Tonight is a big night in Las Vegas just because fans get their first taste of real NFL football (sorry, preseason doesn’t count). But it could be a really big night for the Raiders if they can beat the Ravens at Monday Night Football and confirm some of their confidence from training camp.

A win over the Ravens would mean the offseason moves to improve defense could actually pay off this time around. That Yannick Ngakoue and Maxx Crosby are not only the best pass-rush duo the team has had in a while, but a linebacker unit recently reinforced with the signing of KJ Wright could be a team strength – this after two Decades of futility at the position.

And it could also mean that a bunch of high draft picks in the secondary could actually fail.

A win over the Ravens would also suggest that an offensive led by Derek Carr, Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs (sick but tending to gamble) can be a top 10 offensive again. Of course, if they prove impressive enough to hit a top defense that is sure to flash an unproven offensive line.

And last but not least, a win on Monday would mean that the Raiders wouldn’t be the only team in AFC West to lose their season opener.

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