Last season, the Las Vegas Raiders scored more than 30 points once. They achieved the feat when they beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-34 in Week 4. This season, they have already surpassed that mark and scored 34 points against the Carolina Panthers. The Silver and Black’s offense could be better than it was in 2019 and it may get a boost in their home stadium.
The Raiders offense should be better in 2020
The Raiders scored 19.6 points per game in 2019, an amount that is not enough to win games on a constant basis. Also, the one game when they score 31 points is deceiving as safety Erik Harris returned an interception for a touchdown. Regardless of who was responsible for the lack of points on the scoreboard, the team’s brass upgraded the offense this offseason. They drafted wide receivers Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards. Also, they brought in veteran wideout Nelson Agholor.
Ruggs already showed what he’s capable of when he caught a 45-yard reception against the Panthers. In the same game, Agholor hauled in a 23-yard reception for a touchdown. Although Edwards still hasn’t displayed that kind of playmaking prowess, he did play 47 offensive snaps in Week 1. It’s just a matter of time before he has the kind of impact he had in South Carolina.
Home-field advantage could be a factor
The Raiders offense was efficient at Bank of America Stadium, but it can be even better when they play at Allegiant Stadium. Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic says that the Silver and Black shows the biggest boost in offensive production in all the NFL when they play at home.
“No offense has seen a bigger difference in its home and road performance over the past five seasons than the Raiders. It’ll be interesting to see what that looks like over the next five seasons.”
That improvement on offense happened at the Oakland Coliseum. However, if it can carry over to Las Vegas, the Raiders could field a top-scoring offense against the Saints. The season it’s still young to come up with any kind of meaningful conclusions, but the building blocks are there for the Raiders to have the best offense they had since 2016.
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