LAS VEGAS — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints just could not overcome their own mistakes in the Las Vegas Raiders’ inaugural game in gorgeous Allegiant Stadium. With one crucial interception and 129 total penalty yards, aside from a fumble recovery on which they didn’t capitalize, the circumstances proved too much for the Saints to overcome without star WR Michael Thomas.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, “tired of being disrespected,” didn’t help the Saints’ cause either, throwing for 282 yards and three touchdowns, including 103 yards and a score to Darren Waller. Waller took the wind out of a Saints defense that had to employ a variety of defenders to try and minimize the damage done by the speedy tight end.
It is not that the New Orleans was completely off their game, as the veteran quarterback Brees threw for 312 yards and a touchdown, even with his main target Thomas sidelined. Running back Alvin Kamara rushed for two touchdowns and also contributed 95 receiving yards on nine catches.
The Saints defense sacked Carr three times, including one for a 13-yard loss in the first quarter, showing much promise. New Orleans’ secondary expects to help the team improve on its 1-1 record next Sunday, as they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Raiders will try to stay undefeated as they travel to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots.
Renan Stapavicci (Twitter: @rstapavicci)