Las Vegas, Nevada--Allegiant Stadium will be rocking tonight as the Las Vegas Raiders will pay host on Monday Night Football to the Baltimore Ravens to kick off the 2021 campaign.
Remember the rule of five. If the Las Vegas Raiders win that key statistical battle, today's game is over. For those who don't remember it, it has to do with sacks and turnovers. If the Raiders have three sacks and give up two, that means they are plus one. If they then get four turnovers and give up only one, that means they are plus three. That would give them a plus-four for the day. They want to get to a plus-five ratio every game. Teams that reach the rule of five scenarios win 91 percent of their ball games on average.
Here’s how to watch:
Venue: Allegiant Stadium
Kick-Off: 5:15 PM PST/8:15 PM EST
ESPN is the host of the Raiders-Ravens game. Tonight’s game will be simulcast on ESPN2. If you are out of the market, you can catch today’s game on FuboTV by using the link here.
In addition, if you are located in-market, Raiders.com on mobile devices and the Raiders Official app will carry tonight’s game. Raiders app is available on both iOS and Android devices.
Radio: KOMP 92.3 FM/Raider Nation Radio 920 AM
Today’s game will air on both KOMP 92.3 FM and Raider Nation Radio 920 AM, the latter as the flagship radio station for all Raiders games.
Brent Musburger is back in the booth for play-by-play. His color analyst is former All-Pro tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who returns for the second season running.
In addition, the Raiders have affiliate stations throughout the nation. Click on the link here for more details.
Today’s game will also be available to listen to live on the Official Raiders mobile app.
We will be updating this article with highlights and updates as the game progresses. Please keep checking back.
COIN TOSS: Baltimore wins the toss, they defer. Las Vegas will receive first
START OF FIRST QUARTER
PENALTY UPDATE: Holding called on Raiders center Andre James. 10-yard penalty. 1st and 20 from the BAL 28-yard line
INJURY UPDATE: Raiders Right guard Denzelle Good was injured on the field. His return is questionable.
PENALTY UPDATE: False start called on Ravens guard Kevin Zeitler. 10-yard penalty. Replay first-down.
SCORING UPDATE #1: Running back Ty'Son Williams rushes for a 35-yard touchdown. PAT by placekicker Justin Tucker is good. Ravens lead 7-0. 1:47 left in the first quarter.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Baltimore leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. 2nd and 4 coming up on BAL 26-yard line.
START OF SECOND QUARTER:
PENALTY UPDATE: False Start called on Raiders guard John Simpson. Five-yard penalty. Repeat third down.
SCORING UPDATE #2: Wide Receiver Marquise Brown makes a 10-yard reception for a touchdown. PAT is Good by placekicker Justin Tucker. Ravens lead 14-0 with 8:52 left in the half.
TIMEOUT: Las Vegas Raiders take their first timeout of the half. 4:22 left to go in the first half. 3rd and 2 coming up.
PENALTY UPDATE: Defensive pass interference called on cornerback Tavon Young. 1st and Goal at the BAL 2-yard line.
SCORING UPDATE #3: Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rushes in for a two-yard touchdown. PAT by placekicker Daniel Carlson is Good. Ravens lead 14-7 with 4:14 left to go in the first half.
TWO MINUTE WARNING: Ravens lead 14-7 at the two-minute warning. 2nd and 7 coming up on the LV 47 yard-line.
INJURY UPDATE: Ravens guard Tyre Phillips is injured on the field. Injury Time Out.
TURNOVER: Raiders linebacker K.J. Wright stuff up running back Latavius Murray. Raiders get the ball on their own 36-yard line. 1st and 10.
TIMEOUT: Ravens use their second timeout of the half. 1:07 left in the half. 2nd and 1- Raiders from their own 36-yard line.
TIMEOUT: Raiders take their final timeout of the half. 0:27 left in the half. 1st and 10 from the BAL 36-yard line.
PENALTY UPDATE: Personal Foul called on Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. Half of the distance to the goal. First down Raiders.
