How bout them Raiders?
It’s safe to say the Raiders shocked the league. They’re starting the season 2-0 against two teams that they were supposed to lose to, 2-0 against two teams most analysts, experts, and TV big heads had have rated much higher than the Raiders, and 2-0 against two teams that were just in the playoffs last season.
It’s about time the rest of the NFL puts some respect on the Raiders. Two Raiders, in particular, have been on a tear to start this season. The first being Derek Carr. When it comes to the Raiders and their fans Carr is undoubtedly the most polarizing player. So far he has done nothing but impress. As of now, he leads the league in passing yards with 817.
The other player is Maxx Crosby. Crosby is quite possibly the Raiders’ best pick under Mayock and has shown out since his rookie season. Through two weeks Crosby is leading the league in both pressures (16) and QB hits (10) by an edge rusher. If he hadn’t played Lamar Jackson in week one he may have even more.
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What’s Next For The Raiders?
The Raiders shocked two 2020 playoff teams in two weeks. One of which was an away game at one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. The Raiders will now go back home to play the Dolphins. The ‘Phins have started slow with a one-point win over the Patriots and then a blowout loss to the Bills. Now they will be looking to make right by their fans with a Week Three win. However, the Raiders will be looking for revenge after a poor loss at the end of the 2020 season.
As of right now, both teams starting quarterbacks are questionable to play Sunday. Tua has a rib injury after taking a hard hit against the Bills. Derek on the other hand has an ankle injury. Now if we Raiders fans know anything about our seventh-year starter he will be playing Sunday. If not we will see Nathan Peterman make his first start since leaving Buffalo.
On the other side of the coin, if Tua is inactive Jacoby Brissett will take the field as their starter. The last time the Raiders played against Jacoby was Week Five of the 2019 season. In this game, Brissett threw a pick to Erik Harris to seal the game. Last week Jacoby played 88% of offensive snaps and threw the ball 40 times completing 24 for 169 yards and an interception. He was also sacked four times which could bode well for a much improved defensive line.
The Raiders have surprised the league with their performances through two weeks. Now they have to prepare for a Dolphins team that is starting the season 1-1 and could be without their QB1. This game should be their easiest matchup of the season and another mark in the win column, but if the past means anything the Raiders have dropped the ball in these games before.