you know, getting patted a little bit.
What? Man? I'm watching the Raiders and I'm like, This is great.
This is great for their franchises.
Great for their organization.
All the fans that you know, we're mad that they were leaving Oakland.
You can't be mad.
We're getting the first win in Allegiant Stadium.
Um, nobody in there.
You know, the Davis family elected Thio not have anyone half Do it, not have anyone, you know, half in the stadium.
They'll open up the stadium.
Brand new in 2021.
Uh, I I said And when we when we spoke last night that the pageantry and all that would be great getting to see the Delano getting to see I think Mandalay Bay And where that stadium is in Vegas, That's awesome.
I'm like I got a book of trip next September next fall to see what it's like now that they've got a football team out there.
It's a new energy.
It's a new era for the Las Vegas Raiders.
I can't be mad at it.
I underestimated them.
And back to back weeks, they put up 34 points, 34 against the Panthers, 34 against the ST.
If they averaged 32 34 points a game and their defense does enough, that's what I'm saying.
They they might be able to challenge in the West.
They might be able to challenge some of these teams that they've got on their schedule? Uh, they gave Gruden a 10 year contract.
I think this is year three.
Yeah, you kind of.
There was a lot of question marks coming into this year on, uh, how Gruden was putting his team together.
But really, obviously, he is putting the guys that he wants in place.
Uh, there's question marks on whether or not he likes car for the long term.
Uh, after last night, I think car did find right.
I think he did just just okay, it was better than okay, but not obviously something that you go.
Oh, my goodness.
What a fantastic player.
But against the Saints defense to be Hey, that's That's pretty good.
He did really? Well, yeah.
I mean, where was Marcus Lattimore? Uh, who else on that on that team was Cam Jordan like some of the some of the guys that are usually making the place? Malcolm Jenkins had an okay night, you know, But like some of the guys you're expecting to make plays on the Saints defense, it was just an average night for their defense.
Uh, you're thinking, uh, subpar Brown.
Yeah, you're looking at that defense like maybe they're not as good as we thought.
I think we've got to give more credit to the Raiders.
I think that's all it was.
It's a week to match up the Saints air, coming off beating Tom Brady and the Bucks.
They're probably riding high off that. The Raiders.
They're probably preparing to play the Saints and taking the game more seriously.
And they won and they did.
And you can't look at the Raiders and and say anything else.
Besides, you know, this is a different Raiders team than we've seen. They look prepared.
They look ready to go.
Yeah, I think so.
Here's my question.
Where was Taysom Hill? Generally, when you see the Saints, when? When? When you see the Saints.
When you see a lot of Taysom Hill and he didn't get touches, I saw I saw him.
I saw him to make a great block in a play.
But I mean rushes, no catches.
I don't even I barely remember seeing him in there.
And, uh, we spoke about it on the pregame.
We said, Maybe we'll see.
Maybe we'll see Jamis Winston assuming that the Saints would blow them out.
They didn't even get close.
But with Taysom Hill, he got a lot of praise from Jon Gruden.
Jon Gruden was talking about.
He's a football player, man.
You could line him up, put him anywhere.
I've never seen a guy like this, just a football player.
He's going to give us fits.
Jon Gruden was literally saying this week, we gotta We gotta watch out for him.
We gotta look for him.
I guess Sean Payton her that.
It was like, Nope fooled you not going to use them at all on Monday night.
That's nuts, because taste, in my opinion, uh, I mean, I'd say him an album.
Camara are the best overall athletes on that team, right? And you can't just ignore such a dangerous weapon.
Hey, could do just about anything on that field.
I don't understand how you just give him two carries for eight yards and and don't even target him at all in the passing game.
When, obviously, Drew Brees was having problems getting the ball, two guys out there on the field, So yeah, like I said I was I was really questioning Sean Peyton's offensive attack in this game.
Yeah, use them as a decoy.
Use them as a spark, use them toe.
Just throw a wrinkle into the offense, A trick play that might get the guys going.
They could not get their offense going when they really needed it.
They could not get the offense going when they had to score points in the second half, they only scored one touchdown and it was in the fourth where, like it didn't really matter.
They were within striking distance.