SCORING UPDATE #4: A 34-yard field goal attempt by Raiders placekicker Daniel Carlson is Good. Ravens lead 14-10 at the half.
HALFTIME: Ravens lead 14-10 at the half. Baltimore will receive the ball in the second half.
The 2021 season is officially underway in Allegiant Stadium.
It’s been a inconsistent start for the Silver and Black.
After what seemed like a quick start for the Las Vegas Raiders, it quickly turned South in the first few minutes on the first drive.
Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota showed the run option being used for the Las Vegas season with a 31-yard gain.
Yet, after a dropped pass and a miscommunication fumble, the Raiders were forced to punt the football. During the first drive, the ball was close to the BAL 21-yard line.
In the first defensive drive of the 2021 season under Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, it was off to a slow start by defensive end Maxx Crosby quickly got things back on track.
A big sack to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on third down stopped the threat, giving the ball to the Silver and Black offense with 5:14 left to go in the first quarter.
The second offensive drive for the Raiders continued the uncertainty from the first drive.
Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr nearly threw two interceptions with three downs to each other. One was intended for tight end Darren Waller and was almost picked by Ravens safety Chuck Clark. The other, two downs later, was nearly picked off by cornerback Tavon Young.
Both times, Carr got lucky, only resulting in a punt for the Silver and Black.
However, on defense, although cornerback and newcomer Casey Hayward Jr. showed what he brings to the Silver and Black, a fourth and short by the Ravens on the Las Vegas 35-yard line resulted in a 35-yard rushing touchdown by Baltimore running back Ty’Son Williams.
In addition, it’s Williams first NFL game in his career.
The response wasn’t there for the Silver and Black offense.
Targeting tight end Darren Waller twice on the drive, he was shut down by the Baltimore defense, forcing yet again a short drive for the Raiders.
The Raiders defense however responded well, forcing a three-and-out thanks to a sack by Darius Philon.
The Silver and Black offense couldn’t hold up their end of their bargain though with Carr missing a wide-open Waller down the field and getting sacked two plays later.
It doesn’t help that left guard Richie Incognito is out tonight with a calf injury.
On the flip side, the Raiders defense allowed yet another touchdown, this time a 10-yard reception to wide receiver Marquise Brown.
What’s impressive is Jackson escaped a collapsing pocket, creating time for himself to find his target.
It wasn’t necessary the defensive pressure wasn’t there but rather Jackson is that good.
But as Raider Nation saw last season, it just took the Silver and Black some time to warm up.
In the following drive, Las Vegas brought up the tempo, found multiple targets throughout the field including tight end Darren Waller, running back Kenyan Drake, wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, among others.
It set up a two-yard rushing touchdown for none other than Raiders running back Josh Jacobs.
Carr finished the half, going for 12 for 25 and 128 yards while Jackson ended the half with 11 for 15, 128 yards and one touchdown.
Notably, Carr had a 63.3 quarterback rating in the first half while Jackson owned a 121-quarterback rating.
The Silver and Black ended on a high note by a chip shot field goal by placekicker Daniel Carlson.
While it took the Raiders some time to get their gears going, there were moments, both offense and defense, that showed potential.
It’s all about consistency on the field and whether the Silver and Black can deliver on the field in the second half.
Ravens lead 14-10 at the half.
START OF THIRD QUARTER
PENALTY UPDATE: Illegal use of the hands, hands to the face called on Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen Jr. Five-yard penalty. Automatic first down.
PENALTY UPDATE: Offensive pass interefence called on wide receiver Bryan Edwards. Half of the distance to the goal. 3rd and 12. 12:11 left to go in the third quarter.
PENALTY UPDATE: Delay of Game called on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Half of the distance to the goal. Third down.
SCORING UPDATE #5: 40-yard field goal attempt is good by Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker. Ravens lead 17-10 with 8:24 left to go in the third quarter.
