The first Monday Night Football game of the season is in the books, and was it ever a good one. The New Orleans Saints took on the Houston Texas in the Big Easy, and it would end up going right down to the wire, with the home team pulling out a 30-28 win with time running out thanks to a 58-yard field goal from Wil Lutz. It had been the visitors who had taken the early initiative with DeShaun Watson rushing for a 21-yard TD to make it 7-0 early in the second quarter. The Saints came back with a field goal, but Watson would find DeAndre Hopkins with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter to give them a strong 14-3 lead at the break. But that’s where things picked up. The Saints got a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter while the Texans got one to make it 21-17 to Houston. Ten points in a row more put the Saints ahead, but it only set up the crazy finish we got. Watson would complete his third touchdown pass of the night to Kenny Stills with only 37 seconds left to put them back ahead. But it was only temporary thanks to Drew Brees leading his team down the field for Lutz to kick a field goal and win the Saints their opener for the first time in a long while.
A lesser team would have let the drama surrounding departed Antonio Brown distract them from playing their best game, but that is not what happened to the Oakland Raiders in their opener on Monday night as they saw off the Denver Broncos 24-16 at home. It got off to about as good of a start as it could, too, with Derek Carr leading the silver and black down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive of the season. A Josh Jacobs rushing TD made it 14-0 at the half-time interval before a couple of field goals were kicked by the Broncos in the third. The Raiders responded in the final quarter as Jacobs rushed for another score. Despite a late flurry of scoring, the Raiders were never in any real danger and held on comfortably to end a ridiculously crazy week and get off to a 1-0 start.
The rookie ‘Polar Bear’ Pete Alonso just will not quit. On Monday night, he once again showed he’s well within the National League Home Run race as he hit two dingers to lead his team to gritty 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The blasts leave him on 47 home runs at the moment, putting him back ahead of Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in the battle. Jacob deGrom was impervious on the mound as well in a game with massive NL Wild Card ramifications. He struck out 11 batters and only gave up a single run in seven innings of work. As a result of the win, the Mets remain four games behind the Cubs, who hold the second Wild Card place currently. The Diamondbacks are now 2.5 off the pace due to the defeat.