1. The Good: Derek Carr has a strong showing
It’s no secret that Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders have lost a step or two in the last couple of weeks. The team looked to be on the ropes between losing 28-14 on Monday night Football against the Los Angeles Rams and then getting hammered 20-9 by the Chicago Bears.
On Sunday, October 17, though, Carr connected on 18 of 27 for 341 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions during the divisional game against the Denver Broncos. It was almost as if the Raiders were a completely new offense.
Keep in mind that Carr had a touchdown to interception ratio of 2-2 against the Rams and the Bears, giving him some of the worst stats of the season. Fortunately for Carr, he seems to have recovered from whatever was wrong relatively quickly and found a way to bring the offense to life again. Furthermore, he hung in there under pressure and helped his team to a divisional round that could pave the way for a playoff push. It’s all just a matter of whether Carr can keep it up or not.
2. The Great: Kenyan Drake and Joshua Jacobs
Joshua Jacobs and Kenyan Drake are a powerful running back combination. Maybe even one of the best duos in the entire NFL. They might not score every week. Or they might sometimes fall victim to an untimely injury, but it all seems to be worth it when the two are finally at their best. Sunday’s game against the Broncos proved that when the two combined for 20 carries, 87 yards, and one touchdown each. That wasn’t the only place the duo thrived, though.
Kenyan Drake also caught a touchdown from Derek Carr to tack on points in the air as well. While Jacobs couldn’t find the endzone in the air, he did pull down a catch for 24 yards before the end of the game! If nothing else, this is a promising sign for the Las Vegas Raiders and could help them towards a playoff push. The Broncos were also the best defense in the AFC West heading into Sunday’s game but allowed 34 points by the Raiders. This offense is on point and here’s hoping this continues throughout the season.
3. The Awesome: the Las Vegas Raiders show up big after Gruden firing
When everyone counted the Las Vegas Raiders out after former coach Jon Gruden’s ignominious exit, they somehow bounced right back with some of the best offenses we have seen all year. Furthermore, the defense showed up in a way that hadn’t been seen that much this season and is a promising sign of this entire team’s future. Everyone just brought their best during this divisional game, and it was a momentum booster for a reeling Las Vegas Raiders franchise.
The best part? The Raiders managed to beat the best-ranked defense in the AFC West, giving them a very powerful nod in the future. Finally, the three interceptions on Teddy Bridgewater were icing on the cake for the Raiders this afternoon. Hopefully, this helps them build towards a playoff push and put the Jon Gruden era behind them.