PENALTY UPDATE: Defensive pass interefence called on Ravens cornerback Tavon Young. 15-yard penalty. First down Raiders.
PENALTY UPDATE: Holding called on Raiders center Andre James. 10-yard penalty. 1st and 20 Raiders.
PENALTY UPDATE: Holding called on Ravens tight end Eric Tomlinson. Five-yard penalty. 2nd and 11.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Ravnes lead 17-10. Ravens 4th and 13 from the BAL 25-yard line.
START OF FOURTH QUARTER
PENALTY UPDATE: False Start called on Raiders fullback Alec Ingold. Five-yard penalty. 2nd and 15.
TURNOVER: Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson forced fumbled by defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, recovered by linebacker Denzel Perryman. 1st and 10 Raiders.
TIMEOUT: Raiders call their first in the second half. 3rd and 1 Raiders at the Baltimore 32-yard line.
SCORING UPDATE #6: Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rushes for 15-yards for the toouchdown. PAT by placekicker Daniel Carlson is good. Game is tied 17 all with 9:18 left to go in regulation.
INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is carted off the field.
SCORING UPDATE #7: Running back Latavius Murray finds the end zone with a 8-yard rush. PAT by Justin Tucker is good. Ravens lead 24-17 in the fourth quarte. 6:04 left in regulation.
PENALTY UPDATE: Holding called on Raiders offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. 10-yard penalty. 1st and 20.
SCORING UPDATE #8: Raiders tight end Darren Waller makes a 10-yard reception for a touchdown. PAT by placekicker Daniel Carlson is Good. 24 all. 3:44 left to go in regulation.
TWO MINUTE WARNING: Ravens and Raiders are tied up at 27 all. Ravens have the ball on BAL 35. 2nd and 10 coming up.
TIMEOUT: Raiders take their first timeout of the second half. 1:39 left in regulation. 1st and 10 Ravens on the Raiders 37-yard line.
TIMEOUT: Raiders their second timeout of the half. 1:34 left in regulation. 2nd and 8 Ravnes on Raiders 35-yard line.
TIMEOUT: Raiders take their final timeout of the half. 1:29 left in regulation. 3rd and 4 coming up on Raiders 31-yard line.
TIMEOUT: Ravens take their second timeout of the half. 0:42 left in the half. 4th and 2 coming up. 47-yard field goal attempt.
SCORING UPDATE #9: Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker field goal attempt is good. Ravens lead 27-24 with 0:37 left in regulation.
SCORING UPDATE #10: Raiders placekicker Daniel Carlson 55-yard field goal attempt is good. Game is tied 27-all. 2 seconds left in regulation.
END OF REGULATION: Ravens and Raiders tied at 27 all. Overtime coming up next.
Overtime COIN TOSS: Raiders win the toss. Silver and Black will receive first.
TIMEOUT: Raiders take their first timeout of overtime. 7:22 left to go in overtime. 2nd and 4 at the Ravens 34-yard line
TIMEOUT: Raiders take their second and final timeout of overtime. 6:23 left to go in overtime. 2nd goal at the Ravens 1-yard line.
PENALTY UPDATE: Offensive linemen Alex Leatherwood is called for a false start. Five-yard penalty. Remains second and goal.
TURNOVER: Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett intercepts the football. Next score wins.
PENALTY UPDATE: Baltimore calls their first timeout with 6:07 left to go in overtime. 2nd and 10 coming up on the Ravens 20-yard line.
TURNOVER: Defensive end Carl Nassib forces a fumble by Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Nassib recovers the ball on the Ravens 27-yard line. 1st-down Raiders.
PENALTY UPDATE: Delay of Game called on the Raiders, Five-yard penalty, remains second down.
SCORING UPDATE #11: Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones catches a 31-yard throw for a touchdown. Raiders win 33-27 in overtime.
FINAL/OT: Raiders win 33-27 in overtime. Las Vegas is now 1-0 on the season while the Baltimore Ravens and 0-1 on the season.
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