The Ravens and Raiders face off in the first “Monday Night Football” game of the 2021 season on Sunday (ESPN, 8:15 pm ET) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Baltimore, who went 11-5 last season and lost to the Titans in the AFC wild card round, will be looking to make his fourth straight playoff appearance, which he did not. since having five straight playoff spots from 2008-2012.
The Ravens have been hit badly with injuries this preseason, especially in the running back. JK Dobbins (Torn LCA), Gus Edwards (Torn LCA) and Justice Hill (Torn Achilles) are each out for the season, leading Baltimore to sign Latavius Murray, Trenton Cannon, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman as replacements.
Former first-team All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters also suffered an ACL tear, and wide receiver Rashad Bateman is on the injured list to start the season with a groin injury.
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Las Vegas, who recorded an 8-8 record in their third season under coach Jon Gruden, are looking to make their first playoff appearance since 2016. The Raiders have reshuffled their defense this offseason, sacking the coordinator Paul Guenther and hiring Gus Bradley, who was the defensive coordinator for the Chargers from 2017 to 2020.
Las Vegas also added 13 new defensive players, looking to improve on a unit that allowed the third most points, forced the third few turnovers (15) and had the fourth few sacks (21) in 2020.
It will be the only Monday night football game of Week 1 for the first time since 2005. ESPN will instead have two games in Week 18 according to the league’s new 17-game schedule.
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Ravens vs. Raiders score
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Second quarter: Ravens 14, Raiders 0
9:12 p.m .: TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Jackson dodged the pressure, rolled right and punched Brown running to the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. It’s 14-0 Ravens with 8:52 left in the half.
9:10 p.m .: Sammy Watkins takes a 29 meter shallow crossing route to Raiders 14.
9:09 p.m .: And on the next play, Jackson fumbled for the ball and suffered a 4-yard loss.
9:08 p.m .: Jackson immediately got back to work, completing a 29-yard pass to Marquise Brown ahead of the Raiders 40.
9:06 p.m .: Silver sides: AJ Cole was very good kicking the ball, averaging 53.3 yards on four attempts. Duvernay gropes his last but recovers it from Ravens 32.
9:05 p.m .: Weft. Justin Houston eats rookie Alex Leatherwood’s lunch on a 12-yard sack. Punt again to come.
9:03 p.m .: Carr finished his first goal in eight attempts, a checkdown to Jacobs. He goes for 6 yards to make it third and 4.
9 p.m .: The Raiders’ defense does its part and leaves the field. Now it’s up to Carr, Jacobs and Co. to get things done, this time from their 35s.
First quarter: Ravens 7, Raiders 0
8:56 p.m .: Nothing more for the Raiders to do. Jacobs gets a 13-yard range, followed by zero yards on the next three plays. The Ravens take over at their 20 after the punt.
8:48 p.m .: TOUCHDOWN, RAVENS. Ty’Son Williams takes fourth and center 1 for a 35-yard touchdown! It is 7-0 Ravens with 1:53 left in the first quarter.
8:42 p.m .: Devin Duvernay takes the 62-yard punt and sends it back to the Ravens 35. That’s where Baltimore takes over.
8:41 p.m .: Carr’s pass was pointed at the line and was nearly intercepted by Tavon Young. A quick three-and-out brings out the punt team.
8:36 p.m .: Darius Philon sacked Jackson for a loss of 6 yards on third and -13 to bring back the fourth down. After the punt and the return, the Raiders take over at their 24th.
8:26 p.m .: The Ravens take over at their 8.… And there’s the explosive first game for Baltimore: an 18-yard run from Lamar Jackson to Baltimore 29.
8:23 p.m .: Disaster for Las Vegas. Carr tries to be audible but his cross didn’t get the message, slamming the ball. Carr must dive over for a 15-yard loss to the Baltimore 43. Punt follows.
8:21 p.m .: Josh Jacobs gets his second rush of the day, a good gain that is canceled out by a take. He limps off the field while lineman Denzelle Good is groomed on the field.
8:20 p.m .: Carr stays on the third down this time, completing his first pass to Darren Waller for 12 yards at the 21 Ravens. Las Vegas is 2 for 2 on the third down.
8:18 p.m .: Marcus Mariota replaces Derek Carr on play third and 1 and keeps the zone read! It takes 31 yards at Baltimore 35.
8:15 p.m .: The Ravens win the draw but recover from it; The Raiders take over at their 25th after the touchback.
Ravens vs. Raiders start time
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN | ABC
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Ravens vs. Raiders will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET, the same start time for all “Monday Night Football” games during the 2021 NFL season. There is no double schedule this year, so the Ravens vs. Raiders will be the only game to air on Monday and will be the last game of the week.
2021 Monday night football schedule
|Week 1||September 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||September 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||September 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||October 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||October 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||October 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||25 october||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||November, 1st||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||November 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||November 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||22 november||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||29 november||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||December 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||December 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||December 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||December 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||January 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|