Overreaction Monday: Las Vegas Raiders, Kyler Murray, Carolina Panthers

  • The Las Vegas Raiders are 2-0 on the season with wins over respectable teams.
  • Kyler Murray has had nine total touchdowns through two games and is already playing like an MVP.
  • Sam Darnold led the Carolina Panthers to a 2-0 record with a convincing win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Raiders and Carolina Panthers have been two of the surprise teams early in the season. Plus, Kyler Murray looks to be the early favorite for MVP as he has had nine total touchdowns through two weeks.

The Las Vegas Raiders Are An Elite Team In The NFL

The Las Vegas Raiders have beaten the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers this season. The teams they have beaten have wins over the Bills and Chiefs, so in a way, there’s a case to be made that the Raiders are the best team in the NFLNFL betting sites have the team favored for Week 3.

Raiders Vs. Dolphins Spread Odds

  • Las Vegas Raiders -5.5 -110
  • Miami Dolphins +5.5 -110

These Raiders' victories haven’t been flukes either. Las Vegas has outgained both of their opponents by nearly 100 yards apiece and Derek Carr is currently leading the NFL in passing yards. If the team continues to play at this level, they could easily find themselves competing with the Chiefs atop the AFC West.

Kyler Murray Will Be The NFL MVP

Kyler Murray has had two big weeks and has recorded five touchdowns in Week 1 and four touchdowns in Week 2. He now finds himself as the third choice with online sportsbooks for MVP voting.


  • Patrick Mahomes +550
  • Tom Brady +750
  • Kyler Murray +800

Murray most recently threw for 400 yards on 80.6% completion but maybe, and more importantly, his team is undefeated. If Murray continues to be an elite playmaker under center, his rushing ability could put him over players like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. It’s hard to see Murray having too many bad games this season with his skillset.

The Carolina Panthers And Sam Darnold Are Back

The Carolina Panthers are 2-0 on the season, which historically means there are good things to come. However, it’s the way in which they became 2-0 that carries the most weight.

The New Orleans Saints were arguably the most impressive team in Week 1, but the Panthers looked to be one of the most impressive teams against the Saints in Week 2 by beating them 26-7. Looking forward, Carolina is favored by over a touchdown next week.

Panthers Vs. Texans Spread Odds

  • Carolina Panthers -7.5 -105
  • Houston Texans +7.5 -115

Sam Darnold has looked great in Carolina, recording 584 yards and three touchdowns through his first two games with the team. He's completing nearly 69% of his passes and has just one interception on his 73 pass attempts. Darnold looks to be a serviceable quarterback for the Panthers.

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