It felt it felt like they were within striking distance but just couldn't get it done.
So I got to give credit all the way to the Raiders.
This is the Raiders win.
This is a new Raiders energy new Raiders team.
I like what I've seen out of the silver and black, so let's look forward real quick, toe Week three and see who these two teams are playing.
I just want to know we can kind of get in idea.
Who you got because I'm not seeing it for some good reason.
Week three is gonna be great.
The Saints will host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the suit on Sunday Night Football.
That's gonna be great.
I would assume the Saints are looking to not lose back to back games.
I would assume the comfort of their own home is going to help them.
And then you got you got the Green Bay Packers rolling into and, oh, they've been hitting on all cylinders From what it looks like they're not expecting that train to slow down should be a good NFC matchup between two teams that are in it every year that Air two teams that can win the NFC every year.
Interesting side note For that game.
The Green Bay Packers medical staff have to sign off on, uh, Thomas so that he can play that game.
What do you mean they have to sign off on it? He's actually in Green Bay, being looked at and worked on by the Green Bay Packers because they are such big specialist in that specific type injury, so they literally have to sign off to let Thomas play against their team, see a Week four.
And then we got another intriguing matchup with raised team.
The Raiders will travel to New England to face Cam Newton Bill Belichick, another team that's gonna be coming off a loss.
And I'm gonna have the home cooking.
They're gonna be looking to stop the Raiders dead in their tracks.
And I think that's when we see, You know, I don't think the Raiders, they're gonna put up 34 against the Patriots defense.
Yeah, I mean, unless somehow rugs, the rugs and car connection really picks up over the next week, I don't see how that's gonna work.
Um, because as much as much praise as we put on the Raiders.
Really? This was the Waller and Jacob show, right? And Bill Belichick is 100% specialized, and everyone knows he's gonna take your top two things that you want to do out of the game and make you beat him in a way that you don't want to on that.
That means he's going to try to stop Josh Jacobs, and he's gonna take Darren Waller out of this game and he's gonna make you use rugs to beat him.
Yeah, if you could do it with Stephon Gilmore and McCord.
He's like, if you do it and I look for Kim Newton against their defense like he's probably gonna Cam is going to get back to running the ball against that defense.
I want to see their past game evolved, and I think it will, you know, coming in a week. Three.
That's a good matchup.
If the Raiders go into Foxboro and beat New England and go three, you know, everyone will be saying Jon Gruden and Las Vegas team are for real.
Week three is packed with great matchups.
We were talking about this yesterday.
Looking ahead, there are some do or die situations for a lot of teams in Week three.
I'm glad my Cowboys aren't walking into a do or die situation now with Russell Wilson in Seattle.
Uh, luckily were ableto play the Falcons and they were able to choke and give us one so that we weren't looking at all in three.
But then you got you know, speaking of the Falcons, you got the Bears going into Atlanta.
That's gonna be an interesting matchup.
I can't wait to see the Rams vs the Bills in Buffalo.
That's gonna be intriguing.
Um, there's so many the Texans and the and the Steelers.
People are very high on the Steelers now.
I'm seeing that a lot.
I think I saw Joe tweet out like, Why are the Steelers fourth? They played the They played Jeff Driskel on the Broncos.
They played Danny Jones and the Giants.
Why are they drank? The fourth best team in the NFL way? We'll check back on that.
When DeShaun Watson and Bill O Brien and those guys come to town.
I think they handle them, too.
But it should be a good matchup.
What do you What do you think in? Ah, we're going in a week.
The Jets come and play your colts.
That should be easy.
When you guys Well, we thought that the Jacksonville Jaguars is gonna be easy. Win, too.
So any given Sunday? I kind of look at some of these power rankings that you mentioned a minute ago with with Joe, and I kind of giggle at him because, um, Jacksonville's oh, in two or one and one.
They just lost and went up four spots on the on the on the power ranking for the NFL lost and went up for the Colts.
Absolutely destroyed the Minnesota Vikings and went up two spots.
That's, uh, I don't understand how they ranked power rankings at all.
There's some writers that come together, and I mean, I have this experience from baseball because they never give the Yankees.
They're just do thes writers come together and they make these power rankings click bait.
