The Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers squared off in the first game of the season and put on quite a show. While the game came down to the wire, Jon Gruden and company were able to make the necessary plays. They took the game over the Panthers by a final score of 34-30.
It was a much-needed start to the season for the Raiders, who are looking to make a run at a Wild Card spot. On the other hand, the Panthers are beginning a new era of football with Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater. Losing the first game is tough, but they showed promise.
For the Raiders, Josh Jacobs was a monster this week, carrying the football 25 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Derek Carr completed 22 of his 30 passes for 239 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Henry Ruggs III caught three passes for 55 yards in his NFL debut.
Carolina saw their new quarterback complete 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 270 yards, one touchdown, and no picks. The Panthers also received a big performance from Christian McCaffrey, who carried the football 23 times for 96 yards and two scores. Robby Anderson led the team in receiving with six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at four major takeaways from the Raiders vs. Panthers matchup in Week 1.