Oof, that was rough. It was definitely the Las Vegas Raiders’ worst loss of the season by far.
The worst signing award goes to Maliek Collins
So it turns out it can get worse than making a significant investment in a totally underperforming defensive lineman. That defensive lineman can start taking egregious and costly penalties too. At this point, Maliek Collins is becoming a net negative. Now that Maurice Hurst is back, his playing time should be diminished. Also, get rid of that “C” on his jersey, the fact that he is a captain is a joke.
The offensive line had its worst game of the year
Welp, it looks like Brandon Parker finally came back down to Earth. However, this was a bad performance from the unit as a whole. Running back Josh Jacobs had no room to make plays and quarterback Derek Carr was under siege all day. To be fair, they did not play great either.
Ultimately, the offensive line appeared to be the group making the most mistakes. They took several bad penalties, were consistently beaten on passing downs, and failed to get a push upfront in crucial short-yardage situations. Parker looked like he does not belong in the league (again) while Denzelle Good looked like a backup.
Finally, Kolton Miller might be the Andy Dalton of left tackles, meaning that if you have a better one than him, he is your franchise tackle. If yours is worse than the Raiders’ left tackle you need to find a new one. This is important as the team’s brass will soon have to decide whether or not to pick up Miller’s fifth-year option.
The Raiders have an injury problem
Another week, another slew of injured Raiders. Yes, football is a violent game and injuries are inevitable. Still, the Raiders seem to have guys going down constantly. If it were just this year, you could probably chalk it up to the shortened offseason. However, this has been a consistent problem for the Silver and Black since the return of Jon Gruden in 2018.
At some point, one has to question if the Raiders have the right people in place on their training and medical and strength and conditioning staffs. We already know that someone messed up giving Trent Brown an IV which could have killed him. We also know that Gruden hired his son to the strength and conditioning staff even though his only qualification is being a bodybuilder. There may be some cause for concern that the Raiders’ injury woes are their own doing.
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