After shocking the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders returned home after the bye. Facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Raiders thought their offense could hang with Tampa. While the offense flashed early, the defense failed to show up. Tampa Bay hammered the Raiders 45-20. This loss drops the Silver and Black to 3-3. In a game that looked winnable in spots, the Raiders could not get out of their own way.
Entering the game, you’d think the Raiders, behind Gruden’s penchant for the run game, would play bull ball. Yet, Josh Jacobs only managed seventeen yards on ten carries. After tallying 99 touches during the first few weeks, Jacobs looks rather sluggish. He appears to lack that burst that he featured earlier in the year. If the Raiders hope to compete, limiting his touches and going to his backups more will help keep him fresher.
Regardless of what you think of Trent Brown when he is available, he plays well. Brown, out with COVID sat yesterday. The cavalcade of poor replacements affected the offense. Brandon Parker, during his tenure as a Raiders, has not shown any significant improvement. In fact, the fact he made the team remains a stunning development. When Brown and Incognito return, the starting offensive line should greatly improve.
The Full Agholor
Earlier in the season, Nelson Agholor amazed media and fans with crisp routes and a knack for the big play. Yesterday, he continued his hot start. Then, you saw why he earned a reputation for dropped ballas. Despite gaining 107 yards, Agholor dropped three catchable balls. The only worry is that will Derek Carrvavoid him now.
Make It Make Sense
Everyone should enjoy loyalty. Paul Guenther keeps his job despite surrendering over thirty points. More importantly, the decisions within that defense are rather peculiar. First, why cover Chris Godwin with Cory Littleton? Next, Nevin Lawson trailing Rob Gronkowski does not help the Raiders at all. Lastly, can Clelin Ferrell stay at end? Inside, he generates no pressure, allowing guards to maul and discards him. The Las Vegas Raiders defense imploded again. When will they finally correct this?