The Ravens and Raiders face off in the first “Monday Night Football” game of the 2021 season Sunday (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Baltimore, which went 11-5 last season and lost to the Titans in the AFC wild-card round, will be looking to make its fourth straight playoff appearance, something it has not done since it had five straight postseason berths from 2008 to 2012.
The Ravens have been hurt extensively by injuries this preseason, especially at running back. J.K. Dobbins (torn ACL), Gus Edwards (torn ACL) 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 a torn ACL, and wide receiver Rashad Bateman is on injured reserve to start the season with a groin injury.
Las Vegas, which went 8-8 in its third season under coach Jon Gruden, is looking to make its first postseason appearance since 2016. The Raiders overhauled their defense this offseason, firing 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 a unit that allowed the third-most points, forced the third-fewest turnovers (15) and had the fourth-fewest sacks (21) in 2020.
This will be the only Monday Night Football game in Week 1 for the first time since 2005. ESPN will instead have two games during Week 18 in accordance with the league’s new 17-game schedule.
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Ravens vs. Raiders score
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Overtime: Ravens 27, Raiders 27
11:37 p.m.: Carr escapes pressure and hits Renfrow, who makes Houston and Humphrey miss on a 27-yard gain to the Baltimore 39.
11:36 p.m.: Jacobs goes right but is bottled up for a loss of 2.
11:36 p.m.: Edwards gets Carr’s first past for 11 yards out to the 36.
11:36 p.m.: Raiders take over at their 25.
11:35 p.m.: Seems like a good time to recap overtime rules.
11:33 p.m.: Raiders call heads, and it is heads. They get the ball first.
Fourth quarter: Ravens 27, Raiders 27
11:32 p.m.: Nope. Just kneel it.
11:31 p.m.: Ravens can attempt a Hail Mary from their 25 with two seconds left if they want.
11:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAIDERS. Carlson is money! Hits it from 55 and leaves only two seconds on the clock! This game’s heading to overtime.
11:29 p.m: Raiders are going for the field goal from here. Looks like a 55-yarder.
11:29 p.m.: Edwards again, this time for 18 yards to the Ravens 37. Only seven seconds left.
11:28 p.m.: Carr to Edwards for 20 yards to the Raiders 45. Twenty-two seconds left.
11:27 p.m.: Raiders back to work from the 25 with 37 seconds left.
11:26 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAVENS. Tucker is money again, hitting it from 47 yards out. It’s 27-24 Ravens with 37 seconds left. Raiders have no timeouts.
11:25 p.m.: Timeout, Ravens (0:42).
11:25 p.m.: Jackson rolls right but couldn’t find anyone. He takes a 2-yard gainer and lets the clock keep running. Ravens will stop the clock with 42 ticks left on the clock.
11:24 p.m.: Timeout, Raiders (1:29). A first down for Baltimore here guarantees they can kick the game-winning field goal as time expires.
11:23 p.m.: Jackson takes the keeper and wiggles ahead for 4 yards. It’s third-and-4 from the 31.
11:23 p.m.: Timeout, Raiders (1:34).
11:22 p.m.: Murray gets 2 yards to make it second-and-8 from the 35.
11:22 p.m.: Timeout, Raiders (1:39).
11:21 p.m.: And now Jackson does what he does so well: He takes advantage of Las Vegas covering the changeup and scrambles for 28 yards to the Raiders 37.
11:17 p.m: Two-minute warning. Ravens have it second-and-10 from their 35. Also have two timeouts.
11:17 p.m.: Jackson to Patrick Picard for a much-needed first down. Baltimore gets a fresh set of downs from its 35.
11:15 p.m.: Ravens get the ball back with 3:44 left. That’s a good position to be in for Baltimore.
11:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. Carr hits Waller, who catches the ball at the 3 then spins the rest of the way there. It’s 24-24 with 3:44 left.
