Raiders Look to Start New Year With a Win


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The Las Vegas Raiders look to start 2021 with a win against the Denver Broncos. The Raiders were 6-3; now they sit at 7-8 after another late-season collapse. Last season the Raiders were 6-4 be losing five of their last six games.

Raiders Season Issues

Las Vegas has many issues from injuries and COVID-19, but the main problems are red zone offense and a horrendous defense. Over the past few weeks, the Raiders have struggled scoring touchdowns in the red zone. Far too many times has Las Vegas had to settle for three points down the stretch, and with the poor defense, it comes back to haunt you. Some of it is questionable playing calling, and the lack of a big-bodied receiver hurts the Raiders in the red zone. Head coach Jon Gruden has to call a better game in the red zone.

As far as the defense goes, they are bad. Las Vegas’s defense gives 29.3 points per game; they line up wrong and tackle poorly. The Raiders’ defense can not be trusted at all.

Keys Against Broncos

This week against the Broncos, it is crucial for Las Vegas to get 8-8 and start the new year right. They can do that by getting back to running the football and not turning it over. It would be nice to see Josh Jacobs close the season out well. If the Raiders can run the ball well, it will open up the play-action passing game. Expect Darren Waller to get many targets in this game; he the Raiders’ best player and is close to Tim Brown‘s receptions record for a season. The record is 104, and Waller has 98 catches. But it will all start upfront; the offensive line will have to play well.

It would be nice for them to step for a change on defense, but don’t count on it. But maybe there is hope; in the last game against the Broncos, Las Vegas held Denver to 12 points, and Broncos quarterback Drew Lock threw four interceptions and was sacked two times.

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