Fans might not have been allowed inside Allegiant Stadium for the first NFL game at the Raiders new home. There was still plenty of celebrating going outside, however, after the team pulled off a completely unexpected comeback 3424 win over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
A steady stream of people clad in Raiders T-shirts and hats began pulling up on Al Davis way and tailgating as the team was putting the finishing touches on the Saints and beginning its own party inside. Loud music blared from car speakers and the revelry began to look like the parking lot parties they had at the Oakland Coliseum for the previous 25 years.
There’s no telling whether the crowd was made up of Bay Area fans who made the 12-hour drive to Sin City or whether it was new fans from Las Vegas, or a mixture of both.
Not that it matters.
The Raiders are 2-0 and tied with defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City for first place in the AFC West.
That is not where I had them before the season, and it’s definitely not where I thought they’d be after falling behind 14-0 on Monday Night Football, looking completely inept on both sides of the ball and seemingly headed for a flop in their Las Vegas debut.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Wanted: Defensive coordinator
The Raiders didn’t wait long to begin their search for a new defensive coordinator, and it’s becoming clear that Jon Gruden has already narrowed his list down.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Raiders’ good, bad, ugly
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Looking back at 2020 season
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.
Gruden feeling the heat?
“I know there is a big bull’s-eye on my chest, certainly. If the people want to use that as an incentive, then so be it. I worked for Al Davis in 1998. That was pressure. I was 34 years old. I’ve dealt with pressure before. I don’t really feel pressure. I love the excitement and thrill of competing, and I can’t worry about things I can’t control in that regard. I know people will want to step on me and beat me, and that is just the way this league is.”
From the SILVERANDBLACK.com Message Boards
S&BI continually scans the message boards across Raider Nation to see what Raider fans are talking about now that the 2020 season has ended for the Raiders. We chose some of the better posts and present them here.
Checklist for 2021
Now that the 2020 season has been put to rest for Las Vegas, the Raiders have shifted their focus to what figures to be a busy offseason as they prepare for 2021.
AFC WEST ROUNDUP
The Chargers fired coach Anthony Lynn after four seasons.
‘We have to be a much more detailed football team'
Like so many Raiders fans, coach Jon Gruden found himself searching for answers after the Raiders’ second-half collapse that cost the team a spot in the expanded playoffs.
SIM SETTLEMENTS 2
Tune up Fallout 4’s settlement system.
Somebody's gotta win it
Through 75% of the 2020 NFL season, the Washington Football Team and your New York Football Giants are tied for first place in the NFC East with identical records of 4-7.
This is not your same old Bills
This isn’t your same old Buffalo Bills. And if you needed more proof, take a look at the most pivotal moment from Buffalo’s Week 4 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Breaking down the two Las Vegas deals
The Dolphins did a lot of work on Lynn Bowden Jr. before the 2020 NFL draft, intrigued by what he could bring to the offense based on his athletic ability and his background as a college quarterback-receiver.
THE GRACE OF GIVING
Apostle Peter writes, “We are being built up a spiritual house” (see 1 Peter 2:5 NKJV). In this “spiritual house,” systems and structure, while important, must well up from the essentials of deep intimate relationships with God and one another. Systems and structures should serve the church, not the church serving the systems and structures. In some cases, we have endeavored to develop a global financial system to produce a healthy global function of biblical stewardship. The essential relationships must precede the critical systems and structures for the spiritual health of the church at all levels of ministry to be fruitful.
Bills Trade Wr Jones To Raiders For Pick
Zay Jones’ turbulent time with the Buffalo Bills came to an end on Oct. 8 when the Bills traded Jones to the Oakland Raiders for a 2021 fifth-round pick.
Gavin fires the dream for Wood's Raiders
If he so wished, Aaron Wood could put one hand on his heart, the other on the bible, and solemnly swear that he runs a record-breaking footy outfit.
Whisper it but we're dreaming of glory
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ALAN: I'M CARR CRASH DUMMY!
Star’s stolen Mini used in ram-raid
Saints & winners
PAT’S VICTORIOUS YET AGAIN