Las Vegas Raiders defeat Carolina Panthers, 34-30
Important stats/trends from Week 1:
I think the most important thing to take away from this game that could be indicative of the Raiders in 2020 is that the team simply could not end this game against the Carolina Panthers. They allowed the Panthers to stick in this game and almost even lost it to a team that many are expecting to be among the league’s worst in 2020.
Most notably is the Raiders’ secondary. Pro Football Focus ranked them 24th leading into the season and they did not do great against Carolina. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 270 yards with a touchdown on 22 of 34 attempts.
That might not seem that bad, but they allowed Robby Anderson to have six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Teddy Bridgewater is like a better version of Tyrod Taylor but it still is fun imaging what the Chargers can do against this secondary.
It is also important to note that Derek Carr did have a decent game. Carr is one of the quarterbacks on the hot seat this season but he did complete 22 of 30 passes with a touchdown and no picks.
How the LA Chargers compare to the Las Vegas Raiders:
Look, the Raiders may have scored 34 points in this game and both teams may have narrowly won games that they should have won by more, but I still think the Chargers are the superior football team.
The Raiders’ secondary won’t hold up for an entire year and the offense, while it has guys like Josh Jacobs and Daren Waller, is not that dynamic. I think these are two teams that have good weapons, with the Raiders having the better quarterback but the Chargers having a much better defense.
The Chargers can at least limit better teams from scoring and stay in games. I don’t see how the Raiders will be competitive against teams like Kansas City or Tampa Bay… or this week, against New Orleans.