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Raiders’ Offensive Futility Highlighted In Early-Season Losses

It’s easy to see from watching the Las Vegas Raiders this season that the offense is struggling, especially on third down and in the red zone. The statistics paint an incredibly damning picture of the Raiders’ offensive woes so far this year.

With Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator, last year’s New England Patriots were seventh in the NFL in converting third downs at a rate of 43.95 percent. They were 17th the previous year, with a still respectable rate of 40.86 percent. In fact, until the game at Tennessee, the Raiders ranked sixth in the NFL this year in converting third downs at a clean 50 percent. This game’s third down problems were largely a result of not being able to punch in goal-to-go situations. Perhaps if the Raiders targeted their best offensive player more?

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This is less than ideal, but it’s not like it’s stopping the Raiders from moving the ball through the air. Mack Hollins had another monster game and appeared to be the primary beneficiary of all the attention Adams is receiving. He torched the Titans for eight catches, 158 yards and a score. He’s certainly a capable player, but ignoring Adams seems to be to the team’s detriment, given the success Aaron Rodgers had in forcing the ball Adams’ way.

The Raiders’ defense hasn’t exactly been a lockdown unit this season, but they didn’t allow any first-half points against the Arizona Cardinals nor any second-half points against the Titans today. It’s the offense, which has repeatedly bogged down in the red zone in key situations, that has tanked the Raiders’ season to this point.

And all that has led to this: McDaniels being just the latest in a series of Raider coaches to get off to a slow start and have the fans calling for his head. Despite the many issues facing the Raiders, if they had a more effective red zone offense that didn’t settle for field goals, they would likely be at least 2-1 this season. If McDaniels can fix that, the Raiders could rip off a lot of wins in succession. If not, McDaniels could wind up as the next failed Raiders coach.

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1 thought on “Raiders’ Offensive Futility Highlighted In Early-Season Losses”

  1. Running the vertical game and short outs is something out of Madden 1993. Not crosses no quick slants. Instead the play calls have Carr hitting stationary receivers for little to no YAC. Offensive mastermind McDaniels, not even close.

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