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Las Vegas Raiders (1-1) Dave Casper's (87) great habits directs the Raiders to victory over a tough New Orleans Saints team 10-3 in a defensive war!

August 20, 2020. Las Vegas Nevada. With Week#2 coming to a close we have seen some great coaching with electric football at its best. That doesn’t mean that there is no work to be done. The Raiders move to Las Vegas hurt many people in Oakland as the Silver & Black crusaders take their attitude to a new town, sort of like the new Sherriff does when they arrive to clean house.  In this Long Island Electric Football League, the Raiders come with a rich history.

Kevin “Mac” Maloney is not a favorite coach of Slawson’s Corner, the league predictor, but at 6’4” the guy’s hands can barely hold the player figures. The things we take for granted are engaging. Maloney said, “This game kept me out of lots of trouble as a kid. I just never imagined that Tudor Games would go worldwide like they have in such a classy way. We made something of the game and its special because these guys in this league are committed and embedded.” Maloney’s Raiders won Long Island Electric Football League Super Bowl XI in 2008, beating the New York Giants 27-21, in one of the most dramatic Super Bowl’s in LIEFL history. Raiders specialist Dave Casper opened the game with a hundred-yard touchdown and then closed the game with a walk-off hundred-yard touchdown to seal-the-deal, $750 prize money that was matched by USA World Champion Swimmer Greg Jagenberg, a huge supporter of the league! 

Maloney said, “That game was the best game we ever played and Casper had 320 all-purpose yards, but when he did what he did, he was my instant star to be respected for the life of the game!”

Tonight’s game was a huge challenge.  The New Orleans Saints are extreme.  They are a group of rising stars in the league. After the 2018 Draft the Saints have been rebuilding with a stronger front-line and passing game. A few years back Jeremy Shockey was the leader in receptions, but Coach Paddy Brannigan said this team with Reggie Bush will get to the playoffs if they develop a better running game.  He said, “Bush is sporadic, and that is

On the opening kickoff, the fireworks got started early in dramatic fashion as Raiders specialist, legendary Dave Casper sliced right up the middle of the field for a hundred-yard touchdown! Casper, who had only 66 yards last week in the Raiders loss to the Carolina Panthers 14-7, showed that he's back in business for Las Vegas home opener! Raiders in the lead, 7-0!

New Orleans Reggie Bush was hit hard on a 37-yard kick return by big Howie Long setting up the saints first running play.

Helmets will be crashing in this game as the Saints (1-0) are coming off a Week#1 victory making it three in a row for the Saints carrying over from last year. On the first play from scrimmage Reggie Bush exploded 34 yards to the Las Vegas 29 yard-line as the New Orleans front-line overpowered the Raiders for a huge first down.

After Reggie Bush's big run the Raiders defense steamrolled the Saints for an 11-yard loss, pushing New Orleans back to their own 40-yard line as defensive lineman Lyle Alzado plastered Bush breaking through the Saints linemen.

Things weren't going right Coach Brannigan as you could see the frustration in his face trying to peel the layers back quietly. On third down Drew Brees missed a wide-open Jeremy Shockey, forcing New Orleans to kick a field-goal. The Saints missed the field goal on 4th down as the Coach Maloney’s Raiders took over at their own 43-yardline!

The Raiders went to the air, as Ken Stabler hit Las Vegas receiver Tim Brown from for a huge pick-up of 30 yards as they drove to the New Orleans 40-yard line for the first down. With 48 seconds left and a half coming to a close Bo Jackson had a beautiful 16-yard run down to the Saints 22-yard line for the first down.

The Saints played some very sloppy football. To come back in this game, they have to rise to the occasion and not let this game get out-of-reach. On the next set of downs, the New Orleans defense came up big, stopping the Raiders short of the first down, forcing Las Vegas to kick a field-goal make the score 10-0, Raiders with 10:57 left to go in the game!

On the kickoff Reggie Bush took it back 39 yards on a short return. Las Vegas was going to make sure that New Orleans earned every inch of the field as their relentless defense pressured the Saints to perform and compete. After realizing the run was not going to work, Brannigan aired it out again with a Brees to Darren Sproles pass on third down for a 17-yard first down to the Raider 33-yard line with 3:09 left to go in the game!

The Raiders defense came up big again! They stopped the Saints at the 28 yard-line, forcing them to kick a field-goal to score their only points of the game as the Raiders walk off the field with a huge win over a very hardy team 10-3!  Great coaching and defense as the Las Vegas Raiders (1-1) travel to New England to face the New England Patriots (0-2).  Coach Brannigan’s Saints (1-1) have a big game against Coach Viggs Green Bay Packers (2-0) at home!

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