Raiders news: Expect an early blast this season
The Las Vegas Raiders have been strong in the first games (first and second) in 2021 and there are many reasons to believe that this trend will continue.
Not only are the Raiders stacked up on offense, but recent history shows there’s evidence to show that’s likely to continue this season.
As tweeted recently by NFL analyst Warren Sharp, there’s big reason for excitement. As Sharp pointed out, the Raiders had 95 plays for 15 or more yards in first downs last season, which was tied for fifth in the NFL. The New England Patriots had 96 such games last season, which was the fourth most in the NFL. The Patriots, of course, were led on offense by new Las Vegas head coach Josh McDaniels.
first 15+ yard plays last year:
95: BAL, LV, DAL
93: BAC, LAR
87: IND, GB, CIN
81: KC, DET, CHI, CAR
78: SEA, ARI
69: DEN, MIA
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 1, 2022
So, I would expect the Raiders to have more success in 2022 on early plays. It should be fun to watch.
Other Raiders links:
- No. 1: Allegiant Stadium was voted the best game day experience in the NFL.
- Mr. bounce? ESPN thinks tight end Darren Waller is here to a rebound season. Of course, that means staying healthy as injuries are the only thing that can hold Waller back.
- Stidham is impressed: Raiders backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham likes to gamble in Las Vegas.