The 5-3 Las Vegas Raiders return home after a clutch victory over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday. The Silver and Black face another AFC West divisional opponent, the 3-5 Denver Broncos. The Silver and Black must handle business to avoid the fate they endured in the final week of the 2019 season.
The Raiders must take care of business
The Raiders’ 2019 regular season ended with a loss at the hands of the Broncos.
Before that loss, many pundits and fans alike thought the Raiders schedule would become ‘easier’ and would have no trouble winning the infamous game below.
Including the blowout Jets loss, the Silver and Black finished the 2019 season with a dreadful 1-5 record. On the bright side, this Las Vegas team has the ability to engineer a winning second half of the season narrative. Beating the Broncos in Week 10 will be the start and for that to happen they must follow these keys.
Get Henry Ruggs III Involved
The Raiders 2020 12th overall draft pick has not been a major factor in the team’s offense this season. Henry Ruggs III only has one touchdown reception. All in all, he’s seen 22 passing targets in six games. This isn’t kind of production isn’t good enough from arguably the fastest in the NFL. The team must get the Alabama standout more involved on offense.
That is not to say it is quarterback Derek Carr’s fault, as he has spread the ball around to a plethora of receivers each week. The problem falls on the shoulders of head coach Jon Gruden. The Silver and Black will need the rookie wideout to have a bigger role in the team’s offense down the stretch if they want to be a serious contender.
More Pass Rush
Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell currently lead the Raiders with 14 and 13 defensive pressures, respectively. The duo will have a prime opportunity to sack quarterback Drew Lock. The Broncos offensive line has allowed 26 sacks this season, eight more than the NFL’s current average per Football Outsiders.
In addition to the pair off the edge, the rest of the defensive line has a prime opportunity to capitalize. As a whole, the Silver and Black are in a favorable position to soundly defeat Denver while solidifying some areas of concern.
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