Raiders remain winless on road, shutout by Saints in New Orleans
Updated: Oct 30, 2022
For the first time since 2014, the Las Vegas Raiders went an entire 60-minutes of football without scoring a point.
Las Vegas remained winless on the road after being drubbe, 24-0, by New Orleans Sunday, Oct. 30 from the Caesars Superdome. This season, the Raiders are 0-4 on the road.
Sunday morning marked the first of two straight away from home for Las Vegas. Next week, the team heads to Florida for a Sunday, Nov. 6 date with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PST.
Coming into this most recent contest, the Raiders needed to win in order to remain in third place of the AFC West. However, with the loss and a win by the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas sits in last place of the division with a 2-5 record.
The Raiders went the first 58 minutes of the game without snapping a play inside New Orleans territory. Much of the Saints gameplan appeared to be taking receiver Davante Adams away from his offense entirely.
Having trouble getting the ball through the air, Adams was called upon for a jet sweep on a 3rd and 1 which lost yardage. To compound matters, Las Vegas ran a fake punt that was snuffed out by the New Orleans defense. Additionally, the Raiders were called for a 15-yard chop block penalty on the play.
That mishap gave the Saints the ball at the Las Vegas 27-yard line. Later in the second quarter, the team would start a drive from the Raiders’ 45-yard line off an interception thrown by quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr and Adams nearly connected for the first time down the sideline in front of the New Orleans’ bench but it was ruled incomplete. Even after a McDaniels’ challenge, the call was upheld.
For the first time since 2017, Adams went an entire half without a catch. With 14:15 left in the fourth quarter, Adams hauled in his first and only catch of the day for three yards.
That drive also marked the final of the day for Adams as well as Carr, who went 15-for-26 with 101 passing yards and an interception. He was also sacked three times.
Backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham played the final reps under center for Las Vegas. He, not Carr, was the Raider quarterback to take snaps on the opponent’s side of the 50-yard line.
Receiver Mack Hollins led the team in receiving with 64 yards on seven receptions.
The team played without starting tight end Darren Waller, who missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury. He has not played since Oct. 2.
The passing game was heavily relied on due to running back Josh Jacobs being contained to 54 yards on 12 touches. That breaks a streak of three straight games of over 140 yards on the ground.
Running back Alvin Kamara led the way for the home team, accounting for all three of the Saints’ touchdowns. In doing so, he picked up the sixth three-touchdown game of his career.
With 1:32 left in the first quarter, Kamara opened the scoring on the day with his first touchdown of the season. He scored on the ground from three yards out.
His other two scores came through the air, the first of which put the Raiders in a 17-point hole in the first half on a 16-yard completion from quarterback Andy Dalton.
In the second half, Kamara broke off his longest score of the day via a 36-yard pitch-and-catch from Dalton to put the game out of reach. He finished the night with 158 yards from scrimmage on 27 touches.