The Las Vegas Raiders are driving high after ten weeks of football. They made their first home game in two weeks and beat the Denver Broncos 37-12 with their biggest win of week 2, 2017. The win has the Raiders at 6-3, which enters a major divisional game against the Kansas City Chefs.
The raiders’ attack continues to move as the running game returns to the forefront of the offense. The Raiders ran the football for 203 yards on 41 runs, resulting in four quick touchdowns. The previous offense tried to move the ball with three drops in the day, which could lead to touchdowns. However, there was no turning back from the crime, and Derek Carr continued to use his legs to make plays.
The defense had its performance of the season, holding the Broncos at 4.6 yards per game. They also created 5 revolutions, corresponding to their total number throughout the season, and pressure on the quarterback, creating revolutions with two bags per day. The raiders forced Drew Locke to throw four interceptions during the day and forced a stir, which led to a touchdown that blew the game wide. If the Raiders can have this type of defensive achievement as we progress, they can really be contenders for the playoffs.
Who were the winners and losers for week 1
Winner: RB Josh Jacobs
The game was characterized by rough play and many physical challenges on the wet field, but Raiders showed great heart and had a good game. One of the main players who contributed to this was sophomore Josh Jacobs, who finished with his best game of the season. We are starting to see running from 2019 onwards.
Jacobs finished the game with 21 runs, 112 yards and two touchdowns a day. He had his longest run of the year at 24 yards and looked elusive. He showed a medium hard hand during the day and always contributed to the passing game, with four catches for 24 yards.
Jacobs, who is coming at the moment, is very important for the playoffs, as the Raiders can rely on him at the end of the game. He has 306 yards in his last three games and is starting to have a hot hand in that offense. Raiders run game looks powerful entering the game against Chiefs.
Winner: FS Jeff Heath
Raiders fans are looking for a competent safety game throughout the season, with only Abram being the regular player behind. Sunday ended up being a different look, as the Raiders got a huge day from Jeff Heath with his two interceptions. Heath is a surprise with his ability to create revs.
In the first quarter, Heath started with a wrong pass from Locke, which went straight into his hands. He then followed with a massive interception just before half-time, which prevented Broncos from scoring in the red. He read the slant perfectly and broke the football to take the pass and help the Raiders keep them up to 12 points a day.
Hopefully, this can be duplicated throughout the season, as the Raiders need more of these performances from the back. Heath has been up and down, but he understands the system and can be vital as a playmaker.
Winner: RB Devontae Booker
Running was dominant throughout the game, and it wasn’t just Josh Jacobs who was successful on the ground. Devontae Booker came to play against his former team and began to form a great tandem with Jacobs in the back.
Booker was amazing in his limited duties with 15 moves and 81 yards plus the addition of two touchdowns during the day. Booker has been crucial in the hole all season and shows great vision as a strong back. He helps bring this offense to another level with his performances in the last two games.
If Jacobs and Booker dominate the ground when it’s time for the playoffs, that violation could really make a little noise. The game that passes was not as explosive as possible, but with this run he established himself as one of the best in the league.