It’s official: The Oakland Raiders are no more. Say hello to the Las Vegas Raiders! The Raiders will kick off their regular season on the east coast at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium where they’ll face the Carolina Panthers.
These teams haven’t met since 2016 when the Raiders came away with a 35-32 victory. Tune in to CBS to watch the game and visit the BetUS sportsbook to place your bets before and during the game!
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Game Information
|Who: Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers
When: Sunday, September 13, 2020 – 1:00pm ET
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
TV Network: CBS
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers History
Since these two teams play in different conferences, there’s not a lot of history between the two. In fact, Week 1’s match will be only the seventh time these two have faced each other. Surprisingly enough, the series is dead tied at three each. So which side will gain the advantage in this series?
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Last Season Recap
These two have not faced each other since 2016. The Raiders won that matchup 35-32 at home.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers News & Betting Picks
Come take an up-close look at the Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers NFL betting action. Below we’ll be covering the latest news from both sides as well as look over last year’s team statistics.
Team owner Mark Davis is looking to get a return on his Jon Gruden investment. Oakland is coming off a 7-9 season in which they finished third in the AFC West. Until he wins something more than a regular season game with this team, Gruden’s name will always be attached to the questionable decision to trade away Khalil Mack, former defensive MVP. Since taking over, Gruden has gone 11-21.
However, while the team hasn’t had the success they were expecting, the offense has looked better. Last year the Raiders managed to put together the NFL’s 8th best passing offense. Not only that, but Derek Carr also turned in his best passer rating (100.8) of his career. Carr might be one of the more underrated passers in the league but the Raiders’ have too many problems in their secondary for Carr and the Raiders’ offense to account for.
The Raiders struggled mightily on the road in 2019, finishing 2-6 away from the Coliseum. At home, the Raiders averaged a minus-2.4-point differential. On the road, that difference was minus ten. They’re simply not a good traveling team.
Gruden is hoping that the addition of QB Marcus Mariota from the Titans and WR Henry Ruggs out of Alabama, plus Ohio State’s CB Damon Arnette on defense will help make up some of the difference. Carr is coming off a great season but it’s clear, from the two-year $17.6 million contract the Raiders gave Mariota that they have something in mind for Tennessee’s former QB.
The Raiders will have a quarterback battle on their hands between Mariota and Derek Carr, the current starter. Carr has not been a bad quarterback in his tenure. He just hasn’t been able to get the Raiders over the hump.
Running back Josh Jacobs had a phenomenal rookie season racking up 1,150 passing yards, 7 touchdowns to only one fumble. He’ll be looking to provide a measure of consistency to the Raiders’ offense.
The Panthers have ended their relationship with long-time quarterback Cam Newton as well as head coach Ron Rivera. They also parted ways with Kyle Allen. Allen took over for the injured Newton and led the Panthers to four straight wins between Weeks three and six. Then the wheels began to fall off. Carolina went 1-1 immediately following their bye and proceeded to lose their next eight games to end the season.
Christian McCaffrey emerged as arguably the best, most versatile running back in the game. His performance earned him a new contract worth $64 million. McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards (3rd) and 15 touchdowns (3rd) on 4.7 yards per carry. McCaffrey also caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Right now the Panthers have quarterbacks Terry Bridgewater, Will Grier and PJ Walker on the roster. Of those 3, Bridgewater’s name is the one that pops out. Bridgewater hand a phenomenal season in 2015 – his second season in the league. He managed to rack up 3,231 passing yards, 14 touchdowns to just 9 interceptions. Those were pretty good numbers for a 2nd-year player. And since he also got 192 rushing yards, it looked like he had a bright future with Minnesota. Ultimately an injury in 2016 forced him to miss out on the season and the Vikings decided to go another direction. In the end, Bridgewater became a backup for Minnesota before becoming one for New Orleans from 2018 to 2019. Now he’ll look to rekindle his once-promising career yet again.
Will Grier was drafted by Carolina in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL draft. He’s played two games in his career and has a 33.2 passer rating to show for it. Needless to say, it doesn’t look like he’s the frontrunner for the starting position.
PJ Walker, on the other hand, might be looking to vie for that starting role. Walker was an undrafted free agent that was signed by the Colts in 2017. However, the more interesting tidbit is that he played for the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL this year. Not only that, he managed to lead the league in passing yards and touchdowns before the Coronavirus Pandemic took off.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Expert Picks
See all of our expert picks for each Week 1 game here.
Las Vegas Raiders: -3 -120, -170 moneyline, 47 ½ o/u
Carolina Panthers: +3 Ev, +150 moneyline, 47 ½ o/u
Straight Up Pick (Gilad Chudler)
The Las Vegas Raiders, freshly relocated from Oakland, will be an interesting team to watch this season. They’ll be missing the droves of loyal fans from the East Bay, but this year everybody will be missing their fans.
The Raiders biggest issue this season will continue to be their defense, which was ranked as one of the worst in the NFL last year.
Derek Carr will be leading the way on offense again. Last season he had 4,054 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions leading his team to a 7-9 record.
The Panthers are a complete wildcard this season. They have a new coaching staff led by Matt Rhule, a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and a rebuilt defense. They still have Christian McCaffrey who is one of the best offensive players in the NFL. If McCaffrey and Bridgewater start connecting this should be a pretty decent team this year.
Despite being the underdog, the Panthers are looked to be in a strong position to win this game by taking advantage of the Raiders poor defense.
Over/Under Pick (Zack Robinson)
While Las Vegas Raiders sounds a little weird, HC Jon Gruden truly believes that 2020 will be the year when the Raiders finally turn things around after three consecutive losing seasons. QB Derek Carr got more weapons in the 2020 Draft, including first round WR Henry Ruggs III.
The renewed Carolina Panthers can trust RB Christian McCaffrey (1387 YDS/15 TD in 2019) to carry the team while QB Teddy Bridgewater adapts to a new system. Go with the over in a RB’s show lead by McCaffrey and Josh Jacobs.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Rundown
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Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Betting Picks
Carolina identified weaknesses in their defense and decided to do something about it. All seven of their picks in this year’s draft went towards improving their defense. DT Derrick Brown out of Auburn was Carolina’s first selection with the 7th overall pick.
I’m excited to see Teddy Bridgewater in a Panthers uniform with DJ Moore and Robby Anderson out wide. Bridgewater is better than any quarterback in Vegas. I’m taking the Panthers to win their first game of the season.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers FAQs
Who is favored to win the Las Vegas vs. Carolina NFL Game?
The Raiders are slight -1 ½ point favorites ATS in their Week 1 match against the Panthers.
How many times have the Raiders beat Panthers?
The Raiders and Panthers have faced each other six times. Of those six, the Raiders have beaten the Panthers three times.
How many games are the Raiders expected to win this season?
The Raiders’ Over-Under for total games won this coming season is set at 7.5 wins.
What channel is the Las Vegas vs Carolina Game on?
CBS will broadcast the Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Week 1 match on Sunday, September 13th.