Las Vegas Raiders vs Denver Broncos preview
The Raiders will be looking for their first victory of the season as the Denver Broncos host the Denver Broncos on Sunday for the fourth time this season. The Raiders and the fanbase are at an all-time peak of frustration. the 2022 Raiders have lost three games due to self-inflicted injuries, and everyone is blamed. I look at the keys for a silver and black win in my Raiders preview week 4 vs Broncos .
Keep Davantae Adams involved through all four quarters
Davante Adams numbers have dropped in the last two weeks after a Week 1 showing of 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Adams has only seven catches for 48 total yards in that time period, but the Raiders are still 0-3. Adams, Derek Carr, and Josh McDaniels all know that. Carr follows through and connects to his go-to goal, so its up to McDaniels to devise a plan to get his top wideout open. Blame can go all-around on the team, but keeping your best offensive player active means both the play-caller and the quarterback are under center and executing on every opportunity.
Run the ball from start to finish
The Raiders are ranked last in rushing attempts per game (17.7) and they rank just 28th in team rushing yards per game (80.0) and last week Josh Jacobs was averaging over 5 yds a carry but they’ve all eliminated it again. The Raiders are struggling on the offensive and the running game is working so they’ll be better against a strong Denver pass rush. Keep it as part of the overall offensive scheme, if not mean that Denver’s secondary must respect the backfield.
Chandler Jones must make an impact
The Raiders ranked 30th in takeaways per game (0.8). Paired with Maxx Crosby on the edge, the expectation was that both these two would be capable to bring down the quarterback and possibly force some turnovers in the process. Jones has been relatively quiet for three weeks, but that has to change soon. Last week against the Tennessee Titans, Jones had just one assisted tackle and one quarterback hit. Through three games he has logged four quarterback hits without registering a sack. Granted there have been instances where Jones and Crosby have come inches away from bringing down the quarterback. A takeaway here and there can go a long way in turning the momentum in the Raiders’ favor, and Jones knows he has a vital role to play in achieving that goal.