By: Frank Hyden
-The Las Vegas Raiders opened up their new stadium last night with a 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints last night. Derek Carr threw for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns and Darren Waller had 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Saints got 2 rushing touchdowns and 79 rushing yards and 9 catches and 95 yards from Alvin Kamara. This is a bigtime win for the Raiders. Drew Brees didn’t look good during the game, though he did throw for 312 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. I’m not ready to say he’s slipping just yet because few guys on the Saints played well last night, except for Alvin Kamara. New Orleans missed Michael Thomas, that’s for sure. The Raiders were also boosted by opening up their new stadium. Even though fans weren’t there, I’m sure it still meant something to them.
-Some further elaboration on the injuries suffered on Sunday. Saquon Barkley is done for the year with a torn ACL, as is Nick Bosa, also with a torn ACL. Christian McCaffery is out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Jimmy Garoppolo has a high ankle sprain. Soloman Thomas is done for the year with a torn ACL. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman will both miss time as well. Courtland Sutton is done for the year. Malik Hooker suffered a torn ACL and is done for the year. Davante Adams has a hamstring injury and will miss time. Drew Lock has a shoulder injury and will miss time. Anthony Barr has a torn pec and is out for the season. Bruce Irvin has a torn ACL and will miss the season. I’m sure I left plenty of guys out but JFC, this is crazy.
-Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that Tyrod Taylor is their started when he’s healthy. Rookie Justin Herbert started against the Kansas City Chief and looked great for the most part. A few rookie mistakes but it’s his first start and only 2nd NFL game ever. I understand wanting to pump the brakes a bit to try to not get Herbert’s head swelled up and such, but Lynn also said that Herbert is a backup for a reason. And that he made mistakes. We’re not talking about him starting over Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, or Patrick Mahomes or something. We’re talking about him starting over Tyrod freaking Taylor.
I like Tyrod Taylor, I think he’s a serviceable starter. He’s not likely to lose you the game, but he’s also not going to win the game for you. He’s started 47 games and passed for over 300 yards once. Herbert passed for 311 in his first game, against the defending Super Bowl champions. If you build your system around Taylor, you can have some success. But it’s clear that Herbert is a better quarterback. Taylor is the stop-gap, there to be QB until Herbert is ready. He looked ready Sunday. The Chargers drafted him to be the franchise quarterback. If Lynn wants to remain with the franchise himself, he’s going to have to seriously reconsider this decision.
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