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Raiders vs. Panthers, Week 1: How to watch, what to watch

The Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers face off in Week 1 to open the 2020 NFL season. We break down how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater makes a throw during training camp at the Panthers training facility. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders travel to face the Carolina Panthers to open the 2020 season. The Raiders were in the playoff race later in the season than usual last year before stumbling in December, and hope to jump start their passing game with an infusion of young talented receivers. Much will rely on if Derek Carr will be able to take a step forward, but there is talent in the offense.

The Panthers are rebuilding with a new coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback after winning just five games and letting Cam Newton go. The Panthers offense appears to be in good hands, but everything is so new and had to come together quickly during the time of Covid-19. The Panthers have a wide range of outcomes this season as far as offensive output while their defense seems destined for futility with a host of young players needing to step up.

TV Info

Date: September 13
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
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Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)

Raiders (2019): 30th vs. Pass, 21st vs. Rush
Panthers (2019): 11th vs. Pass, 32nd vs. Rush

DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Raiders: -3, -175
Panthers: +3, +140
Total: 47.5

Pick: Panthers

The Raiders should be able to win this game, but it’s difficult to back them as favorites on the road against anybody. The lack of fans could help, but I like the Panthers offense enough to at least give them a real chance of winning this one straight up.

Injury report

Raiders

Wednesday

DNP: C Rodney Hudson (not injury related), G Richie Incognito (not injury related), TE Jason Witten (not injury related)

Limited: CB Damon Arnette (thumb, groin), T Trenton Brown (calf), DT Maliek Collins (thigh)

Full: WR Nelson Agholor (groin), WR Bryan Edwards (knee), LB Nicholas Morrow (knee)

Thursday

DNP: C Rodney Hudson (not injury related), TE Jason Witten (not injury related)

Limited: G Richie Incognito (not injury related)

Full: WR Nelson Agholor (groin), LB Nicholas Morrow (knee), DT Maliek Collins (thigh), TE Foster Moreau, T Trent Brown (calf)

Panthers

Wednesday

DNP: G Dennis Daley (ankle)

Full: DE Brian Burns (ankle), S Juston Burris (rib), RB Trenton Cannon (shoulder), CB Corn Elder (hamstring), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (wrist), CB Donte Jackson (toe), C Tyler Larsen (calf), T Greg Little (ankle), T Taylor Moton (wrist), T Russell Okung (ankle), CB Troy Pride (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (shoulder), TE Ian Thomas (toe), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (hamstring), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring), LB Tahir Whitehead (groin)

Thursday

DNP: G Dennis Daley (ankle)

Full: DE Brian Burns (ankle), S Juston Burris (rib), RB Trenton Cannon (shoulder), CB Corn Elder (hamstring), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (wrist), CB Donte Jackson (toe), C Tyler Larsen (calf), T Greg Little (ankle), T Taylor Moton (wrist), T Russell Okung (ankle), CB Troy Pride (ankle), WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (shoulder), TE Ian Thomas (toe), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (hamstring), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring), LB Tahir Whitehead (groin)

Fantasy football start/sit advice

Raiders

Josh Jacobs, Running back, $6,800

Jacobs was better at home last season and relied on his team staying close with their opponent due to his lack of receiving work. But, this game sets up well for him against a Panthers run defense that was awful last season and likely won’t be much better this year. The Raiders are also favorites and should get a boost on the road with no Panthers fans in attendance.

Darren Waller, Tight end, $5,900

The Raiders receiving group is hurting and very young. Tyrell Williams might not suit up, which would put rookies Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards along with second-year receiver Hunter Renfrow in a good spot, but I could see Carr peppering Waller with the most targets to start the season.

Panthers

Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, $5,900

All reports out of camp have been positive for Bridgewater and even though he’s not going to light up defenses with his arm, he has a perfect situation in Week 1. The Raiders pass defense isn’t good. The Panthers have DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey to do a lot of the heavy lifting for Bridgewater after the catch, so

D.J. Moore, Wide Receiver, $6,600

I was high on Curtis Samuel coming into this season, but reports from camp haven’t been encouraging. That leaves Moore as the no-doubt top target by a wide margin at receiver. I expect the Panthers to rely on Moore and McCaffrey a lot in this game.