Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers: 5 bold predictions
By Nick Bailey
The Raiders open up the season in Carolina against the Panthers on Sept. 13, and here are some bold predictions for the game.
Sunday will mark the first game of the Las Vegas Raiders Era, as they travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers. Coming off a seven-win 2019 campaign, the expectation is that the team will take the next step forward, and general manager Mike Mayock did a nice job adding pieces to fill some major holes this offseason.
As we inch closer to Week 1, let us take a look at some bold predictions for the Raiders tilt with the Panthers on Sunday.
Bold Prediction #1: Josh Jacobs gets 200 all-purpose yards
Josh Jacobs was well on his way to winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors last season before eventually sitting out due to a shoulder injury sustained earlier in the year against the Green Bay Packers. With the Panthers rebuilding, and losing defensive captain Luke Kuechly to retirement, along with Jacobs wanting to do more in the passing game, I can see the Raiders taking advantage of old friend Tahir Whitehead covering Jacobs.
Jacobs is going to get his carries, and should eclipse the 100-yard mark against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The question is how much he will be involved in the passing game, and if he can get five or so catches, 200 all-purpose yards is not out of the question.