11:12 p.m.: Carr connects with Waller for 10 yards to get the penalty yardage back. Second-and-goal from the 10. Jacobs, who has scored the Raiders’ two touchdowns, is on the sideline.
11:12 p.m.: Alex Leatherwood is called for holding, making it first-and-goal from the 20.
11:11 p.m.: Ravens send a jailbreak blitz and Ruggs makes them pay for it with a huge 37-yard gain. Raiders driving at the 10.
11:09 p.m.: Ruggs gets his first catch of the night in between the zone. Marlon Humphrey was the first corner there. First down from the Ravens 47.
11:08 p.m.: Carr hits Renfrow on an acrobatic connection for a 7-yard gain to the 44.
11:07 p.m.: First-down rush from Drake out to the 37.
11:06 p.m.: Raiders get the ball back at their 25. Need a touchdown, and have to do it without leaving too much time for Jackson and Co.
11:04 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Latavius Murray takes the backside cut 8 yards for a touchdown. Ravens retake the lead 24-17 with 6:04 left to play.
11:03 p.m.: Gerald McCoy getting carted off the field. Ngakoue, who’s questionable to return with a hamstring injury, is making the sign of the cross on the sideline.
11 p.m.: Jackson hits Watkins for a 49-yard gain. Had his guy against linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, a massive mismatch. Ravens knocking on the door from the Las Vegas 8.
10:59 p.m.: Brown gets 5 yards off the jet sweep on third-and-2. Ravens driving at the 38.
10:57 p.m.: Ravens back at it from their 25.
10:53 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. One play later, Jacobs slices and dices for a 15-yard touchdown. Excellent vision by him to help make the score 17-17 with 9:18 left in the game.
10:52 p.m.: Carr hits Drake on the underneath route for a 16-yard gain. The Raiders are driving at the 15.
10:49 p.m.: Timeout, Ravens (10:05).
10:48 p.m.: Jacobs is hit in the backfield but manages to shake off the tackle from Queen to dive for the first down. Fresh set of downs from the 31.
10:48 p.m.: Raiders face third-and-1 at the 32.
10:46 p.m.: FUMBLE RECOVERY, RAIDERS. Jackson scrambles and has the ball knocked loose by Quinton Jefferson. Las Vegas’ Denzel Perryman recovers at the Baltimore 41.
10:45 p.m.: Jackson to Brown for 13 to the 32.
10:43 p.m.: Carr hits Drake out of the backfield and, to his credit, he gets 21 — not enough for the conversion. Raiders waste the good field position. Ravens take over at their 19 following the punt.
10:43 p.m.: Queen fakes like he’s dropping back into coverage then blitzes at the exact right time to sack Carr for a loss of 18. Devious.
10:40 p.m.: Renfrow takes a quick shot after fielding the punt but manages a 7-yard return to the Las Vegas 41.
Third quarter: Ravens 17, Raiders 10
10:37 p.m.: Nothing doing for Jackson there; the Raiders swarm him and Maxx Crosby gets credit for the sack for 5 yards. Ravens will punt on fourth-and-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.
10:36 p.m.: Ravens face third-and-8 from their 30.
10:30 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, RAIDERS. Carr throws a yard short to Renfrow on third-and-5 from the Baltimore 18 (good tackle by Humphrey), and then Gruden decides to go for it on fourth down. Jacobs is stopped short after a handoff out of the gun.
10:26 p.m.: Carr attempts to hit Edwards downfield, but misses; Young is called for pass interference, resulting in a 32-yard play, the Raiders’ biggest gain of the game.
10:22 p.m.: Carr takes the play action and scrambles left for 4 yards. Slight tap out of bounds by Jaylon Ferguson, but no problem.
10:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAVENS. Baltimore doesn’t come away completely empty-handed, as Justin Tucker sinks a 40-yard field goal to make it 17-10 Ravens with 8:29 left in the third quarter.
10:18 p.m.: Jackson had Williams open but it seems the two were just off the mark. He’s 0 for 5 on his last five attempts.
