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Raiders’ Formula to Win Games Is Working But Not Sustainable

Back in Week 8, the Las Vegas Raiders allowed just six points against the Cleveland Browns. While we knew the weather conditions aided them, we didn’t know how much. After giving up 26 points in Week 8, we now know their defensive stand against the Browns was an outlier.

The Raiders can’t stop opposing offenses

The Raiders defense is a liability, there’s no way around that. The unit had given up at least 30 points in five of their last seven games. Things took a surprising turn when they surrendered a mere six points against the Browns. However, the group surrendered 440 total yards and 27 points against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9.

Giving up 400 yards isn’t that bad, a defense can let an offense move as long as it doesn’t score. The problem is that the Raiders are allowing both yards and points in chunks. It’s true that they have dealt with injuries but every team does, it’s an inherent part of the sport. They can blame injuries and lack of execution by players but the coaching staff has to become accountable at some point.

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Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Hebert moved the ball with ease and had no trouble finding his wide receivers. The Oregon standout is talented, but he shouldn’t have been able to shred the Raiders secondary the way he did. The Raiders defensive front sacked him twice, but the unit as a whole couldn’t stop him from scoring.

The Raiders should be pleased about their 5-3 record and their ability to put points on the scoreboard. Nevertheless, they should be concerned with their defense. Their formula to win games has worked so far, but it won’t always work. While the results haven’t been the best, there is enough time for the coaching staff to make changes if they want to make a deep playoff run.

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Anonymous

LAC are the number 2 offence in the NFL right now, did anyone really expect the Raiders to shut them out?

Anonymous

The Chargers have scored points on every single team they have played. Maybe that’s why they are the 2nd ranked offense. They took the chiefs to OT!! Why can’t you low budget blog writers with no football coaching or playing experience focus on the positives?? We beat a team that could easily be 6-2 and all you can do is steady say what all other nay sayers say. Is it style points that matter or wins??? FOH

Scott Null

That rookie has been shredding defenses all season long so expecting the Raiders D too shut them down like they did Baker and the Browns is just not realistic. The author of this article should write more from facts and not an uneducated opinion.