Why there is plenty of concern for the Raiders

Why There Is Plenty of Concern for the Raiders Despite Being 2-1

  • darren waller
  • Derek Carr
  • Jon Gruden
  • josh Jacobs
  • Las Vegas Raiers
  • New England Patriots
  • new orleans saints
  • NFL
  • Paul Guenther
By micah_wright October 4, 2020 0 Comment
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While many didn’t expect the Raiders to have two wins through three weeks, there’s still a lot of concern for the team despite a solid start.

Most of the concern for the Raiders has come on defense so far, but it’s worth it to highlight some of the offense’s success first.

Offensively, the Raiders two stars ran the show in weeks one and two. Josh Jacobs was awesome against Carolina with three rushing touchdowns and 139 total yards. Darren Waller followed that game with perhaps his best career effort with 12 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans.

Against the Patriots, missed opportunities was the story for Derek Carr and the offense. Three turnovers and numerous penalties in big moments held the Raiders back. It also didn’t help that they kicked two red zone field goals.

After the defense started the game by forcing two punts and an interception, they completely collapsed. Paul Guenther’s defense allowed 250 rushing yards on 6.6 yards per carry. Not getting off the field in the second half eliminated any chance of a comeback.

This wasn’t the first time that the defense struggled this season. Against Carolina there was no pass rush, no forced turnovers, and blown assignments in the secondary. Had the Panthers decided to give Christian McCaffrey the ball on 4th and 1 to stay in the game late, we could be talking about this team being 1-2.

A win is a win, but the defense had no Raiders fan feeling comfortable. They had to be much better against the Saints, or Drew Brees was going to have a field day. Thankfully, they showed out with some key stops in their first ever game in Las Vegas. It seems as if that game indicated more of Drew Brees and the Saints struggles than the Raiders defensive improvements though.

Injuries Are Piling Up

Injuries are easily the biggest concern right now for Jon Gruden and the Raiders. For a team that lacks depth, the Raiders simply can’t afford to lose anybody.

The Raiders will have little to no depth against Buffalo on both sides. Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards are both not expected to play, meaning Hunter Renfrow, Nelson Agholor, and Zay Jones will be the top three receivers. Damon Arnette will miss 6-8 weeks which means that Nevin Lawson or Isaiah Johnson will have to start at corner. Some good news is that they will be getting Denzelle Good back up front on offense.

Lack of Free Agent Production

Two of the most impactful players brought in through free agency were Cory Littleton and Maliek Collins. Both have failed to make any significant impact in the first three games. These two can take this defense to another level if they play like they have in the past.

Tens of millions of dollars spent on these two hasn’t come close to worth it for the Raiders so far.

Four Tough Games In a Row

Beating the Saints was huge because of how tough of a game it seemed coming into the year. We are going to see what this team’s made of in the coming weeks, starting tomorrow.

Buffalo has looked great, Kansas City is still unstoppable, Tampa Bay is elite, and Cleveland is solid at 2-1. Each of these next four games can be lost especially if they continue to have tons of injuries and tons of problems on defense.

Now’s the time to prove whether or not you’re a legitimate playoff team in the AFC. If they pick up some key wins in this stretch, the Las Vegas Raiders will be.

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