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Saints to Look to Overcome the Loss of Thomas as they Take on the Raiders

When the New Orleans Saints take the field Monday night in Las Vegas against the shiny new Las Vegas Raiders, they will do it short-handed.

The best wide out in the NFL, Michael Thomas, will be watching the game instead of playing in it making his usual huge plays, as he is out for the next couple of games with an ankle injury.

The argument can be made that Thomas didn’t need to be in the game when he was hurt late against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Saints season opener, but he was and those are the chances you take with star players.

Even without Thomas the Saints are four-point favorites to take care of business against a young Raiders team that despite being 1-0 is still very much trying to find their way under Jon Gruden.

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One key for the Saints will be to make sure they keep Drew Brees upright, and if week one is any indication, that should not be that much of an issue against the Raiders.

Last week in Oakland’s road win over the Carolina Panthers, they managed just one sack against Teddy Bridgewater, and overall just four quarterback pressures.

That means even with Thomas not playing, Brees should have plenty of time to look downfield, as well as get the ball to the running backs out of the backfield.

If there’s one player that could have a big night against the Raiders it’s the Saints number two receiver, that being veteran Emmanuel Sanders.

Brees likes what Sanders brings to the table, and the veteran has a knack for getting the ball and breaking tackles.

Another player who could have a big night making grabs is that of running back Alvin Kamara.

Last week the Bucs held Kamara to just 16 yards rushing on 12 carries, just 1.3 yards per carry.

He did score twice though, once on the ground and once through the air, and had a third TD in the final seconds taken away on a review after it had been ruled a touchdown.

Overall Kamara had five grabs in the win over the Bucs for 51 yards, and Brees looked his way eight times.

Look for Taysom Hill to be a third potential target for Brees as they love to get creative with him and use him early and often.


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