ESPN First Take's Stephen A. Smith is a seriously hard worker for the company. He is one of the most trusted analysts in the game, but he recently had a rather unfortunate brain fade on national TV.
As First Take was wrapping up the day's show, host Molly Qerim asked Smith who would be the highest scoring team in the NFL in Week 1.
“I’m gonna go with the Chargers. Justin Herbert, Williams, Keenan Allen, period. Ain’t nobody stopping that offense.”
Ok, that is fair. The Chargers are one of the most improved teams in the entire league. Smith rattled off several names that will feature heavily on Sunday, so that answer is likely what most people thought.
Then, Qerim asked her co-host who he was backing to win between the Chargers and the Raiders. This is where the unfortunate brain fade happened.
“I don’t know, I’m gonna go with the Raiders, I’ll just go with that right now.”
Whoops, that's right. Stephen A. picked the Chargers as the highest-scoring team in the division in Week 1, but had them losing to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Everyone is allowed a little mistake every now and then. For Stephen A, his comes as a bit of a surprise given the teams play each other in Week 1.
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Smith chooses Raiders over Chargers
The AFC West is perhaps the best division in football. With Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Derek Carr and Russell Wilson, all division games are a must-watch.
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Luckily for us, their is a divisional game straight off the bat with the Chargers taking on the Raiders. As we saw above, Stephen A. chose Carr and the Raiders over Herbert and the Chargers.
This game could easily go either way. The Raiders acquired Davante Adams from the Packers and Chandler Jones from the Cardinals as they topped up their already playoff caliber team.
LA added two defensive superstars in J.C. Jackson and Khalil Mack to rubber stamp their credentials as a Super Bowl contender. Both teams have enough quality to win on Sunday and it is likely to be a high-scoring affair which makes for good viewing. Will the ESPN analyst be right and will Derek Carr be able to start the season off with a win?
We don't have to wait long to find out.