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Raiders Home Opener Filled With Thrills and Big Star Guests

todaySeptember 14, 2021 12

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By: Donetta Coleman

The Las Vegas Raiders home opener looked very different from last year’s home opener.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, Raider’s owner Mark Davis opted to have no fans inside the 65,000 seat Allegiant Stadium for the 2020 season. On Monday night, 62,000 Raider fans filled the stadium expecting to experience everything the Raiders and the stadium had to offer. They weren’t disappointed as the Raiders pulled out a 33-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

From the National Anthem to the half-time entertainment to the final play of the game, fans we’re left on the edge of their seats cheering in excitement for the black and silver.

The off the field activities certainly seemed perfectly executed in Vegas fashion, as Grammy-Award Winner Gladys Knight performed the National Anthem, and Hip-Hop Artist Ice Cube and Too Short kept the crowd energerize with their half-time performance.

Things on the field didn’t appear as perfect, as the Raiders struggled early on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Derek Carr was unable to find chemistry with his receivers, and the defense allowed the Ravens to jump out to an early 14-0 lead.

The jetters seemed to have settled as the Raiders were able to rally late in the second quarter scoring 10 points, cutting the Ravens led to 14-10 at half-time.

The Raiders gained momentum in the second half, powered by their defense adding pressure on Raven’s Quarterback Lamar Jackson. Quinton Jefferson forced a fumble by Jackson, which led to a 15-yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs to even the game at 17.

The fourth quarter was filled with penalties and back and fourth scoring from each team, before the Ravens briefly took control with a 24-17 lead with six minutes remaining.

Derek Carr connected with his favorite receiver Darren Waller to even things up at 24, and both teams would capitalized on fields goals sending the game into overtime tied at 27.

The Raiders defense once again stepped up as Carl Nassib caused Jackson to fumble for the second time, giving the Raiders possession with excellent field position.

On third down Carr was able to find a wide open Zay Jones for the winning touchdown, stunning the Ravens 33-27 in overtime.

The Raiders will have their hands full playing away this Sunday versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially playing without top players like Josh Jacobs, Denzelle Good, and Richie Inconito who are all out due to injuries.

Several big names stars were in attendance to take in all the thrills and excitement such as; A’ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray and several other Las Vegas Aces players along with Rapper Lil Jon and Geroge Lopez just to name a few.

The next Raiders home game is scheduled for September 26th versus the Miami Dolphins.

Written by: Ashton Ridley

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