The Raider's offense has been maddeningly inconsistent so far this season.
In week 1, a terrible first half was too much to overcome.
In week 2, it was a second-half collapse that doomed them.
So is the offense good or bad?
I think the answer will be good when it's all said and done. Here are the four biggest reasons why I believe that.
Like most modern NFL offenses, the QB is the most important piece to get right. For the Raiders, that means Derek Carr.
He had similar stat lines in the first two games.
Versus the Chargers:
- 295 Yards
- 2 TDs
Versus the Cardinals:
- 252 Yards
- 2 TDs
The big difference between the two games was interceptions. Carr threw three interceptions in week 1 and zero in week 2.
AFC west is loaded with insane QB talent. That doesn't leave the Raiders a lot of room for error. If they are going to make a run at the playoffs, Carr must take care of the ball.
Most good offenses have some semblance of balance between run and pass.
Against the Chargers, that balance was essentially nonexistent.
- 13 Rushes
- 64 Yards
Against the Cardinals, there was a little more balance.
- 21 Rushes
- 80 Yards
Eight extra rushes might not seem like much, but seeing the Raiders commit more to the run game was great. Their receiving core is soo deep that having a rushing attack to keep the defense honest would be a huge advantage.
If they succeed in the run game, it could also force defenses to play more man. Man-to-man coverage would give the Raiders lots of great matchups to exploit.
The Raider's Receiving Core is Deep
Week 1 was the Davante Adams show. He had 141 yards and one touchdown.
In week 2, he caught another touchdown but was limited to 2 catches for 12 yards.
Thankfully, other receivers stepped up to make up for Adams's off day.
- Hollins: 5 catches for 66 yards
- Renfrow: 7 catches for 59 yards
- Waller: 6 catches for 50 yards and 1 touchdown
Seeing Renfrow and Waller get more involved in the offense was nice. But Mack Hollins was the biggest story in my mind. A solid 4th option would make the Raider's receiving core even harder to deal with.
If they continue to commit to the run enough to keep the defense honest, this 4 headed monster of a receiving group will be tough to stop.
Kicking can win or lose a lot of games throughout an NFL season. That's because kickers are almost always among teams leading scorers.
Thankfully the Raiders have a good one in Daniel Carlson.
Carlson boasts the longest active field goal streak in the NFL, with 28 in a row.
He was perfect in week 1.
- FG 2/2 (55 long)
- PAT 1/1
And perfect in week 2 as well.
- FG 3/3 (55 long)
- PAT 2/2
Even though he probably won't stay perfect the entire year, he should still score a lot of points and hopefully win the Raiders a few extra games.