They want to put some teams in spots that they don't belong so that they get the reaction and the engagement and the fans replying to the tweets, saying, Hey, that makes no sense.
It gets people to actually click on it and read why they're putting the Steelers in the fourth spot.
Why they have I saw NFL Network with the Cowboys ranked 11th.
The Cowboys are not that close to being a top 10 team in this league, in my humble opinion.
But, hey, somebody else felt that way.
So they write it up and they put it out there.
I want to see the Lions and Cardinals.
Um, so far, the Lions haven't really played Ah, team that I feel is, though at at this point in time, I think that the Lions have a chance.
I want to see them against the Cardinals.
Another game I wanna watch is the Titans and Vikings.
I know it doesn't on the surface look like a very good game.
I'm hoping the Vikings give the Titans Ah, fight at least just because they look halfway decent offensively against Green Bay and weak one.
Then they look terrible.
And Week two against the Colts, I want to know what the Vikings offensively, whether or not there trash or they're OK or they're good because, uh, that's that's what we hear, heard and seen all so far this year is a lot of people say, Oh, this Vikings offense is so dangerous And then they looked pretty good in Week one and week to they look like trash.
I wanna know what they actually are.
We know the Titans have a decent defense.
Uh, even though the Jacksonville Jaguars took him to the brink this past week, we still know that they're pretty good, Um, people just sleeping on Jacksonville's offense.
That's all that is, in my opinion, from what I could tell from tape.
So I want to see this, this Titans and this I'm hoping, hoping that the Vikings will somehow pull an upset against the Titans because they are in Minnesota s o they do that they are at home.
If they if they're able to beat him, then it's possible that this the the A F C South could be a really, really tight division outside.
Obviously, um, the Texans right now being oh, and to Yeah, you mentioned Detroit and they're supposed to get Kenny Golladay back, so we'll see what that does for Matt Stafford in that offense.
I'd love to see a shoot out in the desert with Kyler, Murray, Hopkins, Stafford, Golladay and then just trying to put a point, um, that Tennessee game Tennessee to a no going into the Vikings that owing to I just think the Vikings, they're about to get put out of their misery.
They're about to be owing three.
They paid Dalvin Cook and those guys just don't have it.
I just don't think they're gonna be able to put it together.
And I think they're about toe really realize how much they hit Stefon Diggs, Stefon Diggs on the Bills.
I love the combination of him and Josh Allen.
They gave Josh Allen a true number one, and those guys were working changes things for the Vikings with just Adam feeling being the guy Adam feeling was never really a game breaker.
You know, he's a receptions guy.
He's a good route runner, But he's not a speed demon.
Not a guy that's gonna house, Ah, five yard slant.
I think the Titans go in there and play a tight game with him a close game with him and end up winning. It's indoors.
So maybe Kostovski will have some, uh, you know, better attempts kicking the ball.
Two games that I'm excited for next week, the one that's gonna kick off the week three Slate and and the Week three slate.
Miami Dolphins go to Jacksonville on Thursday night.
So Florida Battle.
I've got some family down in Florida that are half split.
Dolphins have split Jacksonville Jaguars, so that would be an interesting game, in my opinion.
And then also the Monday night game.
Two MVPs, two young MVPs.
Pat Mahomes versus Lamar Jackson will be the only game on in Baltimore.
I'm taking Baltimore toe win That one kind of trying to like, you know, assert themselves as the dominant team in the A F. C.
But I'm expecting points and battle in an entertaining game.
I I can't wait for this week.
Three slate of games.
I'm trying to fast forward today and tomorrow and get Thursday.
I guess he just wanted to throw in here.
Blue Jays 11 Yankees five.
You got to play us again today, Garrett Garrett Cole pitches today.
We're not talking about last night anymore.
We already put that in the past.
Uh, yeah, I like I like your catcher Kirk Vlady Junior got off yesterday.
I have, ah, soft spot for Vlady Jr.
But the Yankees that game we we were done that game.
We gave that game up pretty quickly tonight, Garrett Cole are $320 million picture will be on the mound.
All Yankee fans will be tuned in for that one.
Might be a complete game shutout.
See you on Twitter for that one, Ray.
Alright, So, guys, we are done.
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