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NFL odds: Raiders' Josh Jacobs a favorite to score first Las Vegas TD


NFL odds: Raiders' Josh Jacobs a favorite to score first Las Vegas TD

The Raiders’ home opener in Las Vegas is scheduled for Sept. 21 on “Monday Night Football” against the New Orleans Saints.

Which player will score the first regular-season touchdown at Allegiant Stadium?

You can bet on that proposition at the Westgate sportsbook, which posted odds on 18 players.

“They always talk about things that are established years later. Trivia-type things, like who was the player that scored the first touchdown at the stadium in Las Vegas,” Westgate vice president of risk Jeff Sherman said. ” We just wanted a wagering option similar to that.”

The Saints are 4½-point favorites over the Raiders, and the total is 50½ points.

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New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara is the 5-1 favorite to score the first TD, Saints wideout Michael Thomas is the 6-1 second choice, and Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs is the 8-1 third pick.



Josh Jacobs, Clelin Ferrell get Raiders tattoos after rookie seasons

Josh Jacobs, Clelin Ferrell get Raiders tattoos after rookie seasons

Josh Jacobs and Clelin Ferrell loved their first season with the Raiders so much that they both got the team's legendary logo tattooed on their arms. 

Jacobs added the logo on right arm while Ferrell went with his left. Both players shared the new ink Sunday on their Instagram stories.

The Raiders added both players last year in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. General manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden called Ferrell, a defensive end out of Clemson, when they were on the clock with the No. 4 overall pick. They then used their second first-round pick on Jacobs at No. 24 overall, and the former Alabama running back starred from Day 1. 

Jacobs became the first Raiders rookie to run for over 1,000 rushing yards and finished the season with 1,150 yards despite missing three games to a shoulder injury. He was a finalist for the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and proved himself worthy of the award.

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Ferrell played 15 games as a rookie and recorded 4.5 sacks. Earlier this offseason, he was working out with Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner as he has vowed to be much better in Year 2.

Both Jacobs and Ferrell will play key roles to the Silver and Black making the leap in Las Vegas, and clearly are full in on Raider Nation.

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Former 49ers star Frank Gore turned down Raiders offer to join Jets

Former 49ers star Frank Gore turned down Raiders offer to join Jets

The Raiders are in need of a backup running back to help take the load off Josh Jacobs.

It appears coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock had a veteran in mind, one who would fit in with the culture, help mentor Jacobs and still produce on the field -- Frank Gore. The NFL's No. 3 all-time leading rusher agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday, but he told's Jim Trotter that he also had an offer from the Silver and Black.

In the end, Gore chose the Jets due to his relationship with coach Adam Gase, who he previously played for during his time with the Miami Dolphins.

"I got an opportunity to get back with a good friend and a guy I respect, and I'm happy that he wanted me to be on his team," Gore told Trotter. "And I'm happy to be around a guy who has done some great things in this league in Le'Veon Bell. That can motivate me. And I can help out the young kid that they just drafted, La'Mical Perine."

Gore would have been an ideal addition for the Raiders. He's a veteran back who can hold up in pass protection, take care of the football and who Gruden could trust to gain yards and make the right play whenever called upon.

We know how good Jacobs was last season. He should have been named Offensive Rookie of the Year, and likely would have if not for a shoulder injury that sidelined him at the end of the season.

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Even at age 36, Gore still was productive during his lone season with the Buffalo Bills. He rushed for 599 yards while splitting time with rookie Devin Singletary.

Now, the Raiders must find another back to help spell Jacobs, or hope rookie Lynn Bowden, who they drafted in the third round, can provide immediate help in the backfield.

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