The Raiders pulled out a stirring comeback victory over the Saints in Week One.
They’ll need to come from behind again in Week Two. The Falcons got a touchdown pass from Julio Jones and a pair of Matt Bryant field goals in the first half of the game to head into the locker room with a 13-7 lead on the road.
Matt Ryan is 13-of-20 for 157 yards and the touchdown to Jones while Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have combined for 77 rushing yards in a balanced offensive start for the Falcons. They also got a 73-yard punt return from Eric Weems — plus a horse collar tackle penalty on Oakland punter Marquette King — to set up one of their field goals.
The defense may be the bigger story, though. They’ve held the Raiders to 167 total yards and a pass interference penalty by cornerback Robert Alford handed Oakland the ball on the one-yard-line for their only score of the day.
The Raiders had 507 yards a week ago and they’ll need to find the touch they had in New Orleans to get to 2-0.