10:17 p.m.: Yannick Ngakoue runs the play down from behind and gets a tackle for loss to make it third-and-5 from the 22.
10:16 p.m.: Jackson scrambles and picks up 11 to the 27. Great downfield jukes on that run, too.
10:12 p.m.: Duvernay fields the 63-yard punt at the 32, but he returns it 30 yards to the Raiders 38. Baltimore’s in great position here.
10:11 p.m.: Raiders don’t even attempt a pass, just give it to Kenyan Drake for a 1-yard rush to give Cole some room.
10:11 p.m.: And now a delay of game. Raiders going the wrong way.
10:10 p.m.: Carr goes right back to Waller for a 22-yard gain on the underneath route, but it’s negated after Edwards is called for offensive pass interference. It’s third-and-12 now.
10:09 p.m.: Waller took his eyes off the ball and dropped what would have been a sure first down. Raiders face third-and-9 from the 8 now.
10:05 p.m.: Jackson’s third-down attempt is batted and falls incomplete. Timely stop for the Raiders. It looks as if Las Vegas will take over at its 7 after the 49 yard punt from Sam Koch.
10:03 p.m.: Jackson attempts two deep passes on consecutive plays, and both fall incomplete. Trayvon Mullen Jr. is called for illegal hands to the face, however, resulting in a 5-yard penalty and automatic first down. Ravens driving at their 40.
10:01 p.m.: Jackson hits tight end Mark Andrews for a quick strike to the 35; first down.
10 p.m.: Ravens get the ball back and will take over at their 25.
Halftime: Ravens 14, Raiders 10
First half stats:
First downs: Raiders 11, Ravens 9
Total plays: Raiders 37, Ravens 30
Total yards: Raiders 164, Ravens 208
Passing: Raiders 12 for 25, 114 yards; Ravens 11 for 15, 122 yards, one touchdown
Rushing: Raiders 10 rushes, 50 yards, one touchdown; Ravens 14 rushes, 86 yards, one touchdown
Penalties: Raiders 2 for 16, Ravens 3 for 29
Time of possession: Raiders 15:07, Ravens 14:53
9:46 p..: FIELD GOAL, RAIDERS. Daniel Carlson hits the 34-yard field goal to make it 14-10 Ravens at the half.
9:45 p.m.: Odafe Oweh sacks Carr for a loss of 2 yards, but Raiders get the timeout off. Here comes the field goal team.
9:44 p.m.: Carr attempts to hit Waller, but it falls incomplete. Luckily for the Raiders, Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen is called for unsportsmanlike penalty on Renfrow. First down at the 14 with 10 seconds left.
9:43 p.m.: Carr attempts to hit Bryan Edwards, but the pass is nearly intercepted by Chris Westry. It’s third-and-3 from the 29 with 17 seconds left.
9:42 p.m.: Quick out to Renfrow for 7 yards to the 29. Twenty-two seconds remain.
9:42 p.m.: Timeout, Raiders (0:27).
9:42 p.m.: Carr hits Renfrow and he does the rest to get a first down at the 36.
9:41 p.m.: Carr targets Henry Ruggs III, but goes down after contact with Anthony Averett. Third-and-10.
9:40 p.m.: Good protection by the Raiders and Carr completes the pass to Zay Jones out to the 50 for a first down.
9:39 p.m.: Timeout, Ravens (1:07).
9:37 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS. K.J. Wright slices through the gap unblocked to hit Latavius Murray for a loss. Raiders take over at their 36.
9:37 p.m.: Ravens attempting to go for it on fourth-and-1.
9:37 p.m.: Phillips is being carted off.
9:34 p.m.: Ravens run for it on third-and-3, but fall a yard short. It’s fourth-and-1 from the 36. Tyre Phillips is down on the field for Baltimore.
9:30 p.m.: Two-minute warning.
9:29 p.m.: And now Williams gashes the defense for 16 yards to get out to the Raiders 45.
9:28 p.m.: Jackson completes the second-and-9 pass to Brown for 13 yards to the 39.
