Coming out of the Week 6 bye, I noted that the Raiders should come out of their next four games with a 3-1 record to sit at 6-3 before facing the Chiefs. With the Raiders 37-12 victory over the Broncos, the team moves to 3-0 when playing within the AFC West. Not to mention, they nicely slide into the WildCard race.
While Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is not the most polished field general in the league, snagging four interceptions deserves respect. Despite remaining on the hot seat, Paul Guenther’s defense played well. Not only did the Raiders defense force five turnovers, but they also racked up two sacks as they continue to up the intensity on opposing quarterbacks.
Consistent Defensive Effort
Holding the Denver Broncos to 12 points, including a touchdown in garbage time, is huge but the biggest question, and Guenther’s job-saving question, is whether or not the Raiders can repeat against the Chiefs next week on Sunday Night. The Chiefs will come into Allegiant Stadium angry and with a purpose, and the Raiders will have to be prepared.
Meat and Potatoes
Offensively, the Raiders did what needed to be done and moved the ball down the field with Derek Carr and set up Josh Jacobs for two redzone touchdowns. After a lead had been established, the Raiders ran away and hid, keeping the ball on the ground in the sure hands of Jacobs and Devontae Booker. Jacobs and Booker combined for 193 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, proving that this Raiders backfield can become a two-headed beast if need be.
The Raiders offensive line continues to thrive and keep Carr upright, even with Sam Young going out with an injury during today’s game. Credit Tom Cable for mixing and matching the lineup.
Las Vegas showed that (if drops did not exist) there are few teams that can slow this offense down. The majority of Carr’s throws came with ease. Although, his stats would be a lot more impressive if those three likey touchdowns found sure hands.
As of Week 10, the Raiders keep gaining momentum. There are an impressive amount of cliches one could use to describe the Raiders ten weeks into the season. Yet, firing on all cylinders is not one… yet.