Las Vegas Raiders Debut


Benjamin Hager - Las Vegas Review Journal

Raider running back Josh Jacobs stiff arms Panther linebacker Brian Burns.

Quinn Pedrick, Managing Editor

In the first weekend of NFL, the Las Vegas Raiders had their debut performance against the Carolina Panthers.

Second year running back for the Raiders, Josh Jacobs, made a grand introduction to the start of the season. According to, Jacobs ran 93 yards on 25 carries with 3 touchdowns in his possession.

“I feel regular, honestly. I had a pretty good game. It’s still a lot I can correct. I know there’s a couple plays I look back and I’m like ‘Man, I missed the hole. I missed the backdoor cut.’ Things like that. That’s more of the things that I try to hone myself on is just having the perfect game and try to come back better next week,” Jacobs said to reporters at

The Raiders won their first game as the Las Vegas Raiders, after their move from Oakland, by 4 points: 34 – 30. According to, Jacobs scored 3 touchdowns and Nelson Algohor scored the other. Daniel Carlson scored two field goals: one from 20 yards and the other, a career record high, from 54 yards. Carlson also got every extra point on the touchdowns earning a total of 10 points on his own.

“From the looks of the defense so far, points will be at a premium, and Carlson only increased coach Jon Gruden’s faith in his field-goal unit after Week 1,” Luke Straub, a writer, said.

Jon Gruden is the Raiders head coach for the second time after initially being head coach in 1998 to 2001 and then coming back in 2018. According to, Gruden has been the head coach of the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders and the head coach Super Bowl Champion of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has had a long coaching career for many college and NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

“It’s a historic win for all our players in our entire organization,” Gruden said in a press conference. “We love to be going back to our stadium and debuting on Monday night with everyone but it means a lot. We’re all emotional about it. We wanted to get a win for them, and like I said when I started, hopefully our fans back home saw something they liked.”

Allegiant Stadium opens on Monday September 21 with Las Vegas Raiders’ first home game as the underdog against the New Orleans Saints.