9:23 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS. Jacobs takes it from 2 yards out for the first touchdown of the season. More importantly it makes the score 14-7 Ravens with 4:14 left in the half.
9:22 p.m.: Clark dragged Renfrow down to avoid the easy touchdown catch. Raiders get the ball first-and-goal at the 2.
9:21 p.m.: Timeout, Raiders (4:22).
9:19 p.m: And there’s the first downfield pass of the drive, a 24-yard connection with Waller up the seam. Raiders are now at the 19.
9:18 p.m.: Raiders going with the quicker, more lateral passes this drive. Skipping the downfield pushes.
9:17 p.m.: Carr gets a couple easy targets for a first down out to the 31. Follows that up with a quick hit to Hunter Renfrow for another first down to the Las Vegas 48.
9:12 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Jackson avoids the pressure, rolls right and hits Brown on the run in 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 shallow crossing route for 29 yards to the Raiders 14.
9:09 p.m.: And on the next play, Jackson fumbles the ball and takes a 4-yard loss.
9:08 p.m.: Jackson gets right back to work, completing a 29-yard pass to Marquise Brown out past the Raiders 40.
9:06 p.m.: Silver linings: AJ Cole has been very good punting the ball, averaging 53.3 yards on four attempts. Duvernay fumbles his latest one but recovers it at the Ravens 32.
9:05 p.m.: Woof. Justin Houston eats rookie Alex Leatherwood’s lunch on a 12-yard sack. Punt upcoming again.
9:03 p.m.: Carr completes his first completion in eight attempts, a checkdown to Jacobs. It goes for 6 yards to make it third-and-4.
9 p.m.: Raiders defense does its part and gets off the field. Now it’s on Carr, Jacobs and Co. to get something going, this time from their 35.
First quarter: Ravens 7, Raiders 0
8:56 p.m.: Nothing doing for the Raiders again. Jacobs gets a 13-yard carry, followed by zero yards on the next three plays. Ravens take over at their 20 after the punt.
8:48 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, RAVENS. Ty’Son Williams takes the fourth-and-1 carry up the middle for a 35-yard touchdown! It’s 7-0 Ravens with 1:53 left in the first quarter.
8:42 p.m.: Devin Duvernay takes the 62-yard punt and returns it to the Ravens 35. That’s where Baltimore takes over.
8:41 p.m.: Carr’s pass is tipped at the line and is nearly intercepted by Tavon Young. A quick three-and-out brings out the punt team.
8:36 p.m.: Darius Philon sacks Jackson for a loss of 6 yards on third-and-13 to bring up fourth down. After the punt and return, the Raiders take over at their 24.
8:26 p.m.: Ravens take over at their 8. … And there’s the first explosive play for Baltimore: an 18-yard scramble by Lamar Jackson out to the Baltimore 29.
8:23 p.m: Disaster for Las Vegas. Carr attempts to audible but his center didn’t get the message, snapping the ball. Carr has to dive on it for a loss of 15 yards back to the Baltimore 43. Punt ensuing.
8:21 p.m.: Josh Jacobs gets his second rush of the day, a good gain that’s negated by a hold. He limps off the field while lineman Denzelle Good is attended to on the field.
8:20 p.m.: Carr stays in on third down this time, completing his first pass to Darren Waller for 12 yards to the Ravens 21. Las Vegas is 2 for 2 on third down.
8:18 p.m.: Marcus Mariota replaces Derek Carr on the third-and-1 play and keeps the zone read! He takes it 31 yards to the Baltimore 35.
8:15 p.m: Ravens win the toss but defer; Raiders take over at their 25 after the touchback.
Ravens vs. Raiders start time
Ravens vs. Raiders will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, the same start time for all “Monday Night Football” games during the 2021 NFL season. There is no doubleheader this year, so the Ravens vs. Raiders game will be the only game to air on Monday and will be the last contest played of the week.
Monday Night Football schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|