Yes, the field goal game will be a huge difference
The Raiders had significant field goal problems last year. That can make a few game difference for any team. When two unfamiliar nature teams are dueling it out on a prime time game, an error in field goals can make a big difference.
The Raiders kicker, Daniel Carlson, went 19-26 last season while Will Lutz went 32-36. During the Saints-Texans, Monday Night Thriller last season, Lutz nailed a 58-yard field goal to seal the game with no time remaining.
That moment came up between two good teams from different conferences, the Texans from the AFC and the Saints from the NFC. The final moment this year on a Monday Night Game between two quality teams from different conferences could lie in the hands of a kicker.
Expect the nerves to be hitting the Raiders kicker who hasn’t cemented his status on the team yet, and he will have to show out on the Monday Night stage in his first Las Vegas home game.
The Saints kicker, Will Lutz, made his first pro bowl last year, and he should give the Saints a significant advantage in this ball game.