Garoppolo, Meyers usher in new Raiders era with pair of TDs

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The Raiders opened the season with a 17-16 victory against the rival Denver Broncos, starting the season strong with an impressive performance. QB Jimmy Garoppolo made his Raiders debut along with several others. Among the other Raiders making their team debuts was WR Jakobi Meyers, one of the Raiders’ most notable free agent acquisitions this offseason.

Garoppolo and Meyers both had debuts to remember. Garoppolo posted an efficient 20/26 for 200 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Meyers led the Raiders in receiving with nine catches for 81 yards and hauled in both of Garoppolo’s TDs, including the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Meyers’ day was unfortunately spoiled when he took a hard hit to the helmet from Broncos DB Kareem Jackson. The referees called a personal foul for the hit, and Meyers needed attention on the field from the training staff. Meyers eventually walked off the field under his own power and will likely remain in the NFL concussion protocol this week.

With or without Meyers, the Raiders enter Week 2 as the only team in the AFC West with a win. The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Lions on the NFL’s opening night, and the Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Miami Dolphins in what will likely be remembered as the best game from Week 1.

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