If you want to see how the Raiders are playing, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.
After a week of games that didn’t produce a single touchdown, the Raiders were the only team to score more than five touchdowns in a game, a statistic that puts them at the top of the league in scoring defense.
It’s a bit concerning for the Raiders, but we’ll get to why shortly.
There are many things that the Raiders’ offense is doing right.
They have an offense that is more explosive than most offenses, and when the Raiders get to the end zone, they’re usually very successful.
They also have a quarterback that is one of the most accurate passers in the league.
And there is a running game that is getting better.
Derek Carr is averaging 7.1 yards per carry, good for fourth in the NFL, while he is leading the league with 1,062 rushing yards.
But there is something else that is helping the Raiders to win games.
It isn’t just Carr, it’s a group of players around him.
The Raiders defense has been playing at a high level.
The defense allowed just one touchdown all of last season and had only 10 interceptions, which ranks No. 1 in the entire league.
They allowed just 20.6 points per game and were just 23rd in total defense.
Derek has been the catalyst to that unit, but there are a few other players who are helping.
Khalil Mack has had the best season of his career.
The running back has been a big reason why Oakland is playing at the level it is.
Mack has averaged 2.3 yards per rush, the second-highest average in the NFC West behind the Chargers.
And while he has only had 13 carries, he has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of the past 10 games, the most of any running back in the division.
Mack is also leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns (nine), and he’s been responsible for the most rushing touchdowns allowed (12) and the most yards (1,067).
His ability to get to other parts of the field is making the Raiders offense more explosive.
In fact, they are now the only defensive team in the AFC West to allow fewer than three touchdowns per game.
Oakland is allowing just 3.6 yards per play and is giving up only three touchdowns in their last seven games.
This is good news for the Raider defense, and it also gives them a boost in their ability to win in games.
They need to be better.
The first half of the season has been an up-and-down one for the defense.
The Oakland Raiders have been a mediocre defense all season, but they have played some solid football in recent weeks.
After an encouraging start to the season, the defense was unable to keep up with the run game of the Jaguars, who were one of several teams to score in the first half.
The offensive line has been struggling, too.
Oakland’s offensive line had been one of their best units all season long, and while it hasn’t been good, it has been better than expected.
The line has allowed just 2.5 sacks per game, second-lowest in the League behind the Patriots.
And the Raiders defense isn’t getting stops at all.
The offense has been unable to produce a first down all season.
That has been partially due to a lack of big plays, but the Raiders also have been hit hard by a number of interceptions.
Only three teams have allowed fewer than seven interceptions per game through eight games.
That means the Raiders have a real chance of losing a game.
That doesn’t mean the Raiders aren’t trying to improve their defense.
And they have a lot of work to do.
The Raider defense is a good unit.
They’re making plays all over the field, but one thing they’ve been missing is a quarterback.
Derek is playing well, and Khalil has been helping.
The other key players are Khalil, Mack, and Jarrad Davis.
They all need to get better.
They’ve been playing well the past couple of weeks, but it hasn.
It will take time.
Oakland has a lot to work on in the coming weeks.
But right now, they have the best defense in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings.
They’ll get better as the weeks go by.