0–3 is a terrible start. There's really no way around it.
But, believe it or not, it's not all bad.
Each of the Raider's 3 games this season were winnable. The biggest issue facing the Raiders is consistency. They play one half of good football each game. They need to start playing complete games.
Here are two things the Raiders need to fix to get back on track and potentially compete for a playoff spot.
The game against the Titans started as a disaster for the defense.
The Titans scored TDs on each of their first three drives. The defense finally got a stop with 1 minute left in the half, only to see the Titans kick a field goal less than a minute later.
Surrendering 24 points in one half won't get it done in the NFL.
Thankfully, they played much better in the second half (0 points allowed).
The problem isn't that the Raiders can't play defense. The problem is that they aren't consistent. They need to start playing two halves of good football if they want to win.
Through three games, the Raider's running attack has been largely nonexistent.
Theoretically, they have a good enough receiving core to make up for it, but they haven't lived up to their potential.
Adams, Renfrow, Waller, and Hollins should give opposing defenses nightmares. Sadly, they haven’t all played well at the same time yet.
Renfrow missed the game with an injury, so that's not his fault. But Adams's output has dropped significantly after his monster game one. He scored a TD in each game, but his yards leave much to be desired.
Waller has played well at times but hasn't lived up to the large contract extension he just signed. He had just 22 yards versus the Titans.
The lone bright spot in the Titan's game was Mack Hollins.
Mack Hollins against the Titans:
- 8 catches
- 158 yards
- 1 touchdown
The Raiders will need all four receivers to step up if they want a real shot at turning this season around.
Carlson Still Perfect
I want to end on a positive note, so I'll mention Daniel Carlson. He was perfect against the Titans.
- 3/3 Field Goals
- 1/1 PAT
That brings his steak to 29 straight field goals, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
If he can keep it up, the Raiders will have a chance to start winning some of these close games.