Las Vegas Raiders Are Back On Track

October 18, 2021

Raiders back on track? I think so.

The last two weeks for the Las Vegas Raiders have been a nightmare for fans. Whether it be the division loss to the Chargers, the Bears’ upset, or the firing of head coach Jon Gruden. There were a lot of question marks about this week’s game against the Broncos, and they answered.

Many wondered if Derek Carr was an MVP candidate or if the Raiders could make the playoffs. If you ask me the answer to these questions is yes.

Week Six Offense

The Raiders looked renewed on offense this week against the Broncos. No more running on first down every drive or running up the middle on third or fourth and short. There were deep shots, play-action, and runs. Everything we fans have asked for we got yesterday.

Not only was the playcalling much improved the offensive line was too. Derek Carr was only sacked twice and neither was by Von Miller. This means Brandon Parker may be the starting tackle for the remainder of the season. The line also had fewer penalties against them this week. Hopefully, the unit can continue to improve and make the past offseason moves look as bad.

Aside from Derek Carr and the offensive line looking good, the skill position players were back to their normal selves. Against the Bears, the Raiders saw one too many drops on big plays. This week there was none of that. There were, however, big plays and the utilization of all the players. Henry Ruggs had the first, first-quarter touchdown of the Raiders season and it was a bomb. In the big play category, Kenyan Drake joined Ruggs, tacking on two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. His receiving touchdown was a dot and a great play after the catch.

Week Six Defense

Don’t think I forgot about the defense. The defense was all over the field. They were constantly making Teddy Bridgewater uncomfortable in the pocket. When Bridgewater did get a pass off more often than not, the secondary tackled the pass-catcher at the catch point. In fact, Broncos receivers only gained 3.5 yards after the catch. To put that in perspective, the league average is 5.5 yards per catch.

On top of making it nearly impossible for receivers to get YAC, they also made the most of bad passes. Forcing Bridgewater into throwing three interceptions. The first was by Brandon Facyson who was just brought on to the team. Then the next two helped seal the game by Jonathan Abram and rookie Trevon Moehrig.

Going back to the defensive line four players were involved in sacking Teddy. Maxx Crosby had three sacks by himself. Bringing his season total to five and putting him on track to beat his former best of ten total. Quinton Jefferson had a sack other than Maxx, and linebacker Cory Littleton split one with Damion Square. As a unit, the defensive line hit Bridgewater sixteen times.

Then the linebackers kept the run game under wraps. Both Cory Littleton and Denzel Perryman totaled 11 tackles, and KJ Wright had four of his own. Cory also got a pass deflection showing off his